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DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT Friday 23rd July 2021

Video-Essay Commission


Quick! The turn around is just one week, and we can't wait to read your ideas. Funded Opportunity from Cine Sisters SW in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix as part of the Reasons to Create Festival (9th-15th August)! We are excited to offer a bursary of £150 for a short video-essay (under 5 minutes long) in response to the film programme She/Her from Encounters Film Festival, which will be screened on Wed 11th August, 3:30pm and Sunday 15th August 3:30pm. The successful applicant will be expected to introduce their work in person at one of these screenings.

When and Where: Exeter Phoenix, Wednesday 11th August 2021 and Sunday 15th August 2021 at 3.30pm 
Fee: £150
How to Apply:

Email submissions as A Single PDF to

Please include:

- 500w (max) outlining how you would respond to the themes of She/Her (see below for a description of the film programme). Please see our Facebook page for examples of other video-essays for inspiration.

- a short CV (2 page max)

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT Friday 23rd July 2021 

The successful applicant will be notified by 26th July, and you will be given access to the films from Encounters Film Festival.



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She / Her

49 minutes. Cert 15 TBC.

This programme aims to celebrate emerging female talent with related narratives on screen. Smear comes from director Kate Herron, whose notable career has seen her direct Loki on Disney+ from Marvel Studios, starring Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson, as well as the hit Netflix series Sex Education. Kate’s shorts have played at festivals around the world. Smear is a lube-tastic horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins, Tremors and Little Shop of Horrors, about a woman going in for her first pap-smear test. “My friend told me my first pap-smear would be the worst thing that ever happened to me... it wasn’t.”

The remaining films in the programme come from a host of award-winning female directors from around the world. This includes Frank Film Club member Lowri Roberts, director of BAFTA Cymru Award-winning Girl. Isabel Lamberti, the multi-award-winning director of Amor who scooped the coveted best new director award at the San Sabastian Film Festival and who now directs TV Drama. Audrey Lam, director of Faraways, attended the festival as part of Future Encounters. Her films have screened at internationally acclaimed festivals around the world, including BFI London Film Festival, Centre Pompidou, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Rosie Westhoff, director of Crush, is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker. Her latest film Our Sister premiered at LFF. She was recently nominated for a BAFTA for the BBC iPlayer Sparks New Voices episode The Main Part, which she directed.

Image credit: Smear. 2017. Kate Herron. Film Still

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