Aspiring filmmakers will be excited to hear that Creative England’s shortFLIX programme is once again open for applications! This unique opportunity is for filmmakers aged 18-25, not currently in full time education, employment or training. There’s a chance to make a short film that could be screened on Sky Arts! Find out more below.
shortFLIX is a short film initiative for aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training. We seek out ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for broadcast on Sky Arts. They are particularly interested in applicants who may have had fewer opportunities to get started in filmmaking, including those who are currently underrepresented in the industry.
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 diverse stories from black gay culture to toxic friendships, dysfunctional families and sexual fetishes. The films have gone on to be screened at film festivals UK-wide and internationally. Many of the other young participants who were supported to develop their ideas have also gone on to bring their short film ideas to the screen, alongside undertaking work, training and other development opportunities.
One of the successful films was Ladies Day, directed by Abena Taylor-Smith, which screened at last year’s TriForce Short Film Festival!
shortFLIX is led by Creative England in partnership with Sky Arts and supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions. The programme is developed with award-winning writer-director Carolina Giammetta, as Lead Tutor and Creative Director.
Who Should Apply?
shortFLIX is targeted at diverse young voices aged 18-25, from across the UK and aim to support those who have not yet had the opportunity to break into the film & TV industry. You must be aged 18-25 and not currently in full time education, employment or training. All you need is a passion for film and a desire to tell a story.
What Does it Involve?
Up to 20 successful applicants are guided to write a short film script, and to pitch their projects to commissioners. Up to 5 projects are then awarded funding and the finalists work with a budget of up to £10,000 each and a professional team to make their short films for showcase on Sky Arts.
shortFLIX provides training, mentorship, funding and industry exposure, with professional guidance provided at every stage. 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.
How To Apply
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31 May 2019. Before applying, you should read the guidelines below: