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Newsletter issue 153


Hi Friends,

Our New Shoots: Filmmakers Competition has been an epic celebration of creative indie filmmaking. Big thanks to everyone who submitted. Team SP, the judges and the community have been gorging ourselves on shorts for the past year. Don't forget you can still watch and leave feedback on last year’s entries.

And we can finally reveal that the overall winner of 2020 is The Circle by Lanre Malaolu. Huge congrats to Lanre who takes home a Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit (valued over £2500). The Circle explores themes of masculinity, racism and brotherhood through dance and testimony. It takes a truly innovative approach to storytelling, dividing the screen between choreography and interview.

Judge and Sundance winning director Desiree Akhavan said ‘'The Circle explores race in a way I’ve never seen on screen before- playing with form, movement and narrative structure. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Lanre Malaolu’s voice takes him next,' and so are we. You can watch The Circle and we'll be interviewing Lanre for our blog soon, so stay tuned.



Made a short film? Then you’re in luck, Round 1 of New Shoots: Filmmakers is open for entries. The winner of each round takes home a Sennheiser XS Wireless lavalier set, a DCP of their short, Final Draft 11 Screenwriting Software, a year's membership to MUBI and a year's additional membership to SP. Plus they’ll be matched with a mentor from the film industry for a one-on-one session. The overall winner of all four rounds will win a Nikon Z Series Movie Kit. Enter here by 15 Feb.



Bafta nominated writer/director Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) and legendary sound designer Johnnie Burn (Under The Skin, The Favourite) joined us for a cracking chat last week. They shared amazing insights into the world of sound design, indie filmmaking and their new feature ‘Ammonite.’ You can re-watch it here to catch all their top tips. And for those who want to dig deeper into the world of sound design.Then check out Soundsnap’s blog looking at films that use off-screen sound to tell the story.



SP’er Kent Lamm made a successful debut feature, a thriller called ‘Bad is Bad’ for $6000. Despite its relatively small budget, it has over 7 million views online, and has earnt back it's budget many times over. He shared some stellar top tips with the community, on how to shoot a low-budget film, and find an audience for it.


[] Rowan Ings, who won the Spring round of New Shoots with ‘Never Actually Lost,’ has just been commissioned to make a new short with the Scottish Documentary Institute and Creative Scotland.

[] Candice Onyeama, who won the Summer round of New Shoots with ‘Born Again’, has just got her first TV gig, as a 2nd unit director on a BBC series. She said- "The new shoots experience has definitely been a game changer in my career and putting attention on my work."

[] Isabel Garrett, who won the Winter round of New Shoots with ‘Listen to Me Sing,’ has been adding her amazing animation talents to Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out of Her Mind’ series on BBC 2.

[] 51 Shooters were selected for London Short Film Festival in January, with 'Easier - Mr Bruce' by Ian Bruce winning Best Low-Budget Short Film, and 'Powerwash (I Love You)' by Rory Waudby-Tolley winning The Taash Award For Comedy In Film.

[] Matus Krajnak has been selected for Berlinale Talents (from over 3,000 applicants from 123 countries)

[] 3 Producers have been nominated for Best British Short at the BIFAs – Emily Everdee for ‘Mandem,’ Tom Wood for ‘Sudden Light’ and Jessi Gutch for ‘The Forgotten C.’

[] Annika Summerson has been nominated for Best Cinematography at the BIFAs for her work on ‘Mogul Mowgli,’ starring Riz Ahmed.

[] NEW SHOOTS speaker and judge Sarah Gavron and her team are up for 15 BIFA awards for ROCKS including Best Independent Film, Best Director, Best Editing.

[] Jennifer Sheridan is up for BIFA Raindance Discovery Award for her debut feature Rose: A Love Story an unnerving horror about a young couple living alone in the woods.



Got a killer script idea? Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, so that you can focus on the fun bits. Enjoy 30% off Final Draft by entering promo code SPFD21 at checkout. Offer ends 31 March. And once you’re done, head on over to Script Pitch to pitch your idea to directors and producers.


[] The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. The main award is worth £80,000 and the runner-up is £15,000. Deadline: 7 Feb.

[] Grierson DocLab with support from Netflix and The Rank Foundation, is a training scheme that helps UK-based new entrants aged 18-25 thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making. Deadline: 12 February.

[] Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing has eight places available for those with some post-production experience looking to step up to Assistant Editor, who want to learn the art and craft of narrative storytelling. Deadline: 12 February.

[] Grierson DocLab In Focus: Production Management has eight places available to individuals who want to pursue a career within the production management area of documentary programme-making. Deadline: 12 February.

[] The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund are accepting applications of all sorts for their Short Film Fund: short scripts, animations, proof of concept shorts and filmed projects seeking Finishing Funds. Grand prize $15,000, 2nd prize $10,000. Deadline: 31 March.

[] The IDFA Bertha Fund supports innovative distribution plans for international co-productions between documentary filmmakers. The maximum amount awarded per project is €30,000. Rolling deadline.

[] CreativeDebuts are encouraging Black artists of all disciplines to apply for their Black Artists Grant, offering financial support to one selected recipient every month. 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. Click 'follow' on our Funding page to receive the latest news direct to your inbox (member access only).



Happy days, Biden has thankfully re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement. But we can also do our part to tackle climate change in the film and TV industry. Albert has released a super helpful Production Carbon Calculator and Certification Toolkit, which can help your production measure its carbon footprint and assess your own impact against the industry standard and other productions of the same genre. Best of all- it’s completely free.


[] Step into India’s fierce feline festival with this epic short doc ‘Tiger Man’ directed by SP’er Lisa Gunning, with original music from Goldfrapp

[] If you enjoyed last week’s NEW SHOOTS with sound designer Johnnie Burn, then check out this interview with David Fincher and Ren Klyce looking at how they use sound design to build cinematic worlds.

[] Here are some awesome documentaries to look forward to this year


Encounters Film Festival (29 March) / Leeds International Film Festival (6 April) / Open City Documentary Festival ( 23 April)

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