The community filmmaking organisation North Devon Moving Image CIC (NDMI) is calling for filmmakers to apply for their inaugural £1,000 documentary short film commission, Down on the Farm.
Amanda McCormack, creative director of NDMI told D&CFilm: ‘We work with local people to create, collect and share short films about north Devon and our projects give individuals and communities a voice while celebrating our local heritage.
North Devon film commission
‘An important part of NDMI’s remit is to support and nurture filmmaking talent and Down on the Farm is our very first film commission.
“Thanks to our funders, each successful applicant will receive £1,000 to produce one film sharing the heritage and promoting the work of farmers and farming within the boundaries of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve, including the coastal Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’
The selection panel, comprising members of the TV and film industries, as well as farming and environmental organisations, will be looking for the most engaging stories and fascinating characters with the spirit of north Devon at their heart. Applicants will need to demonstrate strong story telling skills, creative outlook and examples of previous work.
Applicants are asked to submit a proposal via the North Devon Moving Image website www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk for a five minute film falling into one of the following categories:
1. Farming through the Generations
2. Women in Farming
3. Back to Basics
4. Farming with Nature
5. Young Farmers
6. Innovation and Enterprise
Great stories to tell
Amanda added: ‘Our consultation for this project drew out plenty of farmers with great stories to tell, so if you are a filmmaker from outside the area we can put you in touch with willing subjects.
“We will also have local volunteers on hand to act as location managers and researchers if needed.’
Down on the Farm is funded by a selection of local and national funders: North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve, North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund, Fullabrook CIC; The Golsoncott Foundation; and The Norman Family Charitable Trust.
For more information visit northdevonmovingimage.org.uk, email Amanda McCormack, project manager firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01271 860610.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1 August 2018.