Short Cut: Opportunity Listings in October 2019

Joan Jonas, Volcano Saga, 1989. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.
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.

Producer at Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye

ATLAS Arts is looking to recruit an experienced creative Producer to plan, produce and deliver ATLAS Arts artistic programme in close cooperation with the Artistic Director/​CEO. They will have a meticulous and ambitious work ethic and will have at least 3 years’ experience producing within the context of curatorial practice and/​or visual culture. They will have a keen interest in the impact that contemporary art can make to the community of Skye and Lochalsh and will be passionate about creating connections between artists and audiences, and their work will respond to the unique qualities of the region, its landscape, its culture and its people.

Deadline: 14 October, 12pm

Michael O’Pray Prize: award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in moving image, Film & Video Umbrella & Art Monthly

Returning for its third year, The Michael O’Pray Prize is an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. The winning applicant receives £500 and their text will be published by Art Monthly. Previous winners have each gone on to contribute new articles for Art Monthly and an array of other publications.

Deadline: 11 November

a‑n Artist Bursaries 2020: open for applications from a‑n members

The 2020 a‑n Artist Bursaries are now open for applications, with awards of between £500-£1,500 available to a‑n Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members wishing to undertake self-directed professional development. Because targeted funding at the right time in an artist’s career can make all the difference, a‑n Artist Bursaries provide money for artists to develop their practice through self-determined professional development activity that responds to their own unique needs.

Deadline: 21 November

Call for Submissions: Alchemy Moving Image Festival 2020, Hawick, Scottish Borders

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

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

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

Oberhausen is now calling for entries to the competitions of its 66th edition. Our focus is on new works with their own visual language, new perspectives and forms. Oberhausen’s strength for 66 years has been its openness for the innovative, surprising, and original.

Deadline: 1 February 2020 (for films completed after 1 January 2019)

Funding: ScreenSkills bursaries

ScreenSkills bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to enter, progress in, return to, or transfer into the screen industries. You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to training, work and work-related activities, including: training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software, travel and (for people already working in the industry) driving lessons. But bursaries cannot pay fees relating to undergraduate or postgraduate study or things that should be paid for by an employer.

Deadline: rolling until 31 March 2020

Rough Cut work-in-progress screenings, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

The Rough Cut is a free event for new work and work-in-progress by artists working with the moving image. For artists, The Rough Cut a useful way to share and get feedback on new work in a supportive and unthreatening environment. For everyone else, it’s a chance to see interesting new films. Each session takes place in the Digital Lounge at Tyneside Cinema, a relaxed and informal space on the second floor of the cinema, and is introduced and chaired by a different guest moderator.

Deadline: Rolling

Opportunity: FVU Chair of the Board of Trustees, London

Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) is a pioneering arts charity. For three decades, primarily under the leadership of Director Steven Bode, we have led the way in championing new creative talent and promoting innovative ideas by contemporary artists working with the moving image. Following the news that our current Chair, Eddie Berg, is stepping down this summer and moving to the US, the Board seeks an exceptional new Chair to work with the senior management team to support the organisation through its next phase of development and business planning for the next NPO period. With strong leadership skills, excellent networks across the creative industries and beyond and enthusiasm for artists working with film and digital media, the new Chair will work alongside a talented and committed group of Trustees with considerable experience and expertise across areas such as fundraising, PR, communications, film & tech.

Deadline: Applications are open and ongoing until FVU find a candidate.

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

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