SHORTFLIX: Supporting Imagination

UK Screen Agency Creative England have launched a new short filmmaking schemed aimed at young adults, alongside the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Sky Arts.

Applications are now open for SHORTFLIX, a new development and production initiative that offers ambitious and inspired minds to create their first short film, as an incentive to start their careers early and develop a creative practice. Training and mentorship – supported by Creative Skillet’s Film Skills Fun and BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery Funds – enable the development of practical skills and experience necessary to take the first steps into the industry and hopefully create the innovators of tomorrow.

Anyone aged 18-25, not in full-time education, employment or training can enter to tell their own story (inclusive of community, heritage, identity or area.) 20 projects will be selected, with opportunities for development offered from the idea right through to the realisation of a script. From these, five stand-out shorts will be chosen and produced with industry professionals and a budget of up to £10,000.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, notes: “We’re delighted to be launching this programme, which provides an entry point into the industry for talented and ambitious young people who might previously have found it impossible to take that first step. This is an important part of our mission to introduce new and diverse voices, and support them in telling the story of their lives and culture.”

Audiences will be able to watch the winning works through Sky Arts’ on demand platform. Director of the channel, Philip Edgar-Jones, says: As the UK’s only dedicated arts channel, we are committed to supporting creative people and original film-making. This partnership with will help to find and nurture the next generation of talent from a range of diverse backgrounds, giving them an exciting opportunity to tell their stories.”

Ambassadors include Ellie Kendrick, (Game of Thrones, The Levelling, An Education), Riz Ahmed, (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Four Lions, Jason Bourne) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Blitz, Dreams of a Life).

The programme for shortlisted entrants begins in April, running throughout 2017.

For more details and to apply: The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on 28 February.

1. Still from Deborah Aston’s Trigga. Part of the iShorts programme screened at ASFF 2016. Courtesy of Creative England.