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Film graduate selected for BBC New Creatives commission

Anita Pico, a recent MA Filmmaking graduate from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has been selected for a New Creatives commission, which was launched earlier this year by BBC Arts and Arts Council England, in partnership with Screen South. 

New Creatives is a new talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for new and emerging artists and digital creatives to create fresh and innovative short films, audio, and interactive works for BBC platforms.

Anita is one of the New Creatives selected from the South East region who is being supported by Screen South, a creative media production organisation. They will work closely with Anita and the other New Creatives in the region to support their skills and training needs throughout the process, and to realise their ideas to broadcast standard.

Jo Nolan, managing director of Screen South said: “New Creatives is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and unknown talent to get a real break with the support of the BBC behind them! We are very excited about discovering hidden gems and giving their new work national profile.”

Anita studied MA Filmmaking at UCA Farnham and submitted her application back in June. Her film, which is under embargo until its release early next year, is currently being shot at UCA Farnham. The idea for her New Creatives project focuses on society’s faults, with a lot of her filmmaking centring around characters who are “intricate, eccentric, and have complex personalities,” Anita said. “Then, I build the world around them – a stylized reality.”

Anita Pico on set of her 'new creatives' film

On the set of Anita's 'new creative' film

The process of filmmaking is “exciting and amazing,” said Anita, and she tries to convey those feelings through her films, the same way she is excited and is taken to a different reality by watching films by such directors as Tim Burton, the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino.

“Film has the power to inspire you, cheer you up, and relate to you. There is always a film for everybody and every moment,” she added.

Besides filming for her New Creatives commission, Anita is currently showing her MA film ‘Blacks or Whites’ on the festival circuit, the first film to be shot in UCA’s newly-built Film and Media Centre. The film, a stylized thriller set around a game of chess, was premiered at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank last summer.

“I wanted to write and direct a thriller with a different perspective, which focused on the characters and the psychological nature of murder, instead of just violence and death,” she said. “The idea of a chess battle in a white room created tension, and allowed us to be original without having much budget.”

Blacks or Whites by Anita Pico

Blacks or Whites

Next year, Anita will have the opportunity for her newly commissioned film to be selected for a new broadcast strand BBC Introducing… Arts which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms – television and radio.

Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts, BBC said: “The BBC has a long tradition of providing a platform to new talent. The [New Creatives] scheme will offer fantastic opportunities, not only for the artists themselves but also for our audiences, who will be able to enjoy ground-breaking cultural content from an exciting array of the best emerging artistic talent today.”

To follow what Anita is up to visit her website

To learn more about studying Film at UCA visit the course pages.