Artist Workshop Programme and Commissioning Opportunities

Are you an artist, performer and/or producer who loves the cinema?

Would you like funding to create or realise a project that fuses film and live performance?

We want the film exhibition sector to work more closely with artists to create new work for performance in cinemas, film festivals and events across the UK. Live Cinema UK has commissioned audiovisual shows for abandoned film ideas, immersive theatre for new releases, many live scores and theatrical experiences around the world, and work with artists as varied as DJ Yoda, Mica Levi, Stephen Mallinder, Omnibus Theatre, Norman Jay MBE, and many more. We’re looking for the next cohort of live cinema talent, whether you work in music, theatre, dance or audiovisual work. If you love film, we want to hear from you.

Recruitment is now open for the Live Cinema Talent Pool – a new professional development and commissioning opportunity for artists looking to realise new work inspired by  or involving cinema, and to reach new audiences through integrating film into their artistic practices.

Supported by Arts Council England, Live Cinema UK is launching a targeted programme of sector development for artists and producers in the emerging field of ‘live cinema’: film screenings augmented by performance, theatrical, musical, spoken word, digital or dance content. You can find out more about live cinema via our website and the Live Cinema Network.

The programme responds to the rapid development of, and interest in, film screening events augmented by live performance, site-specific locations, technological intervention, social media engagement and interaction with a broad range of art forms – activity collectively referred to as “live cinema”.


What you get:

Up to 30 selected artists will be invited to participate in a programme of professional development through regional workshops targeted by art form (expected themes include live soundtracking, theatrical & dance, digital & audiovisual) with expert speakers across a variety of sectors, promoting collaboration and creativity, addressing needs deficits in the sector including logistics, legal and licensing issues, diversity and audience development.

Producer matchmaking
Artists will get to meet the UK’s best live cinema producers who can help them develop their ideas and forge new collaborations across the arts and cinema sectors through dedicated private networking meet-ups.

Funding for new commissions
Participants will then be invited to pitch ideas for new live cinema works. Written pitch criteria will be issued in advance of workshops but will focus on projects which are devised to engage young audiences (aged 16-30). Three pitches will be awarded up to £5000 to develop works which will be premiered in 2018 at the second Live Cinema Conference where you will perform in front of a public audience alongside an international audience of cinema, festival and arts programmers. You can find out about the 2016 Live Cinema Conference here.

Invitation to Live Cinema Talent Pool
Artists not commissioned at this point will become part of the UK wide Live Cinema Talent Pool and connected to other exclusive funding opportunities, projects and practitioners, with dedicated ongoing advice and consultancy from the Live Cinema UK team.

Attendance at workshops is free thanks to subsidies from Arts Council England.  Locations and times to be confirmed, all will be regional (out of London) with bursaries available for travel, issued on a priority basis for those traveling long distance and freelance professionals.

Workshop places will be limited and applicants will be selected by the Live Cinema Steering Group via the criteria below.

What we’re looking for:

  • Musicians, audiovisual performers, theatrical and dance companies working in any genre which can be combined with a film screening, including but not limited to live soundtracks, theatrical interventions, audiovisual performance. If you are unsure whether your art form is applicable, please get in touch: we’re open to ideas.
  • Experience of working, or desire to work, on cross artform projects
  • Passion for cinema and desire to create work inspired by film narratives or integrating the moving image and live performance
  • An interest in creating work targeted at youth audiences
  • A commitment to creating work engaging BAME audiences
  • A willingness to share ideas and experiences and support other practitioners
  • Evidence of working to deadlines and with limited budgets
  • You must be over 18 and a resident with eligibility to work in the United Kingdom
  • We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and LGBTQ* identifying candidates as all these groups are underrepresented in the live cinema performance sector.




Please read the FAQs and Guidance notes before applying.

Apply using the form available here by Friday 22 September 2017.

Spaces in the Live Cinema Talent Pool are limited, and we will inform all applicants of their status by the selection date.

Any additional queries can be addressed to We anticipate a high volume of applications so your patience is appreciated.

Workshop Application Dates:

Open for Entry: Wednesday 8th August 2017

Entry Deadline Date: Friday 22 September 2017, Midnight

Selection decisions communicated by: Friday 8 October 2017

Workshop programme runs October to December 2017

The Live Cinema Conference dates and location are yet to be confirmed but is likely to be held in the north of England between May and July 2018.


About Live Cinema UK

Live Cinema UK is the country’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema events.

What we do
Based in West Yorkshire, we curate innovative programmes and new art works inspired by the moving image, advising and partnering with cultural promoters regionally (Leeds International Film Festival, Screen Yorkshire, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HOME Mcr), nationally (BFI Film Audience Network, BFI Southbank, National Media Museum, This Way Up Conference) and now internationally (Motovun, Reykjavik and Wroclaw New Horizon Film Festivals, Alamo Drafthouse (USA)).  Find out more by viewing our case studies and current projects.

We collaborate with artists including DJ Yoda, Norman Jay MBE, and Mica Levi, alongside a variety of digital, VR and performance artists, siting their work in exciting cinematic and non-cinematic festivals and venues. We also provide marketing and audience development consultancy for film festivals and distributors with recent campaigns including grassroots campaign work for I, Daniel Blake, and experiential events for Dad’s Army and Suffragette.

“It is no surprise that Live Cinema continue to go from strength to strength; their work is of the highest and most original quality, all driven by a sincere love for what they do.” Eventbrite UK