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New Screen Training Ireland programme encourages innovation and creativity in producers

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Leading Edge: The Producers Programme

Screen Training Ireland, part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, is delighted to announce Leading Edge: The Producers Programme. This innovative programme is aimed at established producers and seeks to incorporate the creative and business aspects of production. It will assist producers to internationalise their projects, and provide mentorship and custom-designed training development. The final module will take place in London and will provide direct access to sales and marketing expertise and networking opportunities with the local industry.

Producers with a proven track record in film, documentary or TV drama are invited to apply to the programme. Producers should be actively developing a feature film project.

Angus Finney, course director, has worked closely with Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board to develop this exclusive programme. Finney is manager of the Film London Production Finance Market and currently an expert witness for the UK government. His experience includes training, managerial, financing, creative management, executive producing, and international sales.

The programme will be delivered over three modules, in January, March and June 2014. The first module of the programme commences January 14th, 2014. Taking place over two days in Dublin, this module focuses on areas such as the film value chain, changing film markets, financial packaging, business models and business plans.

Module two takes place over three days in Dublin and focuses on the creative and development process, exploring the producer’s role in creative development, story selection and execution, working and managing creative talent, creative packaging, project selection and slate management, resolving conflicts, identifying audience at the early stage and pitching.

The final module takes place in London over three days and focuses on international sales, the film calendar, marketing and audience research. Producers will work on the building of informed, coherent Project Plans and Finance Plans with a view to their projects being pitched to real buyers and investors, thus providing an opportunity for exposure to the commercial marketplace, negotiation and capturing best value.

For further information on the programme please visit http://www.screentrainingireland.ie/ or contact Helen McMahon: helen.mcmahon@screentrainingireland.ie

Screen Training Ireland, part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, provides on-going training for the screen sectors through the delivery of world-class training initiatives.