I recently read an interview featuring a wellish – known actress who was frustrated by being perceived as ‘a piece of ass’ while acting her proverbial socks off in big budget blockbusters, set up her own production company to create more opportunities for female directors/writers. The interview went on to reveal that despite said actresses relative success and industry contacts she still found it difficult to raise finance – especially for female-centric films. I can’t say that the actresses’ woes left me completely surprised, lack of funding is a problem many filmmakers come up against, leaving them unable to share their vision and creativity.
Although there are numerous methods filmmakers turn to in the hope of raising money, these can often fall through if targets aren’t reached – targets that need to be reached in a short amount of time, and in a lot of cases, any money that has been made, then has to be refunded. It’s this frustrating cycle that means that a huge amount of potentially great films are lost, and never get to see the light of day.
Emerging filmmakers, who don’t have big star names and industry contacts on speed dial; face an unenviable struggle as they attempt to navigate their way through the highly competitive film industry. Fortunately, help is at hand in the guise of film fairy godmother Pia Getty, founder of film and television production company Pia Pressure, which spawned the Pia Pressure Awards. Filmmakers are given the opportunity to receive investor funding and support; recipients of this award will receive up to £25,000. A separate award – The New Voices Award, is also on offer for new, up and coming under represented filmmakers. However, the Pia Pressure awards are fully inclusive and open to absolutely anyone, regardless of race, gender, and sexuality.
Submissions for next year’s Pia Pressure Awards are currently open. Applicants can visit: www.piapressure.com for more information.