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Launched in late autumn 2018, Film London Labs is a year-round programme of bimonthly events, talks, panels and workshops.

Historically, our support for filmmakers has started once they already have a script they want to produce and a team ready to produce it. Our experience suggested that offering filmmakers additional support while or even before they sit down to write their scripts would be a great help, as would creating regular opportunities for good people to meet other good people.

The Film London Labs series is designed for creators who are established in short form and working towards their first or second feature, those who have demonstrated experience in their craft and want to level up and meet potential collaborators. 

Each event hosts 50-80 emerging filmmakers (writers, directors and producers) with a track record in short form who are working towards their first feature or other longform work. Filmmakers must email us with their showreel and/or bio to gain access to our Eventbrite page. The events are not open to the public. 

If you would like to attend the next Film London Lab, please email Tickets are £24 but bursaries are available for those to whom cost is a barrier.

If you would like to find out about events designed for newer filmmakers, check out our BFI NETWORK events [Link to BFI NETWORK events calendar page] and the Equal Access Network.

Programming highlights include…


  • Filmmaker, writer, producer, and ultimate DIY-er Jim Cummings on transitioning from short-to-feature and doing it all yourself (preceded by a screening of his short, Thunder Road)

  • BBC Films Commissioning Executive Eva Yates on what to do (and what not to do) when approaching a commissioner

  • 42MP development executives Miriam Brent and Tom Williams on how to think of story and narrative in the world of TV

  • Filmmaker Nida Manzoor on earning TV credits as a platform to continue in film (preceded by a screening of her Channel 4 piece, Lady Parts)

  • Psychoanalyst Arabel Charlaff on writing complex characters through ‘fiction therapy

  • Writer/Director Shola Amoo on writing stories struck from life

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