Originals

Investing in original ideas and emerging talent

Grey Moth Originals is committed to building a fairer, kinder, and better creative industry than the existing one. We want to actively springboard emerging filmmakers into the industry.

Originals donates funding, facilities, equipment, mentoring, and training workshops to promising grassroots talent – from camera operators and editors to producers and directors.

FIVE-MINUTE WITTY WOMEN FILM FUND

We are excited to launch the FIVE-MINUTE WITTY WOMEN FILM FUND, an initiative that provides £5,000 towards comedy projects for women (trans+ inclusive) filmmakers of all experience levels.

Whether you've been in the business for years, or want to try filmmaking for the first time, we want to hear from you!

Shortlist Criteria / What we are looking for

At this stage we're asking applicants to fill in our online form, with the option of submitting a short video pitch of under 2 minutes in length, introducing yourself(s) and discussing your project. You don't need to send a finished script, just a synopsis and a logline.

If your project is shortlisted, you will then be asked to send us a script for review and will be invited to pitch to us in person by the 22nd of June. The final winner will be announced on the 24th of June.

Essential Info

  • This fund is for £5k which must cover the full budget

  • We will only consider comedies of up to 5 minutes

  • Grey Moth will provide mentorship to the winning team

  • £2k Camera/lighting package provided by Shoot Blue

  • Post must be complete by 1st of September 2022

  • UK based filmmakers only

Eligibility

We want to see more women working in comedy within the film industry. That's why we've created this funding pot with specific criteria. In order to apply your team must fit the following

  • 2 out of 3 of the following roles must be women (trans+ inclusive); writer, director, producer.

  • You must have a producer assigned to the project

  • You must be living in the UK 

  • You must be over 16 years old

  • Any level of filmmaking experience is welcome

Key Dates / Timeline 

  • Applications open on 11th of May

  • Applications close on 31st of May

  • Shortlist selection announced on 17th of June

  • Shortlist Scripts submitted by 20th of June

  • Pitching on 21st June & 22nd June

  • Winner announced on 24th June

  • Complete by 1st Sept

Don’t worry if you miss out on this one, more funding pots are launching soon! Keep an eye on our twitter and Instagram for updates. 

Apply Here

Grey Moth Originals launched in 2020. To date, we have four completed projects currently at festivals, one in post-production and 2 in pre-production. The rationale of supporting these projects is based on:

The value of the idea, the competence of the filmmaker to deliver to the project’s full potential, and a realistic grasp on how the film is to be completed with our help.

Naomi Soneye-Thomas - Oya, Dance!

Oya, Dance! is a short dance film, exploring how music connects the Nigerian diaspora across London and beyond.

Naomi Soneye-Thomas is a writer / director from East London. Her short films include Losing Pace, which was funded by BFI Network and screened at London Film Festival and Aesthetica. She likes to create work that explores social issues, and her Nigerian / Jamaican heritage.

Oya, Dance! was selected for funding in the 2021 Grey Moth Originals Funding round. 

Daniel Rands - Margin

In an after-school, last-chance, catch-up class, 16 year-old student Ria’s struggle to better herself clashes with her teacher Emily’s battle to get through an English lesson evoking racial tensions and societal issues that they soon find to be all too relevant.

Daniel Rands is a South London raised and based Writer, Director and Musician. In 2018, he also co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed South African Spook Hunter, a micro-budget feature mockumentary which played at various festivals around the UK in 2019 and 2020.

Joe Williams and Charlie Edwards Moss - O, GLORY!

Co-funded with BFI Network, O, GLORY! is a 1970’s psychedelic folk horror, shot on 35mm film, currently at festivals.

Charlie Edwards-Moss and Joe Williams are a writing and directing duo from Oxfordshire. Their most recent film, Ratking, was part of the official selection at Leeds International Film Festival 2020. 

John Fitzpatrick - Outdoors

Bim and Nathan meet in the park and have immediate chemistry. But Bim finds himself too exposed when a chance encounter reveals what he’s trying to hide.

John Fitzpatrick is a BAFTA nominated screenwriter, playwright and director. He co-wrote Wren Boys which was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA and won a number of awards including European Independent Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Provincetown Int Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. His plays include THIS MUCH (Soho Theatre), REARED(Theatre 503), BLUES RUN THE GAME(St Mary’s University).