Current Commissions

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Each year Exeter Phoenix commissions new work from filmmakers and visual artists as part of our commitment to supporting artists. These bursary schemes nurture great talent and support the production of new work.

About Our 2021 Commissions

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 over 100 short film commissions and for many the process has helped establish film careers and played a vital role in building relationships within the creative industries. 

Our 2021 commissions will support the production of short films from all genres of film, live action or animation, fiction and non-fiction. Our aims for the commissions are to;

  • Support new and emerging talent within the South West 
  • Connect filmmakers and creative individuals to a wider cultural network in the region
  • Offer a platform and opportunities for work to be shared and seen
  • Recognise new, fresh and inspiring ideas from a range of perspectives

Applications are now closed, but we look forward to sharing updates about the following 2021 Commissions in due course:

South West Documentary Short Film Commission

We will award one South West Documentary Commission of £1000 for the development of an inspiring documentary, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

South West Short Film Commission

We will award one South West Short Film Commission of £1500 for the development of an inspiring and original short film of any genre, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

Devon Short Film Commission

We will award one Devon Short Film Commission of £1500 for the development of an inspiring and original short film of any genre, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

Micro Short Film Commission

We will offer two Micro Film Commission awards of £500. We are looking for concise, innovative stories that can be delivered as an engaging narrative in only 3 minutes.

Applications have now closed.

Artists Moving Image Commission

Open to contemporary visual artists based in the South West, we are looking for original and engaging ideas, whether more traditional, experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract in form and structure. One award of £1500 will be made.

Applications have now closed.