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Inside Pictures 2012 call for applications

Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme, launched its 2012 programme on 7th February 2012. In its ninth year, Inside Pictures is open to applicants from across the whole of the European Union. The National Film and Television School, the UK's national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, and Qwerty Films have teamed up again in order to deliver the ambitious programme. Many of the most experienced and very highest level industry professionals in America and Europe will take part, including Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, Dreamworks Animation; Vincent Grimond, Chairman and CEO, Wildbunch; Peter Aalbaeck Jensen, CEO, Zentropa; Romain Bessi, EVP Strategy Finance & Technical, Studio Canal; Tim Bevan, Co-Chairman, Working Title Films; Kieran Breen, EVP Intl Marketing, 20th Century Fox International; Jim Buckle, COO, LOVEFiLM; Philippe Carcassonne, Producer, Ciné@; Christine Corner, Partner Media & Entertainment Group, Grant Thornton; Eddie Cunningham, President, Universal Pictures International Entertainment; Will Davies, Screenwriter); Kristina Fugate, EVP Marketing Theatrical Release, Warner Home Video; Steve Golin, CEO, Anonymous Content; Steve Knibbs, Chief Operating Officer Vue Cinema; Johannes Larcher, SVP International, Hulu; Bill Mechanic, President and CEO, Pandemonium Films; Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution & Universal Networks International, NBCUniversal; Charles Moore, Partner, Wiggin LLP; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Iain Smith, Producer, Applecross Productions; Stewart Till, Chair Skillset and Chair of Icon UK Group; Sophie Turner-Laing, Managing Director Entertainment News and Broadcast Operations, BskyB; Robert Walak, SVP Acquisitions Worldwide, Alliance Films; Marc Webb, Director; Barney Wragg, Managing Director, The Really Useful Group; Jeremy Zimmer, Founder, Board Member and Agent, United Talent Agency. A full list of speakers can be found at

Inside Pictures has been funded by the MEDIA Programme and the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2.

This top level and highly regarded programme is for 15 ambitious executives and producers who want to lead the EU film industry into the digital future. Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June and December 2012.

The focus of the programme will be to develop the cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and cross-industry contact network needed for leaders, from across the industry, to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and events will cover all aspects of the international film business - from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and latest digital developments.

Dan Simmons, Skillset Head of Film (Acting) said: “Improving Business Skills across the film spectrum continues to be a funding priority for Skillset under the UK's film skills strategy 'A Bigger Future 2'. Inside Pictures is designed to nurture and prepare the next cohort of business and industry leaders, to keep the UK film industry at the forefront of the global marketplace. It is an internationally-focussed programme, which we have supported for many years and are proud to continue our support. The impressive alumni of the scheme are testimony to the enormous value of this programme to the UK Film Industry.”

Nik Powell, NFTS Director, says: “It is brilliant for the NFTS to be involved for a second year with Qwerty, the MEDIA Programme and Skillset, running this unique and outstanding course. I have personally been a supporter of, and teacher on, Inside pictures since the very first one was run by Michael Kuhn and Jill Tandy. I cannot recommend this course highly enough for people who want to go far in our industry.”

Jill Tandy, the Programme Director, said: “"We are looking forward to welcoming applications for our 9th year of Inside Pictures. With an incredible line up of speakers from the highest echelons of the industry and an impressive and supportive group of Alumni from across Europe, we are confident that the Inside Pictures experience will be career changing for the class of 2012. We are most grateful to the European Media Programme, Skillset and our many sponsors and supporters without whom this would not be possible.”

The successful applicants will be executives and producers who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry such as television. Application forms can be downloaded from, or requested from Inside Pictures by e-mailing The deadline for applications is 16th March 2012.

Inside Pictures thanks Ingenious Media, the Film Distributors Association, the Irish Film Board and Revolver Entertainment for providing scholarship funding for this year’s edition of the course.
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