Free Film Workshop (Rural Media Group)

Rural Media are running a FREE workshop at the Hive in Worcester THIS WEDNESDAY 20th SEPT  4-7PM. The workshop will cover

  • What makes a  great story for a short film
  • How can you get your film made
  • Tips for making an impact with short film
  • How to pitch your idea
  • How to develop an audience for your film

Participants will also get to meet members of the Random Acts team, meet young filmmakers who have been through the scheme and find out how to apply to make their own Random Act as well as a chance to tour the PLAYBACK FIRST ACTS exhibition featuring over 200 inspirational short films made by young artists across the UK including a great number from the Midlands)

Places are free but you do need to book


Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

BBC Academy, the University of Worcester and the Royal Television Society

would like to invite you to a special event which will be held at the

 University of Worcester on 31st October 2017


Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

 This is a one day workshop for all those looking to increase their skills and knowledge to get ahead in a career in broadcast media. It will give you the opportunity to learn from the professionals through workshops, talks and practical exercises which will help you on the right path to the broadcasting career you want.

Whether you are aiming for a career in radio, television or digital; behind the camera or on screen, this event will give you vital practical advice to help you in the next stage of your career. The workshop sessions will cover journalism and drama production.

Full details and additional speakers will be announced nearer the date, but the information you need now is:

  • When? Tuesday 31st October
  • Where? University of Worcester
  • What time? 9.30 Registration  –  Finish 6.00 p.m. Lunch is included



This workshop is for people looking to break in to the media industry who have a proven record of interest and participation in working in the media or those who have recently graduated in media or journalism related courses.



This is a free event and places are limited. These events have been extremely successful over the last few years and places are highly sought after. In order to be considered for a place at this event, please complete the application form below and email it to RTS Midlands Event Manager, Jayne Greene at by 9am on Monday 2nd October 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by email on Friday 6th October. If you are unable to attend please let us know in good time as there will be a waiting list for places.

It is requested that, if possible, delegates bring a smart phone with them.

For any queries please contact Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Centre Administrator by phoning 07792 776585 or emailing


Application to attend Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp

University of Worcester on 31st October 2017

Name of Applicant  



Telephone number  
Email address  
If you are currently a student please give details of the course you are undertaking  
If you are working please give details of your job  
Have you studied or are you studying a media related course? If so please give details of what, when and where  
Do you have any experience of working for a media related organisation? If so please give details  
What are your career aims for the next 5 years?




Why should you be considered for a place on this bootcamp?







Please complete this form and email it to Jayne Greene, RTS Midlands Administrator by 9am on Monday 2nd October. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.


Playback Exhibition National Tour Coming to The Hive

Playback Exhibition National Tour Coming to The Hive

1 – 21 September 2017, Showcasing Work by local filmmakers


Over 200 short films made by up and coming artist filmmakers (aged 16 – 24) from across England will be showcased in Playback, a touring interactive exhibition supported by Channel 4 Random Acts and coming to The Hive, Worcester on 1 September. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of free filmmaking events.


Covering a wide variety of disciplines and mediums, the work on show reflects the concerns and vision of young people working with film today. Visitors stepping inside the exhibition space can choose which of the three minute films to watch using the interactive displays, and selecting films by category or choose from curated show reels.


The exhibition will present a number of stunning films which have been made by young Worcestershire based artists and filmmakers. Highlights from Worcestershire include films by Elle Smart and Lisa and Jason Smith.


Lisa & Jason Smith are a brother and sister team, both travellers they have made a film called ‘Hotchi’ which looks at traveller identity. Lisa is keen to smash misconceptions about travellers. Jason her brother was born deaf. The film features a narrative that aims to give viewers a glimpse into how we might experience the world if we were deaf.


Elle Smart is a graduate from the University of Worcester and has a degree in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting. Her autobiographical film ‘Impact’ explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Elle has worked on various film sets and her screenwriting debut feature film, ‘In A Year’ is currently touring the festival circuit and has been nominated at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival, as well as showing at Los Angeles Cinefest.


Other filmmakers from the neighbouring Hereford region include Chris Hyde whose film looks at old age; Michael Bailon who has created an amazingly detailed hand drawn animation and Becky Doctor a 22 year old filmmaker whose comedy looks at the cult of coffee making.

A particular highlight is Anne Coombes’ atmospheric film, which explores the power and beauty of Pole Dancing as a gymnastic style, fitness phenomenon amongst young women.


Free Filmmaking Events
Alongside Playback The Hive is hosting two free workshops for young people with an interest in filmmaking.
• Ink, Paper & Plasticine, from media company Calling the Shots introduces the basics of animation. Participants aged 9 – 16 years can try their hand at animating with coloured inks, paper cut-outs and plasticine. The workshop is taking place on Saturday 9 September from 2 – 5pm.
• Filmmaking: Where do I start? by Rural Media. This workshop is for 16 – 24 year olds and doesn’t require any previous filmmaking experience. The workshop will explore short film ideas, critique inspiring shorts and offer tips about what makes a good story and how to get a film made. The workshop is taking place on Wednesday 20 September from 4 to 7pm.


