Open Calls

Throughout the year we will be posting opportunities for you to get funding and support to create new work, develop innovative ideas and collaborate.

2nd May 2019

Northern Film + Media has teamed up with BFI Network to deliver an exciting new project designed to support fresh comedy talent as part of the Tees Valley Screen programme.

We are looking for six creatives to make exciting, sharable, fresh comedy stings. These shorts are a chance to be playful, experiment, take risks and give new talent the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with regional crew and producers.

We will commission 6 x 90 second films with a budget of £1000 each and support filmmakers to find the right team, plug skills gaps and engage with industry mentors.

Key Criteria:

>   Writer/Directors must be based in the Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton-On-Tees, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland) only. Directors can come from any filmmaking background both fiction/non-fiction. We also welcome applications from people with track records in other creative areas such as theatre, stand up, digital, marketing etc.

>   Producers can apply to manage the slate or just one project. Producers can be based anywhere in the North East.

>   All applicants must be over 18 years old and not in full time education.

>   Producers and Directors must be available take part in a training workshop in the Tees Valley wk commencing 10th June.

>   Writer/writer-directors will each have a session with a director mentor.

>   Each film will be awarded £1000

>   Submissions will be selected by Northern Film + Media and BFI Network.

>   Films must be a max of 90 secs in length.


Launch // May 2nd 2019
Pre-application surgeries // May 21st 2019 (email: to sign up for advice and guidance on making an application)
Deadline for apps // 10am 3rd June 2019
Short-listing // 1 week
Commissions announced // 10th June 2019
Training Workshop //  15th June 2019
Development sessions wk  // beg 17th June
Production window // 4 weeks
Rough assembly // 7th July 2019
Final delivery // 15th July 2019
Screening // September 2019



Please submit the following information in PDF format to by 10am on the 3rd June 2019:

– Script of your comedy short (max 90 secs)
– A 1 page document including a short synopsis of your idea, your approach as a director touching on tone/visual ambition and any info on cast/talent if you have it. A short biography and one link to a previous film/creative project of your own.
– Your address and contact details


Please submit the following information in a one page PDF doc to by 10am on the 3rd June 2019:

– Outline how many of the films you would be interested in producing – this can be one, two… or all six
– Tell us why you are interested in producing comedy shorts and how it would benefit your development
– A short biography of you / your company
– Your address and contact details

If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact the Tees Valley Screen Manager on 0191 440 4561

Image: Still from ‘Shaken’ by Cat Auburn made as part of Northern Film + Media and Random Acts Shorted Open Call.

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