New Directions
Retracing the steps that have brought the UK to a political crossroads in 2020

Support available

Funding expressions of interest now open
Awards between: £500 - £15,000

Dates and deadlines

Applications close: 20 November 2020
Season runs: May 2020 - Feb 2021

New Directions is a season of archive film events retracing the historic steps that have brought the UK to its current political and cultural crossroads.

Running from May 2020 - February 2021, it is a nationwide funding programme for screenings that revisit pivotal moments of modern history where the people of the UK tried to break with the past, change direction or embark on new journeys. New Directions will support adventurous collaborations between exhibitors and archives that showcase screen heritage and invite audiences to reconsider contemporary issues with the benefit of historical insight.

The UK is at a crossroads: New Directions is an opportunity to retrace some of the steps that have brought us here. Amid a fast-moving national debate about the future of the UK, we're looking for projects that add vital historical perspectives to contemporary discussions. New Directions is an opportunity to intervene in today’s rolling news cycle using images from the past; to rediscover stories of transformation to national identity and local life, connect them with current concerns and engage audiences in exciting and unexpected ways. 

Want to get involved with New Directions? The Engagement Fund supports organisations to forge collaborations with the UK's archives and develop their own screen heritage events inspired by the season's theme. Expressions of Interest are open now, giving you a chance to begin discussions with our team and potential archive partners to develop your project. Contact our Screen Heritage Producer, Andy Robson to start a conversation about how you might get involved with New Directions -

For more information on the New Directions theme, the funding available and inspiration about footage held in the archives, please download the Programme Introduction.

Image: Margate Film Festival (Daisy West)