Short Cut: Opportunity Listings in September 2019

Rose Lowder, Bouquets 11-20, 2005-2009. Courtesy of the artist and Lightcone.
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 Applications for i‑Portunus:

Funding to support European cross-border collaborations, residencies, professional development and presentations. Between April and September 2019, the pilot project i‑Portunus will issue three Calls for Applications, providing support for international mobilities of artists active in the fields of the performing or visual arts (except music) and residing in a Creative Europe country. These mobilities must have a specific and well-defined objective, such as to develop an international collaboration, to engage in a production-oriented residency or in professional development, to present work in another country or to develop projects with local communities in the destination country.

Deadline: 5 September

Call for Applications: Jerwood Bursaries research and development for artists

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to help you explore and develop your practice by enabling you to gain new skills and knowledge. A Jerwood Bursary can support your development by funding meaningful opportunities to reflect on and grow your creative practice. This might include new partners for collaboration, receiving mentoring or taking part in training, conferences and workshops. It can support development of your creative practice by covering the costs of self-initiated residencies and by supporting early-stage research and testing of brand new ideas. Jerwood suggest you apply to support activities that will help you to learn and take control of the development of your artistic practice and career. For individuals whose first professional experience will have been between 2014 and 2018, unless they have had a career change or break.

Second round deadline: 9 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

a‑n Coaching and Mentoring 2019: Professional Development Bursaries

Continuing a‑n’s 2019 programme of professional development opportunities for members, two bursaries have just launched offering one-to-one support for artists either through a series of coaching sessions, or through mentoring with their visual arts mentors.

Deadline: 12 September

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.

Deadline: 13 September

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, New York, USA

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Deadline: 16 September

International Film Festival Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other industry activities.

Deadline: 20 September (for films completed after 1 July 2019)

Bursaries available for Scottish visual arts organisations to attend the Engage Conference 2019

Five bursary-funded places are available for representatives of Scotland-based visual arts organisations to attend the Engage Conference 2019. Bursary funding will pay for the Conference ticket and will also offer up to £140 towards travel/​accommodation. Organisations wishing to apply must have a commitment to a contemporary visual arts programme and developing audiences. Applicants do not need to be current members of Engage. Freelancers may apply but will need to show that attending the conference will have a clear public benefit through their work.

Deadline: 23 September

Screen Scotland Cinema Equipment Fund

The Cinema Equipment Fund is for cinemas and venues to upgrade or install cinema screening equipment and aims to increase access to cinema and encourage resilience for film exhibitors based in Scotland. This fund will support existing cinemas to upgrade first generation Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI)compliant equipment, and support venues with advanced plans for film exhibition to install new equipment. The fund will also support community venues to upgrade or install film screening equipment (such as projector, screen, sound system and media player). For community venues, Screen Scotland anticipate awards of up to £25,000 and for venues running DCI-compliant equipment, Screen Scotland anticipate awards being up to £100,000 to allow for installations in multiple auditoriums.

First Deadline: 24 SeptemberFinal Deadline: 28 January

Manifesta 13 Marseille: Call for proposals, Manifesta Biennial, France

n 2020, Manifesta 13, the European Nomadic Biennial, will take place in Marseille and Region Sud from 7 June 2020 until 1 November 2020. For its first edition in France, Manifesta 13 Marseille will work with an interdisciplinary team of architects, urbanists, artists, and curators, to genuinely integrate a series of artistic projects into the social, cultural, and political fabric of the hosting region and to create a sustainable implementation of Manifesta 13 Marseille. One of Manifesta 13 Marseille’s main ambitions is to create long-lasting connections and creative collaborations between a local and international network of professionals, cultural producers, associations, and institutions. The projects for Les Parallèles du Sud are selected from an open call by a jury of international and local professionals. They are self-organised and self-financed, but benefit from the international outreach and visitors of Manifesta through a dedicated marketing and communication strategy across digital and analogue channels of Manifesta 13 Marseille including the website, guidebook, press conferences, outdoor design, social media features, and printed material.

Deadline: 25 September

Artist in Residence Programme, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft, Netherlands

he Artist-in-Residence fellowship offers talented artists working in the fields of conceptual art, visual art, photography, music, design, dance, film, theatre, or poetry an opportunity to work on a project within the international and interdisciplinary academic setting of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (KIND). The opportunity offers the chance to closely interact with the scientists at the institute, join in work discussions, experience lab work, and the like. The expectation is that the Artist-in-Residence fellowship will result in a piece of art that relates to the nanoscience at KIND.

Deadline: 30 September

Job Opportunity: Director for Film Access Scotland

Film Access Scotland, a consortium of leading moving image and media access organisations, are seeking to recruit a Director to support the membership to deliver its ambitious Strategic Plan. Based at one of the Film Access Scotland partner’s offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen, with some travelling across Scotland, you will manage a small team to oversee the growth and promotion of the Film Access Scotland membership. You will be passionate and committed to representing the Film Access Scotland members at strategic level, ensuring the Film Access sector is recognised as key to increasing the equality, diversity and inclusion of the screen arts in Scotland. You will be an ambassador for the work of the sector at grass roots and policy level.

Deadline: 30 September

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