Well, 2013 certainly was a busy one for MannIN Shorts, and 2014 is already looking to be even busier for film and filmmakers on the Isle of Man.
Last year, our filmmakers completed three short film shoots – ‘Barry Brown’ (formerly ‘Welcome Home’), ‘Solace’ (formerly ‘Solace in Wicca’) and ‘Closet’, each of which was previewed to excellent reviews at the 2013 Isle of Man Film festival; we held workshops in everything from sound recording to cinematography; we ran several holiday film schools for 8-18 year olds in conjunction with Isle of Man Arts Development; we ran a public exhibition in the Tynwald Library; and we judged the One World Centre schools short film competition, for which we also supplied the main prize of a one day film school. Amongst plenty of other things, too. So it was fairly busy, then!
And at the end of 2013, we finally secured support – both creative and financial – from Isle of Man Film for three brand new film projects for 2014. This new support goes along with confirmed continued support from the IOM Arts Council and existing support from PokerStars (for workshops) and is something we’ve been working towards since 2010, and will make a considerable difference to the way we’re able to run the scheme.
We’ve already asked Emily Cook (Reel Visions Films) and Rosie Grahame to come on board and help us run the administrative side of the scheme, something that will enable us to run more workshops, update the website and focus more on training.
It’s great timing, as the Island is to be branded “Island of Culture 2014” – celebrating the Island “through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts and literature, cultural festivals, film and digital innovation, and leave a lasting legacy for creativity and the arts” (source: http://www.islandofculture.im/) All of the above-mentioned talents and creative areas are essential to the filmmaking process, and we have grand plans to add to the calendar of events for IOC2014.
But like all great movies, it all begins with a great screenplay.. and that’s where YOU come in! At the start of December we announced a new screenwriting competition, and there’s still time to enter. We are looking for three short scripts by Manx (or Isle of Man resident) writers, that will produce no longer than 15mins screentime; they can be narrative or documentary and the only stipulation is that the three winning projects must be made on the Island to qualify for the the creative and financial support of the MannIN Shorts scheme (and the funding available from Isle of Man Film).
The first deadline for the competition is January 24th. We’ve already restarted our regular Writers Gatherings, and have two ‘pitch and plot’ style workshops on the cards, all to help those who are interested in entering but may need a little guidance.
In the meantime, thanks for all your continued support throughout 2013 and here’s to a happy, healthy, fun-packed and film-focussed ’14.
Bring it on!!