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Feature Films: Microwave

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Microwave is Film London’s flagship feature film scheme. It serves to inspire and develop the capital’s best new filmmakers, empowering them to make bold, compelling features that will surprise and inspire global audiences. The scheme was the first low budget feature program in Europe and has been responsible for discovering and developing some of the UK’s most exciting talent.

An initial slate of films was made in partnership with BBC Films between 2006 and 2012. These included Sundance award-winner Lilting, Bafta-nominee Shifty and iLL Manors, which collected three BIFA nominations in 2012. All of the films were released theatrically and distributed around the world. Please see our talent development brochure for more detail on these films and the rest of the slate.

Microwave’s second slate was developed in partnership with BBC Films and the BFI. The films from slate 2 are Zero, The Visitor, Looted, Sick(er) (now titled Body of Water), Mari, and Violets Are Blue (now titled Sweetheart). Mari was the first film to launch from the second slate and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2018 before a UK theatrical run with Verve Pictures. Looted and Body of Water will be the next to launch, with the rest of the slate following close behind - follow Film London on Twitter for updates.

2017 saw the release of the first Microwave International co-production, The Hungry, which screened at TIFF, LFF and MAMI, and is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

We are working towards a relaunch and reboot of the Microwave scheme. If you are interested in applying, subscribe to Film London’s opportunities newsletter for updates. (Industry partners or people interested in supporting the scheme and its filmmakers, please contact us.)

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Supported by Panalux and Island Studios, and Performance Insurance.

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“The best low-budget scheme in the world”
Ted Hope, producer (Adventureland, 21 Grams)

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