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Newsletter issue 170


The deadline has been extended for our spring edition of NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS competition. Submit by 14 May 2022 for a chance to win professional industry mentorship, Final Draft 12 Screenwriting Software, a year's free MUBI membership and promotion across all of our channels.

We accept fiction, documentary, animation, experimental - you name it. Your film could also be chosen as our overall NEW SHOOTS winner for 2022, for which you’ll win Nikon’s top-class Z 9 mirrorless camera (worth over £5000). Submit yours here.



Last week’s Visual Storytelling Masterclass was a blast. Both incredibly insightful and candid, cinematographers Tom Townend and Annika Summerson broke down some key creative choices in their impressive works - YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, MOGUL MOWGLI and CENSOR. They also discussed working with actors, developing working relationships with directors and how their experience differs depending on the budget and type of production they are working on.

If you missed the Q&A check out the event highlights and the recording.



Sitting on a script that you’ve written and don’t know what to do with? Making a film requires support and collaborators, which is why SP was founded. See available cast and crew jobs, development opportunities, the funding database and what advice members have to offer.

Re-activate your SP membership or if you’d like additional information get in touch with our team.

Thankyou to Zipcar for partnering with us and continuing to support our NEW SHOOTS live events and competitions.

Thankyou to Zipcar for partnering with us and continuing to support our NEW SHOOTS live events and competitions.

As a reminder to all our members - if you need to hire a vehicle for any purpose, ZIPCAR are offering all film freelancers & production companies a FREE membership, £60 driving credit & cheaper ongoing rates. They’ve got 3,000 cars & vans that you can access in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. Additionally - fuel, insurance & Congestion Charge are all included.

Get more info on ZIPCAR.



To celebrate the release of Joanna Hogg’s bold and profound film ‘The Souvenir Part II’, MUBI is hosting a giveaway for indie film lovers.

All you have to do is tell us if you've ever kept a souvenir from a film set and what’s the story behind it. Best tweets will receive prizes from MUBI and Picturehouse.

Tweet your stories.



Big congrats to director Joëlle Bentolila and team behind ’Starboy’ - the winning film of NEW SHOOTS: Filmmakers first round of 2022, as well as the shortlisted filmmakers Lanre Malaolu and Cal Murphy Barton! Joëlle is set to receive over £1K in quality kit + industry mentorship.

Suzie Davies (Production Designer for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain) “A story told so powerfully - I could feel the restrictions and constrictions of the characters...Thoughtfully and cleverly directed."

If you’re looking for collaborators, why not check out all the entries here.


[] Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the Re-activate your SP commembership or if you’d like additional information Sundance Film Festival: London 2022, taking place from 9-12 June at Picturehouse Central.

[] First look at Margot Robbie as Barbie.

[] Some interesting thoughts from the SP community on Channel 4 privatisation.

[] The headline failure for Netflix is a reduction in subscribers for the first time in a decade. Wall Street analysts had been expecting it to announce growth of about 2.5 million new customers, and were stunned when the company instead confirmed more had cancelled than joined.

[] Several important Netflix creators voice a voice a very consistent theory about what’s gone wrong with the streamer’s culture.

[] ‘The Batman’ is getting a sequel, with Robert Pattinson set to return as Gotham’s fiercest defender.


[] ScreenSkills are offering tons of free training opportunities in May, including “Bullying & Harassment Training”, “Mastering Receiving Feedback”, “Disability Awareness Training” in association with thinkBIGGER and lots more. Deadline: May | Varied

[] The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is offering five new directors the chance to pitch at the festival and one winner will walk away with a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60 min film. Deadline: Extended to 1 May

[] Film Hub North and NFTS are offering a free Director Training programme to develop a next generation of Northern visual storytellers. Over 3 days, the programme will provide new and early career directors hands on training and experience that’s as close as possible to being on set. Deadline: 1 May

[] The Sharp Shorts scheme is welcoming applications from Scottish-based up-and-coming writers, directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging and boundary-pushing short films (live action and animation). Deadline: 2 May

[] The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers emerging screenwriters and filmmakers the opportunity to have their short films financed and produced - the 2 successful recipients will receive a $10K & 5K grant respectively, free camera rental equipment through ARRI and more. Deadline: 2 May

[] The Emerging Film Curators Lab are welcoming applications from emerging film curators from a range of backgrounds and contexts, with limited cinema programming experience, who are interested in developing socially engaged, inclusive film events focusing on the theme of ‘Community’. Deadline: 9 May

[] The EIFF Talent Lab offers the opportunity for 30 Scottish, UK and International filmmakers to learn from the world’s key film industry players over a four day residential which will include meetings, discussions and networking opportunities to help develop their projects, their careers, and themselves. Deadline: 9 May

[] The Donegal Film Short Film Bursary Award offers a grant of €10,000 to a filmmaker for the purposed of funding the costs of the production of short drama or documentary film to be shot in Donegal in 2022. Deadline: 13 May

[] Film London and Arts Council England’s FLAMIN fellowship offers moving image artists a full-scale support programme, including a series of monthly workshops, seed development finance of £2,500 for a specific project, 1-2-1 mentoring and more. Deadline: 17 May

[] The Redford Center Grants supports environmental filmmakers and frontline stories that drive solutions for people and the planet, providing the hope necessary for audiences to feel ready to engage in addressing our environmental crises. Deadline: 30 May

[] As a response to the BLM movement, Film London and Arts Council England launched Flamin Animations - a commissioning programme for early-career black-identifying* artist animators living in the UK. As part of the programme they’re offering a £2,500 grant, development support and more. Deadline: 5 July

[] Sundance’s Documentary Film Fund supports feature documentary filmmakers globally through funding, they welcome applications for work which continues to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation. Deadline: 6 June

[] Underscore Cinema is a collaboration with CinemaForAll providing a short film night that brings together a diverse community of Working-Class audience members and talent, uplifting and promoting Working-Class voices. Submissions are now open for short films. Deadline: rolling

[] 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. Deadline: rolling


Open City Documentary Festival (Late Deadline: 13 May)
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival (Regular Deadline: 15 May)
Edinburgh Short Film Festival (Regular Deadline: 16 May)
Depict Short Film Competition (Deadline: 13 June)
Grierson Trust Awards Entries (Deadline: 20 May)
Manchester Film Festival (Early Deadline: 23 May)
Little Wing Film Festival (Deadline: 5 June)
Norwich Film Festival (Deadline: 5 June)

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