Our annual short film scheme, London Calling, is a major springboard for the teams who make films with us. Writers, directors and producers have all gone on to make longer and more ambitious works, developing their careers within the moving image industries. We are proud of the industry interest that our annual slate attracts.
Previous London Calling shorts have been selected, and won awards at, some of the biggest festivals around the world. These include Sundance, Berlin, Clermont Ferrand, Rotterdam, Flickerfest and SXSW. We regularly show a selection of London Calling films at the BFI London Film Festival, and several of our shorts have won or been nominated for BAFTAs.
Many of our London Calling directors have since moved on to features. Hong Khaou made Lilting through Microwave, which was BAFTA-nominated and sold to 15 territories; Alex Taylor made Spaceship, which premiered at SXSW and screened at LFF; Stephen Fingleton made The Survivalist, which won a BIFA and was BAFTA-nominated; and Destiny Ekaragha made Danny and the Human Zoo, written by Lenny Henry for the BBC. Sebastian Godwin and Rene Pannevis both previously made successful shorts with us, and will shoot their first features by 2017 through our Microwave feature scheme.
Find out what some of our London Calling alumni have to say about the scheme, and how it helped to further their filmmaking careers.
Toby-Fell Holden won the London Calling Plus Award in 2015 with his short film Balcony. The film picked up awards at Flickerfest, Calgary Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival and Dinard British Film Festival, along with a Crystal Bear win at Berlin and making the Academy Awards longlist. Toby was named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow.
Rene Pannevis directed Jacked, starring Thomas Turgoose and Charley Palmer Rothwell, through London Calling in 2015. It was nominated for a Crystal Bear at Berlin and picked up an Audience Award at Lille. His debut feature will shoot in 2017.
Nida Manzoor wrote and directed action-comedy 7.2 through London Calling Plus in 2014. It screened at the BFI London Film Festival and the LA Comedy Festival, and was picked up by Big Talk to be adapted into a TV series. She is currently developing her first feature.
Eva Sigurdardottir directed Rainbow Party through London Calling in 2015. The film was shot in Iceland and won the Icelandic Academy Award for best short film. Eva continues to work as a producer as well as prepping her new short, and is currently planning and developing her first feature.
London’s Screen Archives, recently held the Screen Heritage conference “Future-proofing Our Collections: Unleashing the Power of Archive Film” to discuss the value of archive film and its potential to bring together communities and inspire new audiences.