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Newsletter issue 117
SHORT CUTS Shortlist

SHORT CUTS Shortlist

Tomorrow we will be announcing the six shortlisted films for our Spring round of SHORT CUTS. Director Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills) will select a winner who will have their work screened at our next SHORT CUTS event on 3 April at RICH MIX in London (tickets are free and will be available from next week).

Submit to DepicT!

Submit to DepicT!

Submissions open tomorrow for DepicT!, Watershed's ultra-short film competition that asks filmmakers from around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds in length. Whether documentary, animation or live action you can submit to this year’s competition for free.


[] SP member Matthew Butler Hart has his new feature The Isle is screening at Manchester Film Festival this Saturday 3 March at 19:45. He’ll be there for a Q&A with cast and crew, so go support them if you’re in town.

[] SP member Richard Gorodecky, whose film Little Shit won the award for Best British Short at London Short Film Festival last month, will also be part of Manchester Film Festival this Saturday 3 March at 15:10.

[] SP member Henriette Mercedes is the producer of WWII drama Pitfall described by Mark Kermode as “A very stylish and promising short from a talented young film-maker on the rise." This month the film won the Platinum Best Drama prize at the LA Shorts Awards.

[] SP member Hope Dickson Leach still needs to raise just under £4k for Raising Films, a volunteer-led activist organisation that she co-founded to help give a voice to parents and carers in the UK film and TV Industry. There’s 9 days left to support them. Go do it.



Creatives Luke George, Emma Rose-Dade and Adam Janota-Bzowski have made a gorgeous paper animation video for new visitors to Shooting People. This talented trio have also shared their creative processes with us over on our blog so go learn about animating with paper!


[] Want to make a film in under 3 minutes? See how a young George Lucas did it.

[] Learn how to make a camera obscura quickly using only a toilet roll.

[] This machine-learning algorithm can put Nicholas Cage into any movie in history.

[] Jordan Peele breaks down Get Out theories from Reddit.


[] The 2018 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition offers one winner $25k and a runner up $1k. Deadline - 1 March.

[] BFI and BBC Four collaborate to offer 12 emerging animators the chance to get up to £10k funding as part of Animation 2018. Deadline - 11 March 2018.

[] The Sundance Institute Episodic Program helps filmmakers develop an original series and pilot script to move their projects and careers forward. Deadline - 15 March.

[] London Screenings is a four day event for emerging British filmmakers seeking sales representation and international film festival exposure. Deadline - 16 March.

[] Up to 12 projects will be selected for the latest round of iFeatures, Creative England’s initiative that backs directors and writers making their first features. Deadline - 28 March.

[] Receive up to £5k in short film funding and £28k worth of kit hire as part of the Genera Film Funding programme. Deadline for current round - 31 March.

[] The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund supports 4-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight issues of social importance in the range of $10k to $25k. Deadline - 16 April.



“I believe the rule of thumb is that producers should get 10% of the budget between their fees and production overhead”. Producer of the award-winning God’s Own Country, Manon Ardisson, answers our members questions about being an indie producer over on our blog.


We were incredibly sad to hear the news two weeks ago of the death of one of our long-term members, and most prolific contributors, Dan Selakovich. Since joining us from L.A in 2006, Dan became a huge supporter of so many filmmakers in our community, and helped literally hundreds of members with their careers. As others have pointed out, it felt particularly savage that while helping so many people, Dan, who suffered from mental health issues, was let down so badly by the health system in the States. A few years ago, Dan also wrote a brilliant book called Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build that we promoted throughout Shooting People, and his desire to help others build their own rigs, soles, stabilisers, cranes etc was a testament to his smart, generous and funny approach to life as an independent filmmaker, writer and editor. We so appreciate the time and engagement he had with Shooting People and our members and he will be very sorely missed by all.


Sheffield Doc/Fest (2 March) / Straight 8 (12 March) / Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (1 May) / Open City Documentary Festival (8 May) / Aesthetica Short Film Festival (31 May) / Encounters Film Festival (1 June) / BFI London Film Festival (15 June) / DepicT! (2 July) / Underwire Festival (15 July) / London International Animation Festival (31 July) / London Short Film Festival (20 Aug).



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