Six early-career artist-filmmakers have been selected for the fifth edition of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship scheme, a development programme offering mentoring and funding alongside access to audiences, curators and established artist advisors.
The FLAMIN Fellowship aims to support the “most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image practices from filmmakers at the early stages of their careers.” Investing £15,000 in artists’ development bursaries, each artist will receive seed finance of £2,500 to develop new work.
Projects supported through this round of The Fellowship explore a variety of topical themes and viewpoints, such as delving into the liberation and confinement that technologies can have on society and individuals, the notion and construct of Blackness through time and space, and investigating queer histories through the creation of game-like environments and characters. Other projects will explore how folklore traditions and ancient rituals speak to the tensions of our contemporary world such as post-industrialism and migration, and how memory loss can be presented through physical decay.
Selected from over 160 applications and assessed by a board comprising of producers, artists and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, the selected artists are Chris Childs, Bo Choy, Ben Dawson, Asmaa Jama, Ronan Mackenzie and Tobi Onabolu.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Now in its fifth edition, The FLAMIN Fellowship is widely known for spotlighting new and exciting artists’ moving image talent with bold visions and diverse perspectives – attracting hundreds of applications. With our previous Fellows continuing to grow in recognition, it is vital that we support and nurture artistic exploration and discourse, providing opportunities to not only develop creative practice but to engage in critical professional and peer support. I am thrilled to welcome this group of six very talented practitioners to be our next cohort and look forward to seeing the work they produce. I would like to extend my thanks to Arts Council England for their invaluable support of The Fellowship.”
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