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Hello writers! We are looking to commission 12 written pieces responding to BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? to accompany our short film programme. The pieces can take the shape of a personal essay, review, feature or article and must be between 1200-2000 words. Paid £120-£180 depending on length and what form the written work takes!

Please pitch your idea (max 200 words) to hello@tapecollective.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

Pitch deadline is Tuesday 19th October 2021.


* Please pitch your idea to us before sending your full piece.
* Please send no more than 200 words as part of your pitch outlining what you want to write about, please include the tone and outcomes in this.
* We would like to see ideas that offer an alternative and personal perspective on film/art/culture/ and spaces where culture is experienced.
* We are open to ideas which are relevant to our film programme, previous programmes or to discuss the themes of mother tongue, names and the “good immigrant” trope in cinema.
* Send any examples or links to your past written work.
* We accept submissions from anywhere around the world.
* We will get back to you about your pitch as soon as possible but please allow up to two weeks before following up.
* If you are a less experienced writer we are happy to support and collaborate with you on getting your piece to where it needs to be.
* If we accept your pitch we’ll give you a deadline and feedback on where we think the piece can go.
* Feel free to send us your website, and social media channels so we can spread the word on your work.
* We will promote your article on social media.
* We will pay contributing writers promptly.
* Please do not send us an invoice until after your article has been published.
* Note that for poetry pieces, commission rate will start from £60.
* Once your pitch has been accepted, we are expecting a turnaround of about 2-4 weeks so let us know if that works for you.

To get a better idea of what we’re looking for please have a look at our blog to see the sort of work we have commissioned before here

About TAPE

T A P E was founded in 2015 as a response to the lack of representation on screen; wanting to platform and highlight the sheer variety of under-served films we know are out there. We decided to bring exciting screenings to new audiences, championing the forgotten could-be cult films of the festival circuit and programmes of women of colour both behind and in front of the camera.

Over the years T A P E have curated a number of well-rounded screenings bringing together film, art, music, talks and more into one space and events with a focus on representation, identity and heritage. T A P E has also produced two zine issues: the first one called They Thought We Were Token, and the second issue, Moon Sisters, released six months later.

Since launching with a 1929 release public domain film in a community café nearly five years ago, T A P E has expanded to include content writing, talks, consultation, curation, cross-arts events and an online streaming platform.

Our online cinema platform, GOOD WICKEDRY, is driven by carefully considered curation. We want to cut through the noise of excessive content by highlighting one great thing at a time, showing one film per week.

These bold & invigorating choices can be new or old, from any genre, and any format, with an especial focus on shorts – narrative films, docs, art vids, music vids, experimental, animation, etc. Platforming of BIPOC and female filmmakers is also of especial importance. This variety will build a stronger and more nuanced, but also universal, picture of the make-up of our cinematic world.

We hope to be building on our mission of creating a collaborative creative space and are working on a number of seasons and projects delivered in collaboration with a wide range of creatives, venues and organisations. More importantly, we’re looking to champion fair pay, representation and diversity in the industry.

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