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Film London is proud to announce the launch of Lodestars, a brand new showcase honouring the bright futures of 25 innovative filmmakers and craftspeople from across the capital.

With lodestars known for their inspiration and guidance, this list will celebrate 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. 

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:

“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. I am extremely excited by the capabilities and opportunities that await the 2019 Lodestars and am delighted to recognise and 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 (Film 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, film director and screenwriter Hong Khaou, said: “I am excited to be a part of Film London’s Lodestars selection process. London continues to lead the way as a world class hub for talent in the screen industries, and with such a high calibre of talent to choose from, the 25 Lodestars of 2019 will definitely be ones to watch.”

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, those shortlisted have come from 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).

The Lodestars list will be announced at a celebratory event taking place on Thursday 28 March, 2019.

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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