As one of the Isle of Man's growing industries, local film-making has been a key focus for the Arts Council's funding. In partnership with Isle of Man Film we are happy to support the development of this art form.
A key recipient of our funding is MannIn Shorts, a short film initiative founded in 2010 by Dave Armstrong and Christy DeHaven of Dam Productions and Phil Gates of Sonic Productions. The initiative was created to help filmmakers of any age to build their skills, develop their ideas and create their films locally. Examples of MannIn Short films produced in previous years include Barry Brown and Hide & Seek.
Mark Kermode and Sir John Hurt with Dave, Christie and Zoe from the IOMFF team
Another main recipient and large contributor to the promotion of films produced on island is the Isle of Man Film Festival. The festival has been an annual event on the island since 2012 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. The festival was created to offer screening opportunities for films being made on the Island by Manx film makers. The 2015 Film Festival saw a pitching event where a number of shortlisted film makers had the chance to pitch their film concept in hope of receiving up to £7,500 to make their film on island. The most anticipated event of the 2015 festival saw British screen and theatre legend John Hurt being interviewed by renowned film critic Mark Kermode at the Gaiety Theatre. The festival also featured a multi-venue screening of internationally acclaimed short films curated by Fabien Riggall.