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Emerging producers invited to apply to attend Rotterdam Lab

8th October 2019

With funding from BFI NETWORK and British Council's Lab Grant scheme, we are offering one emerging producer the chance to travel to the Netherlands and take part in CineMart’s Rotterdam Producer’s Lab; a five-day festival and training workshop.

As the film and television market is getting ever more global in scope, the Rotterdam Lab is an invaluable opportunity to be part of an international film festival, and then take advantage of the networking opportunities that come with it. Around 60 producers from all over the world are coming to Rotterdam; they’ll all be talking about their projects and finding out how to get them financed.

British Council Film and BFI NETWORK is offering one emerging UK producer the opportunity to travel to the festival in January 2020 through our lab grant scheme, with a grant covering five nights' accommodation in a hotel, as well as a five-day Rotterdam Lab Programme and CineMart accreditation. The accreditation entitles the participant to attend all screenings and major events. Travel will be at the selected filmmakers' expense.

CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has run the Rotterdam Lab for twenty years.

Shortlisted applicants are nominated through CineMart’s partnering organisations. British Council Film is the UK partner looking for the best emerging production talent in the UK. A shortlist of UK applicants will be sent to the CineMart  judging committee, who will then select the final candidate. There will be one UK participant selected for the programme.

British Council is now looking for emerging producers from across the UK to take part. This could include independent producers with their own companies, or junior producers working for a production company. Candidates should have produced at least two short films and be working on a feature film, and have the aim to either co-produce or work internationally (in the future).

Participants will learn about new developments in the industry, and logistical matters such as co- and post-production, sales, (digital) distribution, funding and developing a project. Most producers are working on their first international co- production. After Rotterdam Lab, producers will come home with an expanded network of contacts, the experience of working a market like CineMart, and be even more knowledgeable about the global cinema marketplace.

The course will run from 25 January – 29 January 2020.

To apply, send a biography/filmography, company profile, letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation (no more than one page per document) to for the attention of Jo Duncombe under the subject “British Council application for Rotterdam Lab 2020"

Deadline for applications is Monday 4th November 2019 at 10am (UK time).

For more information please visit the Rotterdam Lab website: