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Digital Skills For Innovation

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We’re all about education and furthering knowledge and this is how filmmaking can grow and innovate.

The University of Wolverhampton is managing grants of £1000 on behalf of the Worcester City Council towards training costs for business and freelancers. The grants are for businesses and freelancers who live in Worcester only and right now there are 10 unclaimed grants which need claiming by March or they go to waste, which would be a tragedy.

Contented, a Midlands based communication company runs training and development workshops and have been in touch about offering some filmmakers (or other creatives) places on a Digital Skills course.


Engaging and developing audiences – whether customers, hopeful employees or investors – are critical to running any successful business or project.

Whether you’re a freelancer or you’ve a team pulling in millions of pounds, everyone today needs to be a publisher and broadcaster. Even financiers and recruiters are using the media. Communications is not just a skill for your marketing intern.

* Project and production management, proposals, budgeting and international working;
* Crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding campaigns and successful investor presentations;
* Facilitating team story-making, learning, leadership and development;
* Digital media skills such as writing, film production and photography;
*  Business improvement, developing quality marks, partnerships and telling your company story.


For further information and to check your eligibility for a grant,please contact Jenny Jardine on 0800-310 10 93 or
Attached : Digital Skills for Innovation

Un Petit Tour Dans Paris

Un Petit Tour Dans Paris“Un Petit Tour Dans Paris” is a new 1.5-minute short film by French director Maxime Baudin.

“In a splendid and romantic Paris, while everything is going too fast, a young man ride a ‘bicyle’,” the synopsis reads. “But his simple ride is going to take on a whole new dimension…”

Baudin tells PetaPixel that he did the shoot over two days in Paris, shooting 1,800 RAW photos with his Canon 7D to create the frames for the stop motion. Each exposure was a 2.5-second long exposure, since he wanted to show the world around his actors as blurry with motion and activity.

“I used the long exposure to dematerialize the people around the characters,” Baudin tells PetaPixel. “In this way, there are two periods in the same image.”


Source : Petapixel

Malvern Council Looking To Increase Film Screenings

Malvern, Worcestershire

More outdoor film screenings could be held in Malvern next year in the wake of the success of September’s showing of Jaws in Priory Park.

The screening, arranged by Malvern Hills District Council, was a great success, attracting some 300 cinemagoers, twice the number estimated. It was shown to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg-directed classic’s original release.

And now the district council and Malvern Town Council are considering joining forces to promote a Malvern Film Festival for summer 2016.

The proposal envisages screening two films in Priory Park, which is owned by the district council, and one each in Rosebank Gardens and Victoria Park, the property of the town council.


Source: Worcester News

Flatpack Film Festival Submissions 2016 Open

Flatpack Film FestivalThe Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham is open for submissions. As always the programme will celebrate film in all its permutations, from animated curiosities, to weird and wonderful music promos, to celluloid installations, to cerebral video essays, with just about everything in between. The festival takes place in venues all over Birmingham, UK, and runs from 18-24 April 2016.

The short film strand has 5 coveted awards up for grabs:

– the Short Film Award;
– the WTF Award;
– the Audience Award;
– the Colour Box Award;
– the Colour Box Audience Award.

The film selected by the jury as the winner of the Short Film Award will receive £1,000. All successful submissions will be included in the programme at Flatpack no.10.

Submissions should be:

– films under 20 minutes long;
– completed since January 2014;
– fully cleared, including any music rights.

Flatpack screens all types and genres of film but the programme has a slight emphasis towards animation, music, documentary, experimental work, handmade oddities, and that kind of thing


Source : Film Birmingham

Splendid Cinema: We’ve saved the best for last (of 2015)!

Wild Tales At Splendid CinemaFinishing off 2015, Splendid Cinema is proud to present possibly our favourite film in the season. Wild Tales are six, unrelated short stories which manage to be funny, romantic, tragic and utterly unpredictable. Nominated for the Oscar (Best Film Not in the English Language), Palme D’or at Cannes and for Spain’s Goya awards; swept Argentina’s version of the Oscars too. Not to be missed!

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome St., Worcester, WR1 1UH

6 December, 18:00
Tickets £5 on the door