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NEW SHOOTS is Shooting People’s film competition which aims to support filmmakers wanting to take the next step in their career. Win mentorship from established industry names, filmmaking equipment, software, and a public screening of your short in London.


Shooting People members can submit to any round. Entry is free. Not a member? Join the community now at 50% off. (offer ends 31 Jan).


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

There will be four rounds to the competition in 2020 with entries open in January, April, July and October. Each round winner gets mentorship and prizes.


Submissions Open: Jan 1st- Jan 31st


  • BFI NETWORK
  • Oscar Winning Producer Simon Chinn
  • Andee Ryder/Misfits Entertainment
  • Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital System, Lavalier Set (including ME2 clip-on lavalier mic + portable wireless system)
  • Sennheiser Shotgun Microphone MKE600
  • A DCP of your short film by The Post Factory
  • Final Draft 11 Screenwriting Software
  • A years subscription to MUBI
  • A years additional membership to SP
  • A screening of your film at Shooting People’s New Shoots event, Rich Mix London.
  • The overall winner of all four rounds in 2020 will win a Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit (valued over £2500)

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: Peter Strickland (In Fabric), Jessica Hynes (Years and Years), Shola Amoo (The Last Tree), Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game), Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Alice Lowe (Prevenge).

  • 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 screened at a New Shoots live event
  • The overall winner will be announced at our awards ceremony

For more details, please see our FAQS

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  • £60 credit
  • Free Membership
  • Cheaper Ongoing Rates
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