Want to programme our short film night?

Are you interested in short films? Do you want to be involved in programming a short film night? Then look no further! Filmed Up, our regular regional short film evening, is programmed by five of our audience members and we’re now recruiting a new panel. You don’t need to be a filmmaker or have any experience of programming, but you do need to have an interest in short films. You’ll also need to dedicate time to watching films and be prepared to give your honest opinions in a constructive manner.

What does it involve?

Watching a lot of films, of course! Depending on the number of entries, it will range between 3 to 6 hours of film watching per screening. Don’t worry, we won’t give them to you all at once!

When you’ve watched the films you will discuss them with other members of the panel and together choose the ones you think would be good to show on the night. All you need for that is to be open minded and able to express your opinion as well as listen to that of others. All opinions are welcome as long as they are constructive. You will also be asked to write some feedback to filmmakers who haven’t been selected and who requested feedback.

In terms of practicalities, the main thing you need to consider is whether you have the time to watch the films and meet with the rest of the panel twice within that month.

To give you an idea of the time you will need:

  • The first screening you will programme will be the June one.
  • You will receive your films around the 25 April (depending on the submissions it will be between 3 and 7 hours of films to watch).
  • The first meeting will be on the week starting 6 May, so you will need to have watched all the films by then. There will be a follow up meeting the week after if you haven’t chosen all the films (which is more than likely). There might be a third meeting the week after that but two meetings are usually enough.
  • Each meeting usually lasts a couple of hours and we set them up according to the panel availability.
  • You will also be asked to write some feedback to filmmakers who haven’t been selected and who requested it. Don’t worry we’ll be there to help if you feel you need advice.

You will be programming 6 screenings. The last one will take place in September 2020.

Do I need to have any experience?

No, but an interest in watching short films is always good as this is a big part of what you will have to do. You need to be willing to watch the good, the bad and the ugly, and give an honest opinion in a constructive manner.  You don’t need to be a filmmaker or have any experience in programming. Members of  the HOME team will be on hand to help you navigate through the world of film programming, and will give you advice and guidance, should you need or want it.

To get involved

All you need to do is fill in the Filmed Up Panel Form before Thu 4 April 2019, 20:00. The form will ask for:

  • Your details, including your age (as it is for over 18’s only)
  • A short paragraph about why you would like to be part of the Filmed Up Programming Team and what you can bring to the panel
  • The kind of films you like. All answers are valid, just tell us what you like; don’t worry about what we want to hear. We love the range of taste and opinions in the team, it results in very varied screenings!
  • Your usual availability. Please be realistic about this, watching the films ahead of the meeting and discussion them together is the really important part of the process (and also fun and interesting). It is crucial that you attend the programming meetings, which will be set according to the panel’s availability. Please don’t apply if you think you won’t be able to commit to them.
  • Whether you have internet access

I would prefer to answer these questions by recording audio or video, is that ok?

Of course! Please still use the form so we have everything in the same place (and still fill in your details) but instead of writing your answer just insert a link to your audio or video recording in the space dedicated to answers. You can answer all the questions in one go, just paste the same link in all the answer boxes.

It needs to be a link, not a file as we haven’t got the facility for you to upload files to the form directly yet. For instance you can upload it to YouTube (and make it  “unlisted” if you don’t want anybody else to see or hear it), or send us a wetransfer link – whatever works for you. If you have any problem just get in touch and we’ll find a solution.

How can I find out more?

Please use the comments section below if you have any questions or email us at filmedup@homemcr.org. You can also attend an Information Meeting on Wed 20 March where Isabelle Croissant, our Talent Development Programme Manager, and members of the current programming panel will be on hand to answer your questions. If you want to check the films that have been shown before, have a look at our Filmed Up Dropmark playlist.

Apply now!

Just fill in our Filmed Up online form.