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Shooting People

Newsletter issue 151

Hello friends,

We’re proud of the work we do at SP, but our organisation does not exist without the support of this community. Every day across the SP community, people take the time to support each other, exchange ideas, share information, comment on each others’ films and build collaborations that persist in getting bold, independent work made and seen.

Thank you for your kindness of language and a spirit of can-do collaboration, that has continued throughout a year of hellish loss and isolation. We posted a list of amazing shorts you can watch here, that capture some of the extraordinary range of work, made or released by Shooters in 2020. They will make you laugh, or cry or just be wonderfully inspired. Looking for collaborators to work with? The blog post also highlights some brilliant updates from directors, writers, actors, producers, editors and more, who you might like to connect with. Looking for a script? Over 200 new scripts have also been pitched by writer members here.

In the meantime, there is ongoing work to be done!
Please consider sharing and signing the petition ‘Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists’

As we head into the new year, we do hope we will see you at New Shoots in Jan 2021, when we will be joined by the inspirational director Francis Lee (Ammonite, Gods Own Country) and legendary sound designer Johnnie Burns (Under the Skin, Favorite).

And if you’ve been thinking about a project you want to make, or collaborators you’d like to connect with, 2021 has your name on it. DO IT!

Stay safe. Wishing you all a truly productive 2021.

NEW SHOOTS WITH DIRECTOR FRANCIS LEE & SOUND DESIGNER JOHNNIE BURN

NEW SHOOTS WITH DIRECTOR FRANCIS LEE & SOUND DESIGNER JOHNNIE BURN

Kick off 2021, by grabbing your free ticket to NEW SHOOTS (online) on Jan 27th. SP co-founder Cath Le Couteur will be joined for a Q&A with Bafta nominated director Francis Lee (God’s Own Country, Ammonite ) and award winning sound designer Johnnie Burn (The Favourite, Under the Skin). The pair will discuss the filmmaking landscape, casting, intense prep work, the powerful resonances of sound, intimacy and immersiveness.

NEW SHOOTS WINTER WINNER

NEW SHOOTS WINTER WINNER

'Listen to Me Sing’ by Isabel Garrett, has been selected by Philip Ilson (Artistic Director and Founder, London Short Film Festival) as the final winning New Shoots film for 2020:
‘This surreal and spectacular animation goes to places unexpected and thrilling, involving a singing walrus! The craziness of the story keeps us watching, but the quality of the models and lighting show a stunning dedication to the animation craft to create new surprising worlds.’ -Philip Ilson

CREATIVE PROGRESS

Congrats to anyone and everyone who has progressed a project this year, or completed a script, or started the difficult process of trying to source funding. Don’t forget you can watch all films submitted this year, and connect directly with any of the directors who are asking for specific new collaborations and people they’d like to meet. As mentioned before there’s a detailed breakdown in the blog, of some brilliant news from members across the board. It’s a long list, so we’re cramming a few particular highlights for you here:

Jazz hands to:

[] 'For Sama' co-director Edward Watts, who won the BAFTA for Best Documentary and the International Emmy for Best Documentary. Watch it for free here.

[] Lawrence Pumfrey who was one of 3 winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition for his 18th Century British-Western ‘Peakland’.

[] Maryam Mohajer who won Best British Short Animation at the 2020 BAFTA’s for ‘Grandad Was A Romantic’, watch her acceptance speech :)

[] Arthur Cauty who beat off entries from 114 countries to win Best Documentary in the My RØDE Reel competition, taking home $75K for his brilliant film 'The Last Video Store'.

[] Annika Summerson who has been nominated for best Cinematography at the 2020 BIFAs for her work on ‘Mogul Mowgli’. Due for UK release in 2021.

[] Ellen Evans whose brilliant short doc 'Country Girl' ,a portrait of the rural underbelly of Britain won Best Documentary Short at the Grierson Awards, previously shortlisted for New Shoots.

[] 5 Shooters who were announced as Screen’s Stars Of Tomorrow 2020 - Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Charlotte Regan, Ella Glendining, Naqqash Khalid, and Tom Wood.

[] Director Matt Houghton and writer Marley Morrison who were selected as Film London Lodestars.

[] Anna Griffin, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Manon Ardisson and Sarah Brocklehurst who were selected for the prestigious producer BFI Vision Awards.

[] Rosie Westhoff who’s poignant drama 'Our Sister' won the BAFTA qualifying British Short Film Competition at Leeds International Film Festival.

[] Ella Jones and Georgina French who were selected for the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew 2020.

More highlights here.

NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS 2021

NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS 2021

Got a short film made, or ready to be released? On Jan 1st the first round of New Shoots: Filmmakers will open. Win direct industry mentorship, alongside fantastic audio kit, a DCP of your short film, screenwriting software, a year's membership to MUBI. Plus, be in the running for a Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit (valued over £2500). All genres accepted, check out the entries from 2020 for inspiration.

ACCESS OVER 370,000 SOUND EFFECTS, FOR FREE

ACCESS OVER 370,000 SOUND EFFECTS, FOR FREE

Searching for the perfect sound effect? A squeaky floorboard or a gunshot? Look no further than Soundsnap -the biggest subscription sound effects library in the world. To celebrate the addition of 80,000 new effects, they are offering 3 months free access to shooters. Use the code “SHOOTING” via this link before the end of January to take advantage of their offer.

LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE

LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE

Beat the January blues with the London Short Film Festival which is going online from 15-24 January. Expect a swathe of unique curation, including rare archival gems on activism and art-making, and global, emerging short form talent. All tickets are under £5, with free industry panels and workshops open to all. More info.

GO GET

[] The Digital Orchard Emerging Cinematographers Fund will support those within the first 5 years of their career with services and equipment. Deadline: 31 December.

[] BBC Writersroom are looking for a drama or comedy-drama script of at least 30 full pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online. A group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the Script Room writer development group for 2021. Deadline: 5pm 6 January.

[] The Space are looking to commission artistic works from disabled artists that can be initially experienced by audiences on the BBC’s online and social platforms, TV channels or radio stations before potentially being published elsewhere. Deadline: 12 January.

[] N17 Creative Callings are looking for creatives who want to boost their creative practice, get their skills accredited, and expand their professional network through a free six-week accredited training in Video and Motion Graphics. Deadline: 31 January 2021.

[] 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 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.


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).

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FUNDING

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FUNDING

Are you a director looking to fund your first feature documentary? Submissions are now open for The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award 2021. The Award is presented annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary which fulfils the core Whicker criteria. With a main award worth £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. Apply by 31 Jan.

EMERGING FILMMAKERS NIGHT

EMERGING FILMMAKERS NIGHT

Emerging Filmmakers Night aka EFN is a film festival that showcases early work from new directors to an audience of fellow filmmakers, industry professionals and cinephiles. Submissions are now open for EFN’s Winter Film Festival edition with the theme “Entangled”. Deadline 4th January

GO LOOK


[] The Guardian, Sight & Sound and Bechdel Test Fest reveal their top films of 2020. We’re now hanging on for ‘Nomadland’...

[] Phoebe Waller-Bridge has directed the latest music video for Phoebe Bridgers, starring Normal People’s Paul Mescal - total dream team.

[] The 4th annual Cost of Docs Survey Report from The Whicker Awards is now live, looking specifically at the changing landscape for documentary makers in the UK and internationally and reveals some shocking statistics about the Film & TV industry.

GO SUBMIT

GO SUBMIT

Open City Documentary Festival (11 January) / Flatpack Film Festival (31 January) / Encounters Film Festival (29 March) / Leeds International Film Festival (6 April)


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