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Newsletter issue 160


Our Actors Competition is back for the final round this year. Whether you’re just beginning your career, coming back after a break, experiencing hardship or simply looking to update your professional profile, it’s super quick and easy to enter. Answer 3 questions for the chance to win £1,500 worth of prizes, including a bespoke showreel scene, an actor’s grant, audio kit and promotion across our channels. Enter by 30 September



Great news, applications for the autumn round of BFI Network’s Short Film Fund are now open. The fund supports the production costs of fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. It supports the early careers of ambitious filmmakers who take risks on talent, form and content, and who work with cultural relevance or progressive ideas. Films can be up to 15 minutes and there’s a maximum funding of £15,000 available.



Roll into the new production season with Zipcar. They are offering all film freelancers & production companies £99 FREE Driving Credit, a year’s free membership and 29% cheaper rates. There’s on-demand access to nearly 3,000 cars & vans in 26 boroughs across London, as well as Bristol, Cambridge, Maidstone and Oxford. Sign up by 4 September.



The marvelous Encounters Film Festival kicks off today and with a £10 digital pass you can enjoy over 150 short films from around the world, directed by some of the world’s best new and emerging filmmakers. Big shout out to the 18 shooters who have films showing in the festival, spanning the variety of programmes they’ve got showing, from animation to live action to genre.


[] 18 shooters have been selected for Encounters Film Festival. The festival is an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, BIFAs and the European Film Awards.

[] DepicT! is Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition in Encounters Film Festival. 6 films by shooters have been selected out of 1,100 submissions from over 88 different countries. Congrats to Louise C Galizia (A Walk Home), Alfie Dale (Dragons), Rebecca King (It’s Nothing), Kateryna Pavlyuk (Misha), Kate Jessop ( I Come From) and Tiago Teixeira (Wake Up).

[] Zillah Bowes is on fire. Her fiction short ‘Staying (Aros Mae)’ continues its festival run at Encounters and Bolton Film Festival. It previously played at Palm Springs ShortFest and won the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival and the Audience Favourite Award at EFN Film Festival. Zillah’s new short ‘Allowed’ just had its world premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival.

[] Our overall New Shoots: Filmmakers 2020 Winner Lanre Malaolu screened his latest short ‘The Conversation’ at S.O.U.L Film Festival, alongside Rhys Aaron Lewis’s docushort ‘Northern Ballers,’ which previously won Best Documentary at Sheffield Short Film Festival.

[] A whopping 37 shooters have films screening at Bolton Film Festival, which is BIFA and BAFTA-Qualifying. Catch them in cinemas and online later this month.



The Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that festivals selected an average of 12 narrative films directed by men, compared to an average of 6 films directed by a woman. Women X Film Festival was born to help break down these barriers. The festival is showcasing an amazing array of short films from women and non-binary filmmakers, including 18 films from the SP community. Plus, workshops, panels and networking. Watch digitally or at Stockton Arts Centre.


[] The Whickers’ Radio & Audio Funding Award (RAFA) 2021 is awarded annually to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to create an original radio or audio documentary between 28-45 minutes. Deadline 8th September

[] Fresh Ink is a development program exclusively for emerging screenwriters from marginalised and/or underrepresented backgrounds.They’re looking for unproduced ideas for feature films at an early stage of development. Deadline: 12th September

[]The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition is open for TV Dramas. Three winners will receive a fantastic Industry showcase at a central London venue with professional actors and directors, industry introductions, access to bespoke masterclasses and a tailored career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry. Deadline 15 Sept

[] The Michael O’Pray Prizeis an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. The prize is open to all early-career writers based in the UK and is free to apply to. Three of the applicants will receive prize money and be published by Art Monthly and FVU. Deadline 20 Sept

[] Genera Films Funding allows filmmakers from around the world to apply for up to £5,000 for their Short Films. For Filmmakers in the UK they’ve teamed up with Video Europe to offer free and discounted Arri Kits. Deadline: 30th Sept

[] Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced. The Short Film Fund awards two cash grants each season: Grand Prize - $15,000. 2nd Place Prize - $10,000. Deadline: 31st October

[] BFI Film Fund’s Step Up helps creative and technical production crew from underrepresented groups work on a production supported by the BFI Film Fund. Open to those who are ready to step up in their department or step across from other creative industries. Rolling deadline.

[] 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.

[] CreativeDebuts are encouraging Black artists of all disciplines to apply for their Black Artists Grant, offering financial support to one selected recipient every month. Rolling deadline.

[] Satellite films’ remote artists residency programme AiR Drop was designed to support under-represented voices during lockdown and beyond. Moving image artists who are unable to make work due to lack of access to facilities will receive camera, sound and lighting equipment and more. 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.
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[] Phil Tippett’s decades-in-the-making animated odyssey 'Mad God' looks completely bonkers.

[] Roadrunner, the biopic doc on the life of world-renowned food critic Anthony Bourdain sparked controversy when it was announced that is dubbed with AI tech.

[] Wes Anderson’s long-time cinematographer Bob Yeoman reveals how he creates the perfect cinematic lighting.

[] If you’re a motion designer, animator or VFX artist, you’re probably all too familiar with After Effects' long list of bugs and crashes, luckily Ben Marriot is here with 20 quick fixes to some of the most common After Effects’ issues.


CINECITY Brighton Film Festival (6 Sept) / Leeds Young Film Festival (7 Sept) / London Film Week (10 Sept) / Birkenhead International Film Festival (Animation) (10 Sept) / London International Screenwriting Competition (12 Sept) / Independent Direction Film Festival (14 Sept) / Watersprite Film Festival (24 Sept) / British Short Film Awards (30 Sept) / Glasgow Short Film Festival (5 Oct)

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