Feature Expanded Distribution Award
> Janis Rafa
with the film project Kala-a-zar 

Feature Expanded Development Award
>Assaf Gruber 
with the film project The Conspicuous Parts

ottod’Ame Film Award
> Pauline Curnier Jarden 
with the film project $eba$tiano Blu

SUB-TI Award
> Axel Straschnoy
with the film project Argentine from Helsinki



21 – 26 June 2017, HOME, Manchester
on-line sessions July – October
15 – 19 November 2017, Lo schermo dell’arte, Florence

The six month Feature Expanded programme combines:

  • A week intensive residential at HOME in Manchester that mixes masterclasses, case studies, workshops, networking opportunities and screenings alongside individual tutorials and group work
  • Online tutorials with the Feature Expanded experts
  • A four day residential at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in Florence to attend the festival and continue tutorials before pitching films to a jury and a selected group of industry professionals
  • Feature Expanded Distribution Award: one of the 12 film projects is selected for the FEx Distribution Award. The award provides one of the film projects with a theatrical distribution in the UK and Ireland by HOME Artist Film and in Italy by Lo schermo dell’arte.
  • Feature Expanded Development Award: The award provides one participant with a 4 day intensive residency in Stockholm to work with script consultant Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten on the script development of his/hers film project.
  • ottod’Ame Film Award is a cash prize of 3000 euro offered by the italian fashion brand to support the research of one of the film projects.
  • SUB-TI Award consisting in the subtitles in one European language for the awarded film, offered by SUB-TI.

Each of the twelve participants is assigned an experienced producer as a tutor who will work with them in developing their Film project throughout the Programme both on a one-to-one basis and in groups of four artists.

Feature Expanded Tutors are: Jacqui Davies, Lisa Marie Russo and Leif Magne Tangen

The programme includes:

























Omer Fast // Remainder
Natasha Dack Ojumu, of TigerLily films, and producer of Omer Fast’s first feature film Remainder, adapted from Tom McCarthy’s best-selling book, covers the journey of the production of this film.   

Pierre Bismuth // Where is Rocky II?
Gregoire Gensollen
, of Tooley Production, and producer of Pierre Bismuth’s first feature film Where is Rocky II? covers the journey of this film.



Andrew Kötting // Edith Walks

Fiona Tan // Ascent

followed by a Q&A with the artists



Script & non-script development
Marietta Von Hausswolff von Baumgarten  will lead an advanced level workshop on developing feature projects with or without scripts, and how to best use existing industry formats for presenting projects to potential partners and funders.

Working with Actors
Sam Rumbelow has over 30 years industry experience as an actor and method coach, and collaborated with Gillian Wearing on her first feature film Self Made. This workshop will cover advanced skills for directing and working with actors, both professional and non-professional.

Pitching your film
Pitching expert Sibylle Kurz will lead a group seminar and one to one sessions with the participants.



Getting your film to an audience: sales agents, marketing & distribution
Jason Wood introduces European film distribution including: a discussion on how distribution and exhibition works with James King, (Theatrical Sales Manager Curzon Artificial Eye) the role of the sales agent and a guide to distribution agreements. Explore the role of sales agents, how they are appointed and the key attributes you should look for in a good distribution deal with Simon Osborn, Head of Business and Legal Affairs for Protagonist Pictures.

Industry and European markets
Rebecca De Pas introduces film markets and delivers a practical seminar on how to prepare and present a film project to possible partners/producers in the context of co-production markets.

Getting your film to an audience
a practical workshop with Sarah Mosses (CEO, TogetherFilms) looking at how films are marketed, audience reception and how to build this into the development and production process of a feature film.



Expanding features: The journey so far… (Manchester)
This panel discussion presents case studies and stories from producers and directors involved in Years 1 and 2 of Feature Expanded. Including Samm Haillay and Gabrielle Brady describing the journey from development to post-production of Christmas Island and Stefanos Tsivopoulos film Kindness. Exciting insight and practical tips for public and filmmakers alike.


Becoming a Feature (Florence)
In collaboration with In Between Art Film and Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
As part of the programme the round table Becoming a Feature will investigate the reasons why, in the last decade, an increasing number of visual artists are venturing into feature-length narrative film productions introducing new exhibition and distribution models and at the same time often embracing the rules and structures of the film industry. Guests include: Rä Di Martino (artist), Kasia Fudakowski (artist) and Roee Rosen (artist and writer).



The participants pitch their films in a 10min session to a jury of industry professionals and producers, formed by: Caroline Bourgeois (curator Pinault Collection), Heinz Peter Schwerfel (filmmaker, producer and director of Kino der Kunst Festival Munich) and Yorgos Tsourgiannis (producer). The event will also be open to key funders and industry figures invited for this occasion, among them: Beatrice Bulgari (produttrice In Between Art Film), Bridget Ikin (produttrice Felix Media), Dick Tuinder (Netherlands Film Fund), Rebecca De Pas (FIDLab – FIDMarseille), Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten (MotherofSons).
The jury will decide the winners of the
Feature Expanded Distribution Award, Feature Expanded Development Award, ottod’Ame Film Award and SUB-TI Award.