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Newsletter issue 133
NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS

NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS

NEW SHOOTS: ACTORS, our exciting new competition designed specifically for actors will officially open for submissions on 1st June. SP members with an actor's profile can enter to be in with a chance of winning a headshot package from London Headshots and a £250 Actors Grant to be used for career development such as workshops, courses or travel. In addition the winner will receive a year's Mubi subscription, a fantastic audio recorder and shotgun mic, screenwriting software and promotion throughout the SP filmmaker community.

19-YEAR-OLD WINS AT TRIBECA

19-YEAR-OLD WINS AT TRIBECA

19-Year-Old Phillip Youmans has become the youngest director and the first black filmmaker to win Tribeca's top prize with his debut feature 'Burning Cane'. Youmans wrote, directed and edited the film while in the final year of high school. Principal photography was financed through an Indiegogo campaign, as well as Youmans’ entire life savings. He sent the trailer to 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' director Benh Zeitlin on Instagram, who was so impressed that he helped Youmans secure a grant for post-production.

BFI.NETWORK WEEKENDER

BFI.NETWORK WEEKENDER

Last chance to apply for the BFI NETWORK Weekender. They are looking for non-binary, trans and female-identifying writers, directors and producers who would like to expand their skillset in a workshop-style environment in Manchester 12 July – 14 July. The weekender is an ideal opportunity for filmmakers at the start of their careers looking to further their knowledge of how the industry works. Sounds like you? Apply by 2 June.

CAN YOU DO IT IN 90 SECONDS?

CAN YOU DO IT IN 90 SECONDS?

The Depict super-short filmmaking competition is back as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival. Get creative in just a minute and a half to be in with a chance of winning: up to £2500 prize money and a screening at BAFTA-Qualifying Encounters Festival. Best of all, entry is free! Apply by 1 July.

WORDTHEATRE IN LONDON

WORDTHEATRE IN LONDON

We're BIG fans of WordTheatre who are coming to London on June 9th with Voices from the American Heartland: The Stories of Peter Orner. Brilliant stories, read by great actors, including Damien Molony, MyAnna Buring, Ian Hart, Rhashan Stone, Emily Bruni and ‘Hutch' from 'Starksy and Hutch'!

GO SHOOTERS

'BOYZ IN THE WOOD' TO OPEN EDINBURGH

'BOYZ IN THE WOOD' TO OPEN EDINBURGH

A huge congratulations to director, writer and SP member Ninian Doff whose debut feature 'Boyz in the Wood' will open the 73rd edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. The film previously won the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW. Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, four teens on a wilderness trek try to evade the huntsman (played by Eddie Izzard) intent on killing them. The film also features SP member Alice Lowe as an incompetent superintendent. Check out Doff's early short film 'Cool Unicorn Bruv.'

13 SHOOTERS SCREENING AT DOC/FEST

13 SHOOTERS SCREENING AT DOC/FEST

Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off next week with a jam-packed programme of screenings and events. We're thrilled to see that 13 shooters' films have been selected for the lineup, including ‘Diego Maradona’ (Asif Kapadia), ‘For Sama’ (Edward Watts, Waad al-Kateab) and 'The Masses' by Dorothy Allen-Pickard who previously won our NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS competition. If you’re heading to Doc/Fest make sure to attend Doc/Dinner and Snap Chats to find new collaborators and connect with industry representatives.

11 SHOOTERS NAMED AS LODESTARS

11 SHOOTERS NAMED AS LODESTARS

A huge congratulations to the 11 shooters named as Film London's Lodestars, honouring the bright futures of 25 innovative filmmakers and craftspeople from across the capital. They were selected from over 700 people who have worked with Film London over the past three years, reflecting the breadth of talent across London’s screen industries celebrating a variety of successes, from international festival circuits and award wins to community and environmental impact.

'XY CHELSEA' IN CINEMAS & ON DEMAND

'XY CHELSEA' IN CINEMAS & ON DEMAND

'XY Chelsea' by shooter Tim Travers Hawkins will be in cinemas and on demand this week. The documentary tells the historic story of the whistleblower Chelsea Manning, an intelligence analyst who uploaded thousands of documents to WikiLeaks revealing U.S soldiers targeting civilians in Iraq. Manning's 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. The film follows Manning adjusting to life after prison. Find a screening near you.

GO LOOK

[] ‘Deep Clean,’ the new supernatural comedy sci-fi from SP member Matt Harlock, is now available to watch on DUST.

[] Watch the trailer for Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' which was awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

[] Kevin Smith reveals how he made the cult classic ‘'Clerks' after hours in the store where he worked.

[] SP member Stephen Follows investigates which actors most frequently appear in excellent and awful movies.

[] Check out The Screenster Podcast which takes a closer look at the film and television world through the lens of industry insiders.

[] Meet the actor behind some of Hollywood's most terrifying monsters.

GO SUBMIT

London Short Film Festival wants your shorts. The UK's biggest showcase of homegrown and international short film is seeking submissions for their 17th edition. Regular deadline 1 July.

Raindance (31 May) / Underwire Film Festival (2 June) / Encounters Festival (6 June) / Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival (23 June) / Depict (1 July) / Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (16 July) / Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest (23 July) / Slamdance Screenplay Competition (22 July) / Screencraft Short Screenplay Competition (31July) / Funny Women’s Comedy Shorts Award (31 July) / Funny Women’s Comedy Writing Award (31 July) / Leeds International Film Festival (9 August)

GO GET

[] shortFLIX is a short film initiative for aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training. Apply by 31 May.

[] If you are aged 18-24, living in Yorkshire and interested in a career in film or television then apply for Beyond Brontës. Deadline 3 June.

[] The SFFILM Vulcan Productions Environmental Fellowship supports documentary filmmakers telling powerful stories about the environment and/or conservation with a $25,000 grant and training in the USA. Deadline 5 June.

[] Apply to be a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. Every year, up to 20 on and off-screen talented newcomers are selected to take part in the year-long mentoring and guidance programme. Deadline 12 June.

[] (Egg)celerator Lab is focused on supporting non-fiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. The selected ten projects will receive $35,000 in funding and mentorship. Deadline 25 June.

[] Margate Film Festival is looking to commission new and innovative audio-visual works that take film beyond the screen, as well as talks, installations and educational opportunities. They are offering grants of up to £1,000. Apply by 1 July.

[] Submit to ScreenCraft Film Fund to win a production grant of up to $30,000. Deadline 30 June.

[] Filmmakers Without Borders filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production, on the themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange. Deadline 1 August.

[] 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.

[] British Council Film and BFI NETWORK have launched a travel grant scheme for new and emerging filmmakers, specifically for international training labs. 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).

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