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n March 2016, applications opened for one of the most prominent rounds of Lottery BFI VISION awards to date. Vision Awards 3 was announced with a refreshed mandate: to support producers at an earlier point in their career – a crucial time as they build the initial foundations of their development slate, forge creative relationships with promising talent and find their feet in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Launched in 2008, the first round of Vision Awards was introduced “to enable dynamic producers to source and develop feature film projects with creative vision”, awarding 15 companies with financial support for their business over a period of 2 years. The awards were then relaunched 4 years later with a wider approach. Opening up the opportunity to a range of both emerging and more established companies, they were specifically designed to help strengthen an eclectic mix of development slates covering feature film, documentary and animation. During this second round, we saw the 19 selected companies produce an array of outstanding British films, including X&Y, The Spirit of ‘45, Bill, and BAFTA-winning Brooklyn. In 2016, the BFI decided to move the goalposts With an increasing focus on underrepresented voices, cultural and regional diversity, the Vision Awards will now invest a total of £2.2million of National Lottery money into 22 of the UK’s most promising production companies, selected from almost 500 applicants who are set to deliver a wide range of ambitious, exciting material for contemporary British audiences. To find out more about the Vision Award producers, go to: bfi.org/vision-awards-2016 VISION AWARDEES 2016: Rob Watson Air Street Films Ltd, London “This award means an enormous amount to me. It will completely revolutionise the way that I work - being an independent producer is an extremely precarious existence, and the Vision Award offers a unique opportunity to spend time concentrating on the stories that you want to tell, and the filmmakers you want to work with.” Rosie Crerar and Ciara Barry Barry Crerar Ltd, Glasgow “As two female producers forging a career from Glasgow the impact of the BFI Vision Award is seismic - enabling us to finally establish Barry Crerar to unearth and develop a slate 06 BFI.ORG.UK of diverse, emotional, transformative stories with the vanguard of UK emerging cultural filmmakers.” Chris Hees Bridge Way Ltd, Hull ‘The Vision Award will help me bridge the gap between the active film industry in London and the fantastic untapped talent and stories I know exist in Hull. Through Bridge Way Ltd I will produce films with character and place at their heart, inspired by the UK and for international audiences.’ Rachelle Constant Constant Productions Ltd, London “The Vision award will support the growth of Constant Productions, strengthening the company’s reputation in building more integral relationships with UK filmmakers and talent.” Yaw Basoah Dark Pictures Ltd, London “The BFI Vision Award will help Dark Pictures to continue to collaborate with outstanding talent, to tell distinctive and compelling stories that inspire, inform and entertain.” Loran Dunn Delaval Film, Manchester “For me this is a massive opportunity for regional cinema… I know there are fantastic and incredibly engaging regional stories out there that will deliver some real drive, and that can have both artistic integrity and commercial appeal, that’s what I’m going to be looking for.” Bekki Wray-Rogers and Libby Durdy Duck Soup Films Ltd, Leeds “Our vision is to work with incredible talent to seek out stories and characters that we love and that audiences will enjoy; stories that delve behind the scenes of the mainstream and reflect a more diverse and nuanced Britain than we are often used to seeing.” Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl Elation Pictures Ltd, London “It is hard to overstate the positive impact of a BFI Vision Award for a fledgling company such as Elation Pictures - not only does this provide much-needed financial support so we can give our projects the attention they deserve, but it also represents a significant vote of confidence in us and in the talent we want to champion.” Michelle Eastwood Escape Films Ltd, London “The Vision award will allow me to invest both time and money in a range of projects at an early stage of development, which will become fruitful in years to come, and empower me to approach and work with talent and material I am really excited about.“ I AWARDS LUCY SNEDDON LOOKS AT THE BFI


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