Future C U R I O U S


“The Future is determined by those who get involved”.

Interested? 8 places are available on the lab for young people aged 16 – 24 to experiment and make 2 films over 5 days. You don't have to be a filmmaker, but do need to have fabulous, bold, creative ideas that can be made into an experimental film. The Future C U R I O U S Film lab is powered by mac birmingham in partnership with The Rural Media Company and Maverick TV.

2 ideas will be developed into short films with full production support from The Rural Media Company and Maverick TV. Films will then be submitted to Channel 4 for potential broadcast on their on-line platform and the Random Acts TV strand.

As part of the lab you’ll get the chance to…

  • learn from industry professionals including experimental filmmaker Scott Johnston, and get a great insight into the process of making a film. 
  • learn practical and technical skills in experimental filmmaking and generate ideas / concepts for a short art film 
  • learn more about the Future C U R I O U S project, Random Acts and hear from involved artists.

Together we’ll make two films, so like with every film we’ll work as a team and everyone will have the chance to put ideas forward and contribute to the productions.

Key Dates

The lab will take place at mac birmingham from Mon 15 – Fri 19 Feb 2016, 10am – 5pm each day (with some possible evening location shooting depending on the requirements of the selected ideas)

There will be an induction day on Saturday 6th February, 10am – 5pm to prepare for the intensive lab week. To take part in the lab you must be aged 16 – 24 and able to commit to all the dates. Food will be provided most days and support with travel expenses will provided upon request.

To apply please send an email to nextgen@macbirmingham.co.uk stating in 200 words your idea for a film based on the phrase “The Future is determined by those who get involved”.

Please also send one image and a personal CV and / or a link to a personal webpage / blog / YouTube or Vimeo channel. Please do not send any large files over 1MB. 

The Future C U R I O U S project is powered by mac birmingham’s Next Generation programme and is currently led by Independent producer Yinka Danmole. The project was developed to enable young people to explore future innovation, technology and thinking through creativity. Our first summer festival curated and led by Yinka and the amazing Amy Martin saw us produce a wide ranging, free, open access season for aspiring and emerging artists, exploring future arts practices through artist’s talks, commissions, workshops, lectures, visits and labs.

The programme encouraged young and emerging artists to tinker, play, hack and respond to three key themes:
Sustainability & the environment | Creative Technology, Data & The Internet | Space & Place.

For more information click HERE.


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