GMAC Film announces new filmmaking opportunity Little Pictures

GMAC Film is delighted to launch new short filmmaking opportunity Little Pictures. Little Pictures is open to everyone over 16 year of age from under-represented backgrounds who don’t normally have an opportunity to make a film and who have not been funded to make a film before. Little Pictures will commission six new short films from new filmmakers across Scotland and is committed to 50% of commissions by women.

Little Pictures will encourage new filmmakers to develop their voice and to take creative risks. Filmmakers will receive training, mentoring and support from GMAC Film to make their first film. The filmmakers will also be given futher training and information on commissioning and employment opportunities to help kickstart their careers in the Scottish film industry.

Little Pictures welcomes applications from the following under-represented groups:

  • The top 20% areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Depravation
  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic
  • People with disabilities
  • Care Experienced
  • LGBTQI+
  • Rurally Excluded

It is free to apply to Little Pictures, and applications are open from today Friday 11 September. Applicants can apply with a written application form or with 3 minute video or audio recording telling us about the film they would like to make.

The application deadline is 5pm on 8 October, 2020. Applications to, and participation in, the Little Pictures Project is FREE. For more information on how to submit go to https://www.gmacfilm.com/littlepictures. If anyone needs support applying then they can get in touch with GMAC FILM on littlepictures@gmacfilm.com or call the application enquiry line on 0141 553 5400 (open every Thursday between 10am and 6pm).

Little Pictures is a micro budget short film project funded by Screen Scotland and run by GMAC Film.

Paddy Higson CEO of GMAC Film says: “We are very excited to be commissioning short films again at GMAC Film, particularly because it will be the first step for many people who have previously been precluded from making their first film because of cost, or lack of access to facilities and training.  We are delighted that Screen Scotland has had the foresight to enable this to happen, and it should be a huge step forward in addressing the issue of equality and diversity of the screen sector in Scotland.”

Jennifer Armitage from Screen Scotland said: “Little Pictures is a fantastic opportunity for diverse teams from across Scotland to make their first film. We recognise that there are many challenges and barriers to entering the screen industry, and Little Pictures will help to address these issues. Screen Scotland is excited to be working with the excellent team at GMAC to develop brand new filmmaking talent in Scotland.”

More about GMAC Film

Established as a charity in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for all people interested in film, regardless of age, background or income. Our mission is to empower young people and adults by enabling them to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to realise their ambitions in film or elsewhere in the creative industries. GMAC Film is a skills and talent development hub for independent filmmakers, young people and professionals working in film.

GMAC Film seeks to empower people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in projects free at the point of delivery so that low income is never a bar to taking part.  We actively reach out to and recruit from communities, including young carers, cared for people, BAME, LGBTQI+, asylum seekers, people with disabilities and people living in the top 20% areas of multiple deprivation.

As a membership organisation GMAC Film provides a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment to promote knowledge and appreciation of the creative sector and what it can do for the confidence, knowledge and ambition of those who wish to become involved in it, allowing each voice to be heard.

Full information about the history and ethos of GMAC Film please visit: https://www.gmacfilm.com/