Feature Films: Microwave
Our unique funding scheme for UK feature films is now in its 10th year.
Microwave does more than fund films; we give development and mentoring support to all of the shortlisted projects, as well as production finance and distribution support to the final commissioned films.
Twelve teams are shortlisted for the scheme, and receive intensive training at Film London's Microschool along with mentorship and development funding. From this shortlist, six projects are selected to go on to a second phase of development with further funding.
Finally, two features are commissioned and receive additional development, as well as production funding of £100,000 and distribution funding for finished films.
Applications for the 2015 scheme are now closed.
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Our development programme, Microschool, helps the shortlisted filmmaking teams to hone their scripts, stories and skills. The five-day training 'bootcamp' offers an intensive series of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries that cover all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.
The programme also offers the teams bespoke individual mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers. Past mentors have included Pete Travis, Bertrand Faivre and Clio Barnard.
Following Microschool training, the shortlisted teams receive £1,000 of funding for a three-month period of development, and work on their project with the continued support of their mentors.
Six teams are then selected to develop their project further with an additional funding boost of £2,000. Finally, two projects are commissioned and receive an additional £7,000 (£10,000 in total) to fine-tune their concept.
Once greenlit, the two commissioned features each receive £100,000 of production funding, and are asked to match-raise £50,000 for a total production budget of £150,000. Film London offers support to the teams in raising additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.
The commissioned Microwave projects have the opportunity to access up to £25,000 of distribution funding once completed.
Microwave aims to support bold and surprising films that will excite audiences and contribute to the rich landscape of British film. We seek to champion dynamic emerging filmmaking talent and reflect the diversity of the capital's population.
Film London Microwave is funded by the BFI and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).
Supported by Panalux and Island Studios, and Performance Insurance.
“The best low-budget scheme in the world”
Ted Hope, producer (Happiness, 21 Grams)
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