BFI NETWORK South West and our partners decided to set up a Zoom for all the aspiring UK-based Herzog’s to ask any questions they had to our panel, and written a round up of the best bits you might have been curious about. Read through to find out.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BRITAINS NOT BORING…?
Every community is different, and that is what is amazing about the UK. The theme speaks to parts of UK that have not been represented before.
SYNOPSIS OF THE SYNOPSES…
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK…
WATCH OTHER SHORT DOCS…
Watch them actively! Watch as many as you can!
Ask yourself how you feel and what you are thinking as you watch. Contemplate what change the characters go through, what effect sound and image has on you. Watch things that have done well at festivals and awards, watch what has not done well. Articulate your thoughts and feelings. Repeat.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS…
Here you can dig into what you believe in capturing, your vision, and creativity.
Think classic beginning, middle, and end.
BONUS: In digging deep into the core, you will also get closer to your Logline
The opportunity to have conversations can bring things to life. Layers are uncovered and true understanding comes from listening. Listen to your story, your crew, your subjects, your intuition.
TIME (PRECIOUS TIME) …
CAN I APPLY IF…
New and emerging does not just mean young, say if you have taken time away and are looking to get back into the industry it is for you. New talent covers 18 up to 89 – and the rest.
People with a learning difference or additional needs can be supported at each stage. Appropriate mentors and measures are put in place suitable for each applicant and film.
FORMS AND FUNTIONS…
Animators: Animation is A-Ok! But again – be realistic about your capabilities and access
Mockumentaries: Bring your best
Dramatics: reconstructions and artists films are of interest and encouraged to apply too.
ACCESSING SUBJECT + TRAVEL…
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO…
Retail all rights to the film. All filmmakers will retain rights to the film.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
It is a big opportunity which feels like pressure in itself. So breathe!
Even if your application is not the right fit: Remember, if you are not selected: You come out of this with an application that you’ve written and have really thought through how to tell your story. This means you are moving further along in your own process!
With thanks to our Panellists:
Dr Mena Fombo
SOMINA aka Dr Mena Fombo is co-founder of Blak Wave Productions one of the only black owned production companies in the South West. A director, passionate about telling character led stories and exploring issues particularly centred on black womxn, most recently creating Home Carnival Queen for BBC Arts.
As a Producer/Director, Shianne Brown has gone to specialise in making films exploring gender, race and class with integrity and honesty. This year, her directorial debut for Channel 4, Respect Me, I’m a Doctor documented the experiences of black female doctors who face racism whilst trying to save lives, and their support for the Black Lives Matter protests. Her credits also include the Grierson nominated documentary Angry, White & American presented by Gary Younge and Amazon Prime’s major series This is Football.
Lindsey is an Emmy®-winning Producer, Director, Writer and Executive Producer whose credits include Oscar shortlisted Unrest, Trans in America and Lost And Sound, amongst others. Lindsey is the founder of Little By Little Films - an organisation led by underrepresented voices that prioritises storytelling by and about LGBTQ folks, women, and D/deaf and disabled people. She’s also a proud founding member of Queer Producers Collective and FWD-DOC.
Elisabeth is a producer of the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund. She is also Exec and Producer of the Female Film Force – an initiative offering grants to filmmaking talent across the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. Winning the HBO shorts competition at the American Black Film Festival this year along with Best Documentary at TMFF, Underwire and Kino London. Elisabeth is a co-founder of shorts focused production company Visual Goods, where her work has been selected for BFI Flare’s Five Films for Freedom (supported by the UN), nominated for the Iris Prize and 1.4 Awards. Elisabeth is also an actor and writer – having worked extensively in TV for the BBC, ITV, Sky, C4, Netflix and in Film and Theatre internationally.
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