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Current Commissions

Thumbnail image credit (previous page): Still from Ben Owen’s Goldfinch.

Each year Exeter Phoenix commissions new work from both filmmakers and visual artists as part of our commitment to supporting artists, nurturing great talent and enabling the production of new work.

We are now inviting proposals for our 2019 Short Film and Micro Film Commissions, with over £10,000 worth of support available in artist fees, training and equipment hire.

2019 Film Commissions


Short Film Commission

 

About this commission:

Aimed at South West based filmmakers with previous filmmaking experience who are now looking for funding to take their filmmaking to a professional level and develop their career.

The final film is required to be 10-12 minutes in length. We accept applications from all genres of film, including documentary, drama, animation, experimental and more.

Level Of Funding: Two awards of £1500

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019

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Micro Film Commission

About this commission:

Aimed at those who are either first time filmmakers or have limited experience in short filmmaking and looking to develop their skills in this area.

The final film is required to be 3 minutes in length. We will accept applications from all genres of film, including documentary, drama, animation, experimental and more.

Level Of Funding: Two awards of £500

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019

Apply here >>

 

 

 

South West Documentary Commission

This Commission is now closed.

About this commission:

Aimed at filmmakers looking for funding to realise a non-fiction short film project exploring any subject matter, which demonstrates originality within the documentary genre.  The final film is required to be 5 minutes in length. You may use any form production technique for delivery, such as live action, reenactment or animation.

Level Of Funding: One award of £1000

Deadline: Mon 12 Nov 2018

 

 

 

 


2018 Film Commissions

This year we have awarded two Short Film commissions, two Micro Film commissions, one Artists Moving Image commission and one South West Animation commission.


Short Film Commission

About this commission:

Aimed at those who have some experience in making short films previously, however are now looking for funding to take their filmmaking to a professional level and develop a career in the industry. The final film is required to be 10-12 minutes in length. We accept applications from all genres of film, including drama, documentary, animation, experimental and more.

Level Of Funding: £1500

 

 

 

MATTY CRAWFORD
HIS ENGLAND

Matty Crawford is an award winning Writer/Director and 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow. With his short films screening at BAFTA recognised festivals and collecting a number of awards such as; ‘Best Director Award’ at the Kodak/Nahemi Competition and a ‘New Talent Award’ at BFI Future Film Festival. His England explores the story of an Asian British kid as he begins to question his British identity on the day of the EU Referendum.

 

 

RIYADH HAQUE
SHEAR

Riyadh is a Portsmouth-based freelance filmmaker focusing on narrative drama as a writer/director. Familial and romantic entanglements engage him as a filmmaker, gearing towards more candid, naturally lit scenes with a move towards socially-conscious filmmaking by incorporating gender, sex, identity, race and religion into his current work. Shear is a drama about a South Asian teen who struggles with her need to rebel when she is caught between her strict family and the man she is in love with.

Image credit: Bensalem Mitchell


Micro Film Commission

About this commission:

Aimed at those who are new to the industry, either first time filmmakers or those with limited experience in short filmmaking and looking to develop their skills in this area. The final film is required to be 3 minutes in length. We will accept applications from all genres of film, including drama, documentary, animation, experimental and more.

Level Of Funding: £500

 

 

 

ANDY THATCHER
WALKS OF LIFE

Andy Thatcher is an Exeter-based, part-time student at University of Bristol’s MA in Film and TV. His photography has appeared in The Guardian, and he holds an MPhil in Creative Writing. Walks of Life is a documentary project examining the importance of place, walking and nature, especially during or following difficult times. 

 

 

ALEXANDER WARN
PAPER THIN

Alexander is a Plymouth based actor and long term member of outdoor theatre company Burn the Curtain. He has also worked in wide a variety of roles across other disciplines, such as visual arts and film. Paper Thin is a surreal representation of the sudden, frightening and depersonalising effects of a panic attack. 

 

 

 


SOUTH WEST ANIMATION COMMISSION

About this commission:

Aimed at those who are new to the industry, either first time filmmakers or those with limited experience in short filmmaking and looking to develop their skills in this area. The final film is required to be 3 minutes in length. We will accept applications from all genres of film, including drama, documentary, animation, experimental and more.

Level Of Funding: £1000

 

 

 

Holly Summerson
Birdwatching

Holly is an animator from Cornwall, particularly interested in 2D and mixed-media techniques. Birdwatching will look at possessiveness, isolation and rural queer love, through the relationship of two characters and their obsession with birds. The story will be told in a combination of paint, charcoal and collage animation, with an expressive style and warm, humorous tone.

 

 


 

Artists Moving Image Commission

The 2018 Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission aims to develop a new single screen moving image based artwork for screen, installation or online display. 

We look for original and engaging ideas, whether more traditional or experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract in form and structure.

Level Of Funding: One award of £1000

 

 

 

 

Liam Jolly
Amen Brother (Dum Dum Ka-h)

Based in Redruth, Cornwall, Liam Jolly is an artist working across installation, video, performance, painting and public intervention

Whilst exploring the shifts in meaning that can take place between a fiction and reality, his works tread a fine line between these opposing concepts, employing double take and changing points of view as a mechanism to challenge our assumptions of what we are being presented with.

In playfully questioning the material, mechanics and structures of when something is considered an art work and when it is not, he is making us question our perception of reality in unexpected or subversive ways.

For this commission, he will be making a film that attempts to remix, into a visual score, the ‘Amen Break’, arguably the most sampled drum break in musical history and the corner stone of music sub genres such as Hip Hop, Drum & Bass & Jungle.