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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.

Applications are now open.

Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 18 October 2016

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.

Apply to London Calling 

Apply to London Calling Plus


To ensure as many of London’s filmmakers as possible can access the fund, we’ll be travelling around the capital to answer your questions with our London Calling roadshow. Dates below.

Monday 19 September 9.30am, Ritzy Brixton 

Monday 19 September 6pm, Soho

Monday 19 September 7:30pm, Soho

Thursday 29 September 10am, Hackney Picturehouse

Monday 3 October 6.30-9.30pm The Cinema Museum

Friday 7 October 10am, Stratford East

Friday 7 October 6pm, The Exhibit, Balham

Monday 10 October, Crouch End Picturehouse

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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