Short Cut: Opportunity Listings in July 2019

Each month LUX Scotland shares opportunities for artists, filmmakers, curators, and other arts professionals working in the moving image sector. If you have an opportunity to share with us, please email scotland [at] lux​.org​.uk.

Call for Submissions: Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

Submissions are now open to all filmmakers, artists, distributors, producers, gallerists, universities and institutions to submit their most current works and projects to the 36th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.

Deadline: 1 July

Call for Submissions: London Short Film Festival

LSFF welcomes both UK and international submissions. In 2019, they screened 500+ films carefully curated from over 3200 submissions, and their industry esteemed In Competition programmes featured 50 exceptional UK and international short films awarded prizes by a British Council-sponsored international jury.

Deadline: 1 July

Graduate Artist Residency, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

The Graduate Artist Residency at Tyneside Cinema is an opportunity for recent graduates from Northumbria University to realise a new moving image work over a three-month period, supported by curatorial, technical and academic staff at both institutions. Following the format of the Projections Commissions, which like the Graduate Artist film are screened before mainstream features, the residency is a unique challenge for artists to respond to the context of the cinema.

The Graduate Artist Residency is delivered in partnership with Northumbria University and is supported by The NewBridge Project.

Deadline: 1 July

Submissions now open for Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) 2019

SQIFF 2019 will take place in Glasgow 2nd to 6th October and submissions are now open. SQIFF is interested in showing work created by and about LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. We are open within this to all subject matter, styles, and film lengths. We screen all films in the festival with English language subtitles or captions for D/​deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.

Deadline: 2 July

Job Opportunity: Programme and Administrative Assistant, ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye

ATLAS Arts is looking to recruit an exceptionally organised Programme and Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a meticulous work ethic and will provide first-rate support to the ATLAS Arts team and its artistic programme. They will also have an interest in contemporary visual arts the positive contribution that it can make to the community of Skye and Lochalsh. This rewarding and pivotal role supports the day-to-day smooth running of ATLAS Arts, providing administrative support and general assistance in the development, programming, planning and implementation of projects.

Deadline: 8 July

Job Opportunity: Marketing and Communications Manager,Wasps, Glasgow

The Marketing and Communications Manager for Wasps is a key role within the organisation which has now become available. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual in a role which provides an important link between Wasps staff team, their 19 studio communities across Scotland, their Board of Directors, as well as a wide range of stakeholders, funders and development partners they engage with on a regular basis. The Marketing and Communications Manager will work with the Chief Executive Officer to deliver a strategic marketing and communications plan for Wasps which ensures that the organisation builds positive relationships with Wasps studio holders (artists, cultural organisations and creative companies), Wasps’ Board, strategic partners, current and potential funders, supporters & stakeholders by delivering a pro-active and engaging communication and marketing strategy. Based in The Briggait, in Glasgow.

Deadline: 10 July

Job Opportunity: Artistic Director /​CEO of ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland

In the new Artistic Director, ATLAS Arts seeks an accomplished curator with experience of delivering vibrant, inter-disciplinary arts programmes. They will have a keen interest in the rural context of Skye and a track record of working with communities in an engaging programme in which learning, artistic production and talent development are integral to the operation. They will have the ability to provide inspirational leadership and sound management to the Executive Director and the small team. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience of raising funds and will be excited by the opportunity of continuing to develop ATLAS Arts as an important contributor to the creative vibrancy of Scottish arts.

Deadline: 12 July

Call for Submissions: Journal for Artistic Research

JAR invites submissions from all fields and disciplines in which artistic research may be relevant, including areas that are not usually conceived of as artistic. JAR welcome submissions from practitioners with or without academic affiliations. JAR’s format for publishing artistic research, the exposition, invites authors to combine text, image, film, and audio material on expandable web pages, challenging the dominance of writing in traditional academic research. Submissions in multiple languages are accepted if accompanied by an English translation, which will act as a master version. Multilingual expositions are also welcome as long as translations are provided.

Deadline: 15 July

Artists and Machine Intelligence Grants, Google Arts & Culture

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to support ambitious computer science research and the arts, Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Google AI, invite proposals from contemporary artists working with machine learning in their art practices. Artists + Machine Intelligence (AMI) grants will support six artists with technical mentorship, core Google research, and funding. Artists will have the opportunity to work with Google creative technologists to develop and produce artworks over the course of a five-month period. Mentorship may cover technical processes like data collection and analysis, to pipeline design, and model deployment, and includes access to core Google U/​X and technical research in generative and decentralized machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing.

Deadline: 15 July

Open Call for proposals for Projections at Tyneside Cinema

Six Projections events per year are selected from open calls. The twice-yearly Open Call asks for proposals from curators and artists to present new moving image programmes or create live work for the cinema space.

Deadline: 22 July

UK – China Connections through Culture Grants

Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK. The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.

Next deadline: 4 August

BFI Future Film Festival

Invites are open to filmmakers to submit their work to the BFI Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s annual film festival for young people (16 – 25), held at the BFI Southbank in London. This year there is up to £15,000 worth of prizes including money to support film production and career development.

Deadline: 4 August

Submissions open for Glasgow Film Festival 2020

GFF are currently on the lookout for fiction, documentary, animation and experimental features to be included in our 2020 programme. Films selected through the submission process have played to enthusiastic crowds at Glasgow over the years and gone on to secure wider distribution.

