Haley Edwards in Film & TV


Market Trader Programme Opens For 2nd Year

Creative England is pleased to announce the return of our Market Trader development programme which aims to give participants from across the film industry a better understanding of international markets.

Responding to the original call from Creative Skillset for training programmes in effective marketplace preparation and navigation, Market Trader was set up to boost the careers of producers and early-stage distributors and sales agents, as well as nurture cross-sector film business relationships.

Delivered as a complement to Creative England’s Film Enterprise Fund, the programme will consist of intensive residential workshops and mentoring in the UK in preparation for the twelve selected participants to attend the European Film Market at Berlinale in 2016. At EFM, participants will have the support of Market Trader mentors to network, pitch, negotiate and close deals for their films.

The support provided will be tailored to each participant’s specific skillset, perspective and needs to provide a comprehensive package of guidance. Participating producers will also be given the option of a follow up visit to another market to maximise the benefits that their international networks can bring to individual projects.

The first Market Trader programme played host to an impressive roster of film industry expertise including Ivan Mactaggart (Trademark Films), Wendy Mitchell (British Council), Joel Kennedy (eOne) and Angus Lamont (Crab Apple Films), as well as mentors, Peter Ettedgui and Beatrice Neumann, who will continue for Market Trader 2. Past participants of the programme have included producer Diarmid Scrimshaw ('Tyrannosaur'), MD of Archers Mark, Steve Jamison ('Next Goal Wins') and Sales and Distribution Executives Kevin Chan (Soda Pictures) and Emma Yap (Bankside Films).

Caroline Cooper-Charles, Head of Film at Creative England said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to offer Market Trader again this year after such an enthusiastic and impressive response from last years’ participants. It is so important to understand how films fit within the international marketplace and what better way to do that than in a totally immersive and supportive programme like this?”

The total fee for the scheme is between £750 and £1,000. This covers all workshops, activities, course materials and some meals and refreshments. Accommodation at EFM/Berlinale 2016 is included for producer participants; travel and childcare bursaries are also available. Applicants should consult the guidelines in full for more information on the programme and help with individual needs.

The deadline for Market Trader has now passed. Follow us on Twitter for alerts.

Coming Soon - Market Trader 2016

If you’re interested in being part of our next Market Trader programme, please fill in an expression of interest and a member of the team will contact you as soon as we open for applications.

Find out more by visiting our Film page or following the team on Twitter.

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