Commissioning Creativity and Funding Films Workshops (2016-17)

Commissioning Creativity and Funding Film is a series of three international workshops that investigate and discuss the common digital, economic and global challenges that face the screen industries in smaller Northern European countries today. The idea behind the workshops is to bring together twelve screen funders, commissioners and academics from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden in order to share knowledge about the possibilities and problems posed by digital production and distribution, and exchange experiences of ‘best practice’ within screen funding in an increasingly global and corporate mediascape.

Commissioning Creativity and Funding Film has received £9975 from The Royal Society of Edinburgh workshop grant.

Commissioning Creativity and Funding Films is a collaboration between CCPR, University of Glasgow and the Department of Media, Cognitions and Communication at University of Copenhagen, led and organised by Dr Inge Sørensen (PI) and Dr Eva Novrup Redvall (Co-I). Industry partners are Creative ScotlandScreen NetherlandsDanish ScreenNew Danish Screen and The Swedish Film Institute.   

The first workshop took place at University of Glasgow, Thursday the 26th May 2016. It explored external pressures from national and international policies as well as global media players on national screen funders.

Participants were:
Natalie Usher (Director, Screen, Creative Scotland)
Scott Donaldson (Head of Film Education, Creative Scotland)
Frank Peijnenburg (Director, Screen NL)
Claus Ladegaard (Head of Film Funding, Danish Film Institute)
Marie Schmidt Olsen (Consultant, New Danish Screen)
Professor Gillian Doyle (University of Glasgow)
Professor Philip Schlesinger (University of Glasgow)
Professor Raymond Boyle (University of Glasgow) 
Dr Eva Novrup Redvall (University of Copenhagen) 
Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen (University of Glasgow) 

The second workshop took place at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday the 22nd August 2016. It explored internal and institutional funding frameworks and practices and the role of the funder/commissioner.

Participants were:
Claus Ladegaard (Head of Film Funding, Danish Film Institute)
Marie Schmidt Olesen (Commissioner, New Danish Screen, Danish Film Institute)
Scott Donaldson (Head of Film Education, Creative Scotland)
Natalie Usher (Director Screen, Creative Scotland)
Elin Erichsen (Head of Development & Production, Norwegian Film Fund)
Yaba Holst (Feature Film Commissioner, Swedish Film Institute)
Vinca Wiedemann (Principal, the Danish Film School)
PhD Petar Mitric
Dr Eva Novrup Redvall (University of Copenhagen)
Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen (University of Glasgow)

The final workshop took place on the 23rd February 2017 at University of Glasgow. This workshop explored collaborations and co-production in Northern Europe pre- and post-Brexit.

Participants were:
Natalie Usher (Director Screen, Creative Scotland)
Dag Asbjørnsen (Head of International, Norwegian Film Fund)
Scott Donaldson (Head of Film Education, Creative Scotland)
Marie Schmidt Olesen (Commissioner, New Danish Screen, Danish Film Institute)
Yaba Holst (Feature Film Commissioner, Swedish Film Institute)
Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK
Professor Gillian Doyle (University of Glasgow)
Professor Philip Schlesinger (University of Glasgow)
Professor Raymond Boyle
Professor Martin Krechmer
Dr Eva Novrup Redvall (University of Copenhagen)
Dr Inge Ejbye Sørensen (University of Glasgow).

The workshops series concluded with a public- and industry-facing panel discussion and reception in collaboration with and at Glasgow Film Festivals’ Industry Focus days.