Call out for an up and coming filmmaker

Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) is seeking expressions of interest from early career South West based filmmakers to create a new 3 minute film that documents and celebrates Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place on 22nd / 23rd / 24th September 2017.

The budget is £600 and is expected to cover all fees including any production, travel and accommodation expenses. The deadline for submissions is midnight on the 30th July.

About Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. Initiated by Visual Arts Plymouth, a voluntary group of artists and organisers active in the city, PAW showcases a wide and diverse range of activity for all ages, with events and exhibitions throughout the city drawing large audiences from Plymouth & beyond.

The Film

This commission is part of Plymouth Art Weekenders outreach programme and is aiming to develop and support new local talent to create a short 3 minute video that will be used to celebrate and share all that goes on at the Weekender; capturing the atmosphere, showing audiences engaging with our two key commissions as well as with a range of the artist led activity happening across the city.

We are looking for a filmmaker with a strong connection to the city and passion for visual arts.

It may be useful for artists considering applying to read Plymouth’s Public Art Plan and the Plymouth Principles.

The selected filmmaker will work closely with the PAW Coordinators and the Visual Arts Plymouth Outreach team to develop their proposal and take in key experiences during the Weekender. Past experience of working in this way is not essential, but please reference this in your statement adding why you feel the way you work may be suitable.

PAW endeavors to be an open and accessible platform – artists and film makers with a disability, or who feel that they may be at a disadvantage should contact to discuss this.

Application Requirements

To apply, please email with Film Maker Commission as subject.

  1. No more than 300 words, explaining your interest in this opportunity and how you would approach the making the film
  2. Up to 4 URL links to video work and/or up to 4 jpeg (max 1MB each) images of previous work (video links are prefered)
  3. A link to a website, online portfolio or documentation of a previous project
  4. Artist CV/Bio or link to online CV/Bio
  5. Phone and email contact details


Selection Process:

The successful applicant will be selected by a panel made up of Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover (Plymouth Art Weekender Coordinators), Rhys Morgan (Assistant Producer), Pete Davey (VAP Activator) and Ellen Sims (VAP Activator)

Important information:

  • The sum listed for the commission is the total available and artists should budget for this to cover all production costs, expenses, VAT (if relevant) and artist fees
  • Artists will need to have their own public liabilities insurance in place for any activity taking place outside of the live Weekender dates
  • Proposals from collectives or artists working in partnership are welcome
  • The PAW coordinators will work with the selected artists to develop a suitable schedule ensuring they capture key elements of the Weekender

Key dates:

30th July – Deadline for proposals is midnight

1st August –  Commissions selected

5th August –  All applicants notified

Please note that whilst we will notify all applicants of their success or otherwise, the PAW team will be unable to offer individual feedback on proposals.

For more information on Visual Arts Plymouth and Plymouth Art Weekender, visit:

Plymouth Art Weekender is coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth and funded through the city wide Horizon project, a collaborative programme developed between Visual Arts Plymouth, Karst, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and supported by the Art Council England’s ‘Ambition for Excellence’ funding programme and Plymouth Culture.