Film London’s annual short film schemes, London Calling and London Calling Plus, backs the capital’s most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a full package of production funding, training and expert mentoring. Film London’s annual short film schemes have 20 awards on offer this year, all of which can be match funded.
London Calling offers 15 new or emerging London filmmakers up to £4,000, while London Calling Plus offers five awards of up to £15,000 for black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) filmmaking talent with a proven track record across film, television or theatre, aiming to help ensure London’s film industry is diverse.
Both initiatives offer more than production funding. The schemes also delivers a programme of training and expert mentoring, helping to develop the capital’s most exciting new breakthrough talent. Films from both schemes receive their premiere at BFI Southbank for the London Calling Showcase and Awards, which include a jury prize for the London Calling winner, an industry prize for the London Calling Plus winner, along with other opportunities.
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 25 July 2017.
Production Finance Market
The annual Production Finance Market event, is now in its 11th year, is the UK’s only film finance market and runs as part of the BFI London Film Festival. It brings together filmmakers and financiers from around the world with the aim of bringing new features into production and is open to experienced producers with projects budgeted at €1 million and above. It also features a Micro Market strand open to projects budgeted below €1 million.
This year, Film London looks to broaden the Production Finance Market’s reach through new international partnerships with Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), Italy’s Apulia Film Commission, and the Luxembourg-based European producers training, development and networking organisation, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) amongst other international partners. Production Finance Market will run from 9-11 October and deadline for applications is Monday 3 July 2017.
Huge congratulations to Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, who has been awarded an OBE for his services to film. Adrian has had a life-long career in the film industry, covering exhibition, programming, curation, festival management and lecturing. He currently heads Film London, the organisation for attracting major film and TV productions to the capital and championing the city's talent, infrastructure and expertise.