Workshops and Training
We offer Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses and workshops for first time feature filmmakers of marginalised genders, and film distribution/exhibition professionals.
Reclaim The Frame’s highly regarded Filmonomics programme is back, and open for applications!
Running for an eighth edition and supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions, Filmonomics is Reclaim The Frame’s flagship training programme. Now open for applications from first time feature film screenwriters, directors and producers of marginalised genders across the UK. Projects can be fiction, documentary or hybrid, and currently in development, pre-production and post production, screening at film festivals or distributed, or recently completed.
The course runs from December 2023 to March 2024, in-person and online, and involves a mix of industry panels, round tables, group coaching, screenings and networking with the aim of bridging the gap between development and distribution.
Deadline for applications: 7 Nov 2023, 10:00
We will notify successful applicants on 22 Nov 2023
Thank you for applying. If you have not heard from us by 27 Nov, your application was unsuccessful. As disappointing as this may be, we are a small charity and therefore unable to give individual feedback.
Please email any enquiries to course manager Simone Glover: email@example.com
with FILMONOMICS 8 in the subject line of your email
2022- 2023 Speakers & Coaches
Prano Bailey-Bond (Director Censor); a film that we supported via our Reclaim The Frame programme, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Producer Blue Story); alumnae of Filmonomics, Cate Kane (Co-Head of Acquisitions at MUBI), Lia Devlin (Managing Director at Altitude); alumnae of our Future Leaders in Distribution programme, Alison Thompson (Co-Founder Cornerstone Films), Mia Bays (Director Film Fund BFI), Ama Ampadu (Senior Production and Development Executive for the BFI Film Fund), Tejinder Joudal (Director of Marketing and Distribution Hanway Films), Carmen Gray (Film Critic/Programmer, Berlinale), Kate Leys (script & story editor), Julia Short (trainer/consultant) Stephen Follow (Film Industry Analyst), Lucy Jones (Exec Director Comscore Movies), Delphine Lievens (Head of Distribution Bohemia Media); alumnae of our Future Leaders in Distribution programme, Droo Padhiar (Head of Marketing Dogwoof); alumnae of our Future Leaders in Distribution programme, Amy O’Hara (Development and Production Executive at Film4), Shanida Scotland (Head of Film at the BFI Doc Society), Chi Thai (Producer), Kaleem Aftab (Journalist & critic), Cíntia Gil (Film programmer and consultant), Paul Sng (Co-dir Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche)
The Filmonomics Course was a real boost in my career at a time when there seemed to be even less opportunities than there are now. I felt a real sense of encouragement and collaboration being part of a closely knit Filmonomics cohort, and even though this was three years ago, we are still in touch.
I’ve also been so proud to see fellow course attendees go on to do great things.
Naomi Wright (Censor 2021)
How it Works
Filmonomics is aimed at marginalised gender feature film directors, writers, and producers, and will prioritise global majority and marginalised talent from across the UK - individuals or teams (max two)
The total cost for the programme is £400 + vat. This includes workshops, panels, peer networking, tailored coaching, and catering costs for in-person events.
Cost should not be a barrier to applying. We have Discretionary Access Support (DAS) available to contribute towards travel, accommodation (for applicants based outside of London and the South East), and caring responsibilities. Support will be disseminated according to the shared needs of the participants. Each participant will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants should also look to their screen agency/film hub for support.
100% of our previous Filmonomics cohort said they would recommend the course. By the end of the programme, those reporting feeling “very confident” increased from 4% to 56%.
She / Her
Melanie Iredale is a film curator and cultural activist. She is the Director of Reclaim The Frame, a charity with a mission to champion broader perspectives of the world through films by marginalised creatives and to advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in cinema. She is also an Exec Producer on the award-winning REBEL DYKES, which screened in 50+ festivals internationally and 40+ cinemas in the UK since its premiere at BFI Flare 2020. Prior to this, Melanie served as Deputy Director and Programmer at Sheffield DocFest, 2014-2021, with a background of developing audiences in the North of England for international cinema since 2005.
She / Her
Simone has worked in the film industry for over 20 years in various roles in story development and training. Prior to joining Reclaim The Frame in 2016, Simone worked at Academy Award-winning production company ‘Missing In Action Films’. Prior to this, Simone worked for Arista Development, a training initiative in which Pan-European writers, producers, directors and development executives gained theoretical knowledge and practical techniques vital to develop their stories. Simone is a graduate of the programme. Simone has been a freelance story developer, and a reader for most of the regional screen agencies, including Film London’s Microwave and London Calling schemes. As a screenwriter, Simone has written a number of short films and TV, one a winner of BBC Northern Ireland NIFTC for Northern Lights, another, starring Ben Whishaw, backed by the BBC, was nominated for Best Short at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Festival. Simone’s co-written original comedy feature, created with actor Adrian Dunbar, is in development with Northern Ireland Screen. Simone’s original period/action/adventure feature got her a place as a finalist on The Writers Lab UK & Ireland in 2021.
Reclaim The Frame
(formerly known as Birds Eye View)
is a UK-wide charity with a mission to bring a broader perspective of the world through cinema.
Our aim is to support films by marginalised genders, and to build a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.