A new scheme for artist filmmakers has just been launched, aiming to help those in the early stages of their careers with development, funding and advice. The FLAMIN Fellowship (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network) aims to bolster six practitioners based in England who have projects in need of nurturing. Financing, mentoring and access to support networks are all part of the programme.
Backed by Film London, Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust, the Fellowship aims to offer seed production finance of £2,500, alongside a programme of workshops, professional mentoring and access to curators. Applicants must have a track record of working with the moving image – and this work must have been shown in an art world context previously. The scheme is designed to encourage experimentation and innovation; applicants with unusual or different ideas for a moving image work, whether at concept stage or beyond, are encouraged to apply.
Encouragingly, FLAMIN’s track record is already impressive. This latest venture follows on from the 2009 launch of FLAMIN Productions – a two-stage commissioning scheme designed to aid innovative artists. To date, 19 films have been commissioned, including Elizabeth Price’s West Hinder – part of her 2012 Turner Prize-winning exhibition and Ben Rivers’ feature length Two Years at Sea, which was released in cinemas in 2012.
The deadline for applications is 25 September. For more information: www.flamin.filmlondon.org.uk
1. Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea. Courtesy of Vimeo.