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 years of 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 1990s. 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, and for two years was Head of Acquisitions (Consultant) at The Works. She is actively involved in delivering several high profile training courses for both the Film Distributors Association and Skillset. She is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office, on the Board of Birds Eye View Film Festival and a guest speaker at the NFTS, MetFilm School, London Film School and mentors producers from Creative Scotland and Film Agency Wales training initiatives. Julia was a regular speaker on Inside Pictures before joining the team as Programme Director of Content in 2012.
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 National Film and Television School (NFTS) is the UK's centre of excellence for graduate film and TV training. It selects the most talented people to enter the film, games and television industry at a professional level and is ranked by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Four Film & TV Schools in the world outside USA.
The NFTS has taught the country’s top media talent for over forty years including award-winning graduates Director David Yates (Harry Potter), Cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall), Animator Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit), Composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) and many other notable talents in the UK film and television industry.
NFTS graduates have won a stunning 7 Oscars, over 100 BAFTAs and the coveted Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or prize among many others. In 2014 so far, NFTS graduates have been nominated for 13 Academy Awards and BAFTAs. Our graduates received 6 out of the 7 Golden Reel awards for sound editing in a student film and won the top prize for the 12th time – more than any other school in the world. Last year it made history by becoming the first film and television school to win all three CILECT awards for fiction, animation and documentary.
The NFTS is a Creative Skillset Film Academy and its MA courses are recognised by the Royal College of Art. nfts.co.uk
Inside Pictures is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by Creative Skillset, 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. 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
In January 2014 the MEDIA programme has become part of the new wider programme for cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors - Creative Europe.
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.