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NEW SHOOTS: Filmmakers is a short film competition supporting filmmakers wanting to take the next step in their career. Win industry mentorship, great filmmaking kit, audio equipment, screenwriting software and film prizes.


Shooting People members can submit to any round for free. Not a member? Join the community for HALF PRICE in October. 


Shooting People is an active indie network of directors, actors, producers, writers and crew, who come together to get films made and seen.


Film freelancers and creatives: click here for your exclusive ZIPCAR offer.

There will be four rounds to the competition in 2021 with entries open in January, April, July and October. Each round winner gets mentorship and prizes.

Submissions Open: 1 October- 31 October 


  • Caragh Davison, Talent Programme Manager, BFI NETWORK
  • Abigail Addison, Co-director, Animate Projects
  • Luke Moody, Founder and Creative Producer, LONO Studio.
    • A DCP of your short film by The Post Factory
    • Final Draft 12 Screenwriting Software
    • A year's membership to MUBI
    • A TASCAM DR-40X audio recorder
    • A year's additional membership to SP
    • The overall winner of all four rounds in 2021 will win a Nikon Z 6II Essential Movie Kit (valued over £2900)

Lanre Malaolu (The Circle): "The support and exposure from Shooting People has been brilliant, a creative platform that genuinely nurtures filmmakers"

2019 Winner: David McShane (Solar Plexus): "It was wonderful to win the latest edition of New Shoots. I became a member of Shooting People last year and found some of my first jobs through the site, so this is just an added bonus! The prize is super exciting as it means I can continue to push my latest project forward using all the great advice, equipment and cash to make it as good as can be. Making independent animations can often be a slow, laborious prospect, so to have this support is fuel to keep making things. I look forward to seeing all the opportunities that come from Shooting People in the next year!"

A massive thank you to all our Shooting People patrons, speakers and judges who continue to support our New Shoots initiative: Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), Paul Greengrass (Bourne series), Peter Strickland (In Fabric), Alex Lawther (EOTFW), Shola Amoo (The Last Tree), Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game), Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Alice Lowe (Prevenge), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High Rise), Jessica Hynes (Years and Years), Elhum Shakerifar (Syrian Love Story), Sally Potter (Orlando), Camilla Bray (Beats, Linn + Lucy)

  • Submission periods for each round open through January 1st - 31st; April 1st - 30th; July 1st - 31st; October 1st - 31st
  • One month after submissions close, three shortlisted films will be announced
  • These three films will be sent to a filmmaking patron who will select the winning film
  • Each round winner will be announced at a New Shoots live event
  • Each round winner will receive industry mentorship and prizes
  • The overall winner of all four rounds will win a Nikon Z6II Essential Movie Kit

For more details, please see our FAQS

Our friends at ZIPCAR are offering filmmakers and freelancers a unique Shooting People deal (worth £99):

  • £60 driving credit
  • Cheapest rates (up to 30% cheaper vs. standard)
  • 15% off Flex
  • access to over 3000 vehicles
  • includes fuel, insurance and congestion charge

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