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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Script Pitch: Action/Thriller

Posted June 5th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

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 June 1st, 2017 by Matt Turner

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 May 24th, 2017 by Matt Turner

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 event programmes, the festival is also partnering with the University of East London to provide year round education opportunities, but the most exciting new development for this year, however, is the announcement of the EEFF Transit Award, a £10,000 development award for a second time directors, to be granted in time for EEFF 2018. In the meantime however, the focus is on the films already around, with the festival showcasing the best of independent filmmaking both local and international. We picked five events from their packed, five weekend long programme.

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest Programme Preview

Posted May 16th, 2017 by Matt Turner

With just under a month until the UK’s premiere documentary film festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, rolls around, we’ve surveyed this year’s offering.

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Guest Blog: SP Filmmakers & London Calling

Posted May 12th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

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 May 10th, 2017 by Matt Turner

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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