NFTSInside Pictures, the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme, launches its 2015 programme on 5 February 2015. The programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.

Inside Pictures is open to applicants working across the European film industry. High-level industry professionals in America and Europe confirmed as speakers include:

In Europe:

Romain Bessi – Executive Vice President Strategy, Finance & Technical, STUDIOCANAL

Tim Bevan – Co-Chairman, Working Title Films

Chris Bird – Director Content Strategy, Amazon

Andrew Cripps –
President Europe, Middle East & Africa, IMAX Corporation

David Garrett – CEO, Mister Smith Entertainment

Wayne Godfrey – Managing Director, The Fyzz Group

Sisse Graum Jørgensen – Producer, Zentropa Filmbyen APS

Pim Hermeling – Founder & CEO, Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution

Matthew Justice – Managing Director, Big Talk

Cameron McCracken – Managing Director, Pathé Productions Limited

Christos Michaels – Partner, Lee and Thompson

Al Munteanu – CEO, SquareOne Entertainment

Andrew Lowe – Company Director, Element Pictures

Sam Sniderman – Managing Director, Film & Entertainment, Pulse Films

Laure Vaysse – COO, Motion Picture Capital

Robert Walak – Managing Director, Europe, The Weinstein Company

Stephen Woolley – Producer/Director & Co-Director, Number 9 Films

In Los Angeles:

Kieran Breen – Executive Vice President of International Marketing, 20th Century Fox

Eddie Cunningham – President, Universal Pictures International Entertainment

Will Davies – Screenwriter

Rich Delia – Casting Director

David Flynn – Agent, United Talent Agency

Stuart Ford – CEO, IM Global

Steve Golin – CEO, Anonymous Content

Bill Mechanic – President & CEO, Pandemonium Films

Hannah Minghella – President of Production, Columbia Pictures

A full list of confirmed speakers can be found at from 5 February.

This top level and highly regarded programme is for 20 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 2015 and January 2016.

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 the latest digital developments.

This year marks the 12th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the fifth year it is delivered by the NFTS, the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education.

Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said: “A producer’s strength is rooted in their international network. Inside Pictures is an incredibly efficient tool to build such a network, fast. Now with over a decade’s worth of alumni and industry experts, both across Europe and in the US, it offers access to the most up-to-date intelligence and expertise of the audiovisual market. ‎ If you’re an ambitious professional it’s smart to be a part of this network and I am delighted that Creative Europe can help it thrive.”

Dinah Caine, CEO at Creative Skillset, said: “Inside Pictures is a world-class programme that over the past 11 years, has nurtured world-class leaders, who have become movers and shakers in the industry. We look forward to meeting the 2015 cohort and thank the industry for its unremitting support.”

Nik Powell, NFTS Director, said: “We are incredibly proud to be presenting Inside Pictures with the continued and invaluable support of our partners Creative Europe and Creative Skillset. The programme has become synonymous with industry excellence, and this is not only a testament to its alumni but also the high level of speakers who give their time each year. If you want to expand your network and raise your game in the global film industry, this course is for you.”

Jill Tandy, Executive Vice President, Universal Pictures International and Executive Producer of the Programme, said: “Inside Pictures is a valuable opportunity for participants to take time out of their busy working lives to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing them in our fast changing business. It gives them a unique opportunity to debate with and learn from many of our global industry’s finest and most knowledgeable leaders as the participants work to set their own strategic agendas.”

The successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain, who display determination to succeed. They will have at least eight years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry, such as television. Applications can be made online at The deadline for applications is 8 March 2015.

Inside Pictures thanks Ingenious Media, the Film Distributors Association and the Irish Film Board for providing scholarship funding for this year’s edition of the course, and Lee & Thompson LLP for its on-going support of the programme throughout the year.


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The National Film and Television School

The NFTS is the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education and is one of the world’s leading film and television schools. The NFTS produces world-class award-winning film and television professionals. It is a Creative Skillset Film Academy, one of a select group of institutions recognised as providing the highest standard of vocational education, training and skills development – an endorsement seconded by the film and television industry. Our graduates have won 7 Oscars and over 100 BAFTAs including Cinematographer Roger Deakins, Directors David Yates, Lynne Ramsay, Clio Barnard, Animator Nick Park, Composer Dario Marianelli and many others. For more information see

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s support programme for the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, to reach new audiences and to encourage skill sharing and development.

Launched in January 2014, Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund, which comprises industry and government co-investment. The film skills strategy focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: creating jobs, strengthening skills, building skills for the future and ensuring world-class film education.