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Newsletter issue 146


Join us for an online Q&A with award-winning director & writer Ben Wheatley (‘Free Fire’, ‘High Rise,’ ‘Kill List’). Ben will reveal how he makes weird and wonderful films on such a tiny budget and update on how his foray into big Hollywood blockbusters is going (he’s putting the finishing touches to 'Tomb Raider II' as we speak). Plus he’ll be answering your burning questions, so make sure to reserve your free ticket for July 8th.



Want to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement but not sure where to start? Bertha DocHouse has put together a list of documentaries that address racism and civil rights history in the US and the UK. We particularly recommend Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary doc '13th' which is now available for FREE on YouTube courtesy of Netflix. As a film community we need to continue learning and elevating voices of colour, utilising the resources and the platforms we have.



Ready to watch some amazing shorts? Watch the NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS shortlist and all submissions, give feedback, and collaborate with indie filmmakers. And if you’re looking to connect with actors, look no further. You can view the NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS shortlist and cast your next project. The winners will be announced during our live webinar on 8th July, plus submissions for the next round of the short film competition will open July 1st.



Has your documentary feature been interrupted by COVID-19? The BFI Doc Society Production SOS Fund has been launched to support British producers whose independently financed documentary feature project has been interrupted by the pandemic. Grants up to £15,000 are available for feature docs that were in active late pre-production or filming when interrupted. Apply by 2nd July.



Dalston’s iconic Rio Cinema is under threat from corporate board members who want to shut it down or sell it to a chain. Staff want to elect a new board voted for by cinema members. Sign the petition to help save the Rio, one of the most inclusive, community-run independent cinemas left in London.



Are you hoping to make a film this year? The British Film Commision have put together guidance for working safely during Covid-19 in film and high-end tv drama production. Film London has recommendations for crews filming in public spaces in London and APA have published their Shooting Guidelines. Doc Society has also put together helpful advice for filming independent documentaries and Screen International hosted a Screen Talk on restarting independent film production in the UK.


[] HUGE Congratulations to Lawrence Pumfrey who is one of 3 winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition for his 18th Century British-Western ‘Peakland’.

[] Congrats to director William Webb, writer Lucy Dwyer and editor Tatjana Rhodes who teamed up to make ‘The Art of Noise’ which was selected as BFI Network’s Shortitout Pick of the Week.


[] Are you a London org, or a small production company looking for studio space? Come and work alongside us on Hoxton St!

[] The Directors Charitable Foundation are offering grants through their Directors Support Scheme.

[] Equity Charitable Trust and the Actors Benevolent Fund are also offering financial help for actors.

[] Looking for finance for your next feature? Film London’s Production Finance Marketis open for applications. Deadline- 6 July.

[] If you’re a South West-based creative between the ages of 16-30 you can submit your short film or audio idea to New Creatives. Deadline- 12 July.

[] The Jerwood/FVU Awards are inviting early-career artists to make proposals for ambitious new works in any form of the moving-image. Two proposals are selected for commission, production, exhibition and tour. Deadline- 20 July.

[] BAFTA Breakthrough UK & USA are both open for entries. The scheme showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television, identifying excellent individuals who have had a breakthrough year in the industry. Apply by 22 July.

[] Margate Film Festival have announced they are waiving fees for all BAME filmmakers. Deadline- 25 July.

[] The Whicker’s Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) is open to emerging audio producers. £6,000 plus mentorship will be awarded to an audio documentary-maker to produce a feature-length programme. £1,000 will also go to four runner-ups. Deadline- 31July.

[] Dok Leipzig feature-length documentaries in development or early stages of production can apply for the Dok Co-Pro online Market. 35 projects will meet potential co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters, funds, distributors and sales representatives online in October. Deadline- 1 August.

[] Pact are offering free membership for UK indies until 31 October.

[] The West Midlands Production Fund is investing in the sustainable production of feature films and TV dramas in the region. Rolling Deadline.

[] The Yorkshire Content Fund is for producers based in Yorkshire & Humber or for national and international production companies wishing to film or establish a base in the region. Rolling Deadline.

[] Liverpool Film Office Development Fund is supporting regionally based producers, writers and other creative talent during the coronavirus pandemic by launching a £250,000 single project development pot. Rolling Deadline.

[] Screen Scotland’s Professional Development Fund offers individuals working in film and television in Scotland to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity. Rolling Deadline.

[] 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.

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).

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020

The brilliant Sheffield Doc/Fest have launched their digital industry pass which gives filmmakers and industry access to a curated programme of new films from all over the world, talks and panels, pre-recorded access to their annual pitches, and the digital industry catalogue. SP members can buy a pass for the discounted rate of £40 (see bulletins for details).


[] ‘Ayouni’, a new documentary about the forcibly disappeared in Syria, produced by Elhum Shakerifar will be available to watch worldwide from 1st July.

[] The very best in-camera-edited super 8 short films of straight 8 2020 premiere TONIGHT June 24 at 8pm UK time.

[] ‘Brown Girls Doc Mafia’ founder Iyabo Boyd discusses Diversity in the Documentary Community.

[] Vadí? Nevadí presents a brilliant season of trans filmmaking. Each week they’ll suggest a trans-focused feature and short and host a zoom discussion.⁣ ⁣

[] Michaela Coel’s (Chewing Gum) new BBC drama ‘I May Destroy You,’ is an astonishing exploration of consent, race and millennial life which she has written, stars in and partly directed.

[] Check out the trailer for 'Bill and Ted Face The Music' with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their roles.



Emerging Filmmakers Night have put together a scintillating selection of short films that explore feelings of being locked-in and bottled up. In a fully integrated and FREE live-stream set-up, 7 fantastic shorts will be followed by live Q&As with the filmmakers. Viewers can vote for their favourite in the audience award, and SP’s Molly is joining the panel of judges for the Critics Award. Monday 29th June, 8pm. Book your free ticket.


ifilmthings Screenwriting Contest (1 July) / London Short Film Festival (6 July) / Doc Leipzig (7 July) / The Smalls Film Festival (19 July) / Manchester Animation Festival (31 July) / Leeds International Film Festival (10 Aug)

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