Call For Submissions – 2016 Devon Documentary Short Film Commission

Published October 16, 2015

Exeter Phoenix launches the first of its 2016 Short Film Commissions with a call out for proposals for the 2016 Devon Documentary Short film Commission.

In Brief

The 2016 Exeter Phoenix Documentary Short Film will be an enlightening and untold factual narrative, which will engage a cinema audience though concise visual story telling. Finished projects will include a 10 minute film, which will be premiered at Two Short Nights Film festival 2016 and a 3 minute edit which will be featured on screen in Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix’s dedicated screening space and may preview films at Exeter’s Big Screen in the Park 2016.

Applicants who are shortlisted after the first stage of applications will be required to live pitch their idea in front of a panel and small audience at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2015.

Who can apply

Exeter Phoenix Short Film Commission is open to individuals or groups based in Devon, UK, who have a great idea for a short documentary film up to 10 minutes in length. Projects applying for the Exeter Phoenix Short Documentary Film Commission must have a director or producer attached to the project who is 18 or over.

Level of funding

Exeter Phoenix will fund one short documentary film at £500.

The commission will include at least £240 worth of training in camera skills, sound recording, postproduction and script development as well as in kind support to the value of £1500 which includes the hire of film and sound equipment and production support.


The deadline for applications is Mon 9 Nov 2015.

Successful applicants will be contacted by Fri 13 Nov with an invitation to present a live pitch at Two Short Nights Film Festival on Fri 27 Nov.

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About the Exeter Phoenix Commissions Process

Exeter Phoenix recognises that moving image plays an important role in reflecting our culture, establishing individual voices and can help filmmakers and artists develop new skills and long-term relationships with cast, crew and cinema audiences, both locally and nationally.

Exeter Phoenix has awarded nearly 100 bursaries and commissions during the 14 years the scheme has been running. For many the process has helped establish film careers and played a vital role in building relationships within the creative industries.

2016 will see a reworking of the Exeter Phoenix Commissions in a response to the launch of its new Creative Hub, and screening space, Studio 74, which opened in October and which will offer a new platform for commissioned work. The reworking will re-enforce the organisations strengths and expertise in developing moving image talent and help to offer support right the way through the development phase and beyond the first screening. The new schemes will also encourage fresh talent to apply and initiate a new window of opportunity to previously commissioned filmmakers

Four further Commission strands will be announced in November 2015.

Download guidelines here >>

Download application form here >>

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please contact Claire here >>