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Newsletter issue 108
Doc Days Ahead - Doc/Fest 2017

Doc Days Ahead - Doc/Fest 2017

Tailing a certain electoral event by just one day, Sheffield's Doc/Fest arrives June 9th, and, regardless of the result, will be tasked with both bearing the burden of the real and the need to alleviate it. First off, we've picked five films you might want to see whilst there. You should also join us at the Curzon Rooftop & Bar, June 9th from 5pm, for the first drinks of the festival. Lastly, we have a few remaining festival passes at £90 less than the usual price, get in touch before June to claim the deal.

Last Chance For Your First Shot

Last Chance For Your First Shot

By now you've probably heard about the amazing opportunity that is Jameson First Shot, but if you still haven't entered, there's still time. (Just about!) Pen that winning 7 page script by June 1st, and realise the dream of directing Dominic West in a short film produced by Dana Brunetti. Last year's winner, SP'r Kat Wood, won and was whisked off to LA straight away, and hasn't looked back. Transform your career with this brilliant competition. Start, perfect or submit your entry today, or forever hold your breath.

New Wave / No Wave / Microwave

With news out that both of this year's two Film London Microwave feature commissions are SP members, it's a good time to look back over our community's recent interactions with the various schemes on offer, and the insights they can over into making work and getting it seen. Congratulations first to those two SP filmmakers, the brilliant Marley Morrison, whose Violets Are Blue has been commissioned, and also to the equally talented Georgia Parris, who will be making her film Baby Gravy.

We spoke recently with Marley about a separate project, which has been going through the London Calling scheme for shorts, and with two other SP filmmakers shortlisted, Matt Houghton and Fateme Ahmadi, about their projects and their thoughts on short filmmaking, and a while back we also heard from two other SP'rs who had projects at development stage for Microwave. Hear thoughts from Alex Winckler and Ryan Vernava on those, which we hope to still see soon, and browse our overview of London Calling, covering those interviewed above and also exciting new projects from SP'rs, Jimmy Dean and Jessica Bishopp, also in London Calling. Worth noting too, Jimmy's V is crowdfunding on Kickstarter now, and that a versioned of Jessica's (just-wrapped) Wargames will be at Doc/Fest's Alternate Realities market. Everything happening, all at once.

Also, worth a look back on this report on micro-budget filmmaking in the UK that focuses on The Levelling (see below) and Lady Macbeth, now that both have arrived to cinemas and been met with considerable acclaim. We wonder, does all of this bode well for independent filmmaking at smaller budgets, or signal a transition in filmmaking as an increasingly specialist (and specialised) practise and pursuit? SP debated this very question, a few years back.

Picks from the bulletins

  1. Submit by the end of May to stand a chance at this year's Grierson Awards
  2. Shorts Galore! Random Acts Reloaded at East End Film Festival 2017.
  3. Still chance to make a short film using space sounds with the SSFX competition, £2000 in prizes on offer.
  4. Learn about the world of movement direction and choreography for filmmaking with SP'r James Berkery.
  5. The Final Girls select a few of their horror faves for VOD service Shudder
  6. Kickstarting documentaries with SP partner Liz Cook, Kickstarter's Head of Docs
  7. Last chance (actually, deadline is 5pm today!) to access £2000 funding in the LSFF's brilliant commission With Teeth.
  8. Laura Poitras talks Risk, filmmaking and her fractured working relationship with Julian Assange.
  9. Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine, a great new season at the BFI is on sale,
  10. Final few to days to enter into BAFTA's 'Breakthrough Brits' initiative.
  11. Nudge. A whole host of crucial opportunities in the SP funding directory with imminent deadlines.
  12. Still a few days too to view and vote on this month's Film of the Month entries, the best and brightest in independent short film made by our community.
  13. On SP's Ask and Discuss, our membership discuss the viability of worker co ops as a model for independent film production.
  14. Make a interview with senior citizens at $14,000 budget with NO REGRETS
  15. BAFTA publish the female directors selected for the Elevate programme.
  16. Late deadline for getting shorts to Encounters, June 2nd. Miss this, and miss out.
  17. Still a few days to hit Underwire's regular deadline, female identified filmmakers.
  18. Celebrate 10 years of queer feminist film collective club des femmes with this ICO overview, and by heading to their amazing looking series BEING RUBY RICH.

Go East - EEFF 2017

Go East - EEFF 2017

This year's EEFF focuses on first and second time filmmakers, leading into their new and very exciting £10k award for a second feature filmmaker next year. Our programme preview has five events that show the depth and diversity of what they've put together for the wider programme this year, but we wanted to flag two more recommendations specifically for filmmakers. Within the Discovery Strand for undistributed features, our friends at Rich Mix host The Ghoul, with director Gareth Tunley, SP patron Alice Lowe and folks from Arrow Films talking independent distribution before the film; and The Hippopotamus with an extended cast and crew Q+A exploring the full process of making and delivering a independent production in the UK. We've got a pair of tickets for both events for SP filmmakers - mail us by June 1st to win.

Film of the Month - Hope Dickson Leach

Film of the Month - Hope Dickson Leach

For June Film of the Month, we're really excited to have a friend of SP, filmmaker, mother and campaigner Hope Dickson Leach. After making a number of acclaimed shorts with Channel 4, Film London and National Theatre of Scotland, Hope premiered her debut feature, The Levelling at TIFF to some incredible reviews. Made through to the iFeatures scheme, the film is now on general UK release - so be sure to catch the final screenings. She is currently developing several features and is a co-founder of Raising Films - a campaign to make the film industry more parent-friendly. Until June, when SP members can submit films to Hope, get those last views and votes in for this month's shortlist, and decide which films will be seen by Modern Tales' Angeli Macfarlane and Femi Kolade.

We Are UK Film

Missed out on Cannes? You can still get a slice of the action with UK FILM. Watch discussions with leading industry figures on topics such as closing your film and attracting star talent, and talent talks with the teams behind the UK films in this year's selection (I Am Not A Witch, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, You Were Never Really Here, Sea Sorrow, A Prayer Before Dawn and How To Talk To Girls At Parties.) For more from international festivals, join their newsletter, or follow on twitter.

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