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Newsletter issue 127
FREE TICKET TO XMAS PARTY

FREE TICKET TO XMAS PARTY

There are only six days left to book your free ticket to our special Xmas SHORT CUTS Event on 4 Dec at Rich Mix. We’ll be welcoming the very brilliant Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning producer Stephen Woolley for an in-depth Q&A (bring your questions). We’ll also be announcing this year’s overall SHORT CUTS winner and giving away some xmas surprises.



We were really sad to hear about the recent death of Nic Roeg. Starting out as a tea boy, then progressing to clapper loader, camera operator, cinematographer and director, Roeg had been involved with film since 1947 when he returned from National Service. He went on to make era-defining films (Walkabout, Performance, Don’t Look Now) and influenced swathes of filmmakers. Roeg, we salute you.

BEN’S BLOG: BIFA TRENDS

BEN’S BLOG: BIFA TRENDS

For the 2018 BIFAs, our blogger Ben Blaine got to watch the films submitted for the Debut Screenwriting category. In doing so, he noticed some trends. In short, if you're a man writing about your difficult relationship with your mother, you're entering a very crowded market! Read on.

CHARLIE LYNE ON QI

CHARLIE LYNE ON QI

SP member Charlie Lyne ended up as a piece of trivia on BBC quiz show QI recently after they discussed his film Paint Drying, which consists entirely of paint drying on a brick wall for ten hours. Charlie submitted the film to the BBFC to be rated, forcing the censor board to watch it in its entirety.

GO MEMBERS

[] 15 SP members received BIFA nominations for the 2018 awards. Nice.

[] 4 SP members were announced as part of BAFTA’s 19 Breakthrough Brits. Score.

[] SP member Karis Halsall has launched a new a podcast profiling and promoting female scriptwriters called Still, I Write. Amazing.

[] SP member Stephen Follows has written about using Microsoft’s Azure Emotion engine to analyse the emotions on movie poster faces. Brilliant nerdiness.

GO PITCH

GO PITCH

On SP we run Script Pitch, a place for screenwriters to pitch their film scripts directly to directors and producers. We’re currently looking for CHILDREN’S FILMS pitches. Pitch us your idea! (member access only).

GO GET

[] FilmMerton are launching four short film commissions (two for £7k, two for £500) aiming to build audiences for film across the London Borough of Merton. Apply by 6 Jan.

[] The Edinburgh TV Festival New Voice Awards celebrate the best emerging talent in the TV industry. Want to submit work for consideration? Do so before 21 Jan.

[] The What’s Up TV Training scheme offers participants the chance to work on a broadcast-quality TV show through 14 weeks of hands on training. Trainees also receive an allowance. Apply by 23 Jan.

[] The Whickers Film and TV Funding Award is offering £80k to a filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary. Apply by 31 Jan.

[] The John Brabourne Awards provide individuals with up to £5k, which can go towards production, development, training or equipment needs. Apply by 31 Jan.

[] Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket, one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums, is now open for submissions. Submit your pitch by 18 Feb.

[] Creative Europe’s Development Slate Funding supports indie production companies looking to develop 3 - 5 fiction, animation or documentary projects with international potential. Apply by 20 Feb.

[] ScreenSkills are offering bursaries of up to £1k for those from under-represented groups of people wanting to work across non-scripted genres within the TV industry. Deadline 1 March.

[] The Scriptalooza Fellowship offers recipients masterclasses, mentorship and feedback on their writing. Includes airfare and Hotel to Los Angeles or New York. Apply by 29 April.


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).

FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL

FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL

For those of you in London tomorrow, we highly recommend you go see the screening of Female Human Animal at the Genesis Cinema. This brilliant indie feature starring Mexican novelist, Chloe Aridjis, is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.

PEARS SHORT FILM FUND

PEARS SHORT FILM FUND

UK Jewish Film are offering two grants of £13.5k for the production of a short film with a Jewish theme. The areas of relevance include interfaith, assimilation, integration, asylum seekers and issues that connect with Jewish life, history or cultures worldwide. Apply by 7 Jan.

NEW DAVID LYNCH SHORT

NEW DAVID LYNCH SHORT

It’s a “short video featuring my friends the ants along with cheese” explains David Lynch (ambiguously) when talking about his new film, Ant Head. Lynch has released the film to coincide with the release of Thought Gang, an album he recorded many years ago with Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti.

GO SUBMIT

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (30 Nov) / Tampere International Short Film Festival (1 Dec) / BFI Flare (18 Dec) / The London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO) (14 Jan) / Flatpack (20 Jan) / Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (1 Feb) / Cannes International Film Festival (1 March shorts / 4 March features)
Sheffield Doc/Fest (4 March) / Open City Documentary Festival (13 May)

GO LOOK - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

[] The snow used in The Wizard of Oz is 100% industrial-grade asbestos-based snowflakes.

[] In 1947, the FBI described It’s A Wonderful Life as a “Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry.”

[] In the Czech Republic, the 2003 film Bad Santa is translated as Santa is a Pervert.

[] Foul-mouthed actor Joe Pesci kept forgetting Home Alone was a family film during the shoot and kept saying f**k throughout his scenes.

[] Jim Carrey’s prosthetics in The Grinch were so uncomfortable, producers brought in CIA agents specialised in withstanding torture to help him endure filmming.

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