BFI NETWORK South West: New Producers Lab

  • Tue 22 Sept – Tue 10 Nov

    BFI NETWORK South West: New Producers Lab


BFI NETWORK South West have teamed up with Bristol Screen Producers to present the New Producers Lab, a three month-long remotely taught training scheme for new and aspiring film producers based in the South West. 

Applications are now closed. 

The New Producers Lab will run from September to November 2020 as a series of online workshops, talks and networking opportunities will cover all stages of development, production, post-production, marketing and distribution/exhibition, including festival strategy.


The aim is to provide participants with a detailed understanding of what the role of a film producer involves and give them the confidence to seek film production funding.


The lab will be led by Kate Cook & Jayne Chard; South West based producers who have years of experience in the field and have worked with critically acclaimed filmmakers.



Applicants must be based in the South West (BFI Regional Film Hubs map), be aged over 18 and not in full time education.


Ideally applicants would apply to the scheme with a short film project they are looking to develop, but this is not essential. The assumption is that participants will be new to producing or looking to cross over from another discipline. The Labs will be primarily looking at narrative work, rather than documentary.


Please note this lab is only open to producers and is not suitable for directors or writers.


The lab is completely free to attend, you will need a laptop, mobile or hand-held device with a good internet connection.


BFI NETWORK are more than happy to provide additional access support to filmmakers wishing to attend. If you have any specific needs, for example require a BSL interpreter, please contact us in advance of the event and we will endeavour to arrange this for you. If you have any questions in regard to access requirements, please email us on




**Applications are now closed**


We will get back to all applicants by the Tuesday 15 September, unfortunately we are unable to offer individual feedback on applications due to demand.

If you would like the application form in any other format, then please contact us via email on



**All sessions will be taught online via Zoom **

Overview & Project Development
Tuesday 22 September

Pre-Production & Production
Tuesday 13 October

Post-Production & Delivery
Tuesday 10 November



Kate has worked in production for the past 20-years, alongside an array of critically acclaimed Filmmakers. She has produced cutting edge stories from the multi-award winning BBC musical drama Glasgow Girls (Scottish BAFTA/RTS/Broadcast/CIVIS Media Prize) featuring Gary Lewis and an ensemble cast of young actors, to the political thriller Julius Caesar directed by Gregory Doran of the RSC.

In 2014 she saw the theatrical release of her first feature Leave to Remain – a coming of age drama about the lives of teenagers seeking asylum in the UK, featuring Toby Jones and a soundtrack by the multi-award winning band Alt-J.

Her most recent work includes RTS West winning The Interrogation of Tony Martin, played by Steve Pemberton, Unspeakable– starring Indira Varma and Luke Treadaway, Broadcast nominated thriller The Watchman starring Stephen Graham and The Cure for Channel 4 – the inspirational true story of Julie Bailey, an mother who exposed one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS.

She runs Bristol based Indefinite Films with Film maker Bruce Goodison.

IMDB Page | Bristol Screen Producers



Jayne started her professional career as a theatre director before moving over to television where she produced and directed documentaries for BBC, ITV and Channel Four before moving into drama series directing and then to producing television drama and feature films. Two Heads Creek is Jayne’s latest feature film shot in Australia and the UK, directed by Jesse O’Brien. B&B (2017), starring Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express), Sean Teale (Gifted) and Paul McGann, (Dr Who), written and directed by Joe Ahearne (Trance, The Replacement) won ten awards including Best LGBT Thriller at the London Independent Film Festival (2017). In 2015 Jayne produced Dartmoor Killing which won Best Thriller at the 2016 National Film Awards and also Best Premier (Under 99 screens) at the 2016 Screen Awards.

Jayne has produced a number of shorts including I’ll Tell You by Writer/Director BAFTA winner Rachel Tillotson which won the Best of The West at the 2011 Encounters Festival.

Jayne is developing a slate of genre features and television series.

IMDB Page | Bristol Screen Producers

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