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ONE-MONTH FILMMAKING PROJECT

Challenge yourself with our filmmaking project. Make a short film in a month


Weekend 1 is Preproduction

Weekend 2 is Production

Weekend 3 is Postproduction

Weekend 4 is the Screening 

 
Upcoming Events
Pitch & Script
Sun, Mar 01
Curzon Soho
Mar 01, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5DY, UK
Develop your Pitch and your Script for AOTS March 2020
AOTS March 2020
Sat, Mar 07
St. Margaret's House
Mar 07, 11:00 AM – Mar 08, 5:00 PM
St. Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PL, UK
Make a short film across four weekends in March
Liverpool Meetup
Sat, May 02
Picturehouse At FACT
May 02, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Picturehouse At FACT, 88 Wood St, Liverpool L1 4DQ, UK
Come meet us, Liverpudlian filmmakers!
Online Script Development
Wed, Feb 19
Location is online using Google Hangouts
Feb 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT
Location is online using Google Hangouts
Join us from anywhere in the world to develop your short film screenplay
Birmingham Meet-up
Sat, Feb 15
The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
Feb 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA, UK
Come meet us, Birmingham filmmakers!
Script Development Workshop
Sat, Feb 01
Curzon Soho
Feb 01, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5DY, UK
Bring your script drafts for read-throughs, feedback, and discussion. Get your screenplay ready to pitch for production.
 

FAQ

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I REGISTER?

You will be invited to a private Facebook group for the project, which we use throughout the project. You'll receive emails with more details as we near the Preproduction weekend.

CAN I TAKE PART IF I'M NOT BASED IN LONDON?

Yes. We often have team members travel to London for Weekends 1 and 2. 

If you want to pitch your script, apply via Film Freeway

WHAT DO I AGREE TO BY REGISTERING?

You agree to take part in the AOTS Short Film Project. 

We make short films with the aim to build our experience and credits. When the film is completed, it is released online and added to IMDb. 

By taking part, you:

  • agree to be credits for your part in the film(s); and

  • understand that there is no financial reimbursement for your role in the film(s).

There are additional agreements dependent on your role in the film. These must be signed before the shoot. For instance, actors grant permission for their image and likeness to be used; writers agree that their work is their own and give permission for the script be be made; etc.

Note these agreements must be signed by ALL cast and crew involved in the project.

Cast and crew who are under 18 years old must have their parent or guardian sign on their behalf.

I CAN'T MAKE IT EVERY WEEKEND: IS IT STILL WORTH IT?

Definitely. The first two weekends are most important; the second two are optional.

Weekend 1 Preproduction is where we select the script(s) and allocate roles.

Weekend 2 Production is where we're on set shooting the film.

Weekend 3 Postproduction is required for the editor and director; there is an optional 2-hour workshop for other participants.

Weekend 4 is the Screening, 2-hours one afternoon.

There is an optional 2-hour Review Session on Weekend 5.

If you can't attend the full day of workshops or the entire shoot, you can still take part. Just let us know in advance. 

Note the Director will need full commitment for every weekend.

WHAT DOES MY FEE COVER?

There is no such thing as a "no-budget" film. Your fee covers the cost for making the movie: on-set catering, insurance, location and equipment hire, transport costs, limited art department budget. Your fee also covers room hire for the preproduction weekend and screening, and operational costs.

The fee does not cover the cost of submitting the film(s) into film festivals. 

ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS?

Students can email us a scanned copy of their student ID for a discount code.

Participants who sign-up another person can contact the organiser for a discount code.

I ONLY WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRST WEEKEND'S NETWORKING AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT, AND CANNOT ATTEND THE SHOOT. IS THERE A DISCOUNT.

, there is a discount for single preproduction days. If you can only make one preproduction day and not the rest of the project, this may be your best option. Contact the organiser to discuss.

If you pitch a script and it is selected, you will need to take part in the full project.

Remember the fee covers the budget for the film.

I'VE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN THE SHOOT. DO I NEED TO PAY?

No. The fee is for project participants taking part in the full-month event. If we're short of a particular crew or cast member during the month, we will post a casting or crew call. If you have been booked through one of these, you do not pay the registration fee for the project.

I REGISTERED BUT NOW CAN'T ATTEND. WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

We offer a full refund until 48 hours before Preproduction Day 1. Partial refunds are available before the end of Preproduction Day 1. After that we cannot offer a refund.


We do understand things happen: email us to discuss.