TELEVISUAL 01 MAY 2013 by Pippa Considine
The BFI has selected the 20 UK film production companies who will receive BFI Vision Awards 2013-15.
Designed to help grow strong and sustainable UK film businesses, each company will receive a Vision Award of up to £200k over two years.
The application process saw over 170 applicants shortlisted down to 34, who then had interviews with a panel of senior executives from the BFI before the 20 successful companies were chosen. Six are based outside London, eight feature women in leadership roles, and for the first time – and in acknowledgement of new opportunities afforded by the recently introduced UK tax credit for animation – animation studios were eligible to apply, with four selected.
“Each of the companies selected had a strong vision for the future growth of their business and we feel they’re poised to build their profile nationally and internationally,” says Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund. “many of them by capitalising on their filmmaker relationships and creative instincts, coupled with an entrepreneurial flair. We think it’s an exciting and eclectic mix, and I’m really pleased we could support UK animation studios for the first time. This sizable investment in development will help to build the foundations of future growth and success for UK film.”
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, comments: “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for the companies selected, and represents a tremendous investment in the next generation of UK Film makers. Film already makes a significant contribution to our economy, and as a driver of growth it is important that the industry is sustainable – something these awards are aimed at helping to ensure.”
The first Vision Awards were launched in 2008 and saw 15 companies benefit from awards of up to £75,000 per year for two years. The scheme enabled a number of companies to scale up their business and establish their international reputation through the production of critically-acclaimed and commercially successful films including The King’s Speech (produced by See-Saw Films) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blueprint Pictures).
The BFI widened the field for companies applying for the Vision Awards 2013-15 to attract emerging producers with at least one (previously two) credited feature film releases to their name, and introducing different criteria for animation companies.
The BFI originally set out to support 15 companies, anticipating up to 10 awards of up to £100,000 per year for two years and up to five further awards of up to £50,000 per year for two years.
After receiving over 170 applications, conducting 34 interviews, the BFI’s selection panel decided a more impactful intervention would come from boosting a greater number of companies at the lower level. The BFI therefore pledged additional funding, making 12 awards of up to £50,000 per year. In addition, eight awards have been made at the upper level of up to £100,000 per year.
The BFI Film Fund injects over £4m per year into the development of new British feature films. The Vision Awards, worth up to £2.8m over the two years 2013-15.
The BFI’s interview panel comprised Director of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts; BFI Creative Director, Heather Stewart; BFI Film Fund Senior Executives, Chris Collins, Lizzie Francke and Natascha Wharton; and BFI Business Affairs Executive, Jodie Orme.
BFI Vision Awards 2013-15: £100,000 awards (with notes from the panel):
Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney, Kate Buckley
Film credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch. Upcoming: Monsters: Dark Continent
42 are taking a unique and entrepreneurial approach to forming a UK film business, bringing talent management and production under one roof.
Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind
Credits include: The Last King of Scotland, Fire In Babylon, Marley. Upcoming: How I Live Now.
Across its narrative features, feature documentaries, and TV drama, Cowboy have impressed with a track record of introducing and working with filmmakers and writers of outstanding quality.
Luc Roeg & Andrew Orr
Credits include: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Moon
By successfully straddling production, international sales, and UK distribution, Independent can expertly strategise and oversee a film’s journey through production, international festival selection and eventual release into the marketplace. With a strong commitment to new and emerging UK talent, Independent provide a unique and important offer for the UK market.
LUPUS FILMS (animation)
Ruth Fielding, Camillan Deakin
Credits include: The Snowman And The Snowdog Channel 4. Upcoming: Raymond Brigg’s Ethel & Ernest (feature).
Lupus intends to apply their first-class artistry to recognisable and well-loved properties (such as Raymond Briggs), to spearhead a revival of 2D animation in the UK and establish themselves as a formidable, and uniquely, British animation film company.
NEXUS PRODUCTIONS (animation)
Christopher O’Reilly, Charlotte Bavasso, Claire Jennings
Oscar-nominated, and winner of three Cannes Lions Grand Prix and two Black D&AD Pencils, Nexus have a track record in developing animation talent and have partnered with award-winning producer Claire Jennings (Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit and Coraline) as they move into features. The company has also established Nexus Interactive Arts, a division that creates innovative storytelling experiences across digital media, including app-based storytelling, gaming and interactive web films.
