Crossover LGBTQ


London, 28 –30 March 2017
£150 + VAT

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Are you fed up with the lack of LGBTQ focus and voices in digital media? While TV and film have made significant progress we continue to build digital worlds where gays, lesbians and trans people are practically invisible. Are these the worlds we should be building? Join us and make a change.

XO LGBTQ Media Lab brings together creatives developing LGBTQ focussed digital media projects with expert mentors from a range of disciplines to develop story, user experience, engagement strategy and routes to market.

We want to help you develop your project to increase the visibility of LGBTQ characters and issues in digital and interactive media, while providing you with a toolkit of methodologies to improve your practice. We are looking for a range of fiction and non-fiction projects which include some degree of interaction and a narrative focus. This could include but is not limited to:
– Web series
– Games
– Virtual Reality
– Augmented Reality
– Interactive Storytelling
– Technology driven performance

The three days will culminate in a practice pitch to a panel of industry experts who will offer advice and suggestions for funding opportunities to take each project forward. The panel will also choose one winning project who will receive a full delegate pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.

We are very excited and proud to be able to offer this programme in partnership with The National Theatre. XO LGBTQ is made possible by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.

During the lab you will be guided to work on story development, how to maximise audience engagement and outreach strategies with a focus on how to pitch immersive media projects. You will be taught a number of key methodologies to improve your professional practice whilst forming new relationships which could lead to future collaborations.

The training and development of ideas will be facilitated through intensive workshopping guided by a team of four expert mentors from a range of specialisms, who will help the participants to build news skills that can be applied immediately and on future projects.

At each stage we will consider the design affordances of different devices and platforms and put that together with what we have learnt about how audiences use them, consume media and behave in different environments, in order to design experiences that audiences will want to connect with and will be likely to discover and tell other people about.


The lab will be brought to you by a team of expert mentors:

Mark Atkin is a director of Crossover Labs, working with film and TV producers and directors, artists, games developers and web designers, preparing them to become the producers of tomorrow, through labs and workshops. He has curated exhibitions and conferences on Immersive Media with various international festivals, such as The Global Health Film Festival, CPH:DOX, The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Bergen International Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest. He has produced four theatrically-released films in the past two years, including Atomic, with music by Mogwai, and The Show of Shows, with music by Sigur Ros, as well as the BBC’s first Virtual Reality documentary commission, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, which was shown as an installation at The National Theatre and The Imperial War Museum last year. He acts as a mentor on the Documentary Campus, ESoDoc and EAVE international media development programmes.

Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre. His team is responsible for the creative and technical development of the digital interfaces between the NT and its audiences. He focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. Toby is currently leading the NT’s Immersive Storytelling initiatives looking at the application of 360 films, VR and installations in compelling methods of storytelling.

Sarah Mosses is CEO of Together Films, a strategic consultancy working with content creators to improve their chances at securing funds and distribution. She helps filmmakers craft Impact Distribution Campaigns to increase both their social impact, audience reach and revenue potential. As an award winning Producer, Sarah’s debut feature documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First had its World Premiere at SXSW 2015. Sarah is a mentor for Documentary Campus, Eso Doc, Sheffield DocFest, working with both emerging producers and established media brands.

Annette Mees is an award winning artist and creative director. She is one of the leading experts in responsive theatre and narratives in the UK – stories which respond to the audience and change each time they are played. She develops interactive projects, advises and speaks nationally and internationally on audience interaction, the integration of live and digital work and how to make beautiful experiences that allow for a real dialogue with audiences. She is the former artistic director of Coney and is currently Creative Fellow of WIRED Magazine and The Space





Who is it for?
XO LGBTQ is a programme for Creatives seeking professional development and new collaborations whilst addressing lack of visibility in the digital workplace and digital media itself. The lab welcomes non-LGBTQ applicants but all projects must have a focus on LGBTQ issues or seek to raise the visibility of LGBTQ characters/issues within digital media.

What is included?
A three day development lab in London including lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There will be a pitch to experts on the evening of the final day of the lab with the chance to win a pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.

Crossover is committed offering our training at the lowest possible cost to our participants in order to support the creative community. Participation on XO LGBTQ is subsidised by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds and through the support of our partners at the National Theatre.

How to apply
To apply for XO LGBTQ please CLICK HERE and fill out the online form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12th March 2017 .
Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 14th March.
There is no application fee, only successful applicants will be charged the workshop fee of £150 + VAT.
If you have any questions relating to the programme, please contact


Crossover Labs is an international training organisation and production company specialising in cross-disciplinary and immersive media. Our methodologies encourage collaboration across creative practices and technology.
We have produced a series of eight ‘Music Archive’ films which have been screened at festivals around the world and received theatrical release. Recently we produced the BBC’s first VR commission; Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.
Crossover Labs also curates exhibitions and conferences of immersive and interactive content at a variety of festivals and events.


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