The Drive-in Cinema Club is an all in one immersive entertainment event by Future Artists Studios… we take cars on an immersive road trip…

Amazing World of Brick is a new touring exhibition of amazing Lego artworks created by Master Lego Builder Warren Elsmore and produced by Future Artists.

Buy tickets now! It’s time to go back… back to the future and experience the ‘History of video games’ with our London 1980’s Arcade Edition!

Book tickets now! The Future of Video Games is the ultimate virtual reality video game experience in Manchester! A new pop up virtual reality arcade in Manchester, launching at the same time as Steven Spielberg’s epic new film about VR ‘Ready Player One’.

History of Video Games is back – with a brand new summer edition that we are calling Volume 2! After a fantastic run over the Easter Holidays at Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, we are back by popular demand! History of Video Games Volume 2 is 3 times the size of our Easter event, we […]

VR Arts and Future Artists will be holding its first Virtual Reality Development Lab in Manchester from Wednesday, July 19th to Sunday 23rd July 2017  in partnership with the Digital Innovation MMU. Based in The Shed on MMU’s Manchester City Campus, alongside our technology partners Cooler Master, HTC Vive, CCL Computers and Unity with support from the BBC, VR Manchester, MMU, […]

Future Artists Studios is a new platform for creative entrepreneurs, A place on a map, a space in the city and an environment to grow. We have decided that ‘Co-working’ space needs to be re-invented, even though this concept is quite new, ‘co-working’ is being talked about as the future of the workplace, we think […]

Future Artists – Conference / Talks and Workshop Information Introduction To Future Artists & Mark Ashmore FRSA TO BOOK E-MAIL INFO@FUTUREARTISTS.CO.UK ‘SUBJECT: TALKS’ Future Artists was founded in 2009, with a mission to be an artist-led film studio – inspired in part by the company, United Artists, founded by Charlie Chaplin and LucasFilm founded by […]

Across the world, power has fallen into the hands of those who wish to manipulate and control.

Corporations pursue economic gains at the detrimental expense of social, environmental and ethical concerns. Governments treat their own people as merely a statistic, and human rights are sold for a price that cushions the back pockets of the 1% untouchables. How do we claim our freedom back?

Future Artists proudly presents Drowned City, winner of Best UK Documentary at the London International Film Festival. Directed by Faith Millin, this gripping and intimate portrait of London’s pirate radio scene reveals the interesting lives of significant members of the pirate community and uncovers the risks taken and passion devoted in getting their sounds to the people. You can watch Drowned City today at via iTUNES

The space aims to provide a much needed mid-size venue for production companies in Manchester, and give a high-level of marketing support to independent North West talent. We aim to take away the barriers of a ‘theatre’ environment and engage new audiences with risk-taking, immersive productions, quality writing and brilliant showcase evenings.

What if a coffee shop was able to generate £100,000 a year in grants that will enable a community to grow – enabling exploration of the arts and sciences, benefiting health and well being, and being a space to meet, share and create…

In August 2011 – Mark Duggan was stopped by armed police and shot dead on the spot, this shooting, reported in the mainstream UK media sparked riots in Tottenham, London, within a few days – Riots, Looting and pitch battles with the police took place all over the UK – Today on Wednesday 7th January 2014 at an inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, the Jury ruled that he was Lawfully killed by the police

It’s that time of year again when we bring projects to a close, look back on past achievements and re-evaluate our future goals. 2013 has been a year of graft and hard work at Future Artists, and following the success of our recent pop-up Stewy exhibition and release of our new film The Lost Generation, we are definitely closing on a high.

BOOK NOW – Future Artists are a media collective and co-operative network, as part of our pledge to help ‘Manchester’ become a global digital city, and boost the creative industries in our region we have created a series of workshops and masterclasses, at Future Artists we are committed to nurturing new talent.

Throughout 2013-2014 we will be bringing to ‘The Sharp Project’ in Manchester, a series of industry master classes to help you achieve your ambitions as a creative, storyteller or digital business.

Two years on from the riots that shook London, Dailymotion, the world’s second largest video portal, will exclusively screen the online premier of Riot from Wrong – a critically acclaimed documentary telling the unreported story of the 2011 London Riots from the viewpoint of the young people affected by them.

