Film of the Month: June Winners – Hope Dickson Leach

Posted July 17th, 2017 by Kakki Meyer

Our Film of the Month judge for June 2017 was Hope Dickson Leach. Leach is a British filmmaker whose films have played at festivals worldwide. Amongst them, Sundance selected thesis film The Dawn Chorus, Silly Girl, produced for NOWNESS’ ‘Define Gender’ series, and Morning Echo, made through Film London’s Pulse Plus scheme. Subsequently, Filmmaker Magazine named Leach as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film,”and her debut feature The Levelling premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to great acclaim. That film recently played theatres in the UK, and is now available on DVD/BluRay from Peccadillo Pictures, and on VOD. Currently, Leach is a co-founder of parent filmmaker advocacy group Raising Films and continues to develop films. You can view some of her work here.

Below are Leach’s insightful thoughts and comments on the top three films from June’s competition.

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Events: SP Networking with Mike Figgis

Posted July 11th, 2017 by Kakki Meyer

Ahead of our interactive session and networking evening with him, we introduce the Oscar nominated writer director, Mike Figgis.

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Ben’s Blog: New Rules.

Posted July 11th, 2017 by Ben

The device you’re reading this on is probably a more versatile camera than any used by Cecil B DeMille, but new tools means new rules…

“Tangerine”, a hit in Sundance 2 years ago, shot entirely on iPhones…

We live in an age where it is increasingly possible to create work of cinematic quality with relatively inexpensive equipment. However, whilst the technology being used is brand new, much of the method around it dates back to cinema’s first innovators. This hides a trap.

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Kickstarter Round Up 2017

Posted July 10th, 2017 by Kakki Meyer

For just over a year, we’ve been partnered with Kickstarter to help ensure the best in-development projects from our community meet the attention of those in charge of outreach and support for the platform. iHere we review some of the best projects that have emerged from our partnership with Kickstarter and have successfully been funded on the platform. We want to show you what has happened over the year and we encourage you to get in touch with your own projects, month by month. Not yet convinced, also read here about some of the other great projects that have been funded since we last reviewed the partnership.

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Film of the Month: May Winners – Angeli Macfarlane & Femi Kolade

Posted July 5th, 2017 by Kakki Meyer

Our Film of the Month judges for May 2017 were Angeli Macfarlane (right) and Femi Kolade (left). Macfarlane is an experienced Development Producer and the founder of Script Cube who has worked with BBC, National Geographic Films, Creative England, BFI and more. Kolade is a filmmaker and educator. He has worked all over the film and broadcast industry including BFI, Film London, BBC Films and many more. Read more about Macfarlane’s and Kolade’s work and career here.

Both judges share their insightful thoughts on the top three films from May’s competition below.

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Ben’s Blog: Rethink Your Reshoots.

Posted July 4th, 2017 by Ben

Reshoots are failure. Worse they are waste. A good director doesn’t need reshoots, a good director just gets it right. On time and on budget. Right?

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News: Short Cuts

Posted July 3rd, 2017 by Matt Turner

For the 10th anniversary of Shooting People’s ‘Film of the Month’ – during which SP partnered with over 100 industry judges including Danny Boyle, Andrea Arnold and Stephen Woolley – the competition has now evolved into SHORT CUTS.

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Festival Focus: LAFF 2017 – Indie Series From The Web

Posted June 30th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

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 that are worth taking a look at.

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 – Female Filmmakers

Posted June 26th, 2017 by Matt Turner

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 saw whilst there. Films that may have fallen under the radar, but we thought were worth noting upon.

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Ben’s Blog: Dig Deep

Posted June 26th, 2017 by Ben

The problem with filmmaking, the problem with Kickstarter, hell, let’s face it, the problem with democracy, is that almost everyone is allowed to take part whether they’re any good or not.

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