Additional film funds open in VFX and craft and technical areas

As part of Creative Skillset’s work in film £160,000 is now available for organisations to provide training and skills development in the priority areas of VFX and craft and technical.

The funding enables organisations to offer subsidised courses and development opportunities that address key issues identified by Creative Skillset and industry.

Providing subsidised training supports people from all backgrounds across the UK to afford training and progress in their careers.

Funds are now available in the following priority areas:

  • £40,000 in VFX company development funding.
  • £20,000 intravel bursaries to support VFX learning in Europe.
  • £100,000 incraft and technical professional development funding.

This is in addition to the £280,000 released last week addressing training needs such as archive, cross-media and business management.

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset, said: “The VFX industry in particular is in a time of change, and support is needed to ensure that existing companies and students aspiring to enter the industry have the skills and resources to succeed. These schemes have been developed with industry and support the BFI’s strategic priorities.”

The funding is part of Creative Skillset’s four-year film skills strategy which supports the BFI’s strategic priorities, outlined in its five-year strategy Film Forever. Information and applications can be found at www.creativeskillset.org/film/funding. The deadline for applications is 17 October 2013.

VFX and film professionals are also encouraged to register for Creative Skillset’s industry panels. Panel members are asked their opinions, via short online surveys, on matters ranging from skills gaps and training to the future needs of the industries. Feedback is vital in shaping future strategies and supporting the industries in remaining globally competitive.

The next survey will take place between 14-20 October 2013 and individuals who register before 13 October 2013 will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 John Lewis vouchers. More information can be found at www.creativeskillset.org/research/panels.

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