PASSION PICTURES and RED BOX FILMS (documentary)
John Battsek and Andrew Ruhemann – Passion Pictures
Simon Chinn – Red Box Films
Combined credits include BAFTA and Oscar-winning and nominated: One Day in September (Passion), Man on Wire (Red Box), Project Nim, The Imposter, Searching for Sugar Man.
Working in partnership Red Box Films and Passion Pictures have impressed with their instincts for documentary features which are both critically and commercially successful. The companies are poised for growth into narrative and animated features.
Mark Herbert, Robin Gutch
Credits include: Four Lions, Submarine, This Is England. Upcoming: Yann Demange’s ’71 and Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril soon to have has its World Premiere at Cannes
A previous Vision Award recipient, and having recently celebrated 10 years of distinctive British storytelling, Sheffield and London-based Warp has continued to demonstrate ambition and a capacity for growth. The panel was excited by Warp’s intention to expand into higher budget films and original cinematic comedies.
Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Credits include: Quartet, An Education. Upcoming: Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel
With little previous Lottery investment, Wildgaze have proven themselves able to raise significant budgets for their brand of quality, and commercially-successful, features. Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet has so far grossed over £8m in the UK, and close to $55m globally.
BFI Vision Awards: £50,000 awards (in alphabetical order):
BLUE-ZOO ANIMATION (animation)
Oli Hyatt, Tom Box, Adam Shaw
BAFTA nominated Blue-Zoo have produced quality animation for SKY, BBC, Nickelodeon, Freemantle, Cartoon Network and Disney. They communicated many of the issues facing the UK animation sector and the panel felt that this level of support, and an ongoing relationship with the BFI Film Fund, would help the company to deliver its sustainable, profitable and international model for producing Animated Films in the UK.
Joel Simon, David Cumming, Tim Bryans
Award-winning Northern Ireland-based animation studio has identified a gap in the market for low-to-medium budget stop motion animated feature films, and in their shorts work has successfully blended stop motion characters with 2D backgrounds to great effect, in an innovative and cost-effective way. The panel were delighted by their ambition to become the Roger Corman Productions of comedy stop-motion animation movie making, creating a thriving and creative powerhouse in their Holywood studios.
Kate Ogborn, Lisa-Marie Russo
Credits include: The Spirit of ’45, Swandown, Self Made, The Deep Blue Sea.
Fly have delivered an impressive range of projects spanning documentary, artist’s film, and auteur work and have been a nurturing environment for more challenging material. They have the appetite, experience and people skills to effectively develop and support a cross section of creative talent.
Kate Myers and Tracy Brimm
Credits include: Grabbers, Skeletons
Forward impressed as a two-woman company with ambitions to redefine British film, re-shape genre and nurture new and emerging UK filmmakers and voices, always with a strong focus on their path to market.
Credits include: BAFTA-winning Tyrannosaur
A Yorkshire-based feature film company with a strong track record and a proven ability to create and nurture talent relationships, Inflammable are building an exciting slate of commercial, high quality projects.
Credits include: Attack The Block, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology. Upcoming: Under The Skin
JW Films excited the panel with a passion for film and a philosophy that artistic quality and innovation makes for good business; that groundbreaking filmmaking will further the UK’s internationally recognised film culture; and that great cinema leads the audience and is not led by it.
Credits include: The Awakening. Upcoming: Mandela and X+Y
A previous Vision Award recipient, Origin demonstrated a commitment to discovering and supporting new and original talent. The panel were particularly excited by Origin’s plans for a writers’ room for emerging and diverse writing talent, to help generate ideas and offer opportunities to benefit from mentoring at Origin.
Rebekah Gilbertson, Nicole Carmen-Davis
Credits include: The Edge Of Love. Upcoming: Panda Eyes, Miss Shirley Bassey
An entrepreneurial female team with considerable success to date in securing private finance from a range of sources to support their projects. Rainy Day have strong ties to Wales with most of their films shot in or featuring strong Welsh elements, and also a strong development focus on films for children and teens, with several projects aimed at this market currently on their slate.
ROAST BEEF PRODUCTIONS (documentary)
Havana Marking, Mike Lerner, Martin Herring
Credits include: Sundance award-winning Afghan Star, Hell & Back Again, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer. Upcoming: Smash & Grab: Story of the Pink Panthers
Roast Beef’s documentaries have popularised ‘big’ subjects with a compelling, funny, and thrilling approach. They have had four films at Sundance, won six Sundance Awards, two Grierson Awards, a Prix Italia and received an Oscar® nomination, attracting funding from numerous international co-producers.
