Opportunity for Film Makers: OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Northern Artist Film Commission

Northern Artist Film Commission


Deadline for proposals: Fri 15 July 2019

Quays Culture and University of Salford Art Collection invite artists living and working in the North of England to submit a proposal for a new artist film. 

Following the successful pilot project in 2016, won by Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels, artists are invited to submit proposals for a new artist film they would like to produce.  The successful artist film will be co-commissioned by Quays Culture and the University of Salford Art Collection, to premiere at Lightwaves festival (6-15 December 2019) at Salford Quays and for acquisition into the University’s permanent art collection.

One Square Mile by Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels was premiered at the Lightwaves 2016 and has subsequently been presented in numerous exhibitions including: AirSpace Gallery (Stoke, UK), HOME (Manchester, UK), Synthetic Ecology (Brighton, UK), Flatpack Festival (Birmingham, UK), Channels Festival (Melbourne, AU), BIDEODROMO Festival (Bilbao, SP), This Way Up (Hull, UK), Polyrhythmia (Manchester, UK) and Altinbas University (Istanbul, TR).

We are looking for artists and filmmakers based in the North of England who are pushing the boundaries in artist film, producing new, inspirational and challenging work, to be part of a contemporary festival that captures the imagination of the public, many of whom would be new to artist film.

The premiere will be exhibited as a free public screening event at Lightwaves in December 2019. Following this premiere, a copy of the winning new commission will become part of the University of Salford Art Collection.


The award is £3000, to include artist fees, all production costs and presentation of an edition of the film to the University Art Collection.  There is an additional modest budget, held by Quays Culture that will cover the costs of presenting the work at Lightwaves.  Both Quays Culture and the University Art Collection are committed to promoting the work as part of the Lightwaves Festival.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Quays Culture website. 

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