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Filmonomics is back and open for entries for 2023!

Updated: May 10, 2023

For early career filmmakers of marginalised genders

Our highly regarded filmmaker programme has returned with its seventh edition from

Jan 10-31 2023

Who it’s for

Filmonomics (Film+Economics) is a business-training programme – balancing creative and commercial. It mixes industry knowledge with networking and discussions on vital topics such as finance, teams, marketing, exhibition and audience development. The bespoke programme is targeted at first-time feature filmmakers of marginalised genders, who are either on the cusp of their first feature or have just made/released their debut, and is designed to bridge the gap between development and distribution. 

The applicant’s first feature may be fiction, non-fiction, hybrid, of any genre and genre defying. Applicants will be early-career (though not new entrants).

What it covers

The programme runs over 10 sessions and is a blend of online and in person workshops.

Filmonomics (Film+Economics) is a business-training programme – balancing creative, commercial and personal development. Starting with how to develop your pitch and proposal, the course covers routes to market, environmental sustainability in production, learning from box office trends, demystifying distribution and reaching audiences. Sessions will involve chances to meet a range of funders, distributors and festivals among others. Group coaching addressing the more personal, interpersonal and systemic barriers to development is also a key part of the mix, alongside  industry knowledge, networking and peer-to-peer support. 

Recent speakers and coaches have included: Alison Thompson (Co-President at Cornerstone), Annette Corbett (leadership coach), Caroline Goyder (coach/author), Julia Short (trainer/Consultant), Kate Leys (story editor), Lucy Jones (Exec Director of Comscore Movies), Mia Bays (Head of BFI Film Fund), Sabine Fayoux Cantillo (Chicken & Egg Pictures), plus alumnae from previous editions of Filmonomics. 

The total cost for the programme is: £350+ vat for individuals / freelancers / those paying from their own company with fewer than five employees, and £400 + vat where we are invoicing an employer of five + employees.  This cost has been greatly subsidised by our funders.

There is Discretionary Access Support (DAS) available for those who need to subsidize the entry fee. Funding is also available for travel and accommodation for those without a base nearby and/or access needs.

Any questions regarding Discretionary Access Support, or if you want to check if you qualify, please email training manager Simone Glover

How to apply

Go to our TRAINING PAGE for more information and to submit your application.

All applications must be submitted by Thursday 1 December at 10am GMT

Contact information

Name: Simone Glover

The programme is funded by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries, as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery. 


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