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Newsletter issue 161


Whether you’re thinking about making a film or have a feature/ short that’s festival-ready, join us for a FREE online masterclass on film festival strategy with the hugely knowledgeable Wendy Mitchell (film festival consultant) and Rich Warren (Director, Encounters Film Festival). Find out why festivals are so important to the life of your film and how to research which ones are right for you. They’ll be de-mystifying the submission process, sharing what festivals look for and what you should and shouldn't do when submitting. The second half of the Q&A will be devoted to you being able to ask Wendy and Rich your questions. 20 October, 7pm RSVP



We’re pumped to announce the Autumn New Shoots: Filmmakers shortlist. ‘Birdwatchers’ (dir. Liane Aviram) is an eye opening doc about the UK’s birdwatching scene. ‘Nude Triumphant’ (dir. Leo Crane) is a beautifully animated piece produced during lockdown with a community of Queer and intersectional life models and artists. ‘Three Bull Mastiffs in a Corner Kitchen’ (dir. Paul Chambers) is a crowdfunded project that looks at addiction, featuring those who have experienced it. SP members can watch all the films submitted, leave feedback and find future collaborators. The wonderful Prano Bailey-Bond (Censor) will be selecting the winner.



Actors!- Tomorrow is the final deadline for this year’s Actors Competition. 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 from Actors Apparel, a £250 actor’s grant, audio kit and promotion across our channels. Enter by 11.59pm, 30 September.



If you’ve made a short film in the past three years, then check out our NEW SHOOTS: FILMMAKERS competition which will open for the final round in October. The winning filmmaker receives £5K in prizes, including a Nikon Z6 II Essential Movie Kit, a TASCAM DR-40X audio recorder, Final Draft 12 Screenwriting software, a year’s MUBI subscription and industry mentorship from BFI NETWORK, Animate Projects or LONO studio. Submissions open 1-30 October.


[] Congrats to Alfie Barker, his film 'Hanging On' was recently awarded BOTH the Best of British: Live Action Winner 2021 and UK Audience Award Winner 2021 at Encounters - as well as screening at a whole cohort of film festivals including Raindance, Sheffield Doc Fest, BFI London Film Festival and more.

[] Simon Clode’s 'Isostasy' has been picked up by the BBC and is now screening on iPlayer - check it out here.

[] Aesthetica Film Festival has announced it’s 2021 programme and we’ve got a MASSIVE 36 members screening - spanning animation to VR to comedy to docs.

[] A grand total of 18 members are set to screen at Raindance Film Festival- check out their programme from the 27th October - 6th November.

[] Congrats to Neil Linpow for his film ‘Lesson 7’ which won awards at Paris International Film Festival for Best Director and Best Short film, as well as being selected for Aesthetica and Rhode Island Film Festival.

[] 5 Shooter films are set to screen at BFI London Film Festival - huge congrats to Alfie Barker, David McShane, Alex Polunin, Louis Bhose, Alexandra Da Silva and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor.

Ah, Mr Bond, we've been expecting you

Ah, Mr Bond, we've been expecting you

Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, the long awaited ‘No Time to Die,’ has finally hit cinemas to rave reviews. But have you heard of the Texas Switch? It’s where an actor switches through to a stunt double (or vice versa) all while the camera is rolling. Check out this great twitter thread on some of the best times it’s happened during the Bond films.


[] The Independent ran a feature on New Shoots: Filmmakers shortlisted Three Bull-mastiffs in a Corner Kitchen giving a BTS look at the making of the film and an insight into the writer/actor’s process in recovery from addiction.

[] Ever wondered what makes Netflix documentaries so stylistically distinct? - Check out Paul A.T’s video on how to create this look yourself.

[] Lee Daniels (Dir. Precious, 2019) explains why he fired his crew for failing to be able to light black skin properly.

[] Finding child actors can be hard, Buzzfeed runs through 50 adult actors who played teenagers, from the impeccably done to the out of place.

[] Lana Wachowski spills the beans on all things The Matrix: Resurrections after the highly anticipated trailer coming out earlier this month.



Do you have a documentary short idea? Applications for the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund are coming to a close tomorrow. They are seeking emerging documentary filmmakers to fund ten short films with budget contributions of up to £15,000. They accept ideas from short and sweet 5 minute wonders to multi-layered 40 minute pieces. Deadline: Noon, 30 September


[] Studio 21’s Drama Series Script Competition is open now for entries for a pilot script for an international drama that will appeal to audiences and co-producers worldwide. The winner will receive a £10,000 development option + tons of amazing networking opportunities. Deadline: 1st October

[] Quorn are offering The Pioneers Film Fund awarding £15,000 to 3 U.K/Irish filmmakers to create docushorts on the future of food. Deadline: 15th October

[] 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

[] Film London’s Flamin fellowship is open for applications now - they support early-mid career moving image artists, honing in on those who push the boundaries of what can be done with the medium. Deadline: 1st December

[] Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. Rolling deadline.

[] 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. 'Follow' our Funding page to receive the latest news direct to your inbox (member access only).


British Short Film Awards (30 Sept) / Glasgow Short Film Festival (5 Oct) / Sydney Short Film Festival (8 Oct) / Indie Shorts Awards Cannes (25 Oct) / Berlin Short Film Festival (25 Oct) / Manchester Film Festival (25 Oct) / TweetFest (10 Oct - use code SP2021 for 30% off entry) / Tribeca Film Festival (3 Nov) / Palm Springs International Short Fest (1 Nov) / London Independent Film Festival (11 Nov)

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