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This past weekend (June 13th-15th) was a very busy one for us, as two films associated with the scheme shot their principal photography on the Island - "Soul Funk Mix Tape" by Ady Hall and "Breathless" by Shawn Sturnick. Both shoots went very well - though they weren't without their challenges, as is always the way with film making! Click here to read the press release about the weekend (pdf) and check out the Gallery of photos on our Facebook page, which includes a series of 'How To Make A Zombie' stills with make up artist Kimberley Berridge's (not for the faint hearted!)

01.06.18 "CLOSET" in Oscar qualifying film festival
Fantastic news from Producer Debs Gwinnell and writer John Craine: "Closet has been accepted and will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). This is really exciting as SIFF is a major festival with over 179,000 people attending each year. It is also Oscar qualifying. Closet will be screened on Monday 26th May. Huge thanks to all the cast, crew and our wonderful sponsors”. This excellent news came shortly after the announcement that the short film, starring Will Sutton and Ed Crompton in their first dramatic roles, would have its North American premiere at the Boston LGBT Film festival. Well done to all the cast and crew!


After a tense Sunday spent pitching their extremely well produced projects to a panel of industry experts -from best selling authors to Emmy nominees - our three short film projects were chosen to go into production this year, with finance from Isle of Man Film. The successful shorts, which can now apply to receive 50% of each of their budgets, are:

“The Battle of Ronaldsway” by James Franklin, Produced by Mark Brabbs
“Breathless” by Shawn Sturnick, Produced by Angela Campbell and Jennifer Chance, and
“Muck” by John Craine, Produced by Bev Lawley

Read all about it on the Actual BBC website and watch the video of the event on our Vimeo


MannIN Shorts are pleased to announce the 6 shortlisted screenwriters for the 2014 Screenplay Competition, selected by former Hollywood reader Julie Gray.

Julie (pictured left), the author of the highly praised 'Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas', commented: "I was absolutely thrilled at the creativity, originality and uniqueness that I saw in the scripts. The IOM is a gold mine - Hollywood better watch out!"

She also took the time to make notes on every single entry.

"To read the scripts from this competition was a tremendously refreshing and thought-provoking experience. Such creativity and such great writers."

The shortlisted screenplays are:

Battle of Ronaldsway by James Franklin
Soul Funk Mix Tape by Adrian Hall
The Three Legs of Diddy by Gary Tyrer
Muck by John Craine
Breathless by Shawn Sturnick and
Chips, Cheese n Gravy by Kevin Ford

The six chosen writers must now attach a Producer and Director to their projects, before a Production Package is presented to a panel of judges in March. The panel will include representatives from the Arts Council and Isle of Man Film, both of whom are financially supporting the filmmaking initiative this year, alongside special guests from the film industry who are professionals in the field of directing, writing and producing.

Three projects will be chosen from the six to be made into short films in the Spring and Summer of this year, to be previewed at the Isle of Man Film Festival in September before being submitted to international film festivals.

We will be sharing information about each of the writers and their screenplays in the coming days. .

Commenting on the extremely high standard of work, MannIN Shorts' Dave Armstrong said "we're thrilled that there has been such a great response to this year's competition, particularly with the Island of Culture initiative this year. We've always been confident of the high levels of talent in the creative industries over here, but it's brilliant to have our convictions confirmed by someone with such experience and industry credentials as Julie. We wish the best of luck to ALL the writers who entered the competition."

Julie, who is a Huffington Post blogger and also runs online courses in screenwriting through her Red Slippers Writing Room website, added "I always thrill when I read a good script and the sheer number of them in this competition blew my socks right off. This validates for me what I have long held - that Hollywood does NOT have the corner on creativity and in fact, it is in places like the IOM that we can find stories that are heartfelt, unique and meaningful."





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Behind the Scenes pics from shoot of 'Closet'

Closet - A Short Film Will Sutton Closet A Short Film James Hills Closet A Short Film Sam Waters
Will Sutton as 'Bobby', and DP John Craine on camera (fore)
James Hills, Assistant Camera with Emma Poyntz, continuity
Sam Waters clapping the Closet

Behind scenes pics from first day of 'Solace' shoot

Solace in Wicca Solace in Wicca

Writer Nat readies for Shot 1 Take 1; Liam, Daniyel & Bruno prep the shot; Andy(Dir) & Andy (AD) ponder the heavens...

Scene Stealer Part One? Done.

'The Graduate' - recreated

Congrats to Producer Emily Cook, Directors Gary and Katy Myers and the fabulous crew that worked on our first 'Scene Stealer Challenge', shot on Monday and being edited as we speak (or type).

With Lacey MacDonald on design duties and the unstoppable Ady Hall as DP and camera op (assisted by Dave Armstrong), the team had to deconstruct then recreate the iconic 'Are you trying to seduce me?' scene from the film, as faithfully as possible.

They did an incredible job, as did Matt Corcoran (as Ben) and Ashley Bentley (as Mrs Robinson), with extreme attention to detail that is sure to pay off. Especial thanks to Dorothy at The Hop Garden - her support as location owner went well beyond what was expected, she even supplied sarnies & pies for the hungry crew!

Next up, Bev Lawley and her crew are to recreate the 'Here's Johnny!' scene from The Shining. Rumour has it she's been on the phone to Jack Nicholson's agent, in an attempt to surpass Emily's efforts & distract the judges by playing the A-List card...tut tut Bev! ;) We can't wait to see the finished shorts.


Welcome to MannIN Shorts!

“MannIN Shorts”, based on the Isle of Man, is a new initiative to provide a platform for hopeful filmmakers of any age to build their skills, develop their ideas and make films right here on the rock.

To find out how you can be a part, get involved, learn from the scheme etc, visit 'the scheme' page.

Also, if you're an aspiring filmmaker, visit our 'tips&tools' section for links to useful resources on everything from scriptwriting to directing actors to special fx.

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