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Film London Microwave

Microwave is Film London's ground-breaking feature filmmaking scheme. It has helped to produce Hong Khaou's critically-acclaimed Lilting, BAFTA-nominated Shifty and Plan B's directorial debut, iLL Manors.

What's next? After a record-breaking open call attracted 160 applications, 12 filmmaking teams were selected for Microwave's latest round in December 2014. See the shortlisted projects here.

This unique scheme doesn't just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.

Aiming to champion London's unique film making population like never before, we are undertaking a targeted outreach campaign in the lead up to the deadline for applications. For the first time we will be offering development funding for successful projects, and offering distribution support to green-lit films. 

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Development support

To ensure filmmaking teams can hone their scripts, stories and skills we're offering an extended development programme to up to 36 filmmaking teams – including bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

With support from Creative Skillset, our five day training 'bootcamp' Microschool offers an intensive program of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries covering all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.

Shortlisted teams are then given a three-month funded development period, until the final projects are selected for production.

Two features from the first round will be commissioned and later green lit for production.

Development funding

Thanks to the BFI and BBC Films, we are able to now offer not only production funding, but for the first time also support you through the development phase.

If your project is longlisted you have the potential to receive development funding of up to £10,000 per team. The 12 teams participating in Microschool get £1,000; if you're one of six projects to proceed to the next stage you receive a further £2,000 and if it is commissioned you get an additional £7,000 to support you through the development process.

Production funding

Film London Microwave will be funding up to six features over three years with production budgets of £150,000. If successful, your team is provided with £100,000 funding directly from Film London and we support you in raising the additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.

Distribution funding

Ensuring we support you every step of the way, all completed projects have the opportunity to have access to up to £25,000 of funding to support distribution strategies.

Representing London's diversity

Microwave aims to support bold and surprising cinema that will grow and excite audiences, and contribute positively to an increasingly diverse landscape for British film. We want to champion diverse and dynamic emerging filmmaking talent, and enable you to make your first features within a fully integrated production environment.

With the aim that Film London Microwave reflects the capital's population, it's our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Film London Microwave is funded by the BFI and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

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“The best low-budget scheme in the world”
Ted Hope, producer (Happiness, 21 Grams)

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