Film of the Month February Winners – Stephen Woolley

Posted April 24th, 2017 by Matt Turner

For February Film of the Month, we were extremely lucky to welcome legendary producer, distributor and exhibitor Stephen Woolley, a man behind some of the most exciting and important independent British films of the last thirty years. He was pleased to view the films, but found ranking them a difficult demand. We present his insightful comments in full, which will surely be of benefit to our winning filmmakers.

Stephen, commenting on the selection said that he “found it very difficult to judge these films in competition with each other because they were all attempting to achieve different things from stylistically different angles.”

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Jameson First Shot 2017: The One Competition You Must Enter

Posted April 21st, 2017 by Matt Turner

Dear Shooter writers, directors and all interested filmmakers,

One of the greatest opportunities for filmmakers and writers, Jameson First Shot is back for 2017, with Detective McNulty himself, legendary British actor Dominic West, as your lead star. We’ve been saying it for years and years… this is by far the best film competition out there and we’re determined to see UK­-based filmmakers triumph.

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Guest Blog: Ian Neil

Posted April 13th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

In this guest blog, we are featuring Ian Neil, a music supervisor for the film industry, and a member of the advisory board for the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors. Neil has supervised for projects such as Free Fire, High Rise, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He explains this area of the industry, what it entails and who might be suitable to excel at it.

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Festival Focus: LOCO 2017 Preview

Posted April 11th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

LOCO’s London Comedy Film Festival returns to the BFI Southbank this May, marking its 6th year. The non-profit organisation is praised for discovering, developing and screening the world’s most original comedy filmmakers. LOCO prides Britain on its sense of humour, and its tradition of comedy. This makes it so much more exciting to announce that this year, SP’rs are filling out the shorts section and appearing with features all throughout the festival.

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Member Focus: London Calling Slate

Posted April 4th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

Film London’s annual short film scheme, London Calling, returns this year, with 21 new curated projects from breakthrough filmmakers. Entering its 5th year, London Calling continues to offer production funding, training and expert mentoring to its participants. We are incredibly proud to announce that more than 21 SP’rs can be found within the filmmaking teams with projects included in the London Calling 2017 slate.

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Film of the Month: Jenny Gage

Posted April 3rd, 2017 by Matt Turner

Jenny Gage is a photographer and filmmaker whose directorial debut, All This Panic, has been gaining consistent acclaim since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Working alongside her partner Tom Betterton, the pair initially established themselves as fashion photographers, before deciding to pursue an interest in storytelling and move into the world of filmmaking. With Betterton as producer and herself as director, , together they followed seven teenage girls over the course of three years for All This Panic, capturing the minutiae of their lives, their struggles with social drama, mental health and sexuality at this crucial juncture between teen and adulthood.

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Festival Focus: Frames of Representation 2017 Preview

Posted March 27th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Frames of Representation looks to find a home for “new visions for documentary cinema,” in whichever form that might be interpreted and shape it may arrive. When rounding up his favourite films of last year, festival curator Nico Marzano stated that his ambition each year is “to be inundated by films that are both able to inspire and to take a risk or and to challenge mainstream cinematic languages.” Frames of Representation is the result of this, posing a cross-section of the abundance of creative, challenging documentary films arriving from around the world. Here, we select five options from the team’s eleven film and eight event proposal that this year is focused around the theme of ‘work’.

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Festival Focus: BFI Flare 2017 Dispatch

Posted March 27th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

BFI’s LGBT showcase, Flare concluded its festivities last night, after a busy and exciting ten days that felt like some of the festival’s most active and exciting yet. The festival screened new and intriguing films, as well as hosting events with filmmakers and actors. From their expansive offering, here are some titles that we thought might pique your interest.

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Festival Focus: Flatpack Film Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 15th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

This spring, the Flatpack Film Festival will return to Birmingham for its 11th year. For years, the festival has been attracting people from far and wide for its “magnificently eclectic” films, performances and installations. Overtaking venues all across Birmingham. The festival embraces animation, documentary, ground-breaking shorts, and really, any kind of film you could think of.

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Festival Focus: BFI Flare Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 3rd, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

A crucial event for LGBT communities, the BFI Flare Film Festival returns this year with a plethora of groundbreaking and captivating works from a diverse multitude of filmmakers from across the globe. The BFI’s annual showcase of LGBT cinema, Flare has encouraged fresh stories, different approaches and new filmmakers for over 30 years.

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