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Sheffield Doc/Fest, Just So partner on shorts platform

Sheffield Doc/Fest and London-based film agency Just So are teaming up to launch an online platform and film fund to support and showcase doc shorts.
December 8, 2015

Sheffield Doc/Fest and London-based film agency Just So are teaming up to launch an online platform and film fund to support short-form documentaries.

The Just So Film Fund will award 12 grants of up to £5,000 (US$7,500) to new and established filmmakers, and provide the shorts with an online home within the Postcards platform. Three of the docs will be greenlit during Sheffield Doc/Fest in June and the remainder will be commissioned over the course of the year based on online submissions.

Postcards will launch with six shorts: Five Stone of Lead, Aka Chan (pictured), Funabashi Dreams, Rocket Wars, Stopping Time and Soft Serve. The site aims to provide a dedicated online home for the shorts and is Just So’s second major online talent showcase in addition to the music platform Black Cab Sessions.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is January 31.

“Short documentaries are on the rise and we started Postcards to stoke the fires of the genre,” said Just So founder Jono Stevens in a statement. “In 1925 Grierson defined documentary as ‘creative treatment of actuality’ and we want to give filmmakers the opportunity to explore the limits of documentary and make films with as much focus on form as on content.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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