Indielab 2018 cohort unveiled

16 companies selected for this year’s Indielab growth incubator scheme

Inside the Ambulance producer Brown Bob Productions, Victoria Ashbourne’s Hello Dolly and Dog Rescuers indie Middlechild Productions are among the 16 companies selected for this year’s Indielab growth incubator scheme.

The 2018 cohort has following an application process with a renewed commitment to support BAME and female-owned businesses.

The scheme will again offer fledgling production businesses a tailored consultation process with input from some 50 industry experts. If appropriate, participants are also introduced to investors.

Previous beneficiaries include Antidote Productions, Awesome Media & Entertainment and Midnight Oil Pictures.

In response to a survey, the 2017 participants estimated that the initiative would grow their businesses by an average of £327,000, while 77% said they expected to enter a first-look distribution deal or secure a new, international sale, having met with a distributor connected to the scheme.

Indielab is funded by Film London and was established by Victoria Powell in 2015. The 2018 scheme will run until the end of May.

Former participant Claire Mundell, creative director of Synchronicity Films, said it was a “crucial” development programme.

“The opportunity to reflect, plan and learn from those companies who have trodden the same ground many years before you is invaluable, as is the opportunity to learn from your own peers,” she said.

“On top of this, the programme offers a valuable opportunity to create a business network which will be supportive and informative as all of our businesses develop.”

Indielab 2018 companies:

· Big Mountain Productions

· Bingo Productions

· Brown Bob Productions

· Bryncoed Productions

· Bullion Productions

· Folk Films

· Gobstopper Television

· TV Greenacre Films

· Hello Dolly

· Middlechild Productions

· Plug-in Media

· Silverfish Films

· Summer Films (formerly Locomotive Film)

· Swan Films

· Synchronicity Films

· Ten66 Television