Added to Creative Stoke, 18th November 2010

New! 18.11.10    
Tonight sees the Light Night events in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, which seems a good opportunity for low-light photographers to test their skills. The main parade leaves the Victoria Hall at 6pm. The full programme PDF is online here.

New! 18.11.10    
Cheshire Open Studios is running a special mini pre-Christmas open studios event. 27th & 28th November 2010 (11am – 4pm) will see, among others, four studios open in Congeleton and Hough. Entry is free.

New! 18.11.10    
Government minister Francis Maude announced yesterday a new £10m fund to help public sector workers fund the development and business planning costs of new mutual businesses. Public sector workers will be given the right to leave their jobs, form mutuals (or other kinds of social enterprise businesses) and then sell their services back to local authorities and other public sector bodies, no longer tied to supplying only a single local council.

New! 18.11.10    
Ecommerce giant Amazon has a new $2.7 million pot for those who submit the best films and film scripts to it in 2011. The new venture is Amazon Studios. There’s no rush — you have all of 2011 to make your submissions, as an original script form or a full-length ‘test’ movie. A ‘test’ movie has to be 70 minutes or longer, and you… “must include imaginative stories with great acting and sound [but] they don’t need to have theatrical-quality production value”. Warner Bros. Pictures is lined up to be the first to cherry-pick from the best projects for real pre-production projects — if that happens then you get $200,000 up-front for the rights, with a $400,000 bonus to those whose movies take more than $60 million in the US box office. It seems that there’s no ‘USA only’ restriction. And there appears to be nothing that says ‘animation isn’t allowed’.

New! 18.11.10    
Job:  Park Hall primary school — located in Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent — would like to work with a creative practitioner on themes of: multi-cultural life; outdoor learning; pupil-led learning; school and local community involvement. Fee available: £12,000. Deadline for applications: 24th November 2010. Full details are online here.

New! 18.11.10     BBC Radio 3 has a new talent scheme for postgraduate researchers, New Generation Thinkers. Up to sixty researchers in the arts or humanities will be chosen to develop their own programme-making ideas with BBC producers. Application deadline: 10th December 2010. Full details are online here.

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