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Newsletter issue 129
SUBMIT TO NEW SHOOTS

SUBMIT TO NEW SHOOTS

Submissions close tomorrow for our January NEW SHOOTS Film Competition, so if you have a short you’d like share with us, do take five minutes to enter it. Each quarter, one winning filmmaker gets access to key industry mentorship and valuable kit. There’s also £1k up for grabs. Go on, do it.

MAKE ZIPCAR A 2019 RESOURCE

MAKE ZIPCAR A 2019 RESOURCE

NEW SHOOTS is all about helping filmmakers and we think Zipcar, our competition sponsor, are a brilliant resource for cast and crew. They’re offering a free business membership (to freelancers and production companies), along with £60 credit and ongoing access to cheaper business rates. Give them a test drive

WIN £100 IN OUR OSCARS POLL

WIN £100 IN OUR OSCARS POLL

We return this year with our SP Oscars Poll where we ask members to give us their predictions for which films will be awarded a small gold man on 24 Feb. There’s a £100 in it for the individual who gets all of the answers right.

FILM AS A SUPER POWER

FILM AS A SUPER POWER

The Young Women’s Film Academy in Newcastle are crowdfunding to make a superhero film created entirely by young girls and women. It’s a fantastic scheme that aims to improve the life chances of those involved, giving them skills, education and aspiration. You have until 13 Feb to chip in.

CREATIVE RESOURCES RELEASED

CREATIVE RESOURCES RELEASED

Yellowstone National Park have released a huge collection of audio and video that can be used without limitation, and 2019 also marks the end of a 21 year restriction on a host of copyrighted material which has become available royalty-free.

GO MEMBERS

[] 127 members screened films at this month’s London Short Film Festival, with two picking up awards.
[] 10 members have work screening at Sundance Film Festival.
[] 3 members have been nominated for a 2019 BAFTA.

SHORTS TO SEEK OUT

SHORTS TO SEEK OUT

By now, most of us are bored up to the eyeballs of ‘Best of’ lists from the tailend of last year, but this article from Kinoscope on the short films that made waves in 2018 - featuring a selection by SP’s own Molly Cowderoy - gives a useful roadmap of what work to seek out this year.

HOW TO ‘DO’ SUNDANCE

HOW TO ‘DO’ SUNDANCE

With tips like ‘dress in layers’, ‘go to Whole Foods’ and ‘enjoy the scenery’ SP member, Stephen Follows, offers some invaluable advice to anyone planning on attending Sundance this year (or in the future), having crowdsourced advice from 1,000 previous attendees. A very useful read.

BOUNCE CINEMA COLLECTIVE

BOUNCE CINEMA COLLECTIVE

Join Bounce Cinema at Rich Mix for one of London’s most up-and-coming short film nights. This rising new collective will be highlighting the works and journeys of a series of independent filmmakers through screenings and a panel discussion.

GO GET

[] A final reminder that the John Brabourne Awards, which supports emerging talent in UK Film and TV with financial grants, has its deadline tomorrow (31 Jan).

[] New film fund The Uncertain Kingdom will give 20 filmmaking teams up to £10k each to make a short film that’s entertaining, original and relevant to the UK in 2019. Deadline - 3 Feb.

[] Raising Films is seeking to support six writers (either individuals or pairs) by providing a free residency space for the week of 25 - 29 March 2019. Deadline - 4 Feb.

[] The One World Media Awards highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in raising awareness of underreported issues and stories about the developing world. Deadline - 14 Feb.

[] The BFI Doc Society Film Fund round for features is now open. The Fund will encourage talent to take risks on form and content. Deadline - 14 Feb.

[] Applications are now open for the BAFTA and BFI NETWORK mentoring scheme for LGBTQ+ filmmakers as part of Flare 2019. Deadline - 18 Feb.

[] Move Summit, Scotland’s animation conference, brings together creatives from film, television, advertising, games, and visual arts. It returns to Edinburgh 21 & 22 Feb.

[] BellRock gives six Scottish filmmakers and screenwriters a chance to work with industry mentors to develop original screenplays during a series of residencies and discussions. Deadline - 1 March.

[] The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Guardian are looking to support two shorts with funding (max £30k per film) that explore the nature and impact of poverty in the UK. Deadline - 21 March

[] The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers emerging screenwriters and filmmakers $15k production financing for at least one short film, from creatives anywhere in the world. Deadline - 2 May.

[] With a focus on excellence in LGBT+ storytelling, the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival awards the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world - the prestigious £30k Iris Prize. Deadline - 23 June.

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).

GO SUBMIT

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (1 Feb) / Cannes Film Festival (shorts, 1 March / features, 4 March)
Sheffield Doc/Fest (4 March) / Galway Film Fleadh (features, 15 March) / Open City Documentary Festival (13 May) / Underwire Film Festival (2 June)

GO LOOK

[] Director Karyn Kusama’s 5 Tips for Creating a Filmmaker Survival Guide.

[] 10 After Effects plugins to use in 2019.

[] Alfonso Cuaron traces the course of his career in this BAFTA Screenwriters Lecture.

[] How to dolly zoom without a dolly or a zoom lens.

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