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Film London Lodestars

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Film London has revealed its inaugural list of Lodestars, honouring the bright futures of 25 innovative filmmakers and craftspeople from across the capital. The list was announced during a celebratory event at h Club London tonight, marking a brand new showcase for London-based talent.
With lodestars known for their inspiration and guidance, this list celebrates directors, writers, producers, cast members, heads of department and behind the scenes talent who shine with outstanding creativity or craftsmanship, who are tipped to guide future works within the industry.
Selected from over 700 people who have worked with Film London over the past three years, Lodestars reflects the breadth of talent across London’s screen industries celebrating a variety of successes, from international festival circuits and award wins to community and environmental impact and gallery residencies. 
The 2019 Lodestars, supported through Film London schemes including Microwave, BFI NETWORK as part of Film Hub London, Equal Access Network, London Screenings and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) are:

  • Koby Adom (Writer/Director of Hair Cut, London Calling 2018)

  • Fateme Ahmadi (Writer/Director of Bitter Sea, London Calling 2017)

  • Sorcha Bacon (Producer of Wren Boys, London Calling 2017)

  • Laura Bellingham (Director of Photography on Zero, Microwave)

  • Rory Bentley (Writer/Director and Director's Assistant through Equal Access Network)

  • Billy Dosanjh (Writer/Director, FLAMIN Productions 2019)

  • Emma Duffy (Producer of Mari, Microwave)

  • Dionne Edwards (Writer/Director of We Love Moses, London Calling 2016)

  • Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Producer of Hair Cut, London Calling 2018)

  • Georgia Goggin (Producer of We Love Moses, London Calling 2016)

  • Amy Gwatkin (Artist-filmmaker, FLAMIN New Approaches 2016)

  • Tsion Habte (Actor in Night Out and Anemone, London Calling 2018)

  • Amelia Hashemi (Writer/Director of Night Out, London Calling 2018)

  • Louis-Jack (Director, FLAMIN New Approaches 2017)

  • Tosin Idowu (New entrant and Studio Coordinator through Equal Access Network)

  • Nimai Inniss (New entrant through Equal Access Network)

  • Harry Lighton (Writer/Director of Wren Boys, London Calling 2017)

  • Georgia Parris (Writer/Director of Mari, Microwave)

  • Zadoc Nava (Producer of Gholam, London Screenings 2017 Breakthrough)

  • Rubika Shah (Writer/Director of White Riot, London Calling 2016)

  • Sandhya Suri (Writer/Director of The Field, London Calling 2017)

  • Mitra Tabrizian (Director of Gholam, London Screenings 2017 Breakthrough)

  • Iesh Thapar (Writer/Director of Alien Culture, London Calling 2018)

  • Noemi Varga, (Director, FLAMIN New Approaches 2017)

  • Zhe Wu (Sound designer, Shortlisted for Jules Wright Prize 2017)

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:
“I’m delighted to congratulate the 2019 Lodestars. Selected from such a high calibre of talent, and reflecting the diverse communities of London and our commitments to inclusion in our industry, we’re extremely excited by their capabilities and the opportunities that await them. London holds a reputation of being a centre for world-class talent and technical expertise, and at Film London we are privileged to work with so many varied, ever-passionate and extremely innovative filmmakers and creative talent year on year, across all areas of our industry. The 2019 Lodestars really are ones to watch and it’s a pleasure to celebrate their achievements in this way.”
A jury panel comprising London based industry professionals, each representing distinct areas of expertise, have selected the final list from a shortlist of 50:

  • Hong Khaou (Film director and screenwriter)

  • Jordan McGarry (Head of Talent Development and Production, Film London)

  • Lila Rawlings (Executive Producer, Left Bank Pictures)

  • Allon Reich (Film producer, DNA and Film London board member)

  • David Tomchak (Digital editor in chief at the Evening Standard)

  • Adrian Wootton (Chief Executive, Film London and the British Film Commission)

The jury’s selection is based on criteria which takes into account the success and creativity around work already completed and the forward progression of each shortlisted talent. Consideration is given to three categories: Artistic Excellence, Creative Vision and Momentum.
Jury panellist and Executive Producer, Lila Rawlings, said: “London continues to lead the way as a world class hub for talent in the screen industries, and the 25 Lodestars of 2019 will no doubt play an important part in guiding future works within the industry. I’m delighted to celebrate their successes so far and can’t wait to see what they do next.”
With support from the GLA, BFI NETWORK and Arts Council England, Film London supports talent across London’s screen industries, from new entrants to established creators, with content ranging from narrative shorts to artists’ moving image.
Film London Lodestars is proudly presented in partnership with the Evening Standard with thanks to Film London Partners: Moneypenny, Panavision and Performance Film & Media Insurance.

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