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BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch have crafted a great line-up for this year’s Freelancers’ Fair on Friday 19 May, at the Royal Institution in London. Running from 9am-6pm, it includes sessions on copyright, getting from script to screen, using small kit to film big, film funding and vlogging & blogging, all with expert contributors. And there’ll be debates on fake news and Brexit too, with added humour thanks to a session of Brexit Bingo called by actor and comedian Samantha Baines.

Workshops are in the mix as well, offering support to film-makers in a number of areas, and there’ll be a small but perfectly formed exhibition delivering advice on a range of key production and lifestyle issues. ARRI and Alias Hire will be joining forces to help visitors to get hands on with kit. Find the latest speaker line-up, programme and booking info here

BECTU members attend for free; non-members pay just £12.30.

The official info says:

You've got just two weeks to get your short film into LaCie's new PushPlay filmmaking competition where there's an amazing money-can't-buy prize! There's an incredible prize of a full two-day mentoring session with Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Paleodimos plus a £10,000 production suite.

The swag includes a seven-inch Blackmagic Video Assist monitor-recorder, Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder, LaCie 6big 24TB and LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB hard drives, DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, MacBook Pro 15 inch, Blackmagic 4k Production Camera and DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The closing date is April 17 and a shortlist of the best films will be selected by a panel of industry experts. You can enter the Lacie #PushPlay contest here! #Ad #Promo

Lacie’s information says:

We want to shine a light on the best told stories in short film format. Regardless of the genre, every short submitted will be watched in full and critiqued against some basic criteria.

Is it shorter than 20 minutes in length?

Is it emotionally engaging? Does it make us feel something?

Is it thought provoking? Does it make us think from a different perspective?

Is it innovative? Is it something we've not seen before?

Is it a great story involving compelling characters with depth?

Big budgets, famous actors and fancy special effects are cool, but not part of our criteria. submit your story to #PushPlay for a chance at a once in a lifetime experience

 We want to unearth the brightest short film makers and support them on their journey to greatness. We'll set up the winner of #PushPlay with a once-in-a-lifetime mentoring session and a state of the art production suite. We'll also expose their work to the global filmmaking community.


It pays to have someone in your corner who's already walked the path. We'll set up a once-in-a-lifetime, 2 day mentoring session with Oscar winning cinematographer, Michael Paleodimos, who will provide the winning filmmaker with expert advice, guidance and hands on demonstrations to equip them with the skills needed to enhance and elevate their work.


Assembling or refreshing your filmmaking equipment is not a cheap exercise. We'll gear up the winner with a full video production suite including:

Blackmagic Video Assist 7"

Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder with Interchangeable Capsules

LaCie 6big 24TB

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

MacBook Pro 15 inch TouchBar Quad i7 2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Pro 450 Silver

Blackmagic 4k Production Camera

DaVinci Resolve Studio


We have a brand that is recognised around the world. We'll use our marketing channels to extend the reach of the #PushPlay winner’s short within the global filmmaking community.

Mega retailer CVP is joining up with filmmakers’ network Shadows and Light for a ‘Showreel Showcase’ at their Fitzrovia headquarters in central London tomorrow night, March 30.

The idea is that emerging filmmakers can have their showreels shown to a group of their peers, prior to an informal networking event. Attendees don’t have to be showing a showreel to attend, all are welcome.

It’s totally free to attend is to be the first of these type of events which will, in the future, have a theme. More details from the CVP Blog.

Submit your short film to LaCie's new PushPlay filmmaking competition and you could win a  £10,000 production suite and a two-day mentoring session with Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Paleodimos. 

The closing date is April 17 and a shortlist of the best films will be selected by a panel of industry experts. You can enter the Lacie #PushPlay contest here!

Lacie’s information says:

Now in its fourth year, the My RØDE Reel 2017 film contest is back with its biggest ever prize pool, worth over $500,000! With 25 categories - new ones include Best Virtual Reality, Best Vlog and Best RØDE 30-second TV Commercial - there are even more chances to win in what is said to be the world’s largest film competition. Entries are now open and close on June 30.

Need some Filmmaking inspiration? RØDE have put together a unique Film Industry Behind-The-Scenes video series, and a complete series of Filmmaking Tutorial videos, designed to help aspiring filmmakers navigate the complexities of planning, shooting and editing their very own short film, to enter into the My RØDE Reel Short Film Competition.

