The Arts Institute Film Commission 2021

The Arts Institute Film Commission takes place annually in celebration of the partnership with The Box, Plymouth. Now in its fourth iteration, the 2021 commission will once again showcase the very best from this open call to artists and filmmakers.

To coincide with The Arts Institute’s autumn theme of Storytelling, and a major exhibition across The Arts Institute and The Box in late 2021, the commissioned film will explore one or more of the exhibition's themes which include: 

diversity of cultures and languages; oral and visual traditions of sharing knowledge; creation stories; systems of mapping landscapes; the relationship between people and the land; objects as repositories of meaning; meeting of ancient knowledge and new technologies; anthropology and ethnography; spirituality.

Submissions are now closed.

Selected filmmaker - Mohini Chandra

Find out more about the winning proposal, Tall Tales and Wonder Rooms

Through this annual film commission, The Box aims to build a body of work that reflects on Plymouth’s film heritage and looks towards its future.

Filmmakers and curators will be expected to create new work, which will – either wholly or in part – use archive material from The Box to reflect on the experience of living in the South West. The Film Commission is aimed at work which explores innovative ways of animating the film archive and increasing awareness of and accessibility to the film collection.

The new film will be premiered in December 2021 at the Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth.

Richard Broomhall, ‘Got You Mouse’ – The Arts Institute Film Commission, 2018

Richard Broomhall, ‘Got You Mouse’ – The Arts Institute Film Commission, 2018

Selection panel

Anna Navas I Film Programmer at The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth and Director of Plymouth Arts Cinema
Mary Costello | Exhibitions Coordinator for The Arts Institute and Associate Lecturer in Art History, University of Plymouth
Dr Kayla Parker I Artist film-maker, and Lecturer in Media Arts, University of Plymouth
Professor Michael Punt I Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth
The Box I A representative from the film archive


Supporting the presentation of film and cinema

The Arts Institute's Jill Craigie Cinema is named after British documentary film director, actor, writer and feminist Jill Craigie (1914-1999). Craigie directed The Way We Live (1946), which was filmed in war-damaged Plymouth and the first documentary film shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

Located in the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, the cinema seats 127 and is equipped with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound as well as projectors enabling screenings of 35mm, 16mm formats and DVD/Blu-ray formats.

The Arts Institute is a passionate advocate for film, recognising its ability to entertain, explore and inspire, and regularly works in partnership with other independent cinemas and art organisations to promote the diversity of cinema. Past cinema programmes have supported popular cult classics and artist films, opening up the rich history of cinematography alongside the latest in contemporary cinema to a wide range of audiences.

Inside The Box's Media Lab. Photograph by Dom Moore.

Inside The Box's Media Lab. Photograph by Dom Moore.

The Box, Plymouth

The Box's moving image collections, formerly held by the South West Film and Television Archive, comprise more than 250,000 titles maintained in their original, digital and born digital formats. They form one of the largest regional film archives in the UK and are recognised nationally as a significant screen heritage collection.

Preserved in specialist cold and freezer stores within The Box alongside other media collections, they depict many changes in the city and region from the late 1890s to the present day.

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