Still from ROUGH CUT, by artist Jamie Shovlin

New film course for visual artists: Feature Expanded 2015

Feature Expanded is an intensive training programme for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film. The course takes place in two residential workshops: from 24 to 29 June 2015 at HOME, Manchester's new cross-art centre (formerly Cornerhouse), then from 18 to 22 November 2015 at the Lo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival, Florence, Italy.

The first European course specifically designed for directors from a visual art background, the programme is a combination of masterclasses, case studies, workshops, screenings, one-to-one meetings and pitching sessions for directors developing their first feature film. Over six months, participants acquire essential new skills and expertise to advance their early stage feature film projects for theatrical distribution and exhibition.

Producer Sam Haillay (Better Things) - who founded independent production company Third Films with Duane Hopkins - will tutor the course alongside a host of guest speakers including filmmaker Andrew Kotting, producer Lisa Marie Russo and Jason Wood, HOME's Artistic Director and formerly Director of Programming at Curzon Cinemas from 2009 to 2015.

Feature Expanded provides a unique and tailored set of activities that responds to the important trend of visual artists bringing new vision and strong innovation to feature film production. This new generation of filmmakers is expanding the terrain of the traditional audiovisual industry, bringing new audiences, partnerships and structures including museums and cultural centres exploiting film production and distribution internationally.

Training activity is peer-led by industry experts working currently in this field with several feature film credits. The course covers script development, non-script based production, project pitching, co-commissioning and financing, working with actors and participants, as well as distribution and exhibition involving digital platforms. Participating directors are also brought together on specific actions to stimulate future collaboration and networking within the group itself.

The deadline for applications is now extended to 17 April 2015

For full information and to download an application form, visit the Feature Expanded website.