Jill Tandy, Executive Producer, Inside Pictures
Jill Tandy co-founded Inside Pictures with Michael Kuhn (Qwerty Films) and continues to play a role in the programme as Executive Producer.
Jill is a qualified solicitor with 25 year experience in the film and TV industries. In 1989 she established and headed up the international public, business and legal affairs department for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which grew to become Europe's largest fully integrated film studio with operations in 14 countries , before leaving in 1999 to be a founding partner and Co- Managing Director of Qwerty Films, the feature film production company. Since 2007 she has had her own independent consultancy practice providing a broad range of advisory and management services to the international film and TV sectors. She has always maintained a keen interest in developing business talent and designing and delivering leadership and business training programmes for the sectors.
Jill took up the role of Executive Vice President of Commercial Affairs at Universal Pictures International in February 2013.
Julia Short, Programme Director Content, Inside Pictures
From a background in advertising and consumer PR, Julia joined Rank Film Distributors in the early 1990’s. After moving to PolyGram, she became responsible for running the theatrical marketing department in the UK, releasing such films as TRAINSPOTTING, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, FARGO, TWELVE MONKEYS and THE USUAL SUSPECTS. After PolyGram closed in 1999, Julia moved to Redbus (now Lionsgate) and Film Four Distribution. In 2003 Julia set up VERVE PICTURES with Colin Burch, she is now Head of Acquisitions (Consultant) at The Works and is actively involved in delivering several high profile training courses for both the Film Distributors Association and Media Business School. She is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office, and a guest speaker at the NFTS, MetFilm School, London Film School and mentors producers from Creative Scotland and Film Agency Wales training initatives.
Corinne Ranaraja, Programme Director Operations, Inside Pictures
Corinne began her career as a writer-researcher for screen industry consultancy Olsberg SPI,
working on assignments ranging from feasibility and definition studies to economic maps, international competitiveness assignments, and strategy formulation reports. During her time there she managed projects for public and private sector clients such as Channel 4, the Hong Kong government, and European international film studios. She then spent three years working for the UK Film Council as part of their film export unit, where, amongst other things, she managed the UK film industry presence at a number of key film festivals and markets, including Berlin EFM, Toronto International Film Festival and Hong Kong Filmart.
Corinne has managed the Inside Pictures programme since 2011. She holds a first class degree in Modern Languages (French and Portuguese) from Wadham College, Oxford.
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 has turned out numerous world-class, award-winning film and television programme makers in its 37 years and our reputation extends worldwide. A Skillset Film Academy since 2005, we became a Skillset Film & Media Academy in November 2007, one of a select group of institutions recognised by Skillset as providing the highest standard of vocational education, training and skills development for film and television - an endorsement seconded by the UK film and television industry. Whether graduating with an MA, a Diploma or from one of our short courses, you’ll leave having received the best practical education and training in film and television programme-making available in the UK.
For more information see www.nfts.co.uk
The Programme is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by the film industry through A Bigger Future 2, which is Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI.
MEDIA 2007 is a support programme of the European Union to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries and to increase the international circulation of European audiovisual product. MEDIA 2007 commenced on 1 January 2007 and will run to 31 December 2013. With a budget of €755 million, it gives grants to support professional training (screenwriting, business and new technologies), project development (single/slate), and the distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works. For full details please see www.mediadeskuk.eu
Creative Skillset is a licensed Sector Skills Council, helping the UK Creative Industries to be world-beating by leading the sector’s skills and talent drive. Creative Skillset is an industry-owned organisation that actively involves trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders to address skills issues in our industries.
A Bigger Future 2 is Creative Skillset’s three year skills and training strategy for the UK film industry, funded in part by the industry itself through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF) as well as by the National Lottery from the BFI. Building on the original A Bigger Future strategy, A Bigger Future 2 focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: safeguarding and creating jobs, nurturing talent and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the international film industry. www.abiggerfuture2.co.uk
Origins of Inside Pictures
Inside Pictures is a programme devised and founded by Qwerty Films.
The original Qwerty team, Michael Kuhn, Malcolm Ritchie and Jill Tandy, were among the senior managers who established and ran PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, one of the few examples of a Europe-based worldwide studio built from scratch.
Qwerty Films is a feature film development and production business and media consultancy based in London. Together with Citibank, Qwerty raised a fund to finance a slate of international features films which t have included SEVERANCE, ALIEN AUTOPSY, STAGE BEAUTY, I HEART HUCKABEES, KINSEY, WONDROUS OBLIVION and THE MOGULS Saul Dibb’s Oscar and BAFTA-award winning film THE DUCHESS, starring Keira Knightley.