Environmental Filmmakers

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    Film Fund

    Are you an eco-warrior and want to get a powerful message out through film?
    Do you have a film idea around climate change that you want to share with the world?

    We are excited to open applications for Eastside’s second Film Fund this year receiving short film ideas on the theme Green Planet

    We are looking for short film ideas to do exactly that.

    Apply to Eastside’s Film Fund, supported by Adobe, to get funding and support to make a short film ready for release as the world turns its attention towards COP26 in Glasgow November 2021.

    We want to hear ideas that will put the environment and environmental causes front and centre – this could be championing a burning issue such as plastic pollution, harmful emissions, food waste, activism, creating/cultivating green spaces, or something else!

    This could be a mini-doc, animation, short drama, experimental or infographic style film. 

    We want films that will have a national or international outlook – what powerful message do you want to tell the world? It could be based on your own experience but should aim to address issues that aren’t only centred on the local – can you get your message out to the nation or internationally. 

    This is a fantastic open-call opportunity to make a short film of your own. Your film should explore the environment and climate change as a central theme – this could focus on the current changes being felt and/or your response to what needs to change.

    We are accepting film ideas in different genres – we just ask that your film feels authentic – tell us about the burning issue in your community or how you see ways to positively change.  

    Your film will need to be up to maximum 3 minutes long and made within a 2.5 month period.

    The person applying for the funding needs to be aged 18 to 25 years old, the crew can be older than this but we are aiming to support early-career filmmakers so please bear this in mind. 

    What will I get from taking part?

    • £300 production budget for you to spend on making your film
    • A professional mentor with industry experience and connections, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions.
    • Additional in-kind support from Eastside valued at £1200 and including:
    • Technical equipment – 1 day use of Eastside’s studios, filmmaking kit and resources (including cameras, lenses, lights)
    • 2-3 days of dedicated support from the Eastside team throughout the filmmaking process.
    • The chance to showcase your film in November as COP26 is taking place and be platformed on Eastside’s Youtube channel.

    *Eastside’s in-kind support – is subject to where/when you plan to film and availability with other projects. 

    What are we looking for?

    We want films that will have a national or international outlook – what powerful message do you want to tell the world? It could be based on your own experience but should aim to address issues that aren’t only centered on the local – we want to platform your films widely.

    You will have 2.5 months to make your film happen.

    Dates:

    • Deadline to apply – 9am 14th July
    • Interviews – 29th/ 30th July
    • Production period –  6th Aug – 1st Nov
    • Deadline for delivery – 19th Oct

    FAQs

    Q. I’ve got a great idea but it’s longer than 3 minutes long, is that allowed?
    We are looking for ideas that fit into 3 minutes – if you are submitting a script the rough guide is one page of script = one minute of footage. If your idea is a documentary / unscripted we understand that you won’t know exactly how long your film will be but we want you to demonstrate that you are aiming to stick to 3 minutes long.

    Q. I’m working with my friend. Can we submit an idea together?
     Yes! We are happy to accept duos – please submit with one name but in the description talk about your team.
    Make sure that the person applying is aged 18 – 25 years old – your collaborators can be older but we want to fund emerging filmmakers with this fund.

    Q. What genres of short film are you accepting? 
    We are accepting the following genres – mini doc, animation, short drama, experimental or infographic style films.
    This is very open – we just ask that your film feels authentic – tell us about the burning issue in your community or how you see ways to positively change.  

    Q. Can you give me an idea of how I might tackle the theme according to each genre?
    Sure – you could create a documentary looking at positive changes people or groups are making already locally or nationally.
    You could write a drama piece with the natural world or environmental changes as the background to the story.
    You can make an animation based on the natural world or looking to the future.

    Q. Do I need to submit a treatment?
    This isn’t strictly required – if you feel you have explained your idea thoroughly enough in the application form. However, as film is a visual medium – this will help us to understand how you imagine your film will ‘look and feel’. You can also use this section of the form to submit a script, budget or storyboard of your idea.

    Q. How do I apply?
    Make sure to complete the application form – and upload any documentation – including the chance to upload a film treatment, budget, storyboard, and/or script

    Q. When do I need to apply?
    Deadline to apply – 9am 14th July 2021 

    Q. I have another question… Who do I ask?
    Please email maisie@eastside.org.uk with your question.

    For information on the now-closed Environmental Filmmakers Workshops, please contact maisie@eastside.org.uk.