Future Artists are proud to present – RIOT FROM WRONG ***WATCH NOW / BOOK A SCREENING***

‘One thing I learned from Riot From Wrong is that 14 young people can get closer to the truth than 90% of working journalists’. Everyone in the UK who has ever expressed an opinion on the riots (namely everyone) needs to see this as soon as possible.

Dan Hancox / Guardian Newspaper

with an impressive client list building each month, including Channel 4, M&Saatchi, England football foundation and Endemol, things are looking good in east Manchester for the Future Artists media collective.

Future Artists are proud to announce that their latest feature film, The Lost Generation, has just been picked up for UK distribution by London-based Safecracker Pictures for theatrical and DVD release this summer 2013.

Future Artists are proud to announce that their latest feature film, The Lost Generation, has just been picked up for UK distribution by London-based Safecracker Pictures for theatrical and DVD release this summer 2013.

This follows on from the success of Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal, which Future Artists released last year to sold-out audiences across the UK from Bristol to Newcastle, whilst also being in the top 100 films on Amazon this Christmas.

The Lost Generation, a debut feature film by producer/director Mark Ashmore, takes a satirical look at reality TV and to what ends the media will go to in order to boost ratings. It projects an imaginative and suspenseful string of consequences inspired by real events with a thrilling theatrical twist.

The news just keeps on coming – our friend and fellow film pioneer Pip Piper (who some of you might remember was a guest at last years Future Artists Film and Media Festival )- has this little gem to share with you – his film ‘Last Shop Standing’ is the OFFICIAL FILM FOR RECORD STORE DAY ON APRIL 20TH!

‘Future Artists on-demand’

We mobilise the power of the crowd, to launch projects

which challenge our world.

Future Artists on demand is a platform for the ‘Future Artist’ to launch

‘Art with Attitude’.

Shot over two years, the film features all the characters, shot for shot, with the original movie soundtrack over the top, so you get the real toy BUZZ LIGHT YEAR and WOODY as puppets, its a proper DIY film, with buckets of charm, this is a true fan film, made out of pure love of the story and the characters.

Future Artists on demand – bringing you the best films that celebrate the zeitgeist – we are watching SOUND IT OUT – Tucked just off the high street in Stockton-on-Tees, Sound It Out Records is one of the last surviving vinyl record shops struggling to keep afloat in the face of recession and changes in technology. A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, this is a distinctive, funny and intimate portrait of the North, its men and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

Minecraft Documentary Producers Voluntarily Put Film on The Pirate Bay   What’s that saying again? If you can’t beat ’em… 2 Player Productions officially debuted its big gaming documentary this weekend on Microsoft’s Xbox Live platform, but before you get upset that you, a PlayStation or Nintendo Wii owner (or console hater in general), have […]

Minecraft Documentary Producers Voluntarily Put Film on The Pirate Bay   What’s that saying again? If you can’t beat ’em… 2 Player Productions officially debuted its big gaming documentary this weekend on Microsoft’s Xbox Live platform, but before you get upset that you, a PlayStation or Nintendo Wii owner (or console hater in general), have […]

After Double Fine’s record-breaking Kickstarter, a gold rush began as indies funded their dreams with the masses. Facebook reported 235 million of its users play games each month. Nintendo launched a console that faced “second-screen” entertainment head on. A live-action series about Halo was watched millions of times on YouTube. These are but a handful of trends that forecast the future.

Looking for something from the ‘indie’ film-making scene that really hits the horror spot, well from the same kind of Blair Witch Project stable of ‘found footage’ film-making, comes this new horror film, getting rave reviews and blog posts online at the moment, we watched it and well, it scared us!!! so we thought we would share it with the Future Artists audience, this is defiantly ‘art with attitude’

Future Artists recommends – ‘Factory as a ‘social experiment’, as a cultural force, as a manifestation of Tony Wilson’s ego: the kind of talk that Peter Hook calls “arty bullshit”.’ – Watch the ‘Factory Records’ documentary online now!

The Rough Trade story begins more than thirty years ago on 20th February 1976. Britain was in the grip of an IRA bombing campaign; a future prime minister was beginning to make her mark on a middle England in which punk was yet to run amok; and a young Cambridge graduate called Geoff Travis opened a new shop at 202 Kensington Park Road, just off Ladbroke Grove in west London. The Rough Trade shop sold obscure and challenging records by bands like American art-rockers Pere Ubu, offering an alternative to the middle-of-the-road rock music that dominated the music business.

