Northern Film & Media have ran a wide range of short film schemes including Stingers our annual £80,000 Digital Short Film Scheme run in partnership with UK Film Council's Cinema Fund.
The scheme was divided into two parts, Mini-Stingers and Maxi-Stingers. Mini-Stingers offered new and emerging talent £7,500 to make their short film. Maxi-Stingers for filmmakers with more experience offered £12,500 to make their short film.
Between 2003 – 2010, 80 short films were made through an investment of over £600,000. The scheme acted as a launch pad for some of the most promising talent in the region with many of the writers, director and producers going on to have successful careers in the industry. Previous Stingers filmmakers have gone on to win international awards at Venice and Berlin, whilst others have had work premiered at the Edinburgh and London International Film Festivals. Previous films have also attracted and secured the acting skills of top level talent, including Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, Little Dorrit, Little Britain), Donald Sumpter (Constant Gardiner, Our Friends in the North, K-19 Widowmaker) and Michael Hodgson (Wonderland, Spooks, 2,000 Acres of Sky).
Bahrat Nalluri, Director of Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day and producer of shows such as Spooks and Hustle, was patron of Stingers. Bahrat says: “A scheme such as Stingers allows new talent to breathe, to have a go. Short films are a challenge, a very different kind of challenge from feature films or TV, but a challenge that is worth embracing.
To watch a selection of our Stingers short films click here