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First Monday April 2016 

12 Apr 16

Our April First Monday networking event brought together a mixture of the familiar faces with quite a few new first-timers coming along, and a few surprises thrown in.


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In Conversation with DICE 

6 Apr 16

Dice is the pseudonym of animator/director Louis Hudson and writer Ian Ravenscroft.


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Spotlight on Veronica McAleer 

6 Apr 16

Our Sponsor Spotlight on  Veronica McAleer – award-winning film and TV makeup and hair designer whose long list of credits include Emmy-winning work for The Life And Death of Peter Sellers, and Oscar-nominations for both Mrs Brown and Shakespeare…


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Alice Trueman Soundtrack Composer 

6 Apr 16

Local soundtrack composer Alice Trueman hoists her colours to the mast once more… In this new feature we set out to “meet our members” and it is a great pleasure to start with Alice Trueman soundtrack composer.


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BFilm micro interview 

21 Mar 16

BFilm Micro: a game-changing business Paul Green and Pip Piper have recently set up a new business that aims to change the filmmaking dynamic in Greater Birmingham.


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First Monday March 2016 

13 Mar 16

I drove to Digbeth and parked in the Trinity Street car park, where I ran into one of the newer members of the Forum, David Furmage, and together with his son, we walked over to The Mockingbird.


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Leeches wins International Film Award 

17 Feb 16

    Lalit Bhusal, a member of The Producers’ Forum and Director and Producer of Leeches, won the Award of Merit 2015 at The International Film Festival for Family, Public Service, and Against Drug Abuse & Trafficking in Jakarta, Indonesia.


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International Youth Film Festival in Langesund, Norway 

15 Feb 16

    PF co-founder, Mark Pressdee was recently invited and flown over to be a judge at the International Youth Film Festival in Langesund, Norway.


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First Monday starts up again 

7 Feb 16

  First Monday was back with a bang for 2016.


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In conversation with Micheal B Clifford 

5 Feb 16

Fiona Joseph interviews Michael B Clifford New member of The Producers’ Forum, Fiona Joseph quizzes BAFTA-winning director and film-maker Michael B Clifford about the creative decisions behind the making of BICYCLE.


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Simon Cox talks Star Wars, Red Carpets and Sci-fi 

5 Feb 16

Pip Piper caught up with Simon Cox to find out all about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens London premiere, and the latest news on Kaleidoscope Man.


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A Good Deal for Sky Arts and a Great Deal for the Forum 

5 Feb 16

I felt very privileged to have an invitation in January to the private premiere of At-Issue, an 8 ½ minute film produced by Drew Roper, Director of Yamination Studios in Digbeth.


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2015 – The Year in Review 

5 Dec 15

What would the world of regional filmmakers be like without The Producers’ Forum? I’m not a filmmaker myself, but I can give you a view from where I sit – on the Board of the Forum and as the day … Read more 2015 – The Year in Review › …


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iWitness goes to Madrid 

14 Sep 15

Steve Rainbow tells us about submitting to the Madrid International Film Festival: My second feature film, iWitness, has just been officially selected for competition in five categories at the Madrid International Film Festival, which I am very …


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Up to mischief with VIX and Mark Pressdee 

11 Sep 15

“We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it!” has to rate as one of the best band names of a generation.


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In Conversation with Holly Elson 

11 Sep 15

Back in April, Pip Piper caught up with Midlands based director and producer, Holly Elson and to talk New York and vikings…


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In Conversation with Sima Gonsai 

10 Sep 15

In September 2014 Carole Manship was “In conversation with Sima Gonsai” for the newsletter.


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See “More Canals than Venice” free for Birmingham Heritage Week 

9 Sep 15

The 10th -17th of September means that is Birmingham Heritage Week.


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Getting Your Film into the Festivals 

8 Sep 15

By Steve Rainbow It is almost universally accepted that the best way for a low budget feature film to get noticed is to try and get selected for a film festival.


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Greater Birmingham Film Strategy Review 

31 Jul 15

Greater Birmingham Film Strategy Review Monday 20th July, Mockingbird Theatre and Bar.


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Producing cutting edge documentary and why we should be campaigning! 

10 May 14

Julia Higginbottom is the co owner of Rebel Uncut and has made her fair share of films from feature length drama to documentary and commercials.


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Shaping the city’s media landscape: join the Birmingham Film & TV Summit, Mar 13… 

5 Mar 14

Film and TV summit : Library of Birmingham: An all day invitation event which the Producers’ Forum are a partner in! Here are the details from the organisers… and click here to download the booking form.


