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Friday, 31 October 2014

Opportunities for Creative West Highland Bees

I am the media point of contact for ScreenHI, a fantastic organisation which develops screen and broadcast industries in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Screen HI is currently delivering a six-month long programme of events for Honeycomb - Creative Works, a new EU-funded initiative aimed at helping would-be creative entrepreneurs across the western seaboard of Scotland.
ScreenHI is headed by the dynamic Amanda Millen, a former BBC Scotland drama producer and Highland lass who is passionate about developing talent in her native land. There are lots of opportunities afoot. So stay tuned...

Deadline for both awards - 17th November 2014

THE final round of Honey Pot seed fund was launched last week. This is available to networks throughout in the Honeycomb – Creative Works network of Lochaber, Skye, and Lochalsh, Argyll and Bute. (Honeycomb also covers Arran & Cumbrae, North Ayrshire mainland, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the six southern border counties of the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland). The fund has also been opened up to applications from the Western Isles.  A great opportunity to get your idea or project up and running, we particularly would like to see this pot of money, potentially £50,000, spent in Scotland.  
The Create Award is targeted at existing ideas/projects that require additional support to take them to the next level - the Proof of Concept. Create is designed to help digital content freelancers or companies to further establish the commercial potential of a concept and fully develop and test their ideas. Eligible projects could receive up to £5,000 in funding.

Captivate Award will support collaborations between the creative and other business sectors to apply digital content knowledge, skills and technologies for innovation focused projects.  Applications are now being invited from digital content freelancers or companies in the film and broadcast, music technologies, animation, games development or interactive media industries to collaborate with another business sector, other than the digital content sector e.g., Health, Tourism, Big Data. Eligible projects could receive up to £20,000 in funding.

Applications representing cross-border, cross-regional collaborations from within the eligible
INTERREG IVA Region are particularly welcome. Read the guidance notes and apply here for either or both of these awards.
19th & 20th November, Talla Mòr, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye
Trainer:  Christina Burnett, Wide Eye Pictures
THE Engine Room Pitch is a unique workshop, which takes place over two days providing a project development and pitching experience for documentary/factual filmmakers and producers seeking UK and international commissions and market intelligence.  Intense, friendly and practical, the Engine Room Pitch develops real projects and trailers, which are then presented to two commissioning editors for feedback.  It is also an exceptional networking opportunity too.

Created by leading international pitch trainer Christina Burnett of Wide Eye Pictures, the format has been delivered across the UK and Ireland and also in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.  Many successful films have been developed, some of which have been commissioned as a direct result of the workshops.

You can attend either as a pitcher with project, or as an observer.  To apply for either please send a ONE PAGE proposal for a doc/factual project and a CV (both in PDF format) 
to Amanda Millen. This course is FREE to attend.

All projects which are submitted by the deadline,
Wednesday 11th November 2014 by 5pm, will be considered and those which are selected to pitch will be notified in advance of the workshop.
25th & 26th November, Cairnbaan Hotel, Cairnbaan, By Lochgilphead, PA31 8SJ

Trainer:  Glynn Henderson, Action Media Safety
THIS is an accredited Health & Safety course that really is a must-attend for anyone working within the live events and television and film industries.  You will walk away with an industry recognised certification that is often required for working in production and live events.  The Production Safety Passport (PSP) is an industry-led scheme to support the mutual recognition of health and safety training in the Creative Media Industries.

Your Production Safety Passport is the record of your health and safety training at all the places you've worked and can be viewed online by employers to see what risk assessment and health and safety training you've already done.  From a moral and legal point of view this course will give you an awareness of the risks involved in the production industry as well as why and how we need to manage them.
Register now to attend this FREE course.
WE are planning future events for our networks on the west coast and would like to hear from the animating community. What can we do to support you and the development of your craft? 

We have good contacts in the industry and would like you to tell us what kind of events you want to see.  It could be anything from specific training, mentoring opportunities and networking events to developing business skills and commercial viability.

get in touch and help us brainstorm by telling us your ideas.
There are many more not-to-be-missed opportunities for you to develop your creative business in the coming months so stay tuned for updates. ScreenHI and Honeycomb are planning...
  • Sync and Copyright session for musicians with ThinkSync
  • Insurance and Legal session looking at the contractual issues faced in production
  • How To Guide to Live Streaming… 
Dates and details as soon as they are finalised.

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