Show menu
Shooting People
 
Search
By continuing to browse this website you are agreeing to allow us to use cookies

Add me to the newsletter please

Enter your email to get the latest news on exclusive offers, discounts, funding opportunities, competitions, scholarships, training schemes, industry happenings, festival submissions and silly irreverent titbits.

The latest edition of our newsletter:

Shooting People
Shooting People

Newsletter issue 145
FREE NIKON MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRAINING

FREE NIKON MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRAINING

We're thrilled to have Nikon as a Principal Partner for NEW SHOOTS. Together we’ll be offering free training on mirrorless cameras (online and in person) later this year. Learn what differentiates them from DSLR’s, what’s making them so attractive for filmmakers, and how Nikon’s Z series (plus their unique FTZ Mount Adapter) can help you achieve cinematic quality shots. Sign up here.

WATCH & COMMENT ON NEW SHOOTS ENTRIES

WATCH & COMMENT ON NEW SHOOTS ENTRIES

We had an amazing array of films submitted to the last round of NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS. You can now view and leave feedback on the films, as well as see each filmmaker’s profile and what collaborations they are looking for next. The three shortlisted films will be announced in June and the winning film will be chosen by award winning director Sarah Gavron ('Rocks', 'Suffragette').

HELP IMPROVE VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE AND GET AN AMAZON GIFT CARD

HELP IMPROVE VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE AND GET AN AMAZON GIFT CARD

Do you use video editing software? Our friends at Evans Research are giving the first 300 SP members who complete a video editing survey, a £15 Amazon certificate. Plus you will also be entered into a draw for a bunch of other cool prizes (including an Amazon certificate of £500). The survey takes 12-15 minutes to complete and aims to help improve existing software. So if you’ve ever edited anything, your input would be super helpful for the study. All responses are confidential and will be reported in aggregate form. Take the survey here.

WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMME

WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMME

The full programme for WE ARE ONE has been announced. Co-curated by over 20 renowned festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Sundance, the festival will screen for free on YouTube between May 29 - June 7. We recommend 2019’s Cannes Short Film Palme d’Or winner 'The Distance Between The Sky And Us', the whimsical coming of age drama 'Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy' which is based on a teenage girl’s twitter feed, and interviews with directors Guillermo del Toro and Hirokazu Kore-eda and actor Zhang Ziyi.

SP MEMBERS SELECTED FOR BFI NETWORK x BAFTA CREW

SP MEMBERS SELECTED FOR BFI NETWORK x BAFTA CREW

Congratulations to Ella Jones and Georgina French who have been selected for the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew 2020. The scheme pairs 16 emerging filmmakers from under-represented groups, with a senior figure from film and television, selected to provide bespoke support, advice and guidance for each filmmaker as they work toward their first feature or major broadcast.

MARTIN SCORSESE'S LOCKDOWN SHORT

MARTIN SCORSESE'S LOCKDOWN SHORT

Martin Scorsese has shot a new home-made short film about his experiences of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The film views isolation "through the lens" of classic movies like Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Wrong Man'. As well as old film footage, the interview is edited together with shots of photographs and ornaments in Scorsese's home. Watch it on Lockdown Culture on the BBC.

ZIPCAR FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

ZIPCAR FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

We wanted to say a big thank you to Zipcar for their ongoing support of the UK independent film community and our NEW SHOOTS film initiatives, including our live events and career development filmmaker and actor competitions. If you need a vehicle for an essential journey, Zipcar is here to help. Access SP's special offer for the cheapest rates and £60 driving credit.

FILMING IN THE TIME OF CORONA

FILMING IN THE TIME OF CORONA

Our pals over at the Doc Society have put together helpful guidance for filming independent documentaries during the pandemic. The document covers how to assess whether your project meets the public interest and proportionality threshold necessary to justify the risk of filming. There’s a risk assessment checklist to help you consider all aspects of your decision from legal to insurance, and helpful protocols for organising a safe shoot.

