CLOSR - apply now for our new online development scheme for parents & carers outside London.

Raising Films is aware that many parents/carers struggle to maintain and develop their networks due to responsibilities at home, particularly those who live outside Greater London. CLOSR is a pilot to explore whether forming creative teams can be achieved through predominately online methods.

Posted by LauraGiles on the 30th Mar 2017.

Application Guidelines for CLOSR 2017

What is CLOSR?

  • An online personal and network development programme for writers, directors and producers living outside the M25
  • Phase 1: 12 weeks of group and 121 sessions, delivered at family friendly times so you should not have to incur any childcare costs to participate, including an overnight event in June with childcare provided. Assistance in forging collaborations and project teams for phase 2
  • Phase 2: 10 weeks of independent project and network development
  • Phase 3: programme review period on individual and project level

Supported by industry coaches, experts and speakers as well as the Raising Films team, participants will:

  1. Clarify their own career aims & objectives, plus an understanding of how to plan for and mitigate the barriers & challenges that will inevitably arise
  2. Expand their network of collaborators, all of whom will be in caring situations and will have a shared understanding of the realities of moving forward in the industry
  3. Develop their projects, receiving peer feedback on their ideas, some tools to support their development and a review with the CLOSR team.

The online sessions will blend inputs and exercises with action learning, allowing individuals to bring specific questions to the group for feedback, advice and support.

You should only apply if you have appropriate computer hardware, software and internet connection to participate in online group sessions.

Time commitment

The time commitment is minimum 2 hours a week (1 hour online session - either with a coach or self-managed in small groups - and 1 hour preparation) plus 2 days for the event. Key dates are:

Monday 1st May - Friday 21st July for the initial 12 week programme

Monday 24th July - Friday 29th September for the 10 week project development

Monday 2nd October - Friday 13th October for the 2 week review period

Who can apply?

This programme is open to all writers, directors and producers over 18 years of age living in the English Regions (i.e. outside the M25) with experience in the industry as listed below.

Writers

A minimum of one writing credit across any of the following:

  • a feature film script that has either been commissioned or optioned by a third party producer or production company.
  • a drama/comedy that has been commissioned or publicly broadcast on TV, online or radio.
  • a professionally produced theatre play/piece.
  • a published novel or collection of short stories/poems.
  • a short film that has been screened at a recognised film festival; or has won an award; or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.

Directors

A minimum of one directing credit across any of the following:

  • screen-based work that has been commissioned/funded by a third party and publicly screened including TV and online drama, commercials, music videos, documentaries and Artist’s Film & Video.
  • a professionally produced theatre play/piece that has garnered positive reviews.
  • a short film that has been screened at a recognised film festival, or has won an award, or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.

Producers

A minimum of one producing credit (Producer, Co-Producer, Line Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Development Producer) across the following:

  • screen-based work that has been commissioned/funded by a third party and publicly screened including feature film, TV and online drama, commercials, music videos, documentaries and Artist’s Film & Video.
  • a short film that has been screened at a recognised film festival, or has won an award, or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.

Applicants must be looking to work on a feature or similar for their next project. You must also be a registered member of the Raising Films website.

If you have significant (10 years +) experience in the film & TV industry but do not meet the criteria above as you are aiming to transition into a new role please get in touch with the CLOSR team to discuss your eligibility by emailing closr@raisingfilms.com

How much does it cost?

The fee for successful applicants will be just £100 thanks to generous support from Creative England for this pilot. Hardship cases for whom £100 is not affordable will be considered in conjunction with Directors UK, PACT and WGGB. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for this with a short explanation of your circumstances.

Application Process

  • Applications close on Friday 21st April 2017 at 5pm. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY 23RD APRIL 11.59PM.
  • Selected participants will be contacted by Wednesday 26th April 2017.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be informed as soon as possible. Raising Films regrets that we will not be able to discuss the reasons that an applicant is not selected due to the volume of applications we expect to receive.

What you need to send us:

  • Completed application form, including diversity declaration
  • A biography (max 2 sides A4) outlining professional experience and achievements, including filmography

Applications should be sent by e-mail to closr@raisingfilms.com with ‘CLOSR’ in the subject header. Unfortunately we will NOT be able to accept applications sent by Fax or Post.                                                                                                 

An acknowledgment of your application will be sent by email.

All applications will be received in strict confidence. Unsuccessful applications and all materials will be disposed of safely and confidentially. No information submitted will be returned.

Who will read my application?
A panel made up of key personnel from Raising Films and other funders will consider your application.

Application form is downloadable from this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/dw95d5m53lrp576/CLOSR%20application%20form.docx?dl=0

Printable guidelines are downloadable from this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oop4omniz8hpbzn/CLOSR%20Guidelines%20.docx?dl=0

If you have any further questions, please contact closr@raisingfilms.com or post them as an idea in response to this post.

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 21st April 2016 at 5pm.

KateCheeseman - Sounds great, but dam I live in London and my producer and writer outside. :-(

NellGC - Hey Kate. Sorry you can't apply... Catch up with you soon Nell Thomas

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NellThomas - Great idea for a scheme. Just wondering whether I can apply together with my life and writing partner the Mr of Mrs&MrThomas.com or whether we should apply individually?

LauraGiles - Hi Nell, good question! You would need to apply separately and reference in your application that you work as a team. Thanks, Laura

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nazsadoughi - Are you likely to run something similar for those living in London? I'm just inside M25 sadly....

Making_it_Possible_London_Alumni - Hi, we'd love to extend it out further after the pilot, realistically not until 2018 though. Sorry you are just missing out this time. Laura

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DaisyCostello - Love this scheme but live in Scotland. Anything in the pipeline up here?

LauraGiles - The England scheme is a pilot and once we have learnings from that, we'll hopefully find more funding to expand it more widely. Sorry we can't help sooner than that! Laura

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Sara - I discovered you just today and I am few days late for the deadline... any chance you will repeat this scheme next year?

LauraGiles - We will try - really depends on how this first pilot goes and the feedback we get. Keep an eye on our social media as all opportunities are announced there.

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