The best resources for UK filmmakers

Posted on: 16/09/2014

Film London: Microwave
They offer advice on developing and producing micro-budget films. They will produce up to 6 features, with budgets at £150,000. This scheme tends to be based at writer/ directors.
Run by the British Council, this website provides info, including a catalogue of British Films. It also has a directory of international film and video festivals.
Provides information and a community for new and independent filmmakers around the world.

Guerilla Filmmaker
An online resource that covering everything about guerilla filmmaking. This refers to a low/no budget filmmaking, and not a David Attenborough style documentary.

A fee-paying organisation for low-budget filmmakers, which also holds a yearly festival. This website has helpful hints for new writers, producers and directors.

Script Factory
National screenwriters’ organisation offering training, masterclasses, performed readings and a script development service. My feature film screenplay was selected for their script development scheme a few years ago. I was paired with a very talented script developer who provided me with brilliant and in-depth feedback over 3 drafts. I’d recommend applying if you’ve got a feature script that has potential, but needs a lot of work.

Whilst film is a creative industry, you need to know the nuts and bolts of the business side to be taken seriously. This is a good place to research areas like finance, tax laws and funding options. Always do your homework on any company you’ll be pitching to. Get to know their work or your pitch probably won’t be successful.

Shooting People
This is an excellent fee-paying filmmakers’ community. They provide daily bulletins where filmmakers can source crew, jobs and share advice.

Talent Circle
A free online networking resource for filmmakers, crew and actors.

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