Peninsula Arts Film Commission

Still from Diviner by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Film Commission Prize. Archive footage courtesy of the South West Film and Television Archive.

About the Film Commission

Peninsula Arts is deeply passionate about supporting new, emerging and established artists in Plymouth, the South West, UK and internationally. The Peninsula Arts Film Commission takes place annually in celebration of the Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives partnership, including the South West Television Archive (SWFTA), The Box, Plymouth and other major partners in the city.

Launched in 2016, the commission is now in its third year and will once again showcase the very best in this open call to artists, filmmakers and curators.

2018 Film Commission

The 2018 Film Commission offers two distinct prizes for successful filmmakers and curators:

  • Peninsula Arts Film Commission Prize - £3,500
  • Peninsula Arts Film Development Prize - £1,500

The theme for this year is Revolutions

For more information about the film commission, please email peninsula-arts@plymouth.ac.uk.

Peninsula Arts Film Commission Prize - £3,500

  • Filmmakers and curators will be expected to create new work, which will either wholly or in part, use archive material from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) to reflect on the experience of living in the South West. 
  • The theme of this year’s film commission is REVOLUTIONS, part of Peninsula Arts wider cultural programme that begins with the marking of the centenary of the Russian Revolution through to a consideration of wider global socio/political movements and how they often herald more private and personal change.
  • We are seeking imaginative responses and interpretations to the theme with the commission providing an opportunity to reconsider how we see and understand history through the representation of archival material in a new context.


With an emphasis on presenting innovative ways of animating the archive and increasing awareness and accessibility of the film collection we require an outline of how you will distribute and promote your film, including any named film festivals you are aiming to submit your film to. We are particularly interested in supporting the development of a film for submitting to a film festival.

Peninsula Arts Film Development Prize - £1,500

  • The Peninsula Arts Development prize is open to artists/filmmakers and curators living and working in the South West. You will be expected to create new work, which will either wholly or in part, use archive material from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) to reflect on the experience of living in the South West. 
  • The theme of this year’s film commission is REVOLUTIONS, part of Peninsula Arts wider cultural programme that begins with the marking of the centenary of the Russian Revolution through to a consideration of wider global socio/political movements and how they often herald more private and personal change. 
  • The fund will provide access to the SWFTA archive and mentoring support from the selection panel (equivalent of four two hour sessions). This will include art direction, editorial and budgetary / funding advice, and how to promote your film alongside an introduction to the SWFTA archive. 


Selection criteria

  • Only one film presentation is selected for each commission.
  • We look for an imaginative response to SWFTA’s film collection with the aim of presenting historical footage that re-enlivens the past and connects to the present. We are open to different styles and approaches, with an emphasis on imaginative interpretation and representation of archive material.
  • A track record of film delivery and an outline of promotion of the film.
  • Evidence of budget management – producing/presenting film within budgets.

Selection Panel

Jilly Payne I South West Film & Television Archive
Dr Sarah Chapman I Director Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Anna Navas I Film Administrator, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University I Film Programmer, Plymouth Arts Centre
Dr Kayla Parker I Artist film-maker, and Lecturer in Media Arts, Plymouth University
Professor Michael Punt I Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University
Lucy Reynolds I Artist, Film-maker, Senior Lecturer, Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design, University of Westminster

How to apply 

Filmmakers and curators are invited to apply to the Peninsula Arts Film Commission Prize with a short written statement (no longer than 500 words) along with a portfolio or relevant CV (limited to 2 pages) and an outline as to how you will distribute/promote your film by midnight on 20 November 2017.

  • Please ensure your full name and address is included on all submitted materials.
  • Please clearly state which prize you are entering for in the subject line of your submission email, either Film Commission, or Development Prize.
  • Selection will be made by the week commencing 11 December 2017. Your CV and statement must evidence the completion and delivery of previous film projects.
  • Our preference is for digital submissions.
  • Please ensure that all digital files are fully readable.
  • All submissions or queries to peninsula-arts@plymouth.ac.uk 
Alternatively, if you are unable to send via email, please send direct to: Anna Navas, Film Administrator Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, 1A Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3JX


Schedule

  • 5 October 2017 - Launch of Peninsula Arts Film Commission and Peninsula Arts Film Development prizes
  • 20 November 2017, midnight – deadline for submission to both prizes
  • W/C 11 December 2017– notification of selection for each award / contract issued
  • 2 January 2018 – mid-April 2018- production period (all work must be completed and ready for screening by May 2017).
  • The production period will include regular interim progress meetings with both Peninsula Arts and SWFTA
  • May 2018 – film screening at Jill Craigie Cinema, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University during the Plymouth History Festival 2018 (date tbc).

Peninsula Arts Film Commission 2017 announces winning artists and curators

Frances Scott and Bryony Gillard have been given the opportunity to portray their take on our changing understanding of history on film, after being selected from a range of regional and national entries as winners of the 2017 Peninsula Arts Film Commission.

Read more about the winners.

Frances Scott's Diviner (2017)

22 min, 55 sec

Single channel film: 16mm film and betacam video transferred to digital, colour, mono

2017 Film Commission winner, Frances Scott, presents Diviner, structured as a script formed almost entirely from footage found within the South West Film & Television Archive. Diviner meditates on the nature of history, and how we might understand the transmitted image. It proposes that rather than a linear experience, history itself is cyclical and bound to repeat, in which the past is a spectral, contemporary scribe to the present.

Watch the trailer.

The making of A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body, 2017

A cap, like water, transparent, fluid yet with a definite body by 2017 Development Prize winner, Bryony Gillard, is a film work and body of research exploring relationships between landscape, women’s writing, jellyfish, psychological experience, retreat and resistance. 

The project uses as its starting point, the work of female Modernist poet, H.D, and her experiences of psychic breakdown/breakthrough, retreat and sexual awakening on the Isles of Scilly in the early 20th Century.

Peninsula Arts
Supporting the presentation of film and cinema

Peninsula Arts run the Jill Craigie Cinema at Plymouth University, named after Jill Craigie (1914-1999) who was the British documentary film director, actor, writer and feminist. Drawing on this association, Peninsula Arts is a passionate advocate for film, recognising the mediums ability to entertain and inspire. Past cinema programmes have supported popular, cult classics and artist films, opening up the rich history of cinematography alongside the latest developments in contemporary cinema to a wide range of audiences. It is the supporting organisation for the River Tamar Project, which launched the highly successful It’s All About the River film festival in Sept-Oct 2015 and regularly partners with other independent cinemas and art organisations to promote the diversity and richness of cinema and film.

South West Film and Television Archive

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the official regional film archive for the South West of England. It is the largest regional film archive in the UK, a member of the UK Film Archive Network (FAUK) and is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant screen heritage collections. SWFTA is a partner in the BFIs Film Audience Network (SW and West Midlands Hub) and is a key partner in the Plymouth History Centre project.

Through the annual Peninsula Arts film commission awards, SWFTA aims to build a body of work that reflects on Plymouth’s film heritage and looks towards its future.