14 January 2016

Cross Channel Film Lab opens for applications

The Cross Channel Film Lab is launching the second year of its unique training programme, designed to help filmmakers working with visual effects and Stereo 3D transform their projects using cutting-edge technology. Supported by Creative Europe, CCFL Training focuses on the development of low to medium budget feature films utilising VFX and Stereo 3D technologies to enhance storytelling and reach new audiences.

The core programme will offer 20 filmmakers with early stage feature film projects the chance to engage in a mix of residential workshops and online seminars, masterclasses and specialist consultancy, and learn more about the intersection of visual technology and screenwriting.

Running for six months from June to November 2016, the programme is presented in collaboration with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University.

A further group of filmmakers will be offered the chance to participate in CCFL Training’s online programme later in the year.

Mary Davies, Project Co-Director and Script Consultant for Cross Channel Film Lab said: 

“For European filmmakers working at a lower budget, the Cross Channel Film Lab opens up the world of visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D that is usually associated with high-budget Hollywood films, enabling them to explore how new visual technologies can have a compelling impact on a film’s narrative.  CCFL offers filmmakers a unique opportunity of working with talented experts, to create exciting new stories and films.”

Antoine Le Bos, Script Consultant and CCFL 2012 – 2014 Project Co-Director, said:

“New technologies with lighter equipment and smaller crews make it possible for filmmakers to do things they couldn’t even think about five years ago.  By bringing together accessible technology and filmmakers ready to discover new possibilities, CCFL can be a springboard for European cinema to amaze audiences once more.”

The previous Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL2) project brought together eleven partners from the UK and France.  Working with a range of industry experts over three years, CCFL2 explored innovative and immersive images and storytelling in low to medium budget feature films.

The programme looked at using Stereo 3D as a narrative tool and successfully showed how considering visual imaging at the writing and development stages of film projects can foster creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

From its foundation as a cross-disciplinary forum where filmmakers, scientific researchers, technicians, educational institutions and industry can share skills and knowledge while exploring an alternative approach to independent low to medium budget cinema, the Cross Channel Film Lab is now forming new partnerships across Europe.

CCFL aims to create a consortium of SMEs, research institutes and laboratories, universities and centres of creativity, to revitalise the processes of film production and development, and provide inspiration and education in the use of VFX, immersive media and Stereo 3D at lower budgets.

By doing this, CCFL hopes to broaden the scope of independent cinema, enliven European screenwriting and expand the international audience for European cinema.

For guidelines and to apply for the CCFL Training core programme, visit
You can find answers to frequently asked questions here

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2016. 

Applications for the CCFL Training online programme will open in May 2016.

For more info, contact: Mary Davies

Notes to editors: 

The Cross Channel Film Lab Training programme is supported by Creative Europe in partnership with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University.

Le Groupe Ouest seeks to further filmmaking in Brittany in a context of European co-operation and innovation. Le Groupe Ouest is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab and a partner and co-founder of the Cross Channel Film Lab.

Le Groupe Ouest is:

  1. A unique place in France dedicated to the scriptwriting process and coaching writers.
  2. A research and creation platform for linking storytelling with new imaging technology.
  3. An innovative approach involving businesses in the development of Brittany’s filmmaking industry.

Creative England offers funding and tailored support to the TV, film, games and digital industries, and helps them flourish.  It invests, mentors, advocates and collaborates at all levels of the industry, creating the right conditions for more success.

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene. A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff. 

Industry partners

The CCFL offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.

Amongst many others, the CCFL has previously consulted with experts at companies such as A Droite de la Lune, Amak, Bait Studios, BBC Films, Eyes3Shut, Film4, Film Factory, Nvizible,  Rushes, Studio Canal, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic; directors including Gareth Edwards, Marc Caro, Christian Volckman, Ciaron Foy and Caradoc James; script consultants Yann Apperry, Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; VFX experts Paddy Eason, Jean-Baptiste Lère, Christian Lett, Jonathan Privett, and Feidhlimidh Woods; and Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Joséphine Derobe, François Garnier, Martin Parsons and Chris Parks.