The life of an actor is tough. Building sustainable careers, even tougher.

That's why we run New Shoots: Actors - an actors grant and support package to help give actors a leg up in the industry and spotlight actors amongst our community of directors and producers.

OPENS 1st JUNE

What do you get?

Any UK based actor can enter. There will be a winner, two runner-ups and nine shortlisted actors. If you are an SP actor member, you will also receive a free extra month added to your membership when you enter.

The winner will receive…

  • Direct Industry Mentorship with Des Hamilton Casting
  • A £300 actors grant (to go towards whatever you need; travel, training, headshots etc)
  • A Zoom H4N Audio Recorder
  • Final Draft Screenwriting Software
  • Shure AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • A year's membership to MUBI
  • A year’s free membership to Shooting People + Spotlighting and Promotion to Directors and Producers in the SP community.

The two runners up will each receive…

  • Direct Industry Mentorship with Des Hamilton Casting
  • A £100 actors grant (to go towards whatever you need; travel, training, headshots etc)
  • A Zoom H4n Pro Four-Track audio recorder
  • A year’s free membership to Shooting People + spotlighting and promotion to Directors and Producers in the SP community.

The other 6 shortlisted filmmakers will each receive…

  • A year's free membership to Shooting People
  • Promotion and spotlight to the SP community of Directors and Producers

Submissions will be open throughout June 2022
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Radhika Aggarwal “Winning New Shoots: Actors gave me tools to make and connect at a time when I really needed that. I just got my first artistic commission for which the Zoom recorder will be an essential tool (it is great!) and I love staying connected on this platform with creatives working across the industry. The prizes are game-changing, open so many doors, and help me keep up to date. This whole experience has been a wonderful confidence boost. Thankyou Shooting People!”

For more details, please see our FAQS

The Actors' Grant is supported by BAFTA-winning company Des Hamilton Casting, which has cast talent for Jojo Rabbit (2019), The King (2019) and High Life (2018), to name a few. We're extremely grateful for Des Hamilton Casting for providing the actor's grants and direct mentoring for the winners and runners-up, as well as for their ongoing support of independent filmmaking and the wider SP community.