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Newsletter issue 175


Film industry stuff is rarely free, right? Right... But we bring good news! We host free online masterclasses with top notch filmmakers, and the next one is coming up. RSVP before tickets run out to hear from acclaimed director Shaunak Sen & award winning producer Teddy Leifer of All That Breathes, a documentary about two brothers dedicated to rescuing birds in Delhi.

All that Breathes cleaned up at Cannes & Sundance, and you can see it in UK cinemas on October 14th. But before then, join us with the filmmakers on September 21st at 7pm.



Being an actor is tough, and that’s why we run an actors grant. It’s no Oscar, but our grant provides actors with prizes, promotion, and support. We have shortlisted 12 actors for our grant, and they’re all brilliant at what they do.

If you’re casting or looking for an actor to develop a project with, check this great group out: Wolf Newton, Rayanna Dibs, Gabin Kongolo, Sophia Sinclair, Arnold Voysey, Vicki Heylar, Ewa Dina, Shing Chung, Eyiara Olugunna, Chloe Wade, Kal Sabir, and Warren Rusher.



Introducing a new partner for New Shoots... 3 Legged Thing!

3 Legged Thing is a UK-based company providing high quality, affordable tripods for all situations. Their Mike tripod is extremely versatile, offering everything from a max height of 1.48m, to table-top mini to monopod conversions. All coming with an ultra-smooth cine-head with a multitude of attachment points.

With carbon fibre legs, Mike comes packed with features for a lightweight portable shooting solution, suitable for most short film shoots.

All UK SP members can get 10% off all purchases at 3 Legged Thing - use code SP3LT10 to redeem your discount at checkout.


• Need a diverse group of excellent actors for your next production? Then you’re in luck! Take a look at our 12 shortlisted New Shoots: Actors. Keep an eye on our New Shoots: Actors page to find new acting talent.

• We’re in the golden age of documentary, with audiences watching more docs than ever. And so, we’re delighted to big up Shooters’ films that are screening at Open City Documentary Festival! Samuel Newman’s Cycle, Shaw Xiao’s Praise the Duck Blood, Jessica Johnson’s Anyox, and SP alumni Maryam Tafakory is hosting an event celebrating her body of work “Unspoken Words: An Evening with Maryam Tafakory”.

FrightFest is the go to festival for horror - and we’ve got 7 shooters showcasing their scariest shorts.

• SP Member Markus Øvre is a super-talented UCA grad working with Maya animation to create some innovative, unique animations - he’s just been selected as Future of Film’s Maya Artist in Residence - go Markus!


• This August, for the first time since 2008, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Film Festival took place in tandem, creating an IP savannah for film and TV execs to find the next big thing. The Fringe is like a right of passage for actors who make their own work - ‘Fleabag’ was discovered at the Fringe! Let us know if you had a show at the Fringe this year and we’ll share it in our Casting Bulletin.

• Matt Damon gets real about today’s film distribution problems whilst eating hot wings.

• No matter how big or small, if you run a film company it’s worth looking at the UK Global Screen Fund, which is open now with a financing opportunity of up to £200,000. Hear more on the fund’s upcoming free webinars.

• The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and is considered one of the ‘Big Three’, alongside Cannes and Berlin. The 79th Venice Film Festival launches tomorrow and runs until the 10th of September. Want to experience the festival without all of the cost and faff? Good news, you can watch 18 features and 12 short films from the Official Selection online, and the shorts are free.

The NeverEnding Story is a top notch film. You can’t knock those puppets. This 80s classic was directed by the underrated Wolfgang Peterson, a legendary German director who sadly passed away this August. If you’re not familiar with Wolfgang’s eclectic work, then take a look at his 6 times Oscar nominated war film Das Boot, or watch Dennis Quaid get friendly with an alien in Enemy Mine, or get the theme tune of The NeverEnding Story stuck on repeat in your head…

• Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for Sam Mendes’Empire Of Light starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth. Set in an English seaside town during the 1980’s, the film surrounds a love story and an old cinema.


Young Animator Competition is calling for entries. Create a short animated film to be crowned Young Animator of the Year UK. The films will be judged by the UK's best professional animators and winning films will be premiered at Manchester Animation Festival in November! Deadline: 4 September

The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the UK, backing feature documentary projects with bold cultural and social ambitions. Deadline: 16 September

• Nominations are now open for the 2023 Tinniswood Award for original audio drama scripts broadcast (or made available online) between 1 October 2021 and 31 October 2022. The £3,000 cash prize, sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, will be presented at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in early 2023. Deadline: 3 October

• Creative Debuts Black Artist’s Grant offers £500 grants to Black artists for use on whatever they please - whether thats making new work, funding equipment, travel or to just cover life expenses. Rolling Deadline

• First Flights’ Incubator for Emerging Filmmakers was created to discover emerging filmmakers with bold and daring voices. First Flights want to nurture talent and their projects with a tailored and hands-on approach which will cover production, financing and distribution. Rolling Deadline

We have a range of funding opportunities listed on Shooting People for cast and crew, including development money, completion funds, grants and commissions.

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CPH:DOX Festival (Regular Deadline: 1 September)

Glasgow Short Film Festival (Regular Deadline: 27 September)

Belfast Film Festival / BAFTA qualifying (Late deadline: August 31st)

British Urban Film Festival / BAFTA qualifying (Earlybird deadline: September 5th)

Watersprite Film Festival (Deadline: September 18th)

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