Festival Focus: LAFF 2017 – Indie Series From The Web

Posted Friday, June 30th, 2017

LAFF has just shut the curtains on this summer’s festival. Hosted by Film Independent, the LA Film Festival has been showcasing independent features and shorts since 1995. This year, alongside the curated shorts was “Episodes: Indie Series From The Web,” which displayed some original and diverse works from up and coming independent filmmakers. These episodes were so captivating not only because of their entertaining content, but also because of the unique voices of each filmmaker. Here are just a few

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 – Female Filmmakers

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017

Much of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s objectives this year focused around increasing inclusiveness – attracting new audiences and ensuring that existing ones felt better represented. An announced intent towards “unlocking talent from widest geographical, social and BAME backgrounds” was delivered well in gender representation in the film programme, as “51% of the documentary programme credited a female primary producer and 46% had a female director”. From that number, three feature films and a host of shorter works directed by women that we

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Script Pitch: Action/Thriller

Posted Monday, June 5th, 2017

April’s round-up of the best Action/Thriller pitches around. To read the rest of these pitches, and to contact any of the writers, please email Annabelle.

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Filmmaker Opportunity – Make a Film With The Weinstein Co With Lexus Short Films

Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017

We’re always on the lookout for the best opportunities available to new and emerging filmmakers on SP, and one of the most promising and exciting we’ve recently come across is Lexus Short Films.

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Festival Focus: East End Film Festival Preview

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Amongst a flood of festivals, the East End Film Festival – created in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, but now acting independent of it – always feels a little different. Detailing their aims, the festival states their goals are: “using non-cinema venues, engaging with diverse audiences, supporting emerging filmmakers, breaking boundaries with cross-arts & music events, premiering vital new films.” Few festivals can describe their objectives as lucidly as that. Ensuring these aims are acted upon, their 2017 edition comes with two new additions. Alongside the film and

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Guest Blog: SP Filmmakers & London Calling

Posted Friday, May 12th, 2017

In anticipation of the new shorts emerging from the London Calling scheme, we got in touch with some members of SP who’ve had projects selected this year. We spoke with them about their experiences with the scheme, their careers so far, and the projects they are developing.

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Guest Blog: James Berkery

Posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

In this guest blog, we speak to SP member James Berkery, an emerging movement director who has been involved in a number of projects via SP recently, and has great prospects ahead of him. He outlines his practice as a movement director, explains what constitutes this work and how he got involved with it, and explores why filmmakers should consider involving movement in their productions.

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Film of the Month: March Winners – Anna Biller

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

In March, Shooting People worked with filmmaker Anna Biller for our Film of the Month competition. Judge, Biller is known for her use of classic genre modes in her films as a means to talk about women’s roles within culture. Read more about Anna’s filmmaking career, and her two feature films here. Anna shares her insightful view on the top three films from March’s competition below.

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Film of the Month: February Winners – Stephen Woolley

Posted Monday, April 24th, 2017

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

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Jameson First Shot 2017: The One Competition You Must Enter

Posted Friday, April 21st, 2017

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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