(Inside Pictures 2017 participants - credit, Claire Stratton, Inside Pictures)
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) today announces that applications are open for its prestigious Inside Pictures business training and leadership skills development scheme. Now in its fifteenth year, the 2018 programme is open to applicants from around the world who demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry. The programme is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry. Successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed and who want to lead the EU film industry into the digital future. Apply at www.inside-pictures.com by the 11th of March 2018.
Comprised of three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project, Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2018 and January 2019. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a 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. 
This year marks the fifteenth edition of the Inside Pictures programme, and the eighth year it is delivered by the NFTS, one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. 
Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, said: “I’m delighted to see that the most ambitious, energetic, smart and forward-looking film and TV executives around Europe will again have a unique opportunity to upgrade their international expertise and expand their global industry networks. Initiatives encouraging closer international ties and the benefits that flow from them are at the core of Creative Europe which is, first and foremost, a cooperation programme.”
Lisa Howe, Film Manager, Creative Skillset, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Inside Pictures 2018 programme.  It provides a unique opportunity for the next generation of industry leaders to hone their film business skills and opens doors into a global industry. Realising the potential of executives and producers through professional up-skilling is of prime importance in ensuring a successful film industry in the future.”
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director, said: “We’re delighted to deliver this fifteenth edition of Inside Pictures, a scheme the NFTS is very proud of and which has a fantastic track record in developing leaders in the European Film Industry. The programme has a deserved reputation for the exceptional quality of its content and the high level of participants. We’re grateful for the continued support of Creative Europe and Creative Skillset in making this happen. I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s cohort and seeing the impact they have on the industry.”
High-level industry professionals in America and Europe already confirmed as speakers include:
In Europe:
Andrew Orr – Managing Director, Independent
Hamish Moseley – Head of Distribution, Altitude Film Entertainment
Matt Baker – Head of Acquisitions, HanWay Films
John Letham – Founder & Director, Considered Thinking
Leontine Petit –  CEO & Producer, Lemming Film
Malte Grunert – Managing Director, Amusement Park Films
Poonam Sahota – VP Worldwide Acquisitions, Home Entertainment, Entertainment One
Benjamina Mirnik-Voges, Managing Director, Film – Germany, Entertainment One
Duncan Clarke – President of Distribution, Universal Pictures International
Claire Beswick – Founder, The Living Room Cinema
Reno Antoniades – Manager Partner, Lee & Thompson LLP
Tim Bevan - Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Working Title Films
Steve Knibbs - COO, VUE Entertainment
Christos Michaels - Partner, Lee & Thompson LLP
James Shirras - Joint Managing Director, Film Finances Ltd
Sune Lind Thomsen - Head of Theatrical Distribution, Release & Marketing, SF Film A/S
Susan Wendt, Head of Sales, TrustNordisk ApS
Mark Woolley - Finance & Commercial Director, Ecosse Films
In Los Angeles:
David Koplan – President of Production, Red Granite
Orian Williams – Producer, Northsee
Tracey Becker – Producer, Beachfront Films
J Todd Harris – President, Branded Pictures Entertainment
Anne Thompson – Editor-at-Large, Indiewire
Marc Gareton – EVP Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Alan Brunswick – Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Kieran Breen - EVP International Marketing, 20th Century Fox
Eddie Cunningham - President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment
Rich Delia – Casting Director/Owner, Rich Delia Casting
Craig Emanuel - Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Hannah Minghella – President, TriStar Productions
Amotz Zakai – Vice President, Echo Lake Productions
Ann Johnson – SVP, Littlefield Company
A full list of confirmed speakers can be found at www.inside-pictures.com. 
Inside Pictures thanks Ingenious Media for providing scholarship funding for this year’s edition of the course.
Contact for further information: 
Beatrice Neumann: bea@inside-pictures.com / info@inside-pictures.com

About Creative Europe 

Creative Europe is the European Commission's support programme for the cultural, creative and audio-visual 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. 

About Creative Skillset 

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom. Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability, ensuring UK film remains world class. The Film Skills Fund is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI), awarding funds from The National Lottery.