Jessica Loveland in Film & TV


iShorts Film Programme Open For Applicants

Creative England’s annual iShorts film initiative, which supports new talent to kick-start their film careers, has opened its third programme for applications.

Delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK in partnership with Creative Skillset, the short film scheme provides mentoring and funding to new filmmaking talent from across England. Fifteen selected filmmakers will receive a £5,000 cash award to fund their project. The finalists will also take part in an invaluable programme of film activity to help develop, produce and deliver their finished short film. 

Paul Ashton, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said: 

“We’re delighted to announce that iShorts is opening up for applications for the third time. The scheme has produced some truly brilliant short films and we hope that this round will open up avenues to even more regional creative storytelling talent.” 

Matimba Kabalika, BFI NET.WORK Talent Coordinator & Content Editor said: 

“Making short films is a vital part of the process for many emerging filmmakers striving to develop their creativity, skills and knowledge, and for the industry it is also a crucial part of the R&D process for ensuring we continue to produce new generations of successful filmmakers. We look forward to finding and working with the new iShorts filmmakers.” 

Films from Creative England’s first coup of iShorts have already gone on to achieve international festival success. 'Billy the Kid' was selected for the Palm Springs film festival, while 'The Pig Child' was selected for both Palm Springs and the Edinburgh International Film Festivals, having already won a Best Actress title from Underwire and Best Sci-Fi at the LA Independent Film Festival. 

Ged Hunter and Dave Harts’s 'A Complicated Way to Live' won Best Narrative Short at London Lift-Off and went on to be showcased worldwide at Lift-Off film festivals, as well as Dances with Films in LA and Wild Sound in Canada. 'How to Disappear Completely' co-directed by Manchester co-directing team Tim Woodall and Phil Drinkwater won the York Youth Award at Aesthetica last year, while Amy Coop’s 'The Treehouse' has played at a clutch of international fests, including awards from Tupelo and Underwire. Read more about our past iShorts films by visiting our film section.

Completed films from the second round of iShorts will screen in a programme curated by Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November 2015, with further British and European showcases to follow. This year, filmmakers applying to iShorts have the option to submit a personal statement in their application via video instead of in writing.

Applications are now open. Visit our iShorts page for full guidelines and details on how to apply. The deadline for applications to be received by Creative England is 5pm on Monday 5th October.

iShorts Google Hangout

We'll be hosting a Google Hangout on the 30th September which is your opportunity to ask any questions you have on the iShorts programme or your submission. Below are the relevant links:

If you wish to take part on Google+, submit a question or vote on a question to be answered click here If you wish to watch the hangout on YouTube click here Alternatively the Hangout will be broadcast below:

Head here to read an exclusive interview with Jim and Joe Dethick,the directing duo behind 2014 iShort 'Crisps'. Head here to follow our Film Team on Twitter.

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