News and Opportunities

Top 10 Spec Script Story Clichés by ShoreScripts

"Screenwriting suffers from clichés when the characters lack depth or situations lack originality"

100 Years, 100 Shots

100 years/100 Shots - 100 years of film history retold with the best shot in each year. 

British Film Council Interview with Rachel Tunnard

Rachel Tunnard makes her feature directorial debut with offbeat comedy Adult Life Skills (formerly titled How To Live Yours), which she also wrote and edited.

Jeff Nichols’ Guide To Crafting A Movie Ending

Jeff Nichols’ guide to crafting a movie ending. Read more.

BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Open For Applications

BAFTA is welcoming applications for 2016's Breakthrough Brits from film, TV and games. Up to 20 newcomers will take part in a year-long mentoring programme. Read more

Joe Swanberg SXSW Keynote: How To Piece Together A Living As A Filmmaker

Filmmaker Joe Swanberg used his SXSW film festival keynote address to encourage indie directors to take chances, be committed to work they love, approach finances head on and not be scared to be prolific. Read more.

Submissions for 2017 London Short Film Festival Now Open

The London Short Film Festival (LSFF) returns to London for the 14th year. The festival discovers new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform and meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers. Read more

First Cut Pitch 2016 Open For Applications

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch is looking for five new directors the chance to pitch at Sheffeld Doc/Fest with one winner receiving a commission from Channel 4 for their first 60 minute film. Read more.

Nespresso Talents 2016 Open For Applications

Nespresso have launched a search for three innovative 9:16 films to be showcased at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Read more.

Directing Actors Masterclass with Gillies MacKinnon

Experienced film director Gillies MacKinnon will deliver a directing masterclass specifically addressing working with actors. Read more

North East Travel and Subsistence (NETS) Fund Launched

NFM have come together with The CTBF to launch the North East Travel and Subsistence (NETS) Fund, which will be piloted over the coming year. Read more.

BFI Launches New Funding For Emerging UK Film Producers

The BFI has launched the BFI Vision Awards 3, committing £2.5 million of Lottery funding to new and emerging UK film producers. Read more

Sheffield Doc Fest 2016 Pitches Now Open For Applications

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 pitches now open for applications. Read more. 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival - Open Call For Entries

X: an open call for entries to Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2016. Read more

The Latest Round of iFeatures Open For Applications

iFeatures is a filmmaking initiative run by Creative England with support from the BFI, the BBC, and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund. Read more.