The Application Window
- Applications for Inside Pictures tend to open around the time of the Berlinale / EFM til mid March. After this time, the application form is taken offline and Inside Pictures does not accept applications.
- We welcome enquiries about the course and the application process year-round. Please contact one of the team if you have a question.
- To help you prepare your application – or if you would just like to get an idea of what would be asked of you – you can download a PDF of the 2017 Inside Pictures Application Form
The Application Process
- All applications are to be made online, via the application form:
- The application form asks for information about you, including your availability for interview and the programme dates, why you want to apply, your references, scholarship application if applicable and an Equal Opportunities questionnaire. When applying you will be asked to upload a photograph and a CV – we do not take kindly to being sent biographies instead.
- If you are applying as a producer, we ask that you upload a list of your credits, inserted into the template we provide. This is because we want to get a sense of the sorts of films you have made, their scale, budget, distribution and genre.
- If you wish to apply for scholarship to contribute to your fees, you are asked to do so at the application stage via the appropriate section on the application form. Scholarship requests will not be considered after application.
- Selection for interviews will take place after applications have closed. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-March.
- A first pass at allocation of scholarships will be done by Inside Pictures management, and participants may be contacted to ask whether they would be able to accept a place with a lower amount of scholarship than they originally asked for on their application. It is therefore crucial that you apply for a scholarship at the application form stage, if you wish to be considered for one, so that Inside Pictures management can be clear about each applicant’s situation.
- Application forms and scholarship requests received after the deadline will not be considered.
- Please note – the application form has no built in facility to save. The page can be left open and will not time out, but if you close it you will lose your information. It is therefore strongly recommended that you prepare your answers fully before filling out the online application.
- Interviews Round 1
- These are conducted over Skype with our Programme Directors around mid March
- Those who have not made it through to round 2 will be advised shortly after
- Interviews Round 2
- These are conducted in London with a panel of interviewers, comprised of alumni and Programme Director Julia Short, towards the end of March
- Applicants are advised to make every effort to attend in person (although Inside Pictures cannot cover any travel costs).
- If an applicant cannot attend in person, a Skype interview will be offered instead.
- Successful applicants will be sent an acceptance email in the third week of April.
- At the time of being offered a place, applicants will also be informed as to what amount, if any, of scholarship Inside Pictures is prepared to offer.
- The new line up of participants will be made public just before the Cannes Film Festival.
We ask applicants to provide two references at the application stage:
- one professional: this is to vouch for your professional capacity, and should be someone in the industry with whom you have worked with extensively during the last year. It should not be from someone in your company or someone who works with you on a daily basis.
- one character: this is to vouch for your personal character. It may be someone from your company or the organization you work for.
We will contact all referees before the interviews, so please make sure they are available to be contacted. Failure to secure a referee will impede your application.
When choosing a referee, please note the following guidelines: The most useful referee is someone who: works or has worked with you in a professional context during the last year; is be able to attest as to your performance and character; is an international executive or producer of some stature; has some knowledge of what Inside Pictures is, and what it requires from participants; will be available to respond to our request for a reference some time between 12 and 28 March 2017.
Competition is particularly tough for producers, as they are over-represented compared to other sectors. We ask that any producer applying have already completed one feature that has been through the international distribution cycle.
At the application stage, we ask all producers to provide a minimum of 5 credits, with key information about each film. If you wish to supply a more thorough filmography, you are welcome to upload one via the application form.
Please ensure all films are listed with the following details:
Title; Genre; Language; Year of Production; Production Budget; Country of Origin (if a co-production, list the majority co-producing country); Sales Agent; Territories in which the film was distributed; Details about your role as producer on the film (eg were you a coproducer, the majority coproducer, the service producer etc).