BFilm Micro is a recently formed Micro-Budget Digital Film Studio and Talent Development Hub based in Birmingham.
We have a number of exciting initiatives in the offing which include the development of six to eight high-concept, commercially driven micro-budget features over the next decade, offering genuine opportunities for new and emerging talent, plus industry focused producer training programmes. We are currently running a pilot scheme called Immersion in partnership with Birmingham City University.
Our aim is to make Birmingham the home of iconoclastic, genre driven, micro-budget movies in the UK, and a magnet for outstanding new film talent.
The ‘industry’ is already attached to the project in the form of a working partnership with international sales agent and production house Movie House Entertainment, who will offer advice and support on future feature film projects.
Mark Vennis, Director at Movie House, states:
“We are delighted to be working with BFilm Micro, as they offer a unique mix of genuine talent-development and the potential for well-developed and executed genre films for the domestic and international film market. This can only be good news for the filmmaking community.”
Founders of BFilm Micro (Pip Piper, Paul Green and Andy Conway) talk with Erica Nockalls and Sean Connolly on the set of the Augmental proof-of-concept teaser. Photo © Ian Davies Photo
Paul has 20 years experience within the UK Film industry as a filmmaker, production executive and, more recently, talent scout for the prestigious National Film and Television School where he first spotted such notable talents as BAFTA winners Paul Wright and Jamie Stone. He was Executive Producer on the BAFTA nominated short film Bouncer starring Ray Winstone and Paddy Considine. His own films have been screened at numerous national and international film festivals.
Pip’s film work, via his production company Blue Hippo Media (BHM), has taken him to Europe, the Middle East, USA, New Zealand and South Korea. In 2008 BHM won the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival for its international documentary about world class alpinist and artist Andy Parkin. BHM’s first feature film, The Insatiable Moon, a UK/NZ co-production with Lord of the Rings producer Tim Sanders, was released theatrically in NZ and the UK and has gone on to win Best Film at the Moondance Festival USA, and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the NZ Film and TV Awards. Pip has produced two feature documentaries, both of which have received critical acclaim: Last Shop Standing (which he also directed) and Bicycle. Pip also teaches at BCU on an MA in Film Distribution and Marketing, which he helped set up. He is the CEO of The Producer's Forum.
Andy is a screenwriter, novelist and independent publisher with 20 years experience in script development. He has delivered courses on screenwriting to institutions as varied as Birmingham City University, the National Academy of Writing, the University of Worcester, Newman University and the Gifted and Talented summer school. He is editor of the Shooting People Screenwriters' Network, a daily bulletin and weekly script pitch that goes out to 11,000 screenwriters around the world, and was co-founder of both the West Midlands Screenwriters’ Forum and New Street Authors.