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Short Films: London Calling

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Our annual short film scheme, London Calling, nurtures and champions the capital’s most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a comprehensive package of production funding, training and expert mentoring.

Previous shorts produced through London Calling include the Berlin Crystal Bear-winning Balcony, BAFTA-nominated Three Brothers, Riz Ahmed's Sundance-selected Daytimer, and Aspen Shortsfest-winning Two Dosas.

London Calling writers, directors and producers have gone on to make longer and more ambitious works, developing their careers within the moving image industries. Previous London Calling shorts have been selected, and won awards at, some of the biggest festivals around the world, and many of our London Calling directors have since moved on to make features. 

Applications for 2016 are now closed.

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London Calling has 15 awards of up to £4,000 for emerging London filmmakers, and London Calling Plus has five awards of up to £15,000 for BAME filmmaking talent with significant storytelling experience. 

Match funding can be sought for any film being produced through the scheme. 

The scheme culminates in the London Calling Showcase and Awards at BFI Southbank, with a Jury cash prize for one London Calling film, a top industry prize for one London Calling Plus film, and a DoP prize with £10,000 of kit hire from Panalux. A selection of the shorts are later screened at the BFI London Film Festival.

Follow what our filmmakers are up to with #LDNCalling on Twitter.

London Calling is proud to be a partner of the BFI.NETWORK, with funding from the BFI and Creative Skillset, and run with support of the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth. It is supported by Panalux and Island Studios, and Performance Insurance.

“I'm indebted to this scheme. After London Calling we were nominated for a BIFA, won a Crystal Bear in Berlin, and are getting development money for my first feature.”
Toby Fell Holden, writer/director Balcony (2015 slate)

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