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Newsletter issue 136


The marvellous 92-year-old Harold Rubin joined SP earlier this year with the intention of making a cookery show. We're delighted to see that with the help of the SP community, Harold has created 'Alive and Cooking'. Harold is a retired professional cook, restaurateur and cookery consultant. His mission is to help single and older people cook cheap, healthy and easy food, which in turn will encourage sharing and battle loneliness.



Catch the award-winning documentary 'For Sama' by shooter Edward Watts and Waad al-Kateab in select UK cinemas this September, followed by a Q&A. 'For Sama' is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. It was awarded Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at SXSW, and the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs. Find a screening near you.



Are you hooked on film? We want to hear which film sparked your passion and we’ll share your story over on our Instagram feed. Whether it was the visceral editing and sound design in 'Apocalypse Now', the storytelling in 'Wallace And Gromit: The Wrong Trousers', the make-up in 'Pan's Labyrinth', or the inspiring nature of 'Daisies', we wanna hear about it! Tag us on Instagram with #hookedonfilm or fill in this handy form to be featured.



‘Never give up if you have a story that needs to be told’- wise words from long time member Tristan Loraine whose documentary feature 'Everybody Flies' will premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, in September. After a career as an Airline Captain for British Airways, Tristan re-trained as a Director at the NFTS. The documentary, which took 18 years of research and 4 years to shoot, investigates the issue of contaminated air on commercial passenger aircraft.


[] 8 shooters have been nominated for the Iris Prize 2019, the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world.

[] Abigail Blackmore has been named the Screen FrightFest Genre Rising Star 2019 for her debut feature 'Tales From the Lodge'.

[] 'Little Green Street' by Alexandra Queen will screen at the ''Tate Inside Job Collective'' Exhibition at the Tate Modern London until 3rd September.

[] Check out this video portrait of Shooting People member, choreographer and movement director James Berkery.

[] Johnny Maya is starring in his first feature film - 'The One Survivor Of Conifer'.



Are you interested in a career in location sound recording but not sure how to take the first step? There are a few spots remaining on The National Film and Television School’s unique diploma, Location Sound Recording for Film and Television in partnership with the BBC, starting this September! Graduates have been employed on recent films including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Mission Impossible 6’, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, and ‘World War Z’.


[] Apply for Berlinale Talents 2020. This is your chance to join the world’s top 250 emerging filmmakers for a transformative week of talks, screenings, workshops and networking. Deadline 2 September

[] BAFTA Elevate will focus on a select group of actors from underrepresented groups seeking to progress in high-end television drama, comedy and features. Deadline 10 Sept.

[] Talkies is commissioning four filmmakers to produce a short film located in and around Palmers Green, North London. Each maker will be will be awarded £500 towards the cost of their film. Apply by Sept 15

[] Short documentary filmmakers can apply for a new IF/Then Shorts global pitchopportunity during IDFA 2019. The pitch calls for original, creative, stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that explore climate change.

[] South East based documentary filmmakers are invited to attend the free BFI Doc Society Local on 17 Sept.

[] Bridging the Gap is inviting Scotland and Northern Ireland based filmmakers to respond to the theme of ‘Turbulence’. Up to five projects will be commissioned with the possibility of a cash budget of £8000 each. Deadline 22 Sept

[] Apply for up to £5,000 in short film funding from Genera Films. Deadline 30 Sept.

[] The WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund is Open for Applications. The 2019 Fund will award four successful female applicants £10,000 each to develop their factual entertainment or factual TV project. Apply by 30 Sept.

[] The Digital Orchard Emerging Cinematographers Fund is supporting cinematographers with affordable and/or complementary services and equipment. Deadline Thursday 31 December

[] BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding supports the production costs of fiction shorts up to 15 minutes in length, in both live action and animation. Rolling Deadline

[] The Film and TV Charity's 'Going Places Fund' could help you with the cost of travel for networking or work opportunities. Rolling Deadline

[] British Council Film and BFI NETWORK have launched a travel grant scheme for new and emerging filmmakers, specifically for international training labs. 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. 'Follow' our Funding page to receive the latest news direct to your inbox (member access only).



Written a script and want to share it? Script Pitch is the home for screenwriters to pitch their film scripts directly to directors and producers. We’ve seen a lot of fruitful collaborations from writers and filmmakers connecting this way, and we want YOU to also share your pitch with us. What's more, we highlight the best scripts once a fortnight (member access only).


[] We love Tiny Chef, the humming protagonist of the hit stop-motion video series.

[] Little White Lies have made an alternative history of British cinema via 10 extraordinary, mould-breaking films.

[] Costume Designer Arianne Phillips reveals how she dressed Quentin Tarantino’s 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'.

[] Check out these tips for young actorsfrom Alison Whyte.

[] Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how Spike Lee and his cinematographer Ernest Dickerson captured the blistering heat of New York in ‘Do The Right Thing’.


Manchester Film Festival(3 Sept) / Factual Animation Film Festival (9 Sept) / PSVI Film Competition (6 Sept) / The Performance Short Film Competition (15 Sept) / SXSW Film Festival (19 Sept) / International Film Festival Rotterdam (20 Sept) / C21 Media Drama Series Script Competition (4 Oct) / Straight8 (8 October) / Glasgow Short Film Festival (8 October)

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