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Newsletter issue 147
HAVE YOUR SHORT SEEN BY SUNDANCE WINNER DESIREE AKHAVAN

HAVE YOUR SHORT SEEN BY SUNDANCE WINNER DESIREE AKHAVAN

There's only three days left to enter SP’s Short Film Competition, judged by Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Desiree Akhavan (‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’). Submit your fiction, documentary or animation shorts for the chance to win Industry Mentorship, audio kit, screenwriting software and lots more goodies. Plus the overall winner of all four rounds will receive a Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit (valued at over £2500). Deadline: 31st July.

£500M INSURANCE FUND TO KICKSTART INDIE PRODUCTION

£500M INSURANCE FUND TO KICKSTART INDIE PRODUCTION

The UK government has announced two major support packages- a £500m production insurance scheme and a £30m fund for indie cinemas. The new UK-wide £500m Film and TV Production Restart Scheme will help to get TV and film productions across the country that have been halted or delayed by a lack of insurance to get back up and running, by giving productions the confidence that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19.

BEN WHEATLEY’S CANDID Q&A

BEN WHEATLEY’S CANDID Q&A

This month we took NEW SHOOTS online for a special Q&A with the cult writer and director Ben Wheatley (‘High Rise’, ‘Kill List’). Ben chatted to SP’s very own Cath Le Couteur about micro budgets, studio blockbusters and everything in between, before answering audience questions. A very big thanks to Ben and everyone who joined us on the night. But if you missed it, fear not, you can still watch it here

THE CIRCLE ON THE GUARDIAN

THE CIRCLE ON THE GUARDIAN

We’re chuffed to see that SP member Lanre Malaolu’s powerful dance-documentary hybrid 'The Circle' has been released on The Guardian. The film explores the lives of two black brothers growing up in east London. Lanre is a director, choreographer and performance artist interested in developing socially engaged work using a fusion of dance, physical theatre and dialogue.

MY RØDE REEL COMPETITION

MY RØDE REEL COMPETITION

My RØDE Reel, the world’s largest short film Competition, is back! This time around, it’s bigger than ever with a monumental $1 million dollars in cash to be won, including a major prize of $200K! This is an incredible opportunity for every filmmaker in the world.

DESIREE AKHAVAN’S DREAM FILM FESTIVAL

DESIREE AKHAVAN’S DREAM FILM FESTIVAL

Our NEW SHOOTS guest judge Desiree Akhavan imagines her dream festival for The Guardian; set in the house from ‘Parasite', Michaela Coel would curate the films, Mica Levi would make the music and Céline Sciamma would be on match-making duty. Sign us up!

NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS SUMMER WINNER

NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS SUMMER WINNER

Congratulations to Candice Onyeama for winning the 2nd round of our short film competition, with ‘Born Again,’ a magical realism film following Nwa, a British Nigerian woman tormented by her inability to have children. Here’s what our judge, Sarah Gavron (‘Rocks’, ‘Suffragette’) said about the film: ‘It is a beautifully directed film about a painful and sadly rarely explored subject. The central performance is raw, real and affecting. The use of imagery is incredibly powerful and the sound design gives the film an immersive quality. I was both moved and impressed by this film."

NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS WINNER

NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS WINNER

Big congratulations to our actors competition winner Will Nash! We asked our actors which current TV show or online series they would want to be part of. Find out why Will chose ‘The Good Place’, and connect and collaborate with the full shortlist of actors. The entries to the next round will open on 20th August so keep an eye out for updates.

JOHN BRABOURNE AWARDS

JOHN BRABOURNE AWARDS

SP members Dominic Davey and Jonny Tull are among 12 recipients of The Film and TV Charity’s ‘John Brabourne Award’. The award provides financial assistance of up to £5,000 to people in the UK film and TV industry who have already demonstrated talent, but face barriers to taking their next steps. The second round of the John Brabourne Awards is open for applications until July 31.

