Do you have an incredible short film idea? We can help you make it happen and get it screened at the Roundhouse!

We’re looking to support 3 emerging filmmakers to create new short films exploring social and political issues from their unique perspectives.

The Roundhouse would like filmmakers to use the word liberation as a stimulus or inspiration for their ideas.

Twice a year the Roundhouse Film Fund commissions 3 micro short films and supports the filmmakers through production process with resources, mentoring, and platforming. The Film Fund is an opportunity for filmmakers to cut their teeth and create a professionally commissioned film.

About the Film Fund

The fund aims to support a creative and innovative artistic approach to presenting socially relevant films that are entertaining, enlivening and inspiring for audiences. We want to offer a platform for open minded discussion, radical thinking and balance wherever possible, building on the heritage of Roundhouse as a platform for cultural revolution.

This fund was previously known as the Roundhouse Online Film Fund. As with it’s popular predecessor, the fund exists to support the next generation of filmmakers in creating dynamic, experimental content, with the added bonus of providing screening opportunities at Roundhouse festivals and shows.

What will I get from taking part?

  • £1000 production budget for you to spend on making your film
  • A professional mentor with industry experience and connections, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions.
  • Additional in-kind production support from Roundhouse Staff
  • Equipment: Access to the Roundhouse in-house camera, sound and lighting kit and/or loan from the kit house VMI up to an insurable value of £100,000*
  • The chance to showcase your film at a public screening event programmed by The Roundhouse
  • Free Roundhouse Creative Studios Membership valid for 12 months from registration
  • Your film will be submitted for the Wiggin Emerging Filmmaker Award in Winter 2022. Winner of the award will receive £8,000 to facilitate their Film Career. The award will be facilitated by the Roundhouse. Winners will also receive mentorship and support from various industry professionals.

Who will be leading the project?

  • You will need to already have all the relevant skills necessary to make your film, this is an independent study programme.
  • You will be paired with an industry professional mentor, who will be able to share their experience and advice, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?

  • To be successful you will need to have a strong film idea and the skills/experience you need to make it.
  • We’re open to all genres of films – from narrative to animation, documentary to experimental – but the film must be under 5 minutes long.
  • Your film should be about social and/or political issues from your perspective. It should reflect the time we are living in now and identify the issue(s) which are most important to you.
  • In your application you should discuss how the film works with the starting off point of Liberation.

How to Apply:

Please fill in the Application form and send your film treatment to by 9am on 21st Jan 2022

Key dates:

  • The deadline for applications is 9am on 21st Jan 2022
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview on the: 31st Jan or 1st Feb 2022
  • Final decisions will be made on the 3rd Feb 2022
  • Films will have a 12 week production period and will need to be completed by 16th May 2022

*Conditions of VMI equipment loan: Loan is for a maximum of 1 week. Under these terms VMI can only supply kit from their internal inventory (see, subject to availability of specific items at the time of hire.

I’m not sure I can afford to take part…

If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, we can help. Find out how you can get support.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?

We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs. Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?

Mostly on location of the film. Interviews and meetings will either take place at the Roundhouse or on Zoom, depending on latest Government guidelines around Covid 19.

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The Film Fund is made with the support of the Ex Animo and the Wiggin Charitable Foundation.