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Film London Microwave is Open for Applications

Date posted: 28.02.2011

Film London and BBC Films have launched the next round of Film London Microwave, the successful micro-budget feature film-making scheme. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 May, 2011.

Microwave, which also receives support from Skillset, is a groundbreaking training through production scheme. Opening the fifth round of applications, it is challenging London-based film-makers to shoot a feature film for up to £120,000 with cash and in-kind support - up from £100,000 in previous rounds. Successful teams are awarded production funding plus a bespoke programme of mentoring, training and support.

First launched in 2006, this is the fifth year of the scheme which has a slate of features that includes BAFTA®-nominated Shifty, and has seen all completed films achieve theatrical release in the UK. Five other features are currently in various stages of pre and post production. The scheme now has funding and training resources to produce five new features, bringing the slate to a total of 13.

"Through Microwave, Film London aims to stimulate a truly independent and unique approach to creative film-making," commented Film London Chief Executive Adrian Wootton. "The way the fund is set up - with cash funding plus professional mentoring and support from script to screen - provides film-makers the opportunity to develop both their creative and business skills in a hands-on environment. We are proud of Microwave's track record and its success in discovering new talent and progressing their careers; perhaps we will see them become the next generation of British Oscar® winners!"

Microwave provides an intensive approach to film-making with the emphasis on original ideas, tightly focused scripts and short production schedules. It is not aimed at those just entering the industry but for teams who are accomplished in producing short films, commercials or similar.

A key element of Microwave is Microschool, the four day 'boot camp' combining seminars and masterclasses, focusing on specific micro-budget topics alongside designated project development. Each team works closely with an established Director, Writer and Producer mentor to develop the project and the team.

New to the scheme this year, Microschool is followed by an extensive four month development period for selected projects ahead of the greenlight panel in early 2012.

To coincide with the launch, Microwave Online - the ultimate online guide to micro-budget film-making - publishes a new Learning Module: 'In the Mix'. Featuring case studies and top tips on the various aspects of sound production on a micro-budget it includes video interview with Ivan Chandler (CEO Musicalities Ltd), Larry Sider (Director, School of Sound), Mike Roberts (Composer, British Guide to Showing Off) and Richard Meredith (Sound Recordist & Mixer, British Guide to Showing Off). This is the fourth Learning Module to be published on the site.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 May. For more information visit www.filmlondon.org.uk/microwave5.

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