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Newsletter issue 163


Huge news! For January’s NEW SHOOTS event, we’ll be joined for a special online Q&A with the BAFTA Award-winning writer, director, and actor Will Sharpe. Most recently, Will has written and directed the upcoming feature film THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and the highly anticipated four-part drama, LANDSCAPERS, starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis. Will made his name as an auteur, writing, directing, and starring in the critically acclaimed dark comedy-drama FLOWERS opposite Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, and you might also recognise him for his BAFTA winning role as Rodney in the brilliant series GIRI/HAJI. January 19th, RSVP for your free ticket.



We're delighted to announce the three films that have been shortlisted for the final round of this year's NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS Competition. ‘Blue Corridor 15’ by Dubheasa Lanipekun is a sensitive and intimate portrait of South London girlhood, ‘The Dead Are The Jewels To Me’ by Isla Badenoch is an intimate experimental film that explores a forensic jeweller’s craft and ‘Some Kind of Intimacy’ by Toby Bull is a documentary reflecting on bereavement and our relationship to nature. Watch the shortlist and all the submitted films, leave feedback and find future collaborators. The next round of the competition will open in January and there’s £5k worth of prizes to be won, including industry mentorship and a Nikon Z 6II Essential Movie Kit.



We’re thrilled to announce that Oré Sanderson has been selected as the winner of the New Shoots: Actors Competition. Oré has won a £250 Actors Grant to assist with voice training, acting workshops, audition travel etc… and a bespoke showreel scene from Actors Apparel to showcase the best of her performance abilities. Plus she’ll take home a TASCAM portable audio recorder, Final Draft Screenwriting Software, a year's membership to MUBI and a year's additional membership to SP. You can connect and collaborate with Oré and see all the shortlisted actors here. Submissions will open again in 2022, so stayed tuned.



BFI Doc Society has two amazing funds open right now. The Features Fund
aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the UK, backing doc feature projects with bold cultural and social ambitions.The Fund encourages filmmakers to take risks on form and content and can support any stage from development to completion. The Climate Story Fund is for creative nonfiction projects that can complete production in 2022. This can include long form non-fiction, shorts or episodic docs as well as podcasts and AR/VR, but all projects must be climate themed with an intention to implement an impact campaign. Awards in this round of the fund will range between $20,000 and $100,000.



Huge congrats to SP member Prano Bailey Bond, whose debut feature film Censor is up for 9 British Independent Film Awards, including Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer, and Cinematography. Prano joined us back in July as a speaker for NEW SHOOTS, alongside another brilliant debut horror director, Jennifer Sheridan (Rose a Love Story.) You can read more about it on our blog. Censor is currently available on MUBI, and we have a special offer for 90 days free membership.


[] Alex Polunin produced the short film Egúngún (Masquerade) which has been nominated for Best British Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards.

[] 3 members screened at Fringe! Queer Film Festival. We actually attended the opening night and were extremely impressed by the quality of the content on the line up this year - a huge congratulations to Jet Moon, Aitan Ebrahimoff and Clodagh Chapman.

[] SP Member and previous New Shoots: Filmmakers winner Lanre Malaolu’s play Samskara just finished it’s run at The Yard Theatre. We went to see it and it was AMAZING - but you can read the Guardian review here.

[] A huge well done to Andy Sowerby, Paul Bush and Stephen Irwin for getting their films screened at London International Animation Festival.

[] 9 members screened at Leeds International Film Festival across a wide variety of programmes, from horror to animation to documentaries.

[] SP Member Toby Bull’s docushort "Some Kind of Intimacy" won the Young Canvas Best International Short Award at Black Canvas FCC in Mexico, and also received a Special Mention from the Grand Prix Best Int'l Short Jury at Cork IFF.

London International Animation Festival

London International Animation Festival

The UK’s largest and most eclectic animation festival, the London International Animation Festival, starts today in venues and online. This mammoth 10-day celebratory feast of screentalks, screenings and retrospectives, celebrates the best animated shorts and features from around the world. This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire, delight and challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D CGI blockbuster genre or cute cartoons for kids.


[] Some exciting trailers have recently dropped including Paul Thomas Anderson’s new feature Licorice Pizza, starring Alana from Haim, and Guillermo del Toro’s spooky Nightmare Alley starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.

[] Wilder Films also released the trailer for Fireworks, directed by Paul Franklin, and it’s going to be the first film to use solely real time virtual production technology within an LED volume.

[] Did you know that JRR Tolkien refused The Beatles permission to make a film version of his fantasy epic The Lord of The Rings.

[] Winnersh studios, just outside Reading, is to house world’s biggest virtual production stage.

[] We’re excited for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic on Elvis Presley starring Tom Hanks.

[] Check out the ways that Sound Design can make (or BREAK) your edit.

[] Catch up on the highlights from the Future Is Green: Sustainable Green Filming Conference .



Last month we hosted our final New Shoots event of this year, an in depth masterclass on how to craft a successful festival strategy with the hugely knowledgeable Wendy Mitchell (film festival consultant) and Rich Warren (Director, Encounters Film Festival). The pair shared their top tips on how to launch your film into the world, what festivals look for and what you should and shouldn't do when submitting. Check out our blog for a handy recap.


[] Beyond Brontës is a free, part-time training initiative for 18 – 30 years old, living in West Yorkshire who are interested in working in Film & TV. Deadline: Noon, 26 November

[] Film London’s Flamin fellowship is open for applications now - they support early-mid career moving image artists, honing in on those who push the boundaries of what can be done with the medium. Deadline: 1st December

[] The BFI and Doc Society have come together to bring their Features Fund providing funding for first-time filmmakers for any stage of production for their feature-length docs. Deadline: 9th December

[] The BBC’s Writersroom has announced that their next open call for Drama and Comedy Drama scripts will be open from Thursday 9th December until Thursday 13th January.

[] The Extra Nice Fund is a general creative fund providing funding for up to £3k for any creative film project, to use on any area of production you choose. The fund is particularly aimed at creatives of marginalised experience. Deadline: 19th December

[] The Media Trust are seeking applications for their volunteer film programme. They’ll support you throughout production and connect you with smaller charities to help support them in their aims, as well as assist with distribution and marketing. Deadline: Rolling until Jan 2022

[] CreativeDebuts are encouraging Black artists of all disciplines to apply for their Black Artists Grant, offering financial support to one selected recipient every month. Rolling deadline.

[] Satellite films’ remote artists residency programme AiR Drop was designed to support under-represented voices during lockdown and beyond. Moving image artists who are unable to make work due to lack of access to facilities will receive camera, sound and lighting equipment and more. 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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Underwire Festival (30 Nov) / Tampere Film Festival (1 Dec) / Bolton Film Festival (6 Dec) / Flatpack Festival (31 Dec) / British Urban Film Festival (31 Dec) / Open City Documentary Festival (14 Jan) / Leeds International Film Festival (1 Mar) / Encounters Film Festival (28 March)

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