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Make a short film explaining why you became a filmmakers and you could walk off with a raft of top prizes including a Zacuto base plate and $600 gift certificate, Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, $700 worth of Kessler kit, $500 of Rode equipment, a Portabrace case and lots more.

The Zacuto My Story film competition runs all through March and all you have to do is make a film of 60 seconds or less explaining how you became a filmmaker. Zacuto’s information says:

The BVE Show at London's Excel exhibition centre saw the UK filmmaking industry come together to meet, learn, network and check out lots of top-quality gear from virtually all of the major manufacturers. And of course, Pro Moviemaker magazine was there meeting readers and distributing the latest issue of the magazine a few days before it hits the news shelves.

We had a good look round the show, and amid lots of super-expensive TV and broadcast equipment was also lots of new kit of interest to the smaller, independent filmmaker. Here are the top 12 things that grabbed our attention at the show this week - in no particular order:

Fujifilm's new cinema lenses in Sony E mount

There's been lots of hype about these brand new optics and this was the first publish showing of them - the E-mount MK 18-55 and 50-135mm T/2.0 lenses. They're small, compact and pulled a big crowd right through the three days of the show!

Gitzo's carbon fibre boom poles

It may seem pretty difficult to get excited by boom poles for mics, but Gitzo's brand new carbon fibre offerings are a bit special! It was the world first look at these new carbon fibre beauties that are light and dampen down vibration really well. Prices and spec haven't been announced yet!

Mr Libec shows off his new HFMP!

We test the new Libec Hands Free Mono Pod in this month's magazine, and love it. The BVE show was the UK public's first chance to get hands-on with the new freeststanding monopod. And there to show it off was Libec's Sales Manager Koichi Yamaguchi, the grandson of the original founder of the company 62 years ago!


Panasonic's UX180 camcorder

Panasonic had two new cameras that were crowd favourites - the GH5 and also the UX180 camcorder. This is the professional version of the HC-X1 Panasonic we test in this month's issue with the same basic, and very impressive, spec. But with the addition of things like live streaming via SDI output and a better warranty.

XEEN's fast and wide full frame prime lens

Samyang's XEEN range of full frame prime lenses grows once more with the 20mm T/1.9 optic shown to the public for the first time at BVE. With it being the same size and price as its other prime siblings, they all work well together as a set so there's no fiddling about when changing rigs.

Sigma's stunning lens range!

They might be giants in the stills photography world, but Sigma looks set to take on the best of the moving-image world too, with its range of impressively fast prime and zoom cine lenses. The Japanese optics firm had a full range on show, but the biggest interest was for the zooms like this 24-35mm T/2.2 fitted to a fully rigged-up Sony FS7.

Doctor Tenba will see you now sir!

A doctor's bag-style opening was the big news on the stunning Tenba cinema bag range, giving easy access to your kit. With lots of sizes for all types of camera, and styles from shoulder back to backpack to wheelie case that's airline-friendly, the Tenba range looked good and well designed.

Schneider's Tilt lens primes

German lens maker Schneider-Kreuznach showed its full range of cine prime lenses but the real show-stopper was the first of the new range that features a tilt facility. Visitors were wowed at how the focusing plane could be changed by simply tilting the lens on the camera body. We can't wait to test one properly!

Zeiss goes light!

The quality of Zeiss lenses is legendary, and now filmmakers who are looking for Zeiss quality in a lighter package have a new lens to lust after. It's the 21-100mm T/2.9 Lightweight Zoom that visitors were getting their hands on. As well as Zeiss huge range of lenses for lots of different cameras.

It's a kind of Magic!

SLR Magic showed a whole range of prime lenses including a set of anamorphic optics for true cinematic widescreen applications. The firm also had PL primes, lenses for full-frame Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. All at prices many other manufacturers can't come close to.

Canon's work of art!

As well as the whole range of cinema cameras like the C300 Mark II and C700 and lots of lenses, Canon gave you something to have a go filming with an artist painting a mural with an EOS C as it centre piece. 

The ultimate camera dolly?

It might look like the best ever remote-controlled toy, but Mantis 360 remote dolly system is a whole system of motorised dollies for serious camera work. This one can go at 35mph off-road and there are studio versions and lots of accessories like GPS modules so they can follow a pre-set course. Looks like fun to rent for a one-off job for sure! 

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