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Northern Film & Media in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Channel 4 and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are looking for three UK based artists with a background in film or photography to take part in a unique film commission and development programme designed to nurture bold new voices in narrative film.

We are looking for three exceptional artists interested in broadening their practice by developing and producing a short narrative film for Channel 4’s Random Acts platform. Inspired by the recent success of films by directors such as Steve McQueen and Clio Barnard, The Artist’s Cut will support the selected artists to produce a short narrative film up to 3 minutes in length with a budget of £5,000 each. The initiative will also involve ongoing bespoke support from film and TV industry mentors covering story development, scriptwriting, directing and producing. The Artist’s Cut is an exciting opportunity for three artists to broaden their practice in a structured and supportive environment. To find out more about the programme please read the The Artist's Cut Guidelines document here

Northern Film & Media devised and delivered the pilot Artist's Cut programme in 2012 and have since ran two further editions expanding the reach and impact of the initiative each year. Working with both established and emerging talent our aim is to nurture bold and original new filmmakers for film and television.

Northern Film & Media is the North East's creative agency, nurturing talent, supporting media businesses and driving commercial film and television production within the region.

 

BALTIC are a co-commissioning all three of The Artist's Cut films and will be supporting the programme with their expertise and networks.

BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England. BALTIC presents a constantly changing, distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation, commissioning and communication of contemporary visual art.

Channel 4's Random Acts team will be co-commissioning all three The Artist's Cut films and supporting the programme's production budget.

Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, late nights. It launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity.

 

The Artist's Cut is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. 

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. 

We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. 

- See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/who-we-are/#sthash.LEWa830d.dpuf

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is an international celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The inaugural festival took place in September 2005, and is now in its 12th year. Using the town’s unique architecture as a platform, the Festival has established a singular reputation for ambitious programming that includes film premieres, moving image installations and live performance. 

The 2015 Festival programme included artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Phil Collins and Deimantas Narkevičius alongside new commissions from Paul Rooney, 2015 Jarman Award Winner Seamus Harahan and a performance programme curated by CIRCA Projects. Canadian artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson were the recipients of BFMAF's Inntravel Award for Short Film.

Northern Film & Media is funded by the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

The Artist's Cut will be partnering with Aesthetica on a industry screening and panel event in November 2016. The first festival took place in 2011, attracting filmmakers and audiences from locations as diverse as South Africa, New Zealand and the USA. ASFF 2012 built upon the success of the inaugural event with even more films and speakers, and continuing its drive to champion the art of short filmmaking, screened 200 films from 25 countries. ASFF received BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Qualifying status in 2014, screening over 300 films from 40 countries and attracting 18,000 admissions.

 

Active Northumberland are part-funding The Artist's Cut programme. Active Northumberland is a Culture and Leisure Charitable Trust, and Limited Company. On 1st April 2015 Council Services responsible for the leadership, management and development of culture, tourism, heritage and libraries transferred to Active Northumberland (AN). Active Northumberland is delivering the Leisure, Culture, Heritage and Library services on behalf of the Council.  It is financially supported through a management fee from Northumberland County Council, income generation, funding through commissioned services and grant support.