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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.

Over 100 filmmakers and visual artists have received our support, many of whom have gone on to exhibit and screen their work nationally and internationally, winning awards including Best Short Film at BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Virgin Media Shorts, Media Innovation Awards and First Light Awards.

Current Commissions

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You can find information about our current commission opportunities here >>


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We have built up an extensive archive of commissioned work. You can find out about some of our previous commission projects in our archives.

See our Film Commissions Archive here >>

See our Visual Art Commissions Archive here >>



'I’m thrilled to have won the LFF Best Short Film Award for Shuttlecock. Working with Exeter Phoenix to realise the film has been an amazing journey, and really shines a light on how important regional arts centres are, especially now. I’d urge every filmmaker to use and work with the arts venues close to them, as they can really push you to make your best work!'

– Tommy Gillard, director of 2019’s Short Film Shuttlecock which won Best Short Film at the 2020 BFI London FIlm Festival. 


‘Working with Exeter Phoenix you are introduced through workshops to a positive and supportive network of artists who are in the same boat. A particularly important and motivating part of the process is that you get an actual venue to showcase your work at the end and the chance to share in an experience following months of hard work’.

– Richard Gosling, director of 2014’s Best Short Film Commission award winning film Baby Bird