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Newsletter issue 174


Only 4 days left to enter your short film to NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS. The overall winning filmmaker will take home £7.5k in prizes, including state-of-the-art film kit, Final Draft 12, a year’s MUBI subscription, and industry mentorship from either BFI NETWORK, Animate Projects or LONO studio.

Submissions are welcome for all films under 30 minutes of any genres: documentary, narrative, animation, music video, dance, experimental… you name it, we'll probably accept it.

Save the date and submit your film.



Shooters who have directed films using the fantastic Z series mirrorless cameras, give you their direct insights here . Nikon continue to be our valued partners in New Shoots and you can also add your info to receive free mirrorless camera training. We’ll then be in touch when the next session comes up.



A warm congrats to the Joseph Daly, the director of THE LEERIE and the winner of New Shoots: Filmmaker's third round! Here’s what the competition’s industry judge, DOP Annika Summerson (Mogul Mowgli, Censor), had to say about this stunning piece of cinema:

“The captivating visuals and sound design create an atmosphere that transports you back in time and you can really feel the period within the details... Combined with stunning black and white cinematography, and layered with cracking sound design.”

Well done to Joe and the rest of the team behind this winning film!

Watch ’The Leerie’ and connect with Joseph.



If entering New Shoots, you will also benefit from two new fantastic partners - Shure and Zoom.

For post-production and audio monitoring, you could pick up the super Shure SRH440As headphones. With a neutral, true-to-life sound profile, closed back design to reduce noise interference and a comfortable padded headband, the SRH440A are ideal headphones for versatility in filmmaking.

For audio recording - you could take home the truly portable F2-BT and lav mic. Zoom’s F2-BT is an ultra-compact, lightweight audio recorder, perfect for squeezing into those hard to achieve setups. It’s ideal for sneaking on a lavalier even in the hardest-to-conceal outfits, or for field recording in those hard to reach places.


• Again, a huge congratulations to Joseph Daly for becoming the winner of New Shoots: Filmmakers 2022 Round 2.

• 4 SP members have been shortlisted for the Grierson Trust Awards (the leading awards body for British Documentary) - a huge congratulations to Jessica Wheeler for Forest Coal Pit, Alfie Barker for Hanging On, Steven Fraser for Prosopagnosia and Alexis Garcia for Daughters of the Sea.

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced their programme for 2022 and there’s 2 SP members on the shortlist so far… shout to Alicja Jankowska for Canberra, Bitch and Jessica Wheeler for Forest Coal Pit.


• Marvel-lous: How the Russo brothers broke through into the big time.

Nope review – Jordan Peele’s followup to Get Out and Us isn’t quite what we were hoping for.

• Hertfordshire £700m film and TV studios plan approved.

• Rising costs and inflation aren’t just hitting us individually - a BFI report has recently found indpendent film to be one of many industries which is struggling greatly.


Cleveland International Film Festival (Earlybird Deadline: 31 July)

Sundance Film Festival (Early Deadline Shorts: 1 August)

Cambridge Film Festival (Late Deadline: 1 August)

Belfast Film Festival (Late Deadline: 1 August)

Belfast Film Festival (Regular Deadline: 1 August)

Leeds International Film Festival (Late Deadline: 3 August)

London Short Film Festival (Late Deadline: 8 August)

Foyle Film Festival (Late Deadline: 12 August)

Slamdance Film Festival (Regular Deadline: 15 August)

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• Northern Ireland Screen’s Creative Animation Scheme provides junior level creators/animators with the opportunity to develop their own ideas with support from established animation companies. The scheme is currently open for applications. Deadline: 29 July

New Shorts Focus is an initiative to find Northern Ireland resident filmmakers exclusively from groups that are underrepresented in the film and television industry. The scheme is open to entry level writers and writer/director applicants who are resident in Northern Ireland. Deadline: 29 July

The Grand Plan awards £1,000 grants to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events - whatever you want. Deadline: 31 July

• Future of Film are seeking Maya Animators for an artist residency as part of their Future of Film Incubator program - there’s a $1000 bursary, free year’s Maya subscription + more up for grabs for the successful applicant. Deadline: 31 July

• The Film Audience Network (FAN)'s Inclusive Cinema project has been running for almost 5 years and has launched a survey that will help establish where more help would be useful. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to complete. They are interested in hearing about any screenings or events where exhibitors have tried to engage with marginalised audiences across race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, age and geo-location. Deadline: 31 July

• Film in Mind are looking for six people working in documentary to join them for a pilot training programme delivered at Open City Documentary Festival 2022. The course will provide you with the basic skills needed to create, facilitate, and run a peer-led support group over a period of 6 months. Deadline: 1 August

The Inspire Fund provides funding for projects that engage the public with the topic of dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition. Deadline: 4 August

Talkies Short Film Commission is open for applications. Talkies is a not-for-profit volunteer-led, community cinema operating in Palmers Green and surrounding areas in North London. The commissions are open to anyone, but the commissioned films must be shot in in the area. Deadline: 5 August

Catapult Film Fund is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers with critical early stage funding and mentorship to launch distinctive, story-driven, and cinematic films. They help launch new projects by providing research and development funding for documentary filmmakers. Deadline: 21 August

• Short Circuit’s First Features scheme enables Scotland-based filmmakers to take that career-defining step towards making their debut feature. The scheme is for writing, writing/directing and producing talent from all across Scotland who have bold and compelling fiction projects with theatrical ambition and the potential to resonate with audiences globally. Deadline: 28 August

AiR Drop Residencies is a programme designed to support under-represented voices. It is open to moving image artists based in England who are unable to make work due to lack of access to facilities. Rolling Deadline

• 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

• Artquest and freelance artist career advisors are delivering free one-to-one advice for London-based artists. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. 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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