Future Artists will be launching its own ‘video on demand’ platform, a space that will allow you to access film, tv and video content that pushes the boundaries, deviates from the norm, challenges accepted view points and champions what we like to call ‘Art with Attitude’ –

Last Shop Standing inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960?s / 70s and 80’s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies.

Throughout the festival we will look at how technology has changed the story telling relationship with the audience. Future Artists have curated two days of workshops and screenings focused on giving you the tools, the knowledge and the confidence to become a successful indie film-maker.

Do you have an idea for a film or transmedia experience? Or an immersive cross-platform tweety, facebookey, tumbled, hash-tagged thing that needs new funding and distribution options?

Join us at our one year review festival, running from Monday 1st October 2012 to Sunday 7th October 2012

We decided to call the festival ‘Not Part of the Bullingdon Club‘ – we hope you understand why….? if you dig this, come and say hi.

7 days, 8 unique events, powered by the entreupernship, creativity and talent of the creative co-op that resides in and outside the Black Lion.

Indie Game: The Movie is the first ever foray by a documentary film into the somewhat cliquey and strangely-hidden world of indpenedent game design. Sounds obscure, right? But it’s a film that will appeal to anyone who’s had an idea that they’ve seen through from start to finish, and just how heartbreaking that can be sometimes.

Calling all ladies of the creative industries! UnderWire will be gearing up to host the north’s networking night for female filmmakers. Tickets are £6 from the eventbrite site, or are available on the door at The Black Lion. (Salford, M3 5BZ)  UnderWire is all about giving a strong platform, a safe space and a community to female […]

Future Artists, Salford’s film studio, will be holding a unique social experiment in The Black Lion, to celebrate their 1 year anniversary at the venue.

We’ve invited award-winning Salford artist ‘Starvin Artist’ to launch a new gallery to celebrate The Black Lion. Starvin’ Artist has had residencies all over the world including Barcelona of late, and now he is resident curator at The Black Lion. The gallery launch will include artwork from renowned Manchester illustrator Barney Ibbotson and Chris Howker.

Town of Runners is a no-holds-barred feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World Champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. The film follows three children as they move from school track to national competition, making that tumultous transition from childhood to adulthood. Town of […]

Kafka in the sink is a brand new black comedy drama brought to the Black Lion Salford and the Buxton Fringe Festival 2012 by Manchester based theatre company A Rebours Theatre Co. Since 2009, A Rebours Theatre Co. have been presenting edgy zeitgeist theatre to sell out audiences across Manchester and London. Kafka in the […]

[youtube=]   THE FIRST RULE OF FILM CLUB IS….   COME TO THE CINEMA! The Black Lion pub in Salford is proud to announce the launch of its HD pub cinema. Inspired by some of the more special and one-off film theatres from across the world; from New York to Australia – we’re making […]

As Mark and Jenny head to Cannes this week sailing the good ship Future Artists, publicist Jane McConnell is well and truly representing back home. Here’s this week’s inspiration: Kevin Curtis Is A Hero  

Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal makes it on Daily Motion’s front page – getting a record 100 views in 20 minutes!
Future Artists is delighted to be offering viewers the chance to see the film, Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal – for a limited period only – on Daily Motion. Smyth provides a no-holds-barred look into the world of street art and performance in the groundbreaking documentary movie, Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal.

Commissioned by The Space, the new on-demand digital arts service developed by the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC and produced by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover, From the Sea to the Land Beyond, is a cross-platform interactive documentary to be delivered across cinema and online. With unparalleled access to over 100 years of BFI […]

BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970’s through the mid 80’s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

  Renowned rock photographer Ian Tilton – who went partying with the Hacienda scene and took the world-famous photo of Kurt Cobain’s stage nerves – will make an appearance at The Black Lion for just one night only. For Future Artists’ Celebrate Photography! season, their venue The Black Lion will be hosting the Salford premiere […]

February is always a great month for film. Oscars, BAFTA hangovers, Goyas, numerous festivals, SXSW prep and a whole lotta releases from winter projects by indie filmmakers who’ve been working right through the winter to get their movies and stories released, like this stop motion film

The ever versatile Black Lion has since its opening in September 2011, been the new creative home to emerging talent on the film, theatre and arts scene, but now the lion is looking to the local and international musical communities to share in the Black Lion’s co-operative vision for allowing talent to have centre stage, thrive and survive.

