Grants launched to encourage people to MAKE : FILM in Bradford

Bradford Council is launching a new grant scheme for experienced amateur and professional filmmakers to create short films.

The council is looking for people to create striking original short films of between 90 seconds and 12 minutes.

The MAKE : FILM project aims to showcase the talent of contemporary storytellers of any age based in the Bradford district by awarding two levels of grants up to £1000 and  up to £4,000.

The films can be on any subject and the tone could be distinctive, unexpected, disruptive, serious or witty. They can be made in any genre and style – documentary, fiction, animation, cross-genre, narrative or presented. They must be suitable for broadcast/exhibition in public for audiences of all ages and all filmmakers, crew and other participants must take into account the public health guidelines around Covid-19 at all times.

People have until 12 October 2020 to get their application in and they will then have until 31 January 2021 to complete their film.

The short films can be made on any equipment from a mobile phone to high-end kit.

The plan is for these films to be shown and distributed by Bradford Council and other partners including Bradford2025, Bradford UNESCO City of Film and the National Science and Media Museum via digital platforms, social media and at screenings, subject to Covid 19 guidelines.

A selection of the films will be considered by the BFI National Film and Television Archive to be taken into the national collection.

Another project, SHOW : FILM, for members of the public to organise their own community film screenings, is scheduled to be launched next year subject to guidelines, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, allowing people to gather in large groups .

Part of the funding for these projects has been re-directed from this year’s Bradford Festival funding.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We’re looking for bold, diverse and confident film-making from people who live or study in the Bradford district.

As we prepare for bidding for City of Culture 2025 and a new cultural strategy is being developed, we are looking for content that showcases the unique nature and characteristics of the district and its people.”

For more information about the MAKE : FILM grants visit https://www.bradford.gov.uk/arts-and-culture/funding/make-film/