Today, applications open for 2019's shortFLIX, Creative England's hugely successful short film-making programme, which offers opportunities for new voices to create diverse and representative films for broadcast.
The programme, run by Creative England in partnership with Sky Arts and ScreenSkills, actively seeks aspiring filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training, with a focus on underrepresented voices.
Of the applicants, who simply submit a short video or written pitch, twenty will be selected for development support from initial idea to script. After the initial development period, five distinctive short films will be chosen for production, working with a professional producer, crew and budget of up to £10,000 each.
The first round of the programme created five bold, fiery films broadcast on Sky Arts and hosted on the channel's on demand platform, exploring personal stories from black gay culture to toxic friendships, dysfunctional families and sexual fetishes.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31st May 2019. There's a trailer at the link.