The overall project was conceived to give filmmakers an opportunity to engage with and comment urgently on the time. For the 21st film the organisers are looking for ‘a unique and insightful perspective on the pandemic. As with all The Uncertain Kingdom films, it must be entertaining, original and relevant to the UK now’.
It must be possible for the film to be produced while respecting government advice on the pandemic. It will be commissioned in May and must be delivered by 3 August 2020. Further details and information on how to apply can be found on the website.
The organisers added: ‘The Uncertain Kingdom is intended to be a focal point around which we can gather and a stimulus to discuss what’s facing our communities and our world.
‘Like everything else, The Uncertain Kingdom project has been affected by the global pandemic. The project’s cinema release on 3 April 2020 was cancelled. Yet the films remain urgent and compelling during this crisis; the subjects the filmmakers explore are changed by the pandemic, but not resolved.
‘The Uncertain Kingdom films will be released on iTunes, Amazon Video, BFI Player, Curzon Home Cinema and GooglePlay on 1 June 2020.
‘As soon as government advice allows us to gather in person again, we will return to our plan to organise nationwide community screenings of The Uncertain Kingdom. We will offer the films to local organisers to host their own screenings for their communities, to watch together and discuss the ideas raised by the films.
‘Anyone will be able to host their own Uncertain Kingdom event, anywhere. It might be a screening for a football team in a pub, or for a book club in a village hall, or for a school group in the library, for neighbours in a garage… all that’s needed is an audience and a venue.
‘When the community screenings happen, and we’re finally able to gather together again, we’ll want to talk about the extraordinary time we’ve experienced. We want The Uncertain Kingdom project to engage directly with what we’re going through.’
The 21st film will not be included in the online release of The Uncertain Kingdom but will be included in the community screenings when they take place.
The Uncertain Kingdom is an inclusive project and applications from people of all backgrounds are actively encouraged.