Andy Starke, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump
Credits include: Kill List, Sightseers. Upcoming: A Field In England
In its relatively short life, Bridport-based Rook has made a number of original, smart, inventive – and beautifully British – features which have attracted significant attention at international festivals, and established Ben Wheatley as one of the UK’s foremost talents. Now Rook are expanding to develop and produce features with other significant new filmmakers, including Peter Strickland.
STRAY BEAR FILMS
Credits include: The Scouting Book For Boys, The Descent 2
A young producer with vision and aptitude, Ivana Mackinnon has set her sights on a gap in the market for films that are ‘commercial with a twist’ and is looking especially for strong female elements: well-drawn female characters; female genre movies; and movies that allow a strong female directorial voice. Having spent time as Film4’s Diversity Development Producer, Mackinnon also has experience in finding exciting and surprising voices and perspectives.
Samm Haillay, Duane Hopkins
Credits include: Better Things. Upcoming: Bypass (currently in production)
Newcastle-based Third’s objective is to reignite UK cultural cinema, developing bold director-led films that transcend simple genre types. The company cites Denmark and Australia as examples of territories where cultural filmmaking has re-emerged to critical and commercial significance.
18th July 2012
We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with 7th Wave Broadcast Services to offer unique broadcasting opportunities throughout the 2012 Summer Games, direct from the heart of London.
Accessing the world-famous Carnaby Street location in London’s West End, 7th Wave will offer camera connectivity services to support broadcaster operations, utilising Dejero’s LIVE+ mobile transmission products and Molinare’s wireless network.
We will also provide a hospitality area to accommodate live or pre-recorded broadcaster interviews, and its state of the art screening theatre for the viewing of public broadcast material throughout the Summer Games.
Neil Tweedley of 7th Wave said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Molinare throughout this exciting summer of sport, offering broadcasters a fantastic package for their transmission and hospitality needs in the centre of London.”
For all enquires please contact Neil on email@example.com
We are delighted to announce that June 2012 saw the completion Molinare Limited’s sale to Steve Milne and his consortium of Investors.
Molinare TV & Film Limited acquired the assets of the company on the 7th June 2012, and was a consortium which included Steve Milne’s British Film Company and private equity firm Next Wave Partners.
Steve has positioned Julie Parmenter as Managing Director of the new Molinare TV & Film Limited, and will take on the role of Chairman himself. He said: “I have know Julie for over twenty years. She is one of the best executives I know and was until last year Global Head of Sales and Operations for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. She has been working with me at the British Film Company and will make a brilliant MD for Molinare.”
Steve of course first bought Molinare from the TV Corporation in 2003 with business partner Mark Foligno, before selling to Indian-based Century Communications Ltd in 2008.
He is clear that the future of Molinare is very bright, building on the successes of the past few years including winning the Broadcast Award for Best Post Production House in early 2012: “We are starting the company clean and are clear on where we are going, which is high-end factual and drama for TV and film.”
Next month the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, probably of the decade, reaches cinemas – Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS.
Molinare worked with the Prometheus team throughout the entire pre-production process, testing the whole DI pipeline from shooting and digital dailies, through editorial and full DI post production, to the creation and review of 3D stereoscopic and 2D digital and film print deliverables. We were then delighted to host them at our central Soho offices during the film’s edit.
Molinare’s technical team attended the initial test shoot on the Red Epic camera, and set up an offline edit suite with 3D stereoscopic monitoring, testing various resolutions to find the optimum performance for the creative edit and review screenings. We then conformed the edited sequence, testing EXR and DPX workflows, and performed geometric corrections, colour and depth grade in our 3D stereoscopic grading theatre, working with director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski to enhance the atmospheric look of the scenes.
To ensure the quality of final delivery, our team then created 3D stereoscopic and 2D digital cinema packages as well as a 2D film print, closely matching the tone and look for all mediums. The whole team reviewed the deliverables closely on our Dolby 3D and Xpand projection theatres, as well as screening the test at a RealD cinema in London’s Leicester Square, and validated the entire workflow and colour management for digital and film.
When the film went into full production, Molinare hosted the offline editorial team in Soho and utilised a high speed private network to Pinewood Studios to transfer dailies directly to the shared edit storage. The offline was carried out at high resolution and the output of the edit suites was fed directly to our main grading theatre to allow full 3D stereoscopic review throughout the offline process.