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Newsletter issue 106
Talking Funny - LOCO 2017

Talking Funny - LOCO 2017

London's premiere comedy film festival returns May 4th - 7th, and we'll be there, celebrating the 32 SP members with films in their selection with opening drinks.

Applications are open for their two day Kickstart programme for emerging comedy filmmakers, an SP favourite. In their words, "we can’t teach you how to be funny, but we can help you turn professional." Alongside their professional development fund, their commitment to developing new talent, as well as presenting it, is apparent. Get involved.

Heading North - Flatpack 2017

Heading North - Flatpack 2017

Starting today, Flatpack Festival takes over the city of Birmingham, offer electric film related events and happenings all around town.

Beyond our recommendations on the SP blog, we suggest diving into the experimental animations selected by Edge of Frame's Edwin Rostron; letting your ears and mind be expanded by the Optical Sound offerings; heading to the LSFF's drinks, 6pm on Weds 5 April at Hologram, Millennium Point; or joining us at Film Camp, to hear about bold new ideas for an inclusive cinema culture.

SP Film of the Month - Jenny Gage

SP Film of the Month - Jenny Gage

Jenny Gage is a photographer and filmmaker whose directorial debut, hybrid documentary All This Panic, has been attracting much praise. We're pleased to welcome her as April's Film of the Month judge. Gage has worked with her partner Tom Betterton on film and photography projects for a number of years, before directing their first feature All This Panic. The film is currently in cinemas across the UK. Read about Gage's work and world here, and submit short films to her by April 14th.

Jameson First Shot 2017

Jameson First Shot 2017

Good news, filmmakers. One of the great opportunities for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers returns. Jameson First Shot is back, offering the incredible chance to make a short film with none other than Detective McNulty himself, Mr. Dominic West. Much more to come, but entries are open online now, and we're hosting an event on the 24th April, so lock off your diaries and gather your filmmaking friends - and look out for details soon.

Picks from the bulletins

  1. Diary of a first time filmmaker, a new LWL series with Lucy Brydon
  2. See the warped visions of David Lynch at Close-Up cinema, some on 35mm.
  3. Not one, not two, but twenty one SP members with projects selected for the 2017 Film London 'London Calling' slate. We look at these exciting projects.
  4. Make a dance short for C4 Random Acts as part of an India + Britain collaboration
  5. SP filmmaker Jimmy Dean's short film Offside has premiered online, after a successful fest run.
  6. Audience and complicity in the Trump Era. Who watches documentary, and who doesn't?
  7. Essential viewing. SP filmmaker Kate Herron BBC3 series Five By Five, five shorts made with none other than Idris Elba, is online.
  8. Life through a lens. Huck Magazine talks with renowned cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.
  9. Deadline approaching for Short Sighted's 'Shortest Nights' short film showcase.
  10. "I am passionate about filmmaking, and I am disabled." ICA interview with C4 Random Acts filmmaker Jemima Hughes.
  11. From SP patron Charlie Lyne, True/False Film Festival and the "politics of programming".
  12. For young people, by young people. Barbican's Young Programmers offer valuable insight into their experience.
  13. Submit to York's Aesthetica Film Festival, an ever growing short film showcase in the North.
  14. See through me. Documentary filmmaking in the first person.
  15. Browse the programme for Chinese Visual Fest 2017, featuring documentarian Wen Hai and multimedia artist Ju Anqi.

Alternate Realities

When struggling with this world, we look to other ones. Following her mind bending interactive exhibition Bjork Digital at Somerset House at the end of last year, the Icelandic singer, songwriter, producer, actress and innovator is back in the virtual with her latest VR video - NotGet. Alongside it, Gorillza broke viewing records for a Music VR video for their piece for Saturn Barz.

Elsewhere, Danish documentary festival CPH:DOX showcased artist films that blur the lines of reality, investigating the validity and viability of digital lifestyles and alternate personas; and SXSW went all in with the VR, with projects using Google's virtual painting tech, tiltbrush, and a whole host of music experiences; with Venice following suit by announcing several VR film competitions for their next festival.

Video Software Survey - Be Included In Prize Draw

Our friends at Evans Research Associates are conducting a study to understand the changing needs of video editing software users. The survey is taken very seriously, so it’s a valuable chance to influence the development of software you use as part of your process.

All who complete the survey will be included in a prize draw for an Apple iPad Air 2 or one of two Amazon gift cards worth £150, or one of five Amazon gift cards worth £75.

Begin the survey (takes 12-15 mins).

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