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Estuary On Film

The Estuary on Film Competition is a regional talent development opportunity delivered by Screen South in partnership with Creative Estuary which will co-commission 4 films to be made in the Thames Estuary area. This partnership reflects the connections being made with the Estuary’s growth as a creative production corridor. The commissions offer emerging and existing filmmakers/artists, based in the Estuary region, the opportunity to make a short film that presents unique stories and diverse perspectives from the area.

Screen South is looking for creative and thought-provoking ideas with fresh and innovative proposals for short films that promote the diverse talent and are made in the Estuary region. We welcome dynamic stories and compelling moving image that helps us all see the world through different lenses. This might be through creative approaches to narrative drama, storytelling, sound design, style, image and structure. Tonally, pieces can be comedic, serious, absurd, challenging, provocative. They can be animation, live-action, mixed media, spoken word or even experimental. Screen South is open to your thoughts on this.

Estuary on Film will award £5000 each to 4 filmmakers, to create a high quality, bold creative short film which ignites a spark and reflects the diverse range of talent in the Estuary. Working with a range of partners Screen South will provide inclusive high-end Development and Production expertise to support these Estuary based filmmakers. They envisage most films being around 5 minutes long, but if your idea warrants a longer film, Screen South are open to discussing this with you, so long as it remains within the fair-trade budget guidelines. Shortlisted applicants will be given support and guidance to develop their projects and advice on presenting to an inclusive industry panel.

Most importantly, we would like to hear from new voices as well as more experienced filmmakers who have new and compelling ideas with visual storytelling which is exciting and memorable. They will be looking for vibrant storytellers with excellent creative ideas and a potential to make compelling bold, diverse, and confident short films. Screen South would like to enhance mainstream opportunities for a diverse range of new and emerging Filmmakers, identifying talent from underrepresented communities. As Lemn Sissay says, “Lean into your own story to find your own original perspective”. Some will already be making films; others may not have realised their creative potential yet but with encouragement could develop their ideas and start their creative journey in a supportive and nurturing environment.


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