Applications are now open for 2019’s shortFLIX, Creative England’s hugely successful short film-making programme, which offers opportunities for new voices to create diverse and representative films for broadcast.
The programme, run by Creative England in partnership with Sky Arts and ScreenSkills, actively seeks aspiring filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training, with a focus on underrepresented voices.
Of the applicants, who simply submit a short video or written pitch, twenty will be selected for development support from initial idea to script. After the initial development period, five distinctive short films will be chosen for production, working with a professional producer, crew and budget of up to £10,000 each.
The first round of the programme created five bold, fiery films broadcast on Sky Arts and hosted on the channel’s on demand platform, exploring personal stories from black gay culture to toxic friendships, dysfunctional families and sexual fetishes.
The final films have gone on to be screened at film festivals. Abena Taylor-Smith, who wrote and directed Ladies Day, went on to be nominated for the Iris Prize, and her film was screened at Encounters, Raindance, Leeds Film Fest, NFFTY, Underwire Fest and LSFF, whilst Luna Carmoon, who wrote and directed Nosebleed, saw her film, which was longlisted for a BIFA, screened at LFF, NFFTY, Bath Film Fest, Underwire Fest and LSFF. Losing It, by Ben Robins has screened at Encounters and Bolton Film Fest, whilst Batty Boy from Dior Clarke and Blain Ho-Shing screened at Bolton Film Fest and BFI Flare.
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How to apply
This is a brilliant opportunity for up to 20 young filmmakers who will be selected to participate and benefit from a series of group workshops, alongside individual support to write a script and pitch their idea to commissioners.
Five finalists will be chosen to make their short films with a professional producer and crew, with a budget of up to £10,000 each.
Applicants must come to us with a brilliant idea for a short film that will engage audiences. ShortFLIX exists to offer opportunities to underrepresented voices in the film, bringing diverse voices and stories representing life in the UK as it really is. Mentorship, guidance, care and nurture will be a crucial part of the training and production process.
No previous experience in or study of film production is required and participation is free, with financial support available for travel, accommodation and access needs.
Please read these guidelines carefully before starting your application.
Applications will be accepted up to 12 noon on Friday 31st May 2019.