Places are limited for both workshops and are offered on a first come first served basis, booking via The Hive website –


Playback is supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4 Random Acts. The exhibition will be on show across the country in a variety of exciting venues from major art galleries and cinemas to international film festivals. All of the Playback films were made as part of Random Acts, a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4 which aims to showcase bold expressions of creativity.



Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017 [#CulturalCinema]

[OK, this is very expensive, but I think it looks like an excellent programme. We (the University of Worcester) have no affiliation with this group; I’m just posting it here for information. MJK]

  • Do you know and love film, but want to have the practical skills and detailed knowledge that will make you a truly expert programmer?
  • Do you want to start a film club, run a community cinema or deliver a festival?
  • Do you want your CV to jump to the top of the pile when applying for film jobs?
  • Do you work in film and want to develop the skills necessary to deliver exciting and innovative programmes?
  • Do you want to know how you can deliver specialist programmes or bring minority groups into your cinema?


Fri 10 Mar 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
TBC, London

Creative Skillset - BFI - Lottery

Cultural Cinema Exhibition is essential training for anyone who wants to take their film career to the next level. Click here to apply before Tuesday 14 February.

In the decade-plus history of the course, its alumni have achieved top jobs at the British Film Institute, Picturehouse, Curzon Cinemas, Soda Pictures, Watershed, the Barbican and film festivals around the world.

Whether you currently work in cinema or festival programming, film curation, artist moving image, film education or specialist film, film marketing or audience development, or you want to in the future, this course is comprehensive and practical and will immeasurably boost your skills and knowledge.

You will learn:

  • A complete toolkit for understanding audiences, including increasing access for young people, children, LGBT, disabled and ethnically diverse audiences
  • How the film industry works, from key figures, including producers, sales agents, programmers, exhibitors, digital distributors and more
  • How to market a film from press campaigns to copy, from social media to offline
  • A full knowledge of the technical aspects of film so you can keep the magic of the big screen alive
  • How you can create and build audiences for archive film, artist moving image, international cinema, event cinema and alternative content
  • The key details of practical programming: negotiating, securing rights and understanding release windows

Who is this course for?

    • Professionals with 1-3 years’ experience who are forging a career in the cultural cinema sector, including programming, education, marketing and audience development
    • Any film industry professionals who currently work in management, programming, education, marketing, administration or fundraising at independent cinemas, film festivals, film societies and pop-ups
    • People who currently work in exhibition who want to build an audience for cultural cinema at their venue
    • People who run, or who have a strong desire to run, grass roots film societies and venues

Click here to apply.

How is the course taught?

This is an intensive course taught over a week. It comprises talks from a wide range of film industry experts, practical exercises, tutorials and networking. You will also have the chance to see a variety of upcoming cultural cinema films, and workshop these releases.

When will the course run?

Exact dates and location are currently TBC but the course is provisionally set for 10-17 March 2017.

Click here to apply.

The price of the course includes a pass for the ICO Screening Days at BFI Southbank (11-13 March 2017).

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI.

Job Opportunities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Exciting opportunity! Join the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the 2017 Festival as part of the Films, Marketing, and Production teams. They are currently hiring for Doc/Player Coordinator, Publications Coordinator, Production Coordinator, and Venue Coordinators. Applications close starting 5 January:


Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, Seminar

Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor, came to talk to students on FLMS2250 – Film Cultures on 29 November, 2016.


It was a fascinating discussion about what makes a film a “festival film”. We also discussed how these films offer audiences a different kind of film experience to mainstream cinema. Festival films are more challenging, often rejecting mainstream cinema’s focus on action and straightforward narrative storytelling.


A special thank you to Rebekah; it was a really fascinating discussion. For more information about Rebekah and her company, The Film Festival Doctor, please check out her website.

Calling all young, UK-based film-makers aged 16-24!

Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.

We’re on the lookout for new film-makers…the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you’ll need to get your skates on!

All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a ‘celebration of young talent’ event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.

Borderlines Film Festival, the UK’s largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.

We love film in all its glorious forms, from animation to drama, gritty documentaries to experimental hybrid work. The films should be no longer than 15 minutes (including credits) and although the film-maker must be UK based, as long as English subtitles are used, the films can be in any language. We are after current material so your film needs to have been made between August 2015 and the submission date.

To enter, please go to  There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.

For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016. Borderlines Film Festival takes place from 24 Feb – 12 March 2017 and we’ll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the Festival programme goes live.

Rural Media is a Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Founded over 25 years ago by CEO Nic Millington, we have a reputation, locally and nationally, for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent.

Borderlines film festival is the UK’s largest rural film festival. Based in Herefordshire and celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2017.