March Open Mic Night: Call For Submissions

WSC Open March sWe return to the Banshee Labyrinth on March 9th for another open mic film night of screenings, pitches and networking.

Call for Submissions! 

Although it is open mic, you still need to submit your film to register (specific call outs will be made for these events), like any open mic night you need to book a slot. We only have two hours and so we are assigning slots on a first come, first served basis.

There are two kinds of slots:

  • Films: 10 minutes and under – can be short film, music video, web series trailer, anything really.
  • Pitches: this is a 10 minute slot to speak to the audience, pitch your script, film, yourself, your crowdfunding campaign etc…. if this includes a promo video then that time comes out of the ten minutes.

There are a few rules in terms of the open mic nights:

  1. To screen you have to show up. If you don’t show up we pull the film.
  2. You must present your film and then partake in a Q&A afterwards.
  3. If you are doing a pitch we cannot show PowerPoints/Slide shows, only video content.
  4. Films must be submitted as a downloadable Vimeo link. No other transfer/method is accepted.
  5. Entry to the event is £2 for both filmmakers and audience members.

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Guest Post #1 – Do Film Festivals Matter? The Question All Filmmakers Ask Themselves


Guest blog by Tom Wilton

Last year, I wrote a post entitled Cannes Doesn’t Want You: Are Film Festivals Dead? As you might imagine, with that kind of header, I got a little kickback (especially from film festival organisers – something I used to be myself in fact).

Of course, fast forward and here I am, getting ready to fly to California for Cinequest Film Festival 2015. And honestly, I don’t really know what to expect.

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That’s not to say I don’t have an experience of film festivals – quite the opposite in fact. You see, aside from running Bootleg Film Festival for several years, I’ve been to many on both sides of the Atlantic – both big and small, and so I understand just how diverse they can be really be. But on a personal level, I’m trying to work out just how relevant they are in an era where a single tweet can get your more attention than a year or two on the festival circuit. Read more of this post

Short Film #94 – Pro Kopf (2012) Sascha Zimmermann

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Valentine – Kate Herron Interviewed by Lauren Clarke


Valentine is the new short film from London based filmmaker Kate Herron, who chats with Lauren Clarke below about making the film. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what sparked your career in Filmmaking.

My name is Kate and I spend more time watching Netflix than the time I should use to interact with people. I actually found filmmaking quite late. I was one of those drama club types and all set to apply for drama school but then I had an amazing film studies teacher in college who really showed me what film could do. After that it became an obsession. I filmed anything I could, went onto study film at uni then have continued to make my own films after.

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Introducing Lauren Clarke Our New Contributor

1We are absolutely delighted to welcome a new contributor to the Write Shoot Cut website, which means we’ll be able to produce more content specifically for the blog; from interviews, to articles, to resources for filmmakers, it’s all very exciting.

This is the next phase for Write Shoot Cut opening up the website side of things to more contributors and voices. Hopefully it leads to bigger and better things for the community.

So in her own words, here’s Lauren Clarke:

I’m Lauren, a born and bred Torontonian who moved to Edinburgh in September to do a masters in Film, Exhibition & Curation. I love film for its universal language and its ability to connect with audiences on so many different levels. My taste in film is all over the place. I love everything from Godard, Dali, and Maya Deren to Ivan Reitman. For the most part I’m interested in films that explore human relationships and connections. Some of my all time favourites (at the moment – because they change on pretty much a daily basis) are Café de Flore directed Jean-Marc Vallée, Rear Window directed Alfred Hitchcock, Frances Ha directed Noah Baumbach and Some like it Hot directed by Billy Wilder. I’m also going through an obsession with everything Errol Morris at the moment, I’m really interested in his storytelling style within the documentary form.

Aside from being an avid film lover, I’m a total gaming nerd and have an uncontrollable love of travelling and cupcakes. I’m super excited to start contributing to Write Shoot Cut because I think it is so important to highlight local talent and for all the filmmakers out there to hear about what everyone else is doing. Write Shoot Cut is really a community and I’m super pumped to become part of it!



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Short Film #93 – The Living Room (2009) Shane Meadows

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Fife Independent Film Expo – Interview with Alex Harron

27 (1)Write Shoot Cut is delighted to support the Fife Independent Film Expo taking place in Lochgelly on Saturday 25th April 2015. Below the director of the festival Alex Harron tells us what the festival is about, why it’s happening and his own adventures as a filmmaker. Alex is part of Tartan Features with his documentary Bend Don’t Break and has a fantastic attitude and desire to support independent film in Scotland. Submissions are open for the Expo now and close on March 16th, full details below.

Please tell us a bit about yourself and the Fife Independent Film Expo?

I’m a freelance filmmaker from Fife, I do everything from corporate video, web adverts, corporate documentaries on issues like homelessness, single parents, mental health issues for local council and the third sector. My main passion is documentaries, having made several shorts, and I’m now in post-production on my first feature documentary Bend Don’t Break.

The Fife Independent Film Expo is a film festival that is going to show exclusively independent shorts and features from Scotland, we also having an awards ceremony. What’s good about it is it’s backed by Create in Fife and Fife Cultural Trust who are really trying to promote filmmaking in Fife and what better way to do it than showing independent films and giving them awards. It’ll be at the Lochgelly Centre which has state of the art cinema with 400 hundred seats and small screening room that holds 120.

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