MADE OF TRUTH SHORT FILM FUND

MADE OF TRUTH SHORT FILM FUND

Got a creative short doc brewing? The BFI Doc Society Made of Truth Short Film Fund invites passionate filmmakers to take on the challenge of documenting our tumultuous times on film. The fund will support ten short films with budget contributions of up to £15,000 for short docs of any length up to 40 minutes. Deadline 18 August

GO GET

[] Season for Change’s Common Ground is a programme of 4x £10,000 commissions for creators from under-represented groups that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. Deadline 30 July.

[] RAFA offers the main award of £6,000 to an audio documentary-maker to produce a feature-length programme. Deadline: 31 July.

[] MEDIMED are looking for strong projects in development or production, with appeal to international broadcasters, co-producers and other funders to take part in the Pitching Forum. Deadline: 31 July.

[] DaDaFest, Unlimited and the Granada Foundation are inviting d/Deaf and/or disabled artists to apply for one of 10 micro commissions of up to a £1,000 or one of 4 Festival Commissions of up to £2,500. Deadline: 31 July.

[] Dok Leipzig feature-length documentaries in development or early stages of production can apply for the Dok Co-Pro online Market.Deadline 1 August

[] UK Music Video Awards are open for entries with new categories for the best lockdown video, best music film, best agent and best post production company. Deadline: 3 August.

[] BFI Future Film Festival for young people (16-25) have up to £15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including money to support your next film and your career. Deadline: 7 August.

[] The Global Short Docs Forum 2020 are looking for filmmakers with new and original documentary projects up to 30 mins, to attend an intensive online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings. Deadline: 12 August.

[] The submissions for the 2020 edition of Cartoon Springboard are open to animated feature films, TV and web series Deadline 4 Sept

[] The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for two emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced. Deadline: 31 October.

[] For those within the first 5 years of their career, Digital Orchard will support their production with affordable and/or complimentary services and equipment. Deadline: 31 December.

[] SKIP/INTRO is a new commissioning programme aimed at supporting emerging filmmakers with a particular focus on artists from under-represented backgrounds. Rolling deadline.

[] The Pitch fund currently offers £30,000 for the top entrant to shoot their short film inspired by the Bible. 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).

MORE FILMS FOR FREEDOM - LGBTIQ+ PROJECTS

MORE FILMS FOR FREEDOM - LGBTIQ+ PROJECTS

BFI NETWORK, BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival and the British Council are partnering for a second year to commission three new short films from cross-cultural teams collaborating to explore LGBTIQ+ stories. They are looking to commission three films which will be awarded a grant of up to £20,000 each, to cover all stages of production, delivery of materials and team travel. Apply by 16 August

LUCID DREAMING WITH PENNY LANE

LUCID DREAMING WITH PENNY LANE

In Lucid Dreaming a brand new podcast from LONO Studio, Pamela Cohn interviews a constellation of artistic luminaries working within contemporary contexts of documentary practice and experimental moving image. Together they explore artistic inspirations, conceptual intent and processes, and the expanding socio-political possibilities of creating personal memoir. The first episode is with award-winning documentary filmmaker Penny Lane (‘Hail Satan?’)

GO LOOK

[] Netflix has unveiled a series of 17 short filmsmade in lockdown by leading filmmakers, including Pablo Larrain, Ladj Ly and Gurinder Chadha, as well as Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal

[] Ex-military Gus judges how realistic famous action scenes really are.

[] Thought the lockdown was intense? In the 1990s, a troupe of hippies spent two years sealed inside a dome called Biosphere 2 and now there’s a documentary about it

[] BFI London Film Festival announced their October edition will be online

GO SUBMIT

Manchester Animation Festival (31 July) / Manchester Lift-Off Film. Festival (3 August) / Leeds International Film Festival (10 Aug) The Discover Film Awards (1 September) /The Animator Showcase (4 September) / Glasgow Film Festival (2 October)


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