NFTS Grad - 13 Jan 2017 (3)

Applications are now open for Inside Pictures 2017

The programme is open to applicants working across the European film industry, and a range of high-level industry professionals in America and Europe have already been confirmed as speakers. An up-to-date list can be seen here.

Inside pictures develops 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 networking events cover all aspects of the international film business – from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments.

The successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain, who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry, such as television. Applications can be made via the online application form.

Alumni News

Inside Pictures is not only renown throughout the industry for the high level of professionals who speak on the programme and support it, but also for the alumni of the programme itself. Through its 14 years in operation, Inside Pictures has grown to a network of over 200 previous participants, working across almost every discipline within the film business. See below for the recent news from our Alumni, which offers an insight into the high calibre of the professionals who take part in the course.


DARKLAND [UNDERVERDEN] (Dir: Fenar Ahmad), Jacob Jarek


– Jacob Jarek (Class of 2013, Denmark) produced feature DARKLAND (Danish title UNDERVERDEN), which was released in cinemas in Denmark recently and shot to number 1 at the Box Office. The film has been very well received and has already been presold to Japan (Gaga), UK (Studiocanal), Latin America (California Filmes), China and Turkey by sales agent TrustNordisk. Read more

– Ivana Mackinnon (Class of 2011, UK) and Stray Bear Productions have shot Michael Pearce’s Jersey-set thriller/romance BEAST, which Stray Bear is making with Agile Films with BFI support.  The film is due for release in 2017. Read more

– After a hectic 2016 with the release of four of his feature documentaries, Daniel Gordon’s (Class of 2005-06, UK) documentary BEST will be released nationwide in Cinemas this February. Read more

– Jakob Abrahamsson (Class of 2013, Sweden) and NonStop Enteryainment have signed a deal with Andy Green’s (Class of 2013, UK) Distrify to launch a subscription-based VOD service. Read more. In addition, NonStop Entertainment (together with Njutafilms) are opening their first cinema! You can find details of their prohect and the development of their crowdfunding on their Kickstarter Page.

– Siniša Juričić (Class of 2015, Croatia) and Nukleus Film are the preparing release of two films: PERSEVERANCE by Miha Knific and THE MINER by Hanna Slak. In addition, the project Siniša developed whilst on Inside Pictures, DEAD & BEAUTIFUL by David Verbeek is due to be shot in September in China. Read more

– Eve Gabereau’s (Class of 2004-05, Canada) Soda Pictures are releasing 4 films this year with 5 Oscar nominations amongst them, including German sensation TONI ERDMANN, Danish post-WW2 story LAND OF MINE, Swedish A MAN CALLED OVE based on the bestselling book and stop-motion animation MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE. TONI is also nominated for a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language film. Soda had one of their best successes recently with Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON starring Adam Driver, which is still playing in cinemas after 2.5 months and is part of a wider partnership with Amazon Studios across transactional and subscription VOD. Read more


I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (Dir: Ernesto Contreras), Raymond van der Kaajj


– Raymond van der Kaaij (Class of 2013, Netherlands) and Revolver Amsterdam’s feature, I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE, won the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Read more. In addition, their film DON’T SWALLOW MY HEART ALLIGATOR GIRL will screen at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. Read more.

– Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary NOBODY SPEAK: HULK HOGAN, GAWKER AND TRIALS OF A FREE PRESS, produced by recent IP graduate, Femke Wolting (Class of 2016, Netherlands). The film, which chronicles the legal battle between the former WWE star and media company Gawker, screened as part of Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition. US sales company, Submarine, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Read more.

– Several clients of Vanessa Henneman (Class of 2016, Netherlands) and The European Talent Network have films screening at the 2017 Berlinale. These include: Johannes Lassen, Kenneth Christensen, Cecilie Stenspil, Allen Hyde, Peter T Pedersen and Alexandre Willaume with BELOW THE SURFACE; Ella Rumpf and Lucas Englander with TIGER GIRL; Jakub Gierszal with POKOT (SPOOR); Jesper Christensen with KONGENS NEJ; and Mark Ivanir with ES WAR EINMAL IN DEUTSCHLAND. Read more.

– Steve Jamison’s (Class of 2015, UK) film NOTES ON BLINDNESS is the proud recipient of three BAFTA nominations: Outstanding British film, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer and Best Documentary. In addition, the VR sister project to the film – NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS – has been nominated in the VR&AR category of the Interactive Innovation Award at SXSW. Read more

– Internationally co-produced thriller UNDER THE SHADOW has been nominated for outstanding British film and Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer at the BAFTAs. The film was financed by Creativity Capital and Patrick Fischer (Class of 2015, Germany), with full post-production services also provided by Creativity Media. Read more.

– THE LOBSTER – a production by Element Pictures, where Mark Byrne (Class of 2013, ROI) is Head of Business Affairs and Audrey Sheils (Class of 2011, ROI) is Head of Distribution – received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This Academy Award nomination follows from last month’s Golden Globe nomination for THE LOBSTER’S lead actor Colin Farrell. Read more.

– LOVING – a production by Raindog Films, where Lucy Wainwright (Class of 2003, UK) is Head of Business Affairs – received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Ruth Negga’s performance. The film also received the Producers Guild of America, 2017 Stanley Kramer Award last month. Read more.


NOTES ON BLINDNESS (Dir: Peter Middleton, James Spinney), Steve Jamison


– Following her graduation from Inside Pictures earlier this year, new alumni Cate Kane (Class of 2016, UK), has been promoted to Head of Acquisitions at Curzon Artificial Eye.  Curzon will also be receiving the Award for “Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this years’ BAFTAs. Read more.

– New alumni Tom Harberd (Class of 2016, UK), who also graduated earlier this year, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Head Gear Films. Head Gear has an impressive presence at the Berlinale, screening five films at the festival: STEVEN, THE STOLEN, CHURCHILL, INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE and THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES.

– Many congratulations to Nicole Finnan (Class of 2003, UK) who has been promoted to Managing Director of Eleventh Hour Films. Read more.

– Strix Netherlands (part of the Nice group) has hired Errol Nayci (Class of 2014, Netherlands) as Creative Producer to shape the company’s ambition to enter the Benelux drama market. Errol can now be contacted on: Read more

– After 10 successful years at Caviar, Ivy Vanhaecke (Class of 2015, Belgium) has joined the fiction department at production company De Mensen as Executive Producer. Here she oversees the development & finance of all fiction features and series; and the scouting of international co-productions Recently, three of Ivy’s features were released, among which was the internationally awarded box office hit BLACK (Adil el Arbi & Bilall Fallah, winner of Discovery Award in Toronto) and the coproduction THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT(Jaco Van Dormael).