Rotterdam, CineMart and Producers’ Lab 2022

Emerging Producers Apply Now!

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 IFFR Pro and CineMart Producers’ Lab; a festival and training workshop delivered both in person and online.

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 75 producers from all over the world go to Rotterdam to learn about how to finance and distribute their projects internationally.

British Council Film and BFI NETWORK is offering one emerging UK producer the opportunity to travel to the festival in January/February 2022 through our lab grant scheme, with a grant covering up to three days of in-person training at the festival (including hotel accommodation), and five additional days of online training. The grant also includes CineMart accreditation. Travel will be at the selected filmmakers' expense.

The course will run from the last week of January to the first week of February 2022, exact dates TBC.

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

What are we looking for?

The 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 a couple of short films, and no more than two feature films set up as an international co-production.

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.

How to Apply?

To apply, please send the following documents:

  • a biography/filmography including a project you have in development which may be suitable for a international coproduction.
  • company profile
  • letter of motivation explaining why you will benefit from this programme

(no more than one a4 page per document)

to Joanna Duncombe at joanna.duncombe@britishcouncil.org with subject

“Application for Rotterdam Lab 2022 - (Your Name)"

Deadline for applications is Monday 8th November 2021 at 10am (UK time).

Shortlisted applicants are nominated through IFFR Pro 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 IFFR Pro judging committee, who will then select the final list of participants. There will be one UK participant selected for the programme.

Please note, Lab Grant applications for UK based participants on the programme must have come through the official British Council call out. Only ONE UK based participant will be selected.

For more information please visit the Rotterdam Lab website.