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Push 2021 HOME Artist Film Commissions

Deadline for expressions of interest: Fri 18 Sept, 12 noon.

*For all information in Large Print or Dyslexia friendly format please scroll to the bottom of this page. We have also created a video explaining the process in detail*

For PUSH Festival 2021 we are looking for two artist filmmakers or collectives based in the North West of England to submit a proposal to create a new short moving image work (under 10 minutes in duration including credits).

This commission is specifically designed for artists and filmmakers making work that sits outside mainstream cinema and explores experimental approaches to moving image. We are looking for work that redefines the relationship between visual art and filmmaking practices.

There is no restriction in terms of themes, genre or technique: we encourage films from artists working with documentary, abstract animation, moving image and narrative cinema.

The two film commissions will be premiere as part of Spit That Out, Push Festival’s showcase of North West Artist Film. The final film will need to be delivered by Fri 15 Jan 2021 and the screening will take place in our cinemas (subject to COVID restrictions) and on our digital channels in Feb 2021 alongside other shorts that will be selected through an open call process.

We are keen to hear from a wide range of people from across the region. We particularly welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.


What we’re looking for:

  • We are looking for ideas that are bold, innovative, experimental and curious; work that challenges conventional thinking and forms, is thought-provoking and reflects the diversity of the North West
  • The artist must be currently based in the North West (in the case of a creative team either the lead artist, director or producer). The North West comprises Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.
  • The film should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration; including credits
  • The film can be of any genre or format as long as it falls under the category of artist film / moving image.
  • The artist should be able to demonstrate the ability to be able to complete this work by Fri 15 Jan 2021.
  • The artist must accept sole liability for the work and hold the copyright for any audio / visual material used in the film.
  • The final film must be devised for a cinema setting to be screened as part of a programme of other shorts. We are also looking at the screening taking place on HOME’s digital channels.
  • The final film should be supplied as a ProRes file.

What we’re offering:

  • A commission of £1,500 funding per artist /collective
  • Paid development time to work on your commissions (bespoke and on top of each commission)
  • The film will premiere as part of Spit That Out showcase during PUSH festival.
  • Bespoke mentoring support from HOMEs Programme and Talent Development team
  • Marketing support from HOME

How to apply and further details:

We have been working with the National Freelance Taskforce to look at our application process. In response to their feedback, we are changing the way artists will apply for commissions at HOME. There will now be a two-step process;

Step One

We are asking initially for brief expressions of interest via this google form or audio/video (see details below), as well as an email to send us your monitoring form. HOME will then employ a panel of independent freelance artists to review and shortlist these to take a selection to Step Two.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Fri 18 Sept, 12 noon.

Shortlisted Applications notified: Fri 25 Sept.

Step Two

The shortlisted expressions of interest will then be invited to submit a more detailed application – these artists will each receive £50 to cover their time as well as a one to one producer support surgery with a member of HOME programme and talent development departments to aid the application process. This session will be arranged at a convenient time and on a suitable platform for the applicant (i.e. zoom, phone, email etc)

These applications will then be discussed by the independent artist panel. All applications at this stage will receive detailed feedback collated from the Artist Panel discussions.

Shortlisted Applications notified: Fri 25 Sept

Application Surgeries with HOME Producers: Week commencing Mon 28 Sept

Deadline for Applications: Fri 9 Oct

Selection Panel: Tues 13, Wed 14 Oct


How to apply for Step One:

We accept responses in a variety of formats;

  • a written expression of interest via this google form (the google form includes prompts for each question) – don’t forget to send us the monitoring form by email!
  • a voice recording or short video via email (tips and prompts for audio / video applications linked here)
  • download one of our accessible forms (dyslexia friendly, large print, word.doc) and email it to us

Please also take two minutes to fill in this Applicant Monitoring Form

Please email your expression of interest and the monitoring form to  PUSH@homemcr.org with subject line:
‘Your name, Push 2021 – HOME Artist Film Commission’.

If you complete the google form, the following questions will be asked and if you are recording your submission, please do make sure you cover the following questions:

1.What is your name?

2.What is your email address?

3.Please tell us about yourself and the work you make? (250 words max)

4.What is your Idea? (up to 500 words)

5. Why you feel your film project sits within Artist Film? (up to 500 words)


Accessible forms

Large Print

PUSH Film Commission Large Print

Expression of Interest FILM Large Print

Applicant Monitoring Form Large Print

Dyslexia Friendly

PUSH Film Commission Dyslexia Friendly

Expression of Interest FILM Dyslexia Friendly

Applicant Monitoring Form Dyslexia Friendly

VIDEO INFORMATION