New British Film Festival Opportunities for UK Entrepreneurs

British Council UK are seeking 3 UK participants,  aged 20-40, with at least three years of industry experience in the screen (film and TV) sector and an interest in making connections with Russia.   Participants should be able to demonstrate their entrepreneurship, experience and understanding of the UK sector and their interest in representing the UK in an international cultural and business context.  We are happy to hear from those who don’t run their own business, but still demonstrate entrepreneurial ability within another company, and from those in social enterprise/not for profit sectors.
We are particularly seeking participants with expertise in:

- art management and production design
- examples of  innovative distribution and promotion of film projects
- new funding models in film production and exhibition – crowd-sourcing, commercial partnerships, sponsorship etc.

We are recruiting these 3 participants as part of our wider Young Creative Entrepreneur programme. They will join a select UK delegation to the Festival who will take part in a British Council organised programme of meetings and networking with Russian film contacts.    All participants will be required to speak at talks/workshops about their experience and the UK industry more broadly.

When? New British Film Festival is taking place at some point from 2-13 November, 2011 in Moscow.  The exact dates are TBC very soon.   

What will be covered? The British Council will cover flights, visas, accommodation and subsistence  in Moscow for a 4-5 day trip.

How? Fill in the short application form and send it to Rebecca.Shoesmith@britishcouncil.org before Monday 26 September, 2011. If successful, you will be contacted to attend a short interview at the British Council in London between 3-7 October, 2011. If it proves difficult to travel to London for some candidates, it may be possible to arrange the interview over the phone.

The New British Film Festival is a key event in the Russian cultural calendar, celebrating the best new work in contemporary British cinema. Thousands of Russians get a chance to see a range of UK work for the first time, from major features to independent films, animations to documentaries, many of which go into broad distribution afterwards. Recent screenings include An Education, Never Let Me Go, Four Lions, Tamara Drewe, The Last Station, and many others. In 2011 the 12th edition of the New British Film Festival will take place in Moscow from 2-13 November at Gorizont Cinema, before touring to three other cities: Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.

One of the highlights of the festival in Moscow this year will be this year’s industry programme “Filming in the UK”, which will include a series of talks, Q&As, workshops and networking events bringing together UK film industry experts with emerging and established Russian film business contacts to share experience and build professional links.

This opportunity is part of the British Council’s flagship Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme, which has been running for over 8 years in more than 50 countries around the world, identifying, celebrating and connecting entrepreneurial talent in the global creative economy.