Emerging Producers Day

  • Fri 28 Sept, 2018

    Emerging Producers Day

    The Forge, Bristol

Emerging producers were invited to apply to a hands-on, BFI NETWORK training day in Bristol, as part of Encounters Festival 2018 – Participants have now been selected!

We have been overwhelmed and excited by the interest in this event , with over 75 applications coming in from South West and UK based producers.  The following shortlist will be attending the Emerging Producer Day during Encounters Festival:

Daniel Alexander
Cara Bamford
Holly Carrington
Laura Giles
Shuna Griffin
Jason Imlach
Euella Jackson
Michael Jenkins
Darrel-Kirk Lambert
Sascha May
Ann-Marie McCormack
Denzil Monk
James Northcote
Michelle Pascal
Katherine Press
Sophia Ramcharan
Jeremy Routledge
Will Shutt
William Taylor
Paul Tully
Sonia Wargacka
Laura Wilkonson

The selected participants will attend this inspiring and educational day at the filmmaker haven, The Forge, with sessions from established producers working across live action, animation, shorts and feature films, as part of Encounters Film Festival 2018.

There will also be the opportunity to meet the regional BFI NETWORK Talent Executives to discuss the new funding schemes for Short Film & Early Development launched in 2018.


Applicants should…

  • Be permanently based in the UK
  • Be actively producing or have previously produced short films, working at an early / emerging level
  • Have produced at least two short films which have gained some industry / public attention i.e had a screening at a film festival
  • Want to develop their producing skills in film, and interested in meeting new writer / directors with new projects
  • Be interested in networking with other producers from across the UK


We will consider applications from early / emerging producers who are interested in moving across to film production from other creative production areas such as theatre and arts events – feel free to contact us to discuss your application in more detail here.

We will also consider applications from regional producers who have more experience than outlined above (i.e. a larger number of short films / low budget features), providing they are actively seeking / interested in producing new projects with emerging regional writer / directors.



  • The day is FREE for all producers who are selected to attend.
  • Selected Participants will be offered discounted passes to the full Encounters Festival.
  • Bursaries for childcare, access costs and producers who cannot attend due to financial hardship are available. Please indicate your bursary requirements in the application form and participants will receive full bursary information upon selection.



  • This is an inclusive event and we welcome applications from everyone.
  • We encourage applications from participants who identify with the BFI Diversity standards under-represented groups.

The BFI Diversity Standards can be downloaded here



Deadline for applications: Aug 31 2018
Selected producers informed: Sep 11 2018
Emerging Producer Day: Sep 28 2018
Encounters Festival Dates: Sep 25 – 30 2018

We would recommend applicants consider attending Encounters Festival to maximise their experience within the full industry programme.



Please email: bfinetwork@watershed.co.uk





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