Neck of the Woods Films

Young Filmmakers Fund 2021

Supporting emerging young talent aged between 12 and 25 in the creation of socially positive films.

Young Filmmakers Fund
Who it's for

Helping young people to tell the stories that matter most to them

The fund is split into two categories. The seedling fund is for those aged between 12 and 17, and the sapling fund is for those aged between 18 and 25 who have an interest in socially positive filmmaking. The fund is accessible to anyone from Southampton and the surrounding towns and villages.

The purpose of this film fund is to help young filmmakers in our local area. The idea is to give young people a voice, an opportunity to shout about and celebrate the things that matter to them most and to engage them in filmmaking. With our goal as a social enterprise focusing on young people considering video production or media careers, we feel that this could be an opportunity to take the leap and start that journey. For those who are already producing work, it could be an opportunity to work on a passion project and learn valuable skills without footing the bill.

Theme

Each year we will set a different theme related to a social topic to help steer the direction of the films. This year we are looking for films based around the idea of ‘Community’. With everything that has happened and continues to happen during the pandemic we feel there is a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate our communities. This could be a film about general community spirit, a specific culture or community that is important to the filmmaker or about a specific community group/organisation that the filmmaker wants to shout about.

Seedling
Age 12-17

We would be looking for:

  • Film submissions under 5 minutes in length
  • Any medium – this could be live action, animation or stop-motion
  • Any format – this could be either fiction or non-fiction

This fund is accessible to all abilities and for any young person to feel like their voice can be heard. Therefore we want to give young people the opportunity to tell the film in the way they feel suits them best. Most of all we want to give young people the opportunity to be as creative as possible with their film.

How it will work

For this category there will be two winners. Winners will be chosen based on their idea, creativity and execution. The quality of the camera/software the film is made on will not be factored into the decision. As well as the Neck of the Woods Films teams, we will have a panel of independent judges who will vote on their favourite films.

Sapling
Age 18-25

We would be looking for:

  • A treatment for a film of under 10 minutes in length, using the provided template which you can download here
  • Any medium – this could be live action, animation or stop-motion
  • Any format – this can be either fiction or non-fiction
  • Availability to produce your film between January 28th and March 25th 2022

What goes into the treatment?

  • An overview of your film idea, why you think this story should be told and how you will make it.
  • A breakdown of your budget to show if the idea is feasible. Consider the cost of locations, cast, props, music and/or equipment.
How it works

For this category “there can only be one!”. The winner will be chosen based on their idea, creativity and ability to appropriately budget for the project. As well as the Neck of the Woods Films teams, we will have a panel of independent judges who will vote on their favourite idea.

Key dates
Seedling (12-17)

October 1st – Entries are open
December 17th – Deadline for entries
January 7th – Shortlisted applicants selected
January 28th – Winners notified and prizes awarded
TBC – Film screening of winners and shortlisted applicants films

Sapling (18-25)

October 1st – Entries are open
December 17th – Deadline for entries
January 7th – Shortlisted applicants selected
January 28th – Winner notified and prizes awarded
January 28th to March 25th – Mentoring sessions and film produced
TBC – Film screening of winners film

Please note that due to Covid-19 these dates may be subject to change. If this is the case all entrants will be notified in advance.

How to apply
Seedling (12-17)

All entries must be sent to entries@notwfilms.com with the e-mail subject:
Young Filmmakers Fund – Seedling.

Please note for this age category all films must be submitted via a school or a parent/guardian and must not come directly from a young person.

Please include the following in the e-mail:

Young person’s name
Young person’s age
School address
School email address
School phone number
Consent forms*
Young person’s film**

*For applicants under the age of 17, we will require a parental/guardian consent form to be filled in and submitted alongside the film. A copy of our consent form can be found here.

**Films should be provided via an online link such as YouTube or Vimeo. Please make sure that if the video is password protected that you provide this in your e-mail. Please do not send any videos files directly to us.

Sapling (18-25)

All entries must be sent to entries@notwfilms.com with the e-mail subject:
Young Filmmakers Fund: Sapling.

Please include the following in your e-mail:

Your name
Your age
Address
E-mail address
Phone number
Your treatment

Please note that any personal information collected in relation to this film fund will only be used for the purpose of validating your entry and getting in touch with the successful applicants. This information will only be accessible to the Neck of the Woods Films team. Judges will only be able to access the names and ages of applicants. All information will be securely stored in compliance with GDPR and after the prize is awarded this information will be destroyed.

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