Micro Short Film Commission 2021

As part of our 2021 commissions scheme, Exeter Phoenix will offer two Micro Film Commission awards of £500 for the development of an inspiring and original narrative, which is up to 3 minutes in length.  

What Can You Apply For

Exeter Phoenix is looking for concise, innovative stories that can be delivered as an engaging narrative in only 3 minutes. Successful applicants will be awarded £500 to support the production of the film. You can apply for support with all genres of film, live action or animation, fiction and non-fiction. 

Exeter Phoenix is not restricting how the award is spent but you will be expected to provide a brief budget if you are invited to interview. Costs might include fees for cast and crew, travel costs, covering personal time, location fees and materials. 

The successful applicants will also receive in kind support to the value of £1500, which will contribute towards the production. This includes:

  • Hire of Exeter Phoenix film and sound equipment
  • Exeter Phoenix studio hire
  • Access to Exeter Phoenix film production facilities 
  • Support and mentoring from industry experts
  • A schedule of industry standard training and workshops in cinematography, post-production and script development provided by Exeter Phoenix. 
  • Advice in festival strategy and developing audiences.

The finished films will be premiered at Two Short Nights Film Festival and may be programmed before features in Studio 74.

Who Can Apply?

The Micro Film Commission 2021 is open to individuals or groups who reside in Devon, UK. 

Exeter Phoenix is particularly interest ot receive applications from first time filmmakers or those with limited experience in short filmmaking who looking to develop their skills and experience. Writers, producers, directors, with a variety of experience are also encouraged but it is not essential to be specialised at this stage.

Applicants must be able to prove they have a permanent Devon address and must be aged 18 years or over. The selected filmmaker may be expected to make occasional visits to Exeter, therefore please consider this when applying.

Commission Timeline

  • Applications open Wed 13 January 2021
  • Applications close 5pm, Fri 5 Mar 2021
  • Decisions made by the week commencing Mon 15 Mar 2021
  • Interviews will be scheduled to take place in the week commencing Mon 22 Mar 2021
  • Training and workshops will take place in April 2021, dates tbc
  • Projects are to be completed by Mon 1 Nov 2021

Application and Assessment

All applications must be submitted via our online submission form. Applicants will also be asked to complete a Diversity Standards form when applying. 

Applicants will be asked to submit an original and concise proposal, outlining the tone, themes, genre and strategy of your ideas. Exeter Phoenix will accept ideas to be presented in written form (up to 400 words) or as a video (up to 3 minutes). 

Applicants will have the opportunity to include a link to a show reel and attached supporting material. This could be examples of previous work, stills, writing samples or visual aids. 

All applicants will receive a confirmation email to state we have received your application. Applications will be presented to the commission panel after the deadline. 

Decisions will be made the week commencing 15 March 2021. All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. If you are invited you to pitch your application at an interview you will be asked to present your ideas to the panel and discuss them in more detail. 

You will also be asked to provide the panel with a brief budget and examples of how your production will meet our aims and objective outlined above.


If you have any questions please send an email to digital@exeterphoenix.org.uk

How To Apply

Main image credit: still from previous Exeter Phoenix commissioned film House Hunting, directed by Phil Spencer.