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Exeter Phoenix recognises that moving image plays an important role in reflecting our culture, establishing individual voices and can help filmmakers and artists develop new skills and long-term relationships with cast, crew and cinema audiences, both locally and nationally.

Exeter Phoenix has awarded nearly 100 bursaries and commissions during the 14 years the scheme has been running. For many the process has helped establish film careers and played a vital role in building relationships within the creative industries.



We are delighted to announce six new commissions will premiere at Two Short Nights 2017. 

Micro Film Commission Winners

Owain Astles
The Hardest Fight of my Life

Owain is a young Exeter-based filmmaker, with experience directing short films, music videos and documentaries. Through his film work, he aims to focus on social and political issues, and the everyday struggles that people face. The Hardest Fight of my Life will deal with a young boxer’s depression in the lead up to his first fight.

Charlie Coldfield
Ghost Note

Charlie is an Exeter based actor, writer and director working in film and theatre. Ghost Note is imagined as a surreal, but funny and moving short, dealing with the pressures of those suffering from and caring for, life-changing illness. Charlie plans to illustrate this serious subject through a surreal and entertaining narrative about incessant drumming. 

Devon Short Film Commission Winners

Scott Stevens
A Friend in Me

Scott is a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Exeter and has previously worked on two Phoenix commissioned films as DoP (Rocketshed and Bus Stories). In A Friend In Me, pensioner Michael Harvey finds out he doesn't have long left to live. With no family or close friends, Michael decides to reach out to a very old friend.

Jimmy Swindells
The Aisle

Jimmy’s filmmaking draws together his love of storytelling and the creative eye of his photography and has received award recognition from the BBC and Film London. In comedy drama The Aisle event planner Becky is preparing for the happiest day of her life, but she hasn't counted on the fact that not everybody shares her level of attention to detail.

South West Animation Commission Winner

Steve Whittingham

After graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth in Animation Production went on to work on various projects including animation for television and is currently freelancing on an upcoming 2D animated indie video game. Totem is an experimental rotoscope animation and live action film - a modern telling of a shaman coming of age ritual.

Artists Moving Image Commission Winner 

Isobel Adderley

Artist Isobel Adderley is fascinated by our preconception of the body and physical space as separate and opposing forces. Isobel attempts to blur or trouble these preconceptions in her work and uses film, sculpture, live performance and music production to do so. W E F E W presents taught skin over twisted bones, quarried land, faceless, hybrid bodies. The absence of substance.





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