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London Borough Film Fund Challenge 2013

Date posted: 20.03.2013

Funded through Creative Skillset's Creative Talent Development Fund, with support from the BFI, Performance Media Insurance and seven participating boroughs, Film London presents the London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC) award to 18 creative and dedicated groups of film-makers to fulfil their short film ambitions.

Thanks to a boost in funding, this year marks the first time the LBFFC scheme was open to film-makers from all London boroughs. The successful teams receive six training sessions through March before going into production in April and delivering the films by mid-July. The Best of Boroughs (BoBs) Showcase is scheduled for week of 9 September 2013, where one team will win the £2,000 Jury Prize.

Genre and form are at play in this year's roster of short films: fantasy and social realism are blended in The Dentist from Toby Forrester-Paton and Suzy Frize-Williams, grim gangster drama gets Kafkaesque twist in Wasps Nest from Joseph Mannion and Eoin Glaister and a romantic picnic becomes psychological drama in The Field from Andrew Orr, Matt Jones and Kirk Lane.

Film London is delighted with the range of styles in this year's selection: from documentary in Little Ones from Joanna Coates and Lindsey Dryden, to experimental in Atalanta from Nadia Hammond and Holly Wells, to sports comedy in Battlecock from Ben Mallaby, Toby Williams and Liza Marsh.

A heartening trend of intelligent onscreen representation of differently abled people can be seen in this year's selection. A man with learning disabilities finds meaning in a sentimental greeting card in Some Things Mean Something from Dee Meaden and Oliver Verschoyle; an agoraphobic man who has retreated from the world is pushed into it with Mr Torquay's Holiday from Aaron Trinder, Felicity Oppe and Lucy Ross; an alien superhero masquerading, perhaps, as a boy with autism is brought to life in In My Own Wor(l)ds from Enrique Rovira, Veronica Martin and Grant Cummings; a relationship between a carer and the person they work with is touchingly revealed in Anita from Geoff Bellhouse and Emily O'Connor; and a pregnant woman addresses the high possibility of having a child with Down's Syndrome in I Don't Care from Carolina Giammetta, Penny Linfield and Mary Kearns.

Parental relationships, or lack thereof, make another trend in this year's selection: a boy learns about his father's hidden past after his death in Close from Geoffrey Taylor and Sam George; a young girl clashes with her single mother in Pooja Nights from Tanjil Rashid, Charlie Weedon and Daniel Marcx; and a lonely and neglected 12 year old hides out on a rooftop in Up On the Roof from Nour Wazzi, Anthony Attah and Tom Harberd.

This year's short films bring all corners of London to light, with film-makers from across the capital capturing "their" city. Carriage from Ed Rigg, James Davidson and Matt Wicks is set entirely on the tube, while On The Bridge from Danny de Warren, Sameer Patel and Elena Fuller brings new light to Waterloo Bridge, Woodhouse from Fred Rowson and Christine Cheung explores a South London nature reserve and Streets in the Sky from Julian Brown and Tim Sargent pulls a Clapham tower block into sharp focus.

377 teams applied for LBFFC awards of up to £4,000. 45 projects across London were shortlisted for development over four to six weeks and 18 projects (seven more than last year) received offers of awards by the end of February.

Applicants from participating boroughs Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Redbridge went through a selection panel including borough members and a representative from Film London; applicants from other London boroughs went through a Film London selection panel.

For more information on the LBFFC, please visit: http://filmlondon.org.uk/boroughfilmfunds  

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