“The Martini Effect” trailer in competition at Krakow!

My trailer for “The Martini Effect” was invited into the competition at Krakow…I think because of WLFN! (At least their email sure came on the heels of my registration!) Anyway, would love to get a vote or two from y’all at WLFN: Scroll down…we’re between “Down on the Corner” and “Just in Time”. Again, mine is “The Martini Effect”. THANKS!!

Funding for young people’s film making


Into Film is offering grants of up to £10,000 to organisations working with young people aged from 14 to 19.

To be eligible, groups must be working with at least 20 young people not in mainstream education. The grant programme is intended to fund two short films as part of a project that includes extensive film watching and understanding and other activities such as staging mini-festivals, screenings and masterclasses.

Applicants will be required to set up a Film Club at the beginning of their project to support watching and learning activities.

Into Film will accept a maximum of 70 applications for this funding round. Once that number has been reached, the round will close and no further applications will be accepted. If the cap of 70 applications is not met then the round will close at 2pm on Wednesday 7th May 2014.

More information here.

Greengrass gives BAFTA lecture


bafta2Discover what director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) said about his experiences in the film industry and his views about the future of British film making in his 2014 BAFTA Film Lecture which he gave last month.

Greengrass made his first films using a Super 8 camera while at secondary school, making short animations featuring old dolls, artists’ dummies, and other unlikely ‘actors’. It’s a good bet that he would have submitted his films to the Portobello Film Festival if it had been around then.

In the lecture, Greengrass discusses his first experiences of cinema, the failures that shaped his success and why young directors are in desperate need of UK filmmaking guilds.

To listen to the lecture or read a transcript, visit the BAFTA website.

Photo credit: BAFTA/Jamie Simonds

2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

encountersThe 2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, held in Bristol in September is currently calling for entries, with a deadline of 16th of May for films made in 2014.

The Festival accepts short films, under 30 minutes, from every genre including animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video.

This year’s Festival runs from 16th to 21st September at the Arnolfini Centre and the Watershed, both on Bristol’s harbourside. As well as a huge range of short films the Festival includes panels, discussions, and workshops.

For full details about submitting films, click here.

£2,500 Prize for DepicT!

depict2The Watershed in Bristol has launched the 2014 DepicT! competition for short films and animations lasting just 90 seconds. Running for the 19th year, the competition is free to enter.

The overall winner will get a cash prize of £2,500 and all of the shortlisted entrants will be invited to network at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in September.

Open to filmmakers across the globe, films can be on any subject and in any genre and previous winners have had their work screened at international film festivals.

The deadline for submitting films is 5pm on Monday 7th July 2014.

Full information here.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Film distribution support

ecmediaCall for Proposals – Creative Europe Film Distribution (UK)
Under the Media Sub-Programme of Creative Europe, the European Commission is providing support to encourage the circulation of European audiovisual works within different countries.

Financial backing is available for distributors and sales agents to encourage investments in co-production and distribution of films from other countries and for at least five European companies to distribute a film outside its home country. This funding is only available to networks of cinemas and not individual operators.

The deadlines for applications are the 1st July 2014 for automatic programmes and the 1st October 2013 for selective programmes.

Read more here.

DFG documentary workshop


‘The filmmaker’s development toolkit: how to develop your documentary idea and get it commissioned’ is the title of a one-day workshop from the Documentary Filmmakers Group. It’s aimed at giving filmmakers the necessary skills to develop their documentary project into a solid idea that has strong market potential.

The workshop focuses on the core skills involved in taking an initial idea through to a proper development package to get the attention and financial backing of major decision makers.

The workshop includes:
– idea development
– proposal development
– teasers and taster tapes
– pitch

Saturday, 5th April, 2014. 10 am to 6 pm

Documentary Filmmakers Group, 28 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EZ

£70 (DFG members), £90 (non-members)

For more information and to book your place click here.

New film charity for children

intofilmA new charity dedicated to film education and making for young people aged from 5 to 19 has launched at Westminster Academy. Into Film, set up by education charities First Light and FILMCLUB, aims to inspire young people across the UK to learn about film and film making.

Into Film will work with schools and the film industry to deliver an ambitious and accessible programme of critical film understanding and film making.

Into Film

Sundance films on YouTube

digThe 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts has uploaded a selection of short films to YouTube. Watch the films here. The photograph is a still from Digone of the featured films.

Read more about the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in London, and the short film competition associated with it, here.

Bulgarian short film festival

inthepalaceIn The Palace is an international short film festival held in the Bulgarian town of Balchik on the Black Sea and the 12th festival runs from June 28th to July 4th 2014. Films must run for less than 27 minutes and submission deadlines are coming up.

Submit your film by February 1st and the fee is €20, March 1st costs €30 and the final deadline of April 1st has a charge of €40. The festival includes national and international competitions with an overall prize pot of €10,000.

Films are accepted in a wide range of categories including fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and digital art.

Find out how to submit your film here.

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