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Newsletter issue 111
Nurture, Champion - Open City 2017

Nurture, Champion - Open City 2017

Just a few days until Open City Doc Fest, so browse our preview here, or else look into the new VR programme. We see some of your work across the shorts programme, and look forward to spotlighting that in our post-fest coverage. We'll be at some of the films and industry sessions, and we've curated a programme of artist's moving image for the festival, titled 'By Hyper Media, For Hyper Media', for which a final few tickets remain.

Brief and Bold - Encounters 2017

Brief and Bold - Encounters 2017

At the end of this month, it's Encounters. There are more than 40 SP member films in the fest this year, and the overall standard seems particularly high. We selected five of the more unusual events in their packed out programme, including a Chris Shepherd retro, the Polish focus and the DepicT! showcase, which we will be sitting on the jury for. Already going? We'll see you around Bristol, or join us by registering for a full pass with a SP discount here

Picks from the bulletins

  1. Righting wrongs. Open Door, a non-profit that helps young actors from low income backgrounds attend the UK’s leading drama schools.
  2. Act fast, Write4Film. A Scottish writers development programme with an imminent deadline.
  3. A year-long programme, introducing 16s – 25s from Tower Hamlets to the arts and creative industries. Rich Mix's New Creatives, open for applications.
  4. Sat Sept 2nd, see films built from space sounds at the SSFX Film Festival.
  5. Pitches welcomed for Short Sighted Cinema's Talkies film commission. 4 x £500 available.
  6. Business training for established filmmakers. Filmonomics 2017/18, applications open until Sept 1st.
  7. See God's Own Country with producer Q+A at Rich Mix, Sept 3rd.
  8. 15 shorts to amaze and inspire, from Encounter's programmer, Gaea Meucci, and then 10 more, from Encounters itself.
  9. Application season, it seems. 11th Sept for the brilliant B3 Lab. Fill those forms, make films.
  10. Open days, open door. Nerd out inside the BFI National Archive, with this rare access opportunity.
  11. Spot the hot shots with the Playlist's 50 actors and filmmakers on the rise.
  12. 18 to 22? The BFI needs you. Apply for the LFF young jury, and have your say.
  13. Future producers, a few more weeks to get onto Sheffield Doc/Fest's school.
  14. We Are The Weirdos. Horror feminist collective 'The Final Girls' are touring new films from female filmmakers.
  15. The best new films, first. The London Film Festival lineup is here.
  16. Top tips. Little White Lies explore how to get into the film industry, and we're mentioned!

Artists on the Move

Artists on the Move

The Stuart Grove Foundation announced their new recipients, with a intriguing screening programme around the "concept of language as a virus". and moving image work exploring "waste and its sculptural potential". FLAMIN have a callout for new awardees for their £2500 fellowship programme. Online artist's film repository Moving Image Catalog just launched, as did monthly web series D E E P. Soon, variety show The Eyeslicer will unleash their first season. What's more, LFF just unleashed this year's 'Experimenta' offering. The work is out there, and so it seems, are the opportunities.

Frames and Containers

Frames and Containers

Speaking about where filmmaking can go from here, critic, video essayist and futurist Kevin B Lee said recently that the "last barrier in cinema is the container of the frame", that filmmaker's reliance on conventional structures and limitations imposed by the (mostly) rectangular objects that images are composed within could be the next thing to disappear. With the prevalence of VR offering a widened, non-selective field of view, could things change, or is the container key to what cinema is? This video by Charlie Lyne challenges the history of cinematic aspect ratios, whilst the SP community discuss ideas of verticality in cinema.

Member Spotlight - Rob Savage / Kate Herron / Douglas Cox

Member Spotlight - Rob Savage / Kate Herron / Douglas Cox

Each month, we'll dedicate a space to something from the SP community - maybe a Film of the Month favourite, a new project, an event or campaign. This month, work from three members, Rob Savage's Healey's House, written by Kate Herron and produced by Douglas Cox. A gripping, unpredictable film that having played a number of festivals has arrived online just now, it's interesting to see an early collaboration by three filmmakers whose varying body of work since has been worth paying attention to, and future projects look unmissable.

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