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Shooting People is a vibrant community of independent filmmakers, writers, actors, crew, animators and industry.

We facilitate creativity in film, helping members connect and collaborate to get their films made and seen.

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Shooting People is crucial for filmmakers looking to meet their peers and find paid work within the industry

Matimba Kabalika, Talent Coordinator at BFI.NETWORK


  • ‘Dọlápọ Is Fine’ by Ethosheia Hylton and ‘Miss Curvy’ by Ghada Eldemellawy are longlisted for Best British Short at the 2021 BAFTAs.
  • ‘For Sama’ co-director Edward Watts won the 2020 BAFTA for Best Documentary and the International Emmy for Best Documentary.
  • Director Jennifer Sheridan was nominated for the Raindance Discovery Award at the 2020 BIFAs for ‘Rose: A Love Story’.
  • 5 Shooters were announced as Screen’s Stars Of Tomorrow 2020.
  • Director Matt Houghton was selected as one of Film London’s Lodestars.
  • Director Bim Ajadi was selected for BAFTA Breakthrough UK 2020.
  • Ellen Evans short doc ‘Country Girl’ won the Best Documentary Short at the Grierson Awards, previously shortlisted for New Shoots: Filmmakers.
  • Rosie Westhoff’s ‘Our Sister’ won the BAFTA qualifying British Short Film Competition at Leeds International Film Festival.
  • Arthur Cauty won Best Documentary in the My RØDE Reel competition, taking home $75K for his film ‘The Last Video Store’.
  • Lanre Malaolu’s New Shoots winning film ‘The Circle’ was released on The Guardian.
  • ‘Thrive’ by Jamie Di Spirito and ‘Passing’ by Nichola Wong were both nominated for the Iris Prize, the biggest LGBT+ short film prize in the world.
  • Fyzal Boulifa was nominated for the London Critics’ Circle Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker award for ‘Lynn + Lucy’.
  • Paul Holbrook’s ‘Hungry Joe’ was nominated for British Short Film by the London Critics’ Circle.
  • 51 members screened at London Short Film Festival 2021.
  • "We’re extremely proud to have won the SP New Shoots competition. As part of our prize we’ve been connected with BFI mentorship which has really helped us steer our next project and given us invaluable advice. Thanks to everyone at SP!" (Rasp Films -Director / Producer team and New Shoots Winners April 2021)


  • Access active Director opportunities, funds and competitions in the SP’s Opportunities Directory.
  • Submit a short film to SP’s NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS competition for a chance to win top industry mentorship, awesome kit & prizes.
  • Launch a project through our Kickstarter partnership, and receive support and promotion to crowdfund your film more effectively. 60 members were put forward in 2020.
  • 40 roles are posted weekly to SP Production from independent filmmakers looking for cast, crew and collaborators across the spectrum of independent film.