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Creative England ‘Compass’ Programme, to point Film Businesses in the right direction… 

5 Mar 14

Our partners at Creative England are running this new initiative, which we thought you might be inerested in… Here is the information from Creative England: CREATIVE ENGLAND’S ‘COMPASS’ PROGRAMME POINTS FILM BUSINESSES IN THE RIGHT …


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Lessons from our 2013 Mentoring Scheme – how upcoming producers got support from leading professionals 

26 Feb 14

In 2013, the Producers’ Forum ran a special Mentoring Scheme (supported by Creative England) which led to a host of insights and support from top industry professionals for new producers on the rise.


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£100 member discount for the Rethink Media Conference, with impressive guest speakers… (Was £125, now £25!) 

26 Feb 14

The Rethink Media conference team have set up a promotion code which they are happy for us to share with members of The Producers’ Forum.


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The ins and outs of Crowdfunding, by KALEIDOSCOPE MAN producer and PF board member SImon Cox 

19 Feb 14

Insights from the sharp end of crowdfunding, from the ambitious multi-stage campaign run for his science fiction feature film KALEIDOSCOPE MAN by our board member Simon Cox… Firstly, where can people find out about KALEIDOSCOPE MAN and your …


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Feb 18: Exclusive insights into Filmmaking and Distribution from the producer of DIVORCING JACK and MAD COWS… 

13 Feb 14

Go to our Events page to find out more! Just £5 for members and £8 for non-members… http://www.


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Want to screen your film in London’s West End? Exclusive PF members’ discount! 

13 Feb 14

Here is an exclusive offer that’s been made for Forum members by The Actors Temple: get 10% off your booking charge, to get your film screened close to the heart of London’s entertainment district at a highly affordable rate.


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Opportunity for Self-shooting Directors/Editors with our members Infinite Wisdom… 

30 Jan 14

Wanted: TALENTED WEST MIDLANDS BASED Filmmakers for high quality promos and online commercials.


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Networking: Making it work for you! Exclusive insights from the organisers of our joint monthly networking events… 

28 Jan 14

Andy Conway, who runs Shooting People’s Screenwriting Bulletin and regional Shooters in the Pub events: I think it’s difficult to overstate the importance of networking, especially to screenwriters.


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Exclusive Film Festivals Guide, by Roger Shannon 

28 Jan 14

With both the Sundance and the Rotterdam Festivals underway, the Film Festival year of 2014 has already begun; and very shortly, the Berlin International Film Festival will be upon us in mid February.


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Birmingham Recycling Film Opportunity – submit soon to get the most chances to win! 

24 Jan 14

Electrical recycling company Bozowi Sell My Mobile (http://bozowi.


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Special Christmas offers from two members’ films… 

18 Dec 13

Buy Simon Woods’ THE MANDRAKE ROOT by Christmas to support the Sardinia typhoon appeal, and watch Steve Rainbow’s MORE CANALS THAN VENICE free online on December 29th to celebrate the 200th birthday of the inventor of plastic and …


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Pitch your project to industry experts with us at Stoke Your Fires! 

17 Dec 13

STOKE YOUR FIRES 2014 MARKETPLACE, TUESDAY 11TH MARCH –  In partnership with the Factory business support programme, Stoke Your Fires has once again partnered with the Producers’ Forum to deliver a Film and Digital Marketplace at the heart of the…


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Special offer for members, to help you sell your film more effectively online… 

12 Dec 13

10th Planet Digital Media are making a special offer for Forum members to use their new secure digital distribution service to distribute their films.


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Exclusive interview with Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham 

11 Dec 13

The Head of Birmingham’s official body for welcoming and facilitating productions shot in the city tells us about an impressive year of national productions filming in the city in 2013, after already hosting Dancing on the Edge and other major…


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Invite for our members to mix with leading city entrepreneurs over Christmas drinks…! 

28 Nov 13

Members, log in to view this private event invitation! Click here for our booking form for the event… The post Invite for our members to mix with leading city entrepreneurs over Christmas drinks…! appeared first on The Producers' …


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What we’ve learned in ten years as ‘the future of film in the West Midlands’, by Natasha Carlish 

13 Nov 13

In 2003, the Producers’ Forum first came into being, with the aim of becoming “the future of film in the West Midlands”.


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Working with Writers – a guide by Liz John, chair of West Midlands Screenwriters’ Forum 

13 Nov 13

Let’s say you have a great project idea.


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What can producers and filmmakers expect from BCU’s impressive new studio facilities? by Philip Thickett, Design client for the studio 

13 Nov 13

Pip Piper adds: “The PF members were given a guided tour of the new facilities last week.


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Welcome to our second decade of supporting filmmakers in our region and beyond! 

