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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


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DepicT! Filmmaking Competition - 2019 Call for Entries

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DepicT! is an international short film competition which seeks to unearth up-and-coming film-making talent in the UK.

The contest is open to applications from filmmakers with productions that last no longer than 90 seconds but still manage to show originality, imagination and the ability to engage audiences. Films can focus on a wide range of genres, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work.

The competition carries the following prizes in 2019:

  • Main DepicT! Award - £1,500 cash + Lifetime membership to Shooting People.

  • DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award - £1,000 cash.

  • DepicT! British Special Mention Award - A special package of support which will both promote the winning 90-second film and further develop the filmmaker’s skills.

  • DepicT! Random Acts Special Mention Award - An opportunity to be featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts platform and a chance to pitch for a new Random Acts commission.

Filmmakers in the UK may apply.

The deadline for entries to this year’s competition is 5pm on Monday 1 July 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Watershed Media Centre
    1 Canon's Road
    BS1 5TX
    Tel: 0117 927 5100
    Email: [email protected]

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