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Tuesday 27th October 2015

Commission opportunity will use film to explore Plymouth's past and future

Peninsula Arts 

Through internationally renowned exhibitions, film, music, lectures, theatre and dance, Peninsula Arts brings a distinctive cultural voice to the region. Our programme ranges from showcasing highly experimental and challenging art forms, to providing access and insight into the historical developments of culture, with the aim of furthering the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Plymouth University is one of the principle partners of the Plymouth International History Centre (working title), a major development project in the heart of Plymouth that seeks to transform the existing museum and art gallery on North Hill into a new and unique visitor attraction. The History Centre partnership includes South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) and the South West Image Bank (SWIB) and is expected to open as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.


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 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, working alongside Plymouth City Council (lead organisation), the South West Image Bank (SWiB) and Plymouth University.

Peninsula Arts Film Commission 2016

The annual Peninsula Arts film commission, launching in 2015, aims to build a body of work that reflects on Plymouth’s film heritage and looks towards its future.

Supporting the presentation of film and cinema

Peninsula Arts runs the Jill Craigie Cinema at Plymouth University, named after Jill Craigie (1914 – 1999) who was the British documentary film director, actor, writer and feminist. Craigie directed The Way We Live (1946) filmed in war-­‐damaged Plymouth and which was the first documentary film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. Located in the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth university, the cinema, which seats 137, has been designed to a high specification to ensure audiences enjoy films as the film maker’s intended. Equiped with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound as well as projectors enabling us to screen 35mm, 16mm formats and DVD/Bluray formats.

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 within contemporary cinema to a wide range of audiences. It is the supporting organisation for the River Tamar Project, which launched the highly successful Its All About the River film festival in Sept – Oct 2015. We are now looking to offer an annual Jill Craigie New Cinema Commission to support new and emerging filmmakers.

Commission Opportunity

• Peninsula Arts is launching a new annual film commission of £5000. The commission is open to both filmmakers and curators.
• Filmmakers 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.
• Curators will work with SWFTA to create collections from the archive that create new and innovative ways of animating the archive and increasing accessibility to the film collection held there.

How to apply

• Filmmakers and curators are invited to apply to the commissioning fund with a short written statement (no longer than 500 words) along with a portfolio or relevant c.v. by 20th November 2015.
• Please ensure your full name and address is included on all submitted materials.
Selection will be made by November 30th 2015. Your CV and statement must evidence the completion and delivery of previous film projects.
• Our preference is for digital submissions. Please send submissions to
• Please ensure that all digital files are fully readable.

Alternatively if you are unable to send material via email, please send direct to: Anna Navas, Film Administrator Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, 1A Roland Levinsky Building Drake Circus, Plymouth Devon, PL1 3JX


• 23rd October 2015 -­‐ Launch of film commission
• 20th November 2015, 12 midnight -­‐ Deadline for submission
• 4th December 2015 -­‐ Notification of selection / Contract issued
• 18th December 2015 – mid April 2016 -­‐ Production period (all work must be completed and ready for screening by May 2016).
• The production period will include regular interim progress meetings with both Peninsula Arts and SWFTA
• May 2016 -­‐ Film Screening at Jill Craigie Cinema, Peninsula Arts during The Plymouth History Festival 2016 (date tbc).

Selection Criteria

• Only one film presentation will be selected for the commission.
• We are looking 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 the following:
• Imaginative interpretation
• Track record of film delivery
• Evidence of budget management -­‐ producing/presenting film within budgets


The payment of £5,000 will be paid in three parts with the final payment made on completion of the film. The fee is inclusive of the fee, all production costs, travel and expenses.

Download the FilmCommission.pdf brief.

Find out more about some of the SWFTA collections here.

Research the SWFTA public research database here