New Voices - Screening + Panel
Image: Dawn in the Dark - Dir. Runyaro Mapfumo

New Voices: Shorts Programme + panel discussion

classified 18 Sold Out

Please note: This was screened in March 2020

90 mins

Join us for an exciting showcase of new short films from emerging Black British filmmakers that have been made with the support of BFI NETWORK funding across the UK. We’re delighted to present these films in the South West, and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. There will also be an opportunity for audience members and filmmakers to socialise after the screening.

Come along to the event to learn more about the filmmakers' creative processes and getting their work made with the support of BFI NETWORK funding for short film. This is an excellent opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers with a story to tell to come along and find out more about how BFI NETWORK can support them in getting their work made, plus an amazing opportunity to watch some exciting new work coming through from the UK.

We are also delighted to be partnering with Blak Wave Productions and MANDEM on this event. The event will be followed with an informal networking session at Watershed, where you can meet other attendees, filmmakers and partner organisations in a relaxed and friendly environment. Refreshments included in ticket price.

Access support available:

We would like to make this event as accessible as possible. We have travel bursaries available for those travelling from outside of Bristol and childcare bursaries are also available. Please contact us for more info

We are more than happy to provide additional access support to filmmakers wishing to attend one of our events or training. If you have any specific needs, for example require a BSL interpreter, please contact us in advance of the event and we will endeavour to arrange this for you. You can reach us on or call us on 0117 927 5128.


12:10 – 13:40 Film Screening & Panel Discussion in Cinema.

13:40 – 15:00 Social Space with opportunity to chat to other filmmakers in Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio.


Dawn in the Dark

Dir: Runyararo Mapfumo, UK, 16 mins

On the eve of her father’s birthday, Dawn and her fun uncle Nate struggle over her bedtime routine. A new dynamic to their relationship is explored as they navigate their way through a family crisis.

Home by 8.30

Dir: Perry White, UK, 13 mins

In a tumultuous evening, a teenager is challenged by two contrasting realities that he is determined to never let crossover; His family life inside of his home and a violent inner city encounter outside of his home.


Dir: Michael Mante, UK, 16mins

A troubled young man stumbles upon a creative community group and becomes acquainted with the leader.

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