Early bird deadline: 23 AugustRegular deadline: 13 September

Open Call for UK based alternative MFA School of the Damned

School of the Damned (SOTD) is a UK based Alt MFA for developing creative practice in a supportive group. Re-forming on an annual basis, each cohort has the opportunity and responsibility to define and organise the agenda of the school. As SOTD was formed in reaction to the increasing monetisation of Higher Education in the UK, there are no tuition fees. An Alt MFA does not follow the traditions and curriculums of formal education. Instead it is an educational platform which is self motivated and self organised by its students. SOTD is a non-hierarchical structure that requires a level of commitment and responsibility.

Deadline: 7 September

Call for Applications: Jerwood Bursaries research and development for artists

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help artists explore and develop the next steps of their career, whether through supporting skills and knowledge development and/​or supporting the first stage development of a new idea. They are supporting artists to pursue their interests independently and on their own terms.

Deadline: 7 October

MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image, Goldsmiths, London

This twelve-month, intensively taught practice-based Masters is aimed at artists and graduates working within the field of artists’ film and moving image who wish to develop their practice and professional networks with the support of Goldsmiths’ Art Department and its uniquely high concentration of accomplished artist filmmakers. The programme is centred on the individual experience and knowledge that each student brings, developing them as artists who want to innovate in the expanding field of moving image. Students are challenged to synthesise the knowledge and understanding gained from its bespoke curriculum linking practice, theory and professional development into a reflective, informed and decisive approach to the intellectual, aesthetic, social and technical processes necessary to bring their individual artistic project in moving image or related media from idea to realisation.

Deadline: January & April 2020

Call for Submissions: Alchemy Moving Image Festival 2020

Alchemy Film & Arts was founded in 2010, and celebrates the creative, innovative and thought-provoking in experimental film and artists’ moving image. Their aim is to reach and engage with both national and international filmmakers and moving-image artists, and to bring their work to the attention of the widest possible audience, working to the benefit of the Scottish Borders and its unique communities.

Deadline: 15 December

Opportunity to take over Generator Projects with short term exhibition, Dundee

Take Over slots are an opportunity for Generator members to take charge of the galleries and stage short exhibitions and events. This is a chance to use the galleries without the usual rigmaroles of the curatorial process, just the thing if you need a public space to test an exhibition idea.

Deadline: rolling

Job Opportunity: Bentson Assistant Curator/​Archivist in moving image, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

The Walker Art Center is seeking a qualified and capable Bentson Assistant Curator/​Archivist. This individual will create programming for Walker’s Cinema and Mediatheque that focus on contemporary and experimental film and use of the Ruben/​Bentson Moving Image Collection. This grant-funded position will oversee the administration of this important historical collection as well as have the opportunity to work on cross-disciplinary projects. This position will also oversee the physical and digital use of the Bentson Mediatheque, monitor work flow, and budget expenses related to the Bentson grant, and works with the Moving Image Program Manager and Marketing/​PR team to ensure the success of the program.

Deadline: rolling

The Journal of Embodied Research invites video article submissions

Journal of Embodied Research solicits video articles of between 10 and 20 minutes that document and share the results of research projects in which embodied practice is an essential part of the methodology. There are no annual deadlines and video articles are published on a rolling basis throughout the year. Informal inquiries to JER can be made by emailing the journal editor at any time. Formal submissions should be made electronically through this website.

Deadline: ongoing

Funding Opportunity: Film Hub Scotland: Pitch Pots

Pitch Pots are a simple way for you to access additional support to enhance new or existing one-off projects and screenings of independent British and specialised film. Film Hub Scotland will prioritise projects that promote diversity and increase inclusion, engage young people and/​or celebrate screen heritage. The ambition for the fund is that members will be able to create impactful, one-off events to enhance their programme, or to deliver special activities tied to local, Scotland and/​or UK events and initiatives. Support is available for projects taking place from April 2019 – March 2020. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.

Deadline: ongoing

MA Experimental Film, Kingston University, London

This course has been designed to offer a genuinely creative methodology and understanding of current and future potential for film experimentation in artists’ moving image. This places the programme at the forefront of postgraduate studies exploring moving image in its most creative form. The course offers a range of input from staff in filmmaking and will enable you to develop a major body of practical work created within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory. The curriculum offers three distinct areas of critical and practical inquiry options, supported by a specialised seminar/​lectures series: artists’ moving image; independent film; and the materiality of film. You will undertake self-initiated research supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff and will explore the critical and historical frameworks within which experimental film work can be understood and conceptualised.

Deadline: ongoing

MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins, London

And what insights can a study of artists’ moving image offer us for understanding the diverse practices that now fill art spaces internationally as well as in the UK? A unique association between LUX and Central Saint Martins has created a research-led Masters degree to address these questions. The course is focused on nurturing a discursive culture around moving image art which offers a number of unique features for students interested in studying and working in the field of artists’ moving image. MRes Art: Moving Image offers the opportunity of acquiring unique insight and depth into the subject of artists’ moving image culture, through lectures, seminars and screenings with acknowledged scholars, artists and specialists in the field. This course is part of the Art Programme. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time.

Deadline: ongoing

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

The Documentary Film Program’s (DFP) mandate is to focus on the values of Art, Reach, and Change. They accomplish these by encouraging experimentation and excellence in form, championing under-represented voices, and supporting the social and creative impact of this work upon release. Recently supported films include Always in Season, American Factory, The Edge of Democracy, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, and One Child Nation. Please note: DFP do not fund NGO, or educational films. DFP tend not to fund purely historical or biographical films unless they show clear contemporary relevance or innovation in form.

Deadline: rolling

British Council Film: Shorts Support Scheme

British Council Film is committed to showcasing new UK film talent to audiences around the world and has a long tradition of supporting new and emerging filmmaking talent. British Council Film’s Short Support Scheme exists to support UK-based filmmakers to show their work internationally.

Deadline: ongoing