17 Oct 13

In this week in 2003, the Producers’ Forum first came into being, with the aim of becoming “the future of film in the West Midlands”.


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Free members-only event – Exclusive tour of BCU’s £60m new studio! 5th November 

16 Oct 13

This event will include will include a free and exclusive tour of BCU’s £60m new studio facilities at their new site by Millennium Point in Birmingham.


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Into the Light: Sir Michael Balcon and Birmingham – BCU, November 12th 

7 Oct 13

Join BCU and us among other partners for a free day of screenings and discussion with Lord David Puttnam, Sir Albert Bore and Tamasin Day-Lewis, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Sir Michael Balcon, the Birmingham-born film producer who led …


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Welcome to the new-look Producers’ Forum… 

6 Oct 13

We’re relaunching with a new simple sign-up rate of £25 which makes you part of a vibrant regional film making community, and gives you: 2 FREE PF members only events per year.


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The Forum is changing… 

17 Sep 13

The Forum will be taking a new form within the next few weeks, to better serve you.


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News from the Industry and members, September Weeks 1-2 

17 Sep 13

Includes: Member film premiere, Sept.


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PF members invited to film premiere 

17 Sep 13

We’ve been asked by local filmmakers to invite PF members to the premiere of their new film on September 30th, which they say may also be attended by local press and media.


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Members’ and Colleagues’ News – Summer Special! 

31 Jul 13

Includes: the BBC considers new ways to invest in Birmingham, while John West proposes Channel 4 move there; Kaleidoscope Man makes project of the day on IndieReign; Pixel Market deadline looms; plugs for film companies in the region.


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Industry News & Opportunities – summer special! 

31 Jul 13

Includes: Short film maker sought, documentary filmmaking course, London Short Films Festival submissions and other submission opportunities; storytelling writers sought; young filmmakers & programmers sought; 13-25s free workshops; film …


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Industry News & Opportunities, July Week 4 

24 Jul 13

Includes: broadcast Development Producer; Birmingham Rep playwrighting workshops; Digital Production challenge; 18-25s films opportunity, Video Art call; Short films call; Young film programmers call.


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Members’ & Colleagues’ News, July Week 4 

24 Jul 13

Includes: Clare Ingham’s Sky drama wrapped, Producer sought, Nick Fogg in shorts competition, crew needed for Jul 29/30 shoot, and more.


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Members’ & Colleagues’ News, July Week 2 

19 Jul 13

Includes: Toyah Willcox at our Debbie Isitt event; BAFTA Post-Production Sound event at the Electric Cinema; get shot by aliens?; Simon Bovey wins Euroscript award; Red camera hire; and more.


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Latest Opportunities, July Week 3 

19 Jul 13

Includes: National Youth Film Festival submissions, filmmaking workshops, short play submissions, Film awards of up to £5k, Documentary filmmaking course.


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Updates & Highlights, July Week 2 

10 Jul 13

Includes: local Red camera hire; New York TV Festival web series submissions; Showcase your work on new website; new West Midlands feature film; Meet the Producers; Producer-Facilitator opportunity; Theatre Director jobshare; Producing Surgeries.


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Support filmmaking and production from your region… 

4 Jul 13

The Producers’ Forum is the only body run by and for filmmakers and independent producers based in the Midlands, and we rely on the support of our community to continue our work in training, connecting and empowering them to build inspiring …


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If one film event this summer could change your life… 

26 Jun 13

If one film event this summer could change your life… Debbie Isitt showing you how to make fearless improvised high-impact films is it.


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Members’ & Colleagues’ News, June Week 4 

26 Jun 13

Includes: Roger Harding showreel, Khalid Al Hagar screening, Last Independent celebrates a decade of productions, ‘Bargain’ atttaches assistant art director from the Hurt Locker and Transformers 2.


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Industry News & Opportunities, June Week 4 

26 Jun 13

Includes: improving your creative leadership/ management, funding for producers and freelancers, 80% funded showrunning course, TV tax credits, generating innovative content; screenings open call; short film IdeasTap session; Young writers’ …


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Latest Opportunities & Industry News, June Week 3 

20 Jun 13

Includes: Creative Multimedia Producer (film & video); Production Entrepreneurialism course; European TV Drama Series Lab; Film Academy scheme organisations sought; National Youth Film Festival; further opportunities; Shakespeare for kids project.


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Membbers’ and Colleagues’ News, June Week 3 

20 Jun 13

Includes: Derek Jarman events this week; Free legal advice; ‘Bargain’ Kickstarter update; New hi-res local camera hire; Horror film; ‘In Silence’ IndieGoGo update.