  Written by Jeff Bullas –   YouTube is a modern phenomena. The social media  platform’s original concept is rumoured to have been inspired by the idea of being a video dating site with the unlikely title of “Tune In Hook Up”. In the end it launched as a simple video sharing site that has helped reinvent the […]

    ————-       It’s a few nights before Christmas, and I enter a busy pub in Salford, – inside a kind of Christmas bohemia fills the space, in the corner is the worst Christmas tree I ve ever seen, but it has some sort of northern charm, even though a drunk local, […]

Film Director and Producer : Mark Ashmore   Looks like we have been kicking up a storm in the worlds film industry, with this recent published essay by Future Artists MD Mark Ashmore on the Cinema du revolution and why you need to do your homework. Already read by over 10,000 people and re-tweeted around […]

Project lost generation – a project with a new beat       This article a perfect introduction to a variety of future artists workshops that will take place in Leeds, Birmingham during October and at Channel 4 in London during November.   The digital campfire – a social revolution with its own beat. (By […]

—– Think its time to wise up, behind the scenes of ‘Project Lost Generation’ A few thoughts in a time of crisis by Director/Producer Mark Ashmore This week saw the whole of western capitalist economy stood on the edge of the noise. The barking and shouting was not coming from the people, the workers, no, […]

Welcome to Future Artists Live creative co-op, this is a group, forum and open space dedicated to creating a diverse and progressive relationship between artists and audience, between creative thinkers and business… its a live an active space for all you future artists to use as a tool to communicate and ‘meet up’ in.

  At Future Artists Towers, we are always looking to support people who share the ethos of Future Artists, and so it is with great pleasure that we are able to bring you a selection of films, brought to you by people within the future artists community and please VOTE! the winner gets £30,000 and […]

THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS: No Dress Rehearsal enquires @Futureartists on twitter     Welcome to the ‘Greatest show never seen’ the mysterious world of an invisible circus, on the fringes of society, hidden away in Bristol’s underground art scene. JOIN US!!!!!!! HERE Invisible Circus : No Dress Rehearsal Genre: Documentary (Arts), Runtime : 98min Director: […]


BREAKING NEWS!!!!! (April 1st 2011) The news leaked out in typical social media style last night on Twitter (@Futureartists) that we are to be working with Naomi Smyth on a unique distribution model for her latest film ‘Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal’ Mark from Future Artists commented ‘We found the film via twitter, someone […]

ANTI-THESIS: GAGA THEORY Extract taken from M+ Digital Magazine published by Future Artists LTD (Read here) M+ Editor Jane McConnell takes on Professor Camille Paglia’s ‘Gaga and the Death Of Sex’  and insists that the Lavender Blonde may be the icon of our age “POP. MUSIC. WILL. NEVER. BE. LOWBROW,” growls the voice, bellowing through […]

************************* DEAD LINE EXTENDED TO 8th MARCH ******************************* Have an innovative film project with transmedia potential? Seeking finance beyond public subsidies, tax incentives, and pre-sales? Interested in pitching to private equity investors in a training environment, to receive extensive one-to-one feedback about your project and increase your funding opportunities? Film financing consultancy peacefulfish in association […]

Here at M+ we like a bit of academic, innovatively flavoured butter with our written-word bread. (And weird metaphors.) In this issue, M+ explores Campfire Theory: observations in transmedia by independent film company Future Artists. article from M+ view magazine here

This year, Facebook began with 350million users; now it’s on 550million. Facebook is the glue that holds the internet together. In South Africa, there are about 3.45million users, 7% of the population but 55% of all local internet users, according to researchers World Wide Worx.

‘Your State of Emergency’ is a 30 minute film that tells the brutal story of a middle class white family being taken in for extraordinary interrogation by an unknown force, detained indefinitely with out charge for being part of a million people protest march against the Government. The film has touched a nerve both in […]

Ever wanted to perform at the edinburgh fringe, ever wanted to be an actor? before the bright lights of Hollywood came calling, actors such as Sir Michael Caine, Dame Judy Dench, Oscar nominated actors such as Colin Firth all started in fringe theatre, and this film shows how tough the life of an actor is. […]

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