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The Breakthrough strand is now open for applications

Deadline Monday 7 March

London Screenings is the only export market dedicated to UK film.

Now in its 13th year, the annual four-day export event provides a platform to celebrate and promote British films to the international market.

Buyers from all over the world come to see an exciting selection of new British films, meet UK sales companies, and negotiate international distribution deals. It also provides a market for over 30 British sales companies.

London Screenings will be at BFI Southbank from 20-23 June 2016.

Breakthrough for emerging filmmakers

The Breakthrough strand of London Screenings is a showcase for completed feature films from emerging British filmmakers seeking sales representation and international film festival exposure.

It also provides sales companies, buyers and festival directors from across the globe the chance to monitor new talent.

Emerging filmmakers from across the UK are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Read about the 2015 Breakthrough films

What you get

Films accepted into the Breakthrough strand will receive:

  • Two full accreditations to London Screenings
  • Access to the Delegate Centre where they can meet sales companies and buyers
  • Invitations to all London Screenings networking events
  • A list of sales companies and buyers attending London Screenings
  • An individual screening slot
  • Promotion on the London Screenings delegate website and brochure

Accepted films will incur a fee of £300 (plus VAT).

Please note that Breakthrough is intended for finding sales representation, not selling films directly to international buyers.

Criteria for submission

  • Films must be feature length and of theatrical nature and quality
  • Films must be completed and ready for delivery by June 2016
  • Films must be predominantly British. This could include a British setting, characters or subject matter, a UK-based production and filming, or UK cast and crew.
  • Priority will be given to titles not seen at other festivals or markets

Submit your film

To apply for Breakthrough please send a completed application form and a copy of your film (via online link or DVD) to Sara Bonakdar by email or post.

Sara Bonakdar
Film London
The Arts Building, Morris Place
London N4 3JG

Download the 2016 Breakthrough application form

The deadline for submissions is Monday 7 March 2016

For further information please contact Sara Bonakdar or Helena Mackenzie

London Screenings is funded and supported by the BFI, Mayor of London, Film Export UK and UK Trade & Investment.

Disclaimer: The London Screenings and Breakthrough strand will take place subject to funding being confirmed. In the event that it does not go ahead all Breakthrough applicants will be notified immediately.

“London Screenings has proven to be an essential industry event, contributing to strong British film sales and the development of British cinema.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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