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Newsletter issue 115
SHORT CUTS: Submissions Open

SHORT CUTS: Submissions Open

SHORT CUTS, Shooting People's short film competition is now open for entries. Shooting People members can submit their short films here to our Spring Round between today and January 31st to win £1000 in funding, mentorship and prizes.

SHORT CUTS: Launch Party

SHORT CUTS: Launch Party

Join us, alongside special guests Manon Ardisson (God's Own Country) and Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling) on January 11th for the SHORT CUTS launch party at Rich Mix Shoreditch for fun, inside tips, conversation and drinks.

We're dedicating this first issue of 2018 to celebrating the many successes of the SP membership over the last year. SP is a community of filmmakers that depends on the efforts, advice and support of other filmmakers and film fans. Our thanks for all of your hard work over this year, and the ones before it. Keep it up, send your latest work to SHORT CUTS, and tell your friends about us.

We're dedicating this issue to celebrating the many successes of the SP membership over the last year. SP is a community of filmmakers, that depends on the efforts, advice and support of other filmmakers. Join Shooting People during January and receive 50% off annual membership (£19.99, instead of £39.99) and submit to SHORT CUTS free(!).

Smear (Kate Herron)

Smear (Kate Herron)

Baby Gravy (Marley Morrison)

Baby Gravy (Marley Morrison)

2017: Member Successes

At the start of the year, at the London Short Film Festival we saw 128 members with films in the programme, and Myriam Raja, whose film Tehzeeb, received the SP Student Award. There were 30 members at LOCO, 21 popped up at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 40 at Encounters, where Marie-Stéphane Cattaneo won the Shooting People DepicT! Audience Award for Ojala, 45 at East End Film Festival, and 30 at London Film Festival. A good year.

Elsewhere, not 1, not 2, but 21 SP members saw projects selected for the 2017 Film London 'London Calling' slate, and 2 were in the feature scheme, Microwave, too. Congratulations to Marley Morrison, whose Violets Are Blue was commissioned, and also to the Georgia Parris, who will be making her film Mari.

Some brief, selective member highlights. Daniel Mulloy won the Best British Short BAFTA for his mesmerising, empathetic short film Home. Kate Herron made Forbes' 30 under 30 list and had a retrospective of her work, including new film Smear at the BFI as part of Underwire Festival. Duncan Cowles won Open City Doc Festival's UK short film award for Alexithymia and had his first short commissioned for broadcast through Random Acts with Taking Stock. Ross Hogg won a Scottish BAFTA for his animation Life Cycles. Charlie Lyne won a BIFA and a Grierson for his short film Fish Story, following a successful festival run that included Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festival and an online premiere on The Guardian.

We held events with filmmakers Jenn Nkiru, Nida Manzour, Emily Diana Ruth, Matt Houghton, Dana Brunetti, Mike Figgis, Charles Sturridge and S.J. Clarkson; and welcomed some great names for our final few Film of the Month competitions: Alma Har'el, Stephen Woolley, Jenny Gage, Anna Biller, Femi Kolade & Angeli Macfarlane and Hope Dickson Leach.

2017: Opportunity Roundup

Heading into 2018, you'll want to keep up the good work. Alongside our own Short Cuts competition (!), these new initiatives can give you the resources, support and £$€ you need to make that happen.

Doc Society (fka BRITDOC) are handling £1m in UK documentary funding from the start of 2018. Creative Skillset will handle BFI's Future Skills programmes.

Resident Advisor and ICA's Stop Play Record initiative have teamed up to offer young filmmakers (16-24) £4000 to make an experimental music documentary. Across the field, Flatpack are commissioning audio-visual work for their next festival, enter by Jan 14th.

Young folk may also want to look towards Into Film, accepting suggestions for their cross-category awards, or at their My Local Culture competition, offering support for London based young filmmakers make work about their local areas, both open until Jan 31st 2018. Or join Sheffield Doc Fest's Youth Jury, open for applications until January 6th.

Welsh writers, the BBC are looking for comedy ideas to commission sitcoms or comedy drama pilots through 2018. Northern Ireland Screen are accepting submissions for their short film commissions through to March.

Shorts on Tap have £3000 and a camera for the best short script they receive through their Horizon Award. Submissions for their extended deadline are due Jan 15th. Before then, get ideas in by Jan 8th for a big opportunity, with UK Jewish Film Festival offering 2 x £10,000 for films with Jewish themes.

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