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Film London launches funds to back 23 short films

Film London launches funds to back 23 short films
Pippa Considine
02 October 2013

Film London is launching London Calling and London Calling Plus, two short film-making funds open to London’s film-makers.

Building on 10 years of experience  supporting short film-makers in the capital, Film London will fund up to 23 short films and provide training and mentoring to new and emerging talent.

Supported by the BFI, Creative Skillset and London borough partners, both funds are part of the new UK-wide talent development programme, the BFI NET.WORK, and are now open for applications, deadline Wednesday 6 November.

London Calling is a continuation of the London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC). Open to all London residents, up to 18 short films will be awarded a maximum of £4,000. London Calling’s London boroughs partners are Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth, who provide additional opportunities and support to their film-makers as part of the scheme.

London Calling Plus is for talent with a track record across film, television or theatre. Awarding a maximum of £15,000, it champions London’s under-represented minority voices, and this year will produce up to five shorts film from black and Asian minority ethnic film-makers.

In addition to production funding, Film London will provide a programme of training and mentoring for all film-makers. Teams can also secure match funding in order to increase the budget of their films. At the scheme’s conclusion, all films will benefit from an industry showcase, as well as competing for the London Calling Awards, which has a cash prize of £2,000 and is selected by a jury of industry experts.

Film London will present a series of road shows across London throughout October.

Now renamed London Calling, LBFFC has produced over 170 short films. Success stories of film-makers who have gone onto make debut features which have garnered industry and critical acclaim, include Alex Taylor (Spaceship, pictured), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far!) and Hong Khaou (Lilting).

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