GO LOOK

[] Carol Morley's #FridayFilmClub continues tonight with SP member Jeanie Finlay's wonderful film 'Sound It Out', a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England. Catch it tonight at 8pm BST.

[] The brilliant Film & TV Charity have launched a mental health support platform for the industry. There’s a range of free resources available and it's a safe, anonymous space to help you stay connected.

[] The Mark Milsome Foundation have launched an anonymous, industry wide survey to help assess the current state of Health and Safety in the Film And TV industry.

[] Britain on Lockdown wants you to recommend online videos that best represent how Britain has experienced the impact of Coronavirus.

[] Catch up on BFI NETWORK’s webinarwith ‘Blue Story’ producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor and ‘Noughts + Crosses’ director Koby Adom.

[] Doc Society and Exposure Labs have launched two brand new free digital resources from their #ClimateStoryLab UK initiative: Download them both HERE.

[] SP member Stephen Follows has revealed the results of the survey- ‘What does the film industry think is the future of exhibition?’

[] Got a script you want to share? There are currently 1001 scripts that you can peruse on Script Pitch and you can also pitch your own to the SP community!

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST DIGITAL INDUSTRY PASS

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST DIGITAL INDUSTRY PASS

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Digital Industry Pass is now on sale, giving you access to films on the Doc/Player, their online industry screening platform offering a curated programme of new films from all over the world, as well as pitches & streamed talks. SP members can buy a pass for the special discounted price of £40 (see daily bulletins for details).

BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL

BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL

Are you a filmmaker aged 16 – 25? Make sure to submit your film to the 14th BFI Future Film Festival. This year they have up to £15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including money to support your next film and your career. Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, and have been produced in the last two years. Apply by August 7.

GO GET

[] Do you have a question about the film festival circuit or need help with your feature film's international festival strategy? The British Council are offering free 1-1 advice sessions.

[] The Directors Charitable Foundation is expanding its Directors Support Scheme.

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

[] Fermynwoods are inviting artists to remix Peter Paul’s 1960’s documentary film Double Harvest with three other Corby heritage films, creating new video works exploring human presence and nature. Deadline- 1 June.

[] Locarno is taking it’s highly regarded short film competition online. Submit by 3 June.

[] Filmarket Hub opens its call for projects for the UK Online Pitchbox- a two-day pitch event dedicated to British feature films and scripted series in development. Deadline- 3 June

[] Every year ACE selects 16 to 18 experienced film producers, each with a project in development that is suitable for co-production and aimed at the international market, to take part in ACE’s annual programme of advanced training. Deadline- 12 June.

[] The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is open for submissions. You can submit at any production phase from development through post-production. Deadline- 15 June.

[] Sharp Shorts is a new opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging filmmakers, producers and writers to submit a one-page outline of their short film idea to pitch for up to £15k. Deadline- 15 June.

[] The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is open to artists and freelancers in England and Northern Ireland affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of £1500 – £2500 are available Deadline- 18 June.

[] The (Egg)celerator Lab supports 10 nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary with $30,000–$40,000 in grant funding and mentorship. Deadline- 23 June.

[] Submissions for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research in Film Awards are open. The Awards showcase new and emerging talent in filmmaking linked to arts and humanities research. Deadline- 25 June.

[] Looking for finance for your next feature? Film London’s Production Finance Market is 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 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 access to 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).

CAN YOU DO IT IN 90 SECONDS?

CAN YOU DO IT IN 90 SECONDS?

Filmmakers worldwide! Accept the Depict challenge to make a 90 second short film to be in with a chance of winning up to £2500 prize money and career development support. Best of all, entry is completely free! Submit by 4th June.

GO SUBMIT

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (31 May) / Encounters (4 June) / ifilmthings Screenwriting Contest (1 July) / London Short Film Festival (6 July) / Doc Leipzig (7 July) / The Smalls Film Festival (19 July) / Leeds International Film Festival (31 July)

Enjoyed the SP newsletter? Forward it to a friend and they can subscribe too.

Visit the website
Contact Shooting People

Find us on:

Facebook Vimeo
Twitter Vimeo