Press Release
18 February 2016 

Call for film projects using VFX or Stereo 3D

Deadline 1 March 2016
Open for directors, writers and producers

The Cross Channel Film Lab, supported by Creative Europe, is open for applications for the second year of its unique story development training programme, designed to help filmmakers working with visual effects or Stereo 3D transform their projects at the writing stage by putting them together with script consultants and visual technology specialists.

For European filmmakers working at low to medium budgets, the CCFL opens up the world of visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D that is usually associated with high-budget Hollywood films, enabling them to explore how new visual technologies can impact on a film’s narrative. CCFL Training offers filmmakers a unique opportunity of working with talented experts, to create exciting new stories and films.

The core programme will give 20 filmmakers with early stage feature film projects the chance to take part in a mix of residential workshops and online seminars, masterclasses and consultancy, and learn more about how visual technology and screenwriting intersect.

For six months from June to November 2016, the programme is run by Le Groupe Ouest, in partnership with Creative England and Falmouth University.

A further group of filmmakers will have the chance to participate in CCFL Training’s online programme later in the year.

For guidelines and to apply for the CCFL Training core programme, visit
http://crosschannelfilmlab.com/apply

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2016.

For more info, contact: info[at]crosschannelfilmlab.com

100% of CCFL Training’s 2015 participants, from ten countries,
said they would highly recommend the programme.

Here are some of their comments:
• “The story development element of the course could work as a standalone scheme!”
• “An extremely interesting and unique training course. It exceeded my high expectations.”
• “My story consultant gave the most insightful development notes that I have ever received.”
• “Amazing to have the latest of the latest rigs and extremely knowledgeable experts!”
• “The workshops addressed issues related to the project perfectly, both from a technical as well as a story
standpoint.”
• “Great advisors, experts and it has been very, very inspiring to be part of all the seminars and individual
project meetings.”
• “… there is a lot to be tested and learned in Stereo 3D which is exciting. Very exciting.”
• “The Lab was a very fruitful environment in which to explore ideas and that, surrounded by cutting-edge
technology allowed us to look at conventional approaches in a new light.”
• “CCFL was the most valuable workshop I have ever participated in.”

Antoine Le Bos, Co-director of Le Groupe Ouest, Cross Channel Film Lab Script Consultant
and CCFL 2012 – 2014 Project Co-Director, said:

“New technologies with lighter equipment and smaller crews make it possible for filmmakers to do things they couldn’t even think about five years ago. By bringing together accessible technology and filmmakers ready to discover new possibilities, CCFL can be a springboard for European cinema to amaze audiences once more.”

Kate O’Hara, Project Manager, Creative England, said:
“CCFL Training is a low budget feature development lab that brings together story and technology. The programme offers filmmakers the chance to develop both these aspects alongside each other often with surprising and inspiring outcomes. A must for those filmmakers that want to learn how VFX and Stereo 3D can bring their stories to life and a programme we here at Creative England are proud to support”.

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Previous Cross Channel Film Lab project

The previous Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL2) project brought together eleven partners from the UK and France. Working with a range of industry experts over three years, CCFL2 explored innovative and immersive images and storytelling in low to medium budget feature films.

The programme looked at using Stereo 3D as a narrative tool and successfully showed how considering visual imaging at the writing and development stages of film projects can foster creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

From its foundation as a cross-disciplinary forum where filmmakers, scientific researchers, technicians, educational institutions and industry can share skills and knowledge while exploring an alternative approach to independent low to medium budget cinema, the Cross Channel Film Lab is now forming new partnerships across Europe.

CCFL aims to create a consortium of SMEs, research institutes and laboratories, universities and centres of creativity, to revitalise the processes of film production and development, and provide inspiration and education in the use of VFX, immersive media and Stereo 3D at lower budgets.

By doing this, CCFL hopes to broaden the scope of independent cinema, enliven European screenwriting and expand the international audience for European cinema.

Notes to editors

The Cross Channel Film Lab Training programme, supported by Creative Europe, is run by Le Groupe Ouest, in partnership with Creative England and Falmouth University.

Le Groupe Ouest seeks to further filmmaking in Brittany in a context of European co-operation and innovation. Le Groupe Ouest is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab and a partner and co-founder of the Cross Channel Film Lab.

Le Groupe Ouest is:
1. A unique place in France dedicated to the scriptwriting process and coaching writers.
2. A research and creation platform for linking storytelling with new imaging technology.
3. An innovative approach involving businesses in the development of Brittany’s filmmaking industry.

Creative England offers funding and tailored support to the TV, film, games and digital industries, and helps them flourish. It invests, mentors, advocates and collaborates at all levels of the industry, creating the right conditions for more success. www.creativeengland.co.uk

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene. A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.

Industry partners
The CCFL offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.

Amongst many others, the CCFL has previously consulted with experts at companies such as A Droite de la Lune, Amak, Bait Studio, BBC Films, Eyes3Shut, Film4, Film Factory, Nvizible, Rushes, Studio Canal, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic; directors including Gareth Edwards, Marc Caro, Christian Volckman, Ciaron Foy and Caradoc James; script consultants Yann Apperry, Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; VFX experts Paddy Eason, Jean-Baptiste Lère, Christian Lett, Jonathan Privett, and Feidhlimidh Woods; and Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Joséphine Derobe, François Garnier, Martin Parsons and Chris Parks.