2015 Short Film Commissions Announced

Published April 21, 2015

Following a flood of applications for the Devon Short Film Commissions, Exeter Phoenix is pleased to announce the four selected bursary films for 2015. Submissions were requested from Devon filmmakers who have created an original idea for a short film between 5-12 mins long in any genre, from narrative shorts to documentary and animations.


Each of the selected filmmakers will receive support in creating their project over the coming year, and the opportunity to show their work at Two Short Nights Film Festival this autumn.

See below for 2015’s selected filmmakers and keep an eye on our website for developments.


sunday1About the film: Sunday portrays twelve hours within twelve minutes, with each minute equalling one hour. These hours take place during one Sunday as we follow the daily routines of five characters, offering glimpses into their lives and personalities. There will be an emphasis upon the beauty and enjoyment of everyday life, focusing on how it is the ordinary moments of life that are in fact the best.

About the filmmaker: Hebe is in her second year at the University of Exeter studying English. As part of her degree she has spent a lot of time studying films and is looking forward to putting her learning into practice.



loaned1About the film: The near future. As the cost of education hits a crippling high, an aspiring drama student contemplates a unique method to pay off her debt.

About the filmmaker: Paul is a Devon-based screenwriter whose credits include The Simple Lies Experiment and Mort-Gage. ©Loaned marks his debut as a writer-director.





pine1About the film: Elvin has always strived to follow in his grandfather’s foot steps and have a business of his own where he makes and sells doors. In order to keep his business open he resorts to stealing doors in order to sell them back. Elvin comes to many different points in which fate could have lead him down a different path, but it is through the most unlikely decision that Elvin chooses were his fate lies.

About the filmmakers: Robert and Robert have been working together for the past 5 years and have recently started a production company, Halide. Together, they have made many short narrative pieces over the years but feel this one will be their biggest and most professional yet. It is their belief that film is not just a story, it can change the way people think and give people and experience they might never encounter, those are the films we want to be a part of and strive make.


Working the Farm (working title)

working-the-farm1About the film: Nicola Bishop is a 24-year old dairy farmer. She is one of the youngest female farmers in the country, running the business that has been in her family for generations. This observational documentary follows her from the early morning milking shift, to the 2am cow calving call outs. But farming is just the day job and there is never a dull moment in the life of this young woman following her dream.

About the filmmakers: Will has been working in the moving image sector for the past ten years across a variety of broadcast programmes, online documentaries and corporate communications. He enjoys producing vivid imagery combined with good storytelling to get his message across. His passion is to work with people creatively to produce engaging and memorable work.

Andrea has worked as a journalist for eight years. Most recently for ITV News, she knows how to tell stories in an engaging and concise way. She has loads of experience live on location and also works producing online and social media content. She also turns her hand to PR and broadcast research.


Exeter Phoenix will be working with these filmmakers alongside our Two Short Nights Film Festival sponsors Colourburn to guide them through the filmmaking process and create some stunning work in 2015. The completed shorts will be premiered at the finale screening of Two Short Nights Film Festival on 27th November 2015 at Exeter Phoenix.

Follow the progress of the filmmakers via updates on the Exeter Phoenix Creative Hub website. Find out more about last year’s Two Short Nights Film Festival here.