Screen Yorkshire launches Flex
Screen Yorkshire is now accepting applications to its new Flex programme, a physical and online space for UK-based creative emerging talent to form agile storytelling partnerships.
The hub, developed with the Screen Industries Growth Network, aims to bring together writers, producers and directors to explore story in a progressive, platform-neutral space.
Flex will support the collaborating participants to create strongly-authored narratives; the scheme runs over six months from September this year.
It aims to offer a carefully curated development opportunity for each creative team including as appropriate: ideation workshops, story testing sessions, writers’ rooms, script development support, mentoring, access to key industry figures and pitching opportunities. Creative teams will also be offered bursaries to support the development process.
Applications to Flex are open to writers, directors and producers to apply as individuals, writers may also apply as a writing duo. A minimum of one member of the creative team must be from Yorkshire and the Humber.
Screen Yorkshire is keen to encourage applications from those who may not have followed a traditional route into the screen industries or faced additional challenges accessing support and opportunities. Its fundamental goal is to work with talent that is inspired by the creative freedom afforded by FLEX and ready to innovate, to connect diverse stories with new audiences.
Jo Schofield. talent development manager at Screen Yorkshire, said: “The way we consume and watch stories is changing; we no longer need a scheduled slot to get our viewing fix. Technology and audiences are fundamentally altering the way we make and enjoy content.
“To embrace this monumental shift, it's vital we inspire and challenge existing, as well as emerging, talent to stay ahead of the curve. We need to adapt to changes in the industry and deliver stories that audiences are hungry for. FLEX is our innovative, ground-breaking response to this rapidly changing space.”
Producer Bekki Wray-Rogers, co-founder of Leeds-based production company Duck Soup, added: ‘’It’s fantastic Screen Yorkshire have created such an innovative development hub championing the full diversity of talent in our region. We think Flex provides a fabulous and much needed opportunity and with its format agnostic approach, will help future proof the next generation of Industry professionals in our region.’’
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