The New Shoots Awards is an annual award programme from Shooting People that celebrates, supports and spotlights creatives working in film.

The actor winner of the New Shoots Awards will receive mentorship from world-renowned casting director, Des Hamilton, Spotlight membership, self-tape equipment and a cash prize. Eleven other actors will receive other prizes and support.

You do not need to audition to enter. You just need to share your love of performing.
The awards are open to performers based in Britain, NI and the Republic of Ireland only and are supported by Des Hamilton Casting (Jojo Rabbit, This is England, High Life).

ACTOR ENTRY DEADLINE: 30.04.23

ACTOR AWARD PRIZES

Winner
  • Mentorship from Des Hamilton
  • £300 cash prize
  • Zoom H6 Recorder
  • Shure AONIC 40 wireless headphones
  • 1 year of Spotlight membership
  • 1 license for Final Draft 12
  • 1 year of MUBI subscription
  • Additional 1 year of Shooting People membership
  • Spotlighting to Shooting People's filmmaking community
Runners-up x2
  • Mentorship from Des Hamilton.
  • £100 cash prize
  • Shure AONIC 40 wireless headphones
  • 1 year of Spotlight membership
  • Additional 1 year of Shooting People membership
  • Spotlighting to our community of directors and producers.
Shortlisted actors x9
  • Additional 1 year of Shooting People membership
  • Spotlighting to our community of directors and producers.
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Why The New Shoots Awards?

Shooting People is a platform for thousands of creatives across the independent film industry, to connect with each other, find opportunities, share advice and collaborate.

Actors and performers are a crucial part of the Shooting People community and The New Shoots Awards celebrate the vital role of actors across filmmaking, theatre and the performing arts.

Entry to The New Shoots Awards is simple. Actors just need to answer four short questions and be a Shooting People member. For a limited time only, Shooting People membership is half price for all actors and performers.

Alongside the New Shoots Actors Awards, Shooting People offers a range of resources to support actors, including: daily castings for independent films and open casting calls for major feature films and TV shows; curated news about agents seeking actors to represent, performance showcase opportunities, competitions and grants; live masterclass events - past actor speakers include Alex Lawther (End of the F***ing World), Will Sharpe (White Lotus), Erin Doherty (The Crown), Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers) and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Appropriate Behaviour).

Who doesn't want to be an award winner? Enter before 30th April.

To enter, all you need to do is answer these four questions…

1. Where are you at in your career and how will being an actor winner of the New Shoots Awards help your career? (300 words max)

2. The acting industry is infamously tough and competitive. What key factors do you think should change in the industry to make it more inclusive and accessible? (300 words max)

3. What advice can you share with your peers in the acting community? If there’s anything you’ve done to support the acting community, please let us know. (300 words max)

4. What’s one scene from a film you would have loved to have performed in and why? (100 words max)

Annual membership is half price for actors entering New Shoots.

This discount ends on 30.04.23

ANNUAL: £19.95/year (Normally £39.95)
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