Driving Diversity Standards with a Fresh Lens, Modern Tales Creates Routes into the UK Film Industry  
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Modern Tales is a five month story and professional development initiative created by Bushfire Digital and Script Cube for emerging BAME, female and disabled filmmakers. The programme supports writers, directors and producers in the development of long form dramatic fiction that is both market conscious and creative in its inception, set-up, development and execution. Modern Tales is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.
Project Development Deadline - 6 Days Left to Apply!

We are offering up to ten filmmaking teams a place on our project development programme, which will give access to all eight courses on offer, as well as support through monthly meetings with the course tutors and feedback from selected industry experts and an online peer community.

    •    Over the course of the eight days and during the development work that happens between sessions, your project will grow from ideas stage to a properly fleshed out story;

    •    Each project will generate a portfolio of material to create an industry package demonstrating evidence of a developed story, creative vision, marketing and financing plan and an audience engagement strategy;

    •    After the course, all projects will be presented to executives in the film, TV and online industries at a special industry session; 

    •    The creation of an online community will benefit each team by providing peer-to-peer support as well as feedback from Modern Tales tutors and industry mentors. This virtual community will continue to provide a constructive ongoing resource beyond the programme as you push your projects closer to commission and into production, distribution and exhibition.

Modern Tales offers full bursary support for the teams selected for project development, so if you’re thinking of applying, why wait? Deadline for applications 12pm 9 March. Click here for more details. Any questions? Drop us a line at
First Industry Speakers Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the first line-up of industry speakers, who all have something very unique to offer our project development teams and course participants. Our aim is to give filmmakers access to talent who can discuss and reflect on their work in a way that is relatable and meaningful, in an industry which so often lacks a range of diverse stories. 
Kolton Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. He has made two independent features, Cherps and Freestyle, the latter of which was made through Film London’s Microwave scheme. Until recently, he was the Programme Leader for the BA Screenwriting degree at Central Film School.
Nathaniel Martello White is a writer, director and actor. His film and TV credits include Silk, Death in Paradise, Misfits, Hard Boiled Sweets and Life Just Is. He has recently completed three short films Slap, Mars Tingz and Cla'am, which has its premiere at SXSW next month.
Nirpal Bhogal made his breakthrough with the critically acclaimed short Cold Kiss which starred and was exec produced by BAFTA nominated actor, Ray Winstone. He went on to direct girl gang thriller Sket, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Since then, Nirpal has completed his second feature Firstborn which is released on Netflix in March.
Tracy Elner is the author of Blue Eye, a self-published award-winning conspiracy thriller which has recently been optioned for TV/Film. Tracy’s unusual background as a businessman and environmentalist has allowed him to think ‘outside the box’ to develop strategies to penetrate the business of media and TV. 
Ideas Generation - Saturday 25 March

You may have developed a methodology for ideas creation which, to date, has suited you well. But does it suit everything you are trying to develop? Have you got a clear, comprehensive and versatile toolkit for ideas generation?

To kick off the first of our eight courses, we’re very excited to be running our day on Ideas Generation which will introduce you to fresh ways you can develop solid ideas when building a narrative story, providing a comprehensive and versatile tool kit.

Over the course of this day-long workshop, we will explore;
  • Where screen story ideas come from and the valuable historic context to our collective understanding of how stories work;
  • The tools to build a dramatic narrative from the ground up;
  • How to test the validity of your ideas, referencing the creative process and our relationship with our ideal audience.

To read more about the course and to book your place, click here. Limited numbers available. Tickets issues on a first come, first served basis.

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