Spike Island

Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

Do you have ambitions to work with film? Camera Buff is Spike Island's online commissioning strand of experimental films specifically for 16­–24 year olds based in the South West of England. This opportunity offers you the support, funds and professional experience needed to develop your early ideas into a broadcast quality short film while also expanding your knowledge and experience of experimental film.

The deadline for this round of applications is 20 March 2017. Scroll down to find out more and how to apply.

Camera Buff is part of the Random Acts South West Network Hub led by our partners Calling the Shots. Over the course of three years, 72 short films will be produced with 16­–24 year olds as part of this exciting opportunity.

Camera Buff is a chance to explore and experiment with film production techniques and expose yourself to new ideas. You will work within the industry of moving image and contemporary visual art, meet with artists, curators, filmmakers and producers, and ultimately create your own short film. Your film has the chance to be included in a new public broadcast series currently in development for Channel 4's Random Acts.

How to apply for Camera Buff:

  • To apply, you need to submit an idea for a short film between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long via the Calling the Shots website.
  • Send your completed application to randomacts@callingtheshots.co.uk
  • The deadline for this round of applications is 20 March 2017.
  • We will run application rounds twice a year until 2018

If you have further questions before you apply, please email us.

Watch recent Camera Buff films by artists Ben Tupper and Nicholas Popham, both now showing on Channel 4's Random Acts website:

Ben Tupper used his family home as a set and drew influence from Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates and Jean-Luc Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her in this poetical analysis of domesticity.

Nicholas Popham's film The New Cut takes a closer look at the hidden gestures that disturb an otherwise empty riverbank.