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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 £1,000 in film funding, industry mentorship, filmmaking equipment, prizes and a public screening of your short in London.


Shooting People members can submit to any round for free. Not a member? Join the community now.


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

There will be four rounds to the competition in 2019 with entries open in January, April, July and October. Each round winner gets mentorship and prizes. An overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in December and receives an additional £1,000 funding to go towards their next film production.


Submissions Open: April 1 - 30


  • BFI NETWORK
  • Channel 4/Random Acts
  • Oscar Winning Producer Simon Chinn
  • Ian Bonhôte/Misfits Entertainment
  • Rode VideoMic Pro+ Microphone
  • Zoom H4N
  • Final Draft 10 Software
  • Sennheiser Shotgun Microphones
  • A Year's Subscription to MUBI
  • A lifetime Shooting People membership
  • A screening of your film at a Shooting People event

Chloe White (An All Encompassing Light): "I was absolutely thrilled to be Shooting People's winner. It's been fantastic having my film screened in front a large audience (and making some great contacts through that), and then having some wonderful mentoring from top documentary producer Simon Chinn and production company Wildgaze. As a result of the mentoring, it's helped me to rethink my feature and restructure my trailer. The kit was fantastic to receive and the cash is a HUGE bonus. As an independent filmmaker it's so wonderful to have this kind of support and exposure. I've been a member of Shooting People since I began my career and through it, I've made really good friends, have taken advantage of the great discounts and heard about so many events and funding opportunities that have led to great things. Thank you!"

A massive thank you to all our Shooting People patrons and judges who continue to support our New Shoots initative: Danny Boyle (Trainspotting); Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post); Alice Lowe (Prevenge); Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game).

  • Submission periods for each round open through January 1st - 31st; April 1 - 30th; July 1 - 31st; October 1 - 31st
  • One month after submissions close, three shortlisted films will be announced
  • These three films will be sent to a filmmaking patron which will select the winning film
  • Each round winner will be screened at a New Shoots live event
  • The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of the year

For more details, please see our FAQS

Our friends at ZIPCAR are offering filmmakers and freelancers a unique Shooting People deal:

  • £60 credit
  • Free Membership
  • Cheaper Ongoing Rates

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