Happy New Year SYFN-ers!
Hope you are all feeling well-rested and ready to move into a successful 2017! Here at the Network it has occurred to us that many of you associated with the SYFN, people receiving our bulletins, members and others may not all realise the full benefits of an SYFN membership. So we have put together this handy little ’10 Perks’ summary for you to have a look at, so you can start using your membership (and our new website) to the full in 2017! Hope you enjoy!
1. Come to our ‘Directions’ masterclasses once a month!
Funded by the National Lottery, these masterclasses focus on one discipline within the film and TV industry once a month and take place on a Friday afternoon. We’ve had impressive guest speakers covering many subjects (like screenwriting, camera techniques, lighting, directing, film festivals and more) for the past two years, and will be continuing to run these classes in 2017! Next date TBC: keep an eye out here!
2. Join our Mailing List and get our Weekly Bulletin!
Everyone who’s anyone in the film industry up here in Yorkshire (and beyond) would want to get our weekly round-up of events, news, opportunities, jobs, our own activity and more! It’s all film and tv related and is a must-receive for those of you working in the industry up North! Sign up now – it’s free!
3. Attend Shooters in the Pub on the first Monday of the month
Shooters in the Pub is our monthly networking event that we host with the help of Shooting People, the nationwide filmmakers’ network. We meet at the Rutland Arms pub in Sheffield on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated) and always welcome new members. And hey, you get a free drink on entry every time too! Have a gander! Our next event is Monday 9th January!
4. Attend Showroom Shorts!
Showroom Shorts has been running for over six years, bringing locals the best short films made in the region plus awesome films from further afield! We’ve screened Oscar winners, BAFTA winners, and tons of multi-award winning films – and it’s a platform for YOU! Check it out – it’s free to attend and takes place on the third Tuesday of most months at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield: you can always see when it’s happening on the Showroom Shorts page. Our next Showroom Shorts screening is coming up on 17-1-17!
5. Take Advantage of our Discount Scheme!
With over 30 discounts in place for SYFN members to use, you should never have to pay full price for many services that most filmmakers find invaluable! Check out the many discounts offered through the SYFN now, including van and car hire, accommodation deals, discounts on crew rates, equipment hire and much more!
6. Create a Profile on our Online Members’ Directory
You can create your own profile on our website, so people can see your preferred crew roles, skills, pic, goals, contact details and more! Take a look at it now and start creating! You can do this for free or (much better) choose to become a member and enjoy more perks – keep reading!
7. Book a Meeting with Us!
Want to chat about your upcoming project? Need to know more about funding, crew, cast, equipment, locations, facilities or other services available in the region? You can come and talk to us one on one about your project and we can help advise you about the best options available to you, connect you with people who can do the jobs you need doing and basically give you tons of advice! Book a meeting now!
8. Hire our equipment for your project!
Need cameras, tripods, lights, sound gear, greenscreen, a jib or other equipment for your film? Look no further: check out what we offer filmmakers in the region! You can take advantage of HUGE discounts for SYFN members too – look at the deals on our equipment page, which shows you member and non-member hire prices! The offers are pretty sweet: but you need to be a member to get em!
9. Take part in 2Weeks2Make It 2017!
2017 dates have yet to be set for the country’s coolest music video competition, but a great way to engage with hundreds of creatives from the area is to take part in 2Weeks2MakeIt, which pits teams of filmmakers and musicians against other teams of filmmakers and musicians, challenging them to make a music video in two weeks, from start to finish! Big prizes, big screen premieres and awards await! Wanna take part? You gotta be an SYFN member!
A brand-new feature of the SYFN website and for members only, you can upload your work on our ‘SYFN Member’s Films’ section of our swanky new video gallery, and show it off to the world on a professional platform that isn’t necessarily also filled with cute cat videos.
PLUS: don’t forget to join our Facebook groups as well, which are fantastically busy and very helpful for our members! There’s The South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network group as well as the Shooting People – Sheffield group! You can also follow us on Twitter @syfn !
Whew! So! There’s loads of ways you can make your SYFN membership really work for you. Still not convinced? You can always check out some of our member’s testimonials too – and see what we have done for our members in the past: see em scrolling along at the bottom of the page here!
Costing only £30/year and only £20 for students, this is a BARGAIN membership that will pay for itself many times over – you just have to use it! Sign up now and we’ll send you your very own unique membership card and a welcome letter to accompany it!
Thanks for reading and all the best for 2017,
Rob Speranza and the SYFN