104 Films has won the contract to deliver The Accelerator, a training and development programme for Welsh creativetalents.
The scheme is run by Creative Skillset Cymru as part of its Skills for the Digital Economy Programme.
The Accelerator initative will run for 7 months (starting in October 2013) and include 15 Welsh talents to help them fast track their projects and understand wider markets and raise strategic and business skills.
Alex Usborne [pictured], 104 Films MD, said: “This programme builds on the training and development programmes we have been designing and delivering over the past years and establishes 104 Films as the UK’s leading company in the field of creative business development… The Accelerator is about real projects going through real development and finding real finance. Our aim is that the Accelerator will make a tectonic difference to the vision and ambition of our participants and enable them to finance, market and distribute projects at an international level.”
Producers Usborne and Colin Pons will run the scheme and connect a number of industry professionals. Business modules will be delivered in partnership with Dr John Kawalek from the University of Sheffield Management School.
The programme culminates in a final three-day workshop for pitching to industry financiers.
104 Films’ productions include the recent Edinburgh hit We Are The Freaks and Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and acclaimed documentary I Am Breathing.