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Film London Microwave – shortlist announced

Date posted: 15.12.2014

After a record-breaking open call which attracted 160 applications, 12 projects have been selected for the latest round of Microwave.

The projects shortlisted for the successful training-through-production scheme for talented London filmmakers are:

  • Butterfly Kisses
    Greer Ellison (writer), Rafal Kapelinski (director), Merlin Merton and David Braithwaite (producers)
  • Daphne's Inferno
    Nico Mensinga (writer), Peter Mackie Burns (director), Valentina Brazzini and Tristan Goligher (producers)
  • Engaged
    James Condon (writer) Adam Randall (director) Bennet McGhee and Matt Wilkinson (producers)
  • Kill Her Witch
    Faye Gilbert (writer and director), Yaw Basoah (producer)
  • Night Dances
    Johnny Kenton (writer and director), Jo Allan (producer)
  • Punch
    Ruth Ivo (writer and director), Rachel Wardlow (producer)
  • The Blue House
    Patrick Dickinson (writer and director), Sophie Venner (producer)
  • The New Thirty
    Wendy Okoi-Obuli (writer), Remi Vaughan-Richards (director), Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo (producer)
  • The Opposite of Everything
    Ruth Pickett (writer), Nour Wazzi ( director), Stephen Smith (producer)
  • The Visitor
    Sebastian Godwin (writer and director), Hugo Godwin (producer)
  • Unsung
    Ayndrilla Singharay (writer), Liam Creighton (director) Fiona Black (producer)
  • Worm
    Keir Burrows (writer and director), Dieudonnée Burrows (producer)

Meet the full shortlist and find out about their projects

the filmmakers through to the first round of Microwave

The best low-budget scheme in the world

Described by award-winning producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, Happiness) as "the best low-budget scheme in the world", Film London Microwave invests in the capital's brightest emerging talent.

Supported by the BFI and BBC Films, the commissioned films will be awarded £100,000 of the total production budget of £150,000. Shortlisted filmmakers will also receive up to £10,000 development funding for the first time.

Past successes

Cheng Pei Pei and Ben Whishaw star in Hong Khaou's Lilting.

The scheme has launched a number of successes including Hong Khaou's critically acclaimed Lilting, which was produced through the previous round. The feature had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year and went on to win Best Cinematography, and receive three nominations for British Independent Film Awards.

Reflecting London's diversity

Since launching in May this year, the team has been reaching out and engaging with almost 400 aspiring filmmakers, producers and screenwriters during a series of masterclasses and roadshows.

Owing to extensive outreach campaigns, 50% of the applicants applying had a writer, director or producer from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background.

Commenting on the announcement, Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission said "Microwave is a flagship project for Film London, and I'm proud that we've been able to expand the initiative to give more of London's filmmakers this opportunity."

He continues, "We are also working to ensure a better cross section of London's wonderfully diverse community is reflected in the slate".

What's next?

filmmakers through to the first round of Microwave meet at our networking drinks

Each shortlisted filmmaking team will have the opportunity to receive bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

The 12 teams will undertake an intensive five-day training 'bootcamp', Microschool. Funded by Creative Skillset, Microschool will enable teams to hone their scripts and develop their filmmaking skills. The Microwave panel will then choose six projects to take forward for a further six weeks of development, after which two projects will be commissioned.

More about the scheme

Microwave is Film London's £1.2m training-through-production fund which invests in London's brightest emerging talent and is set to produce six new features over three years. As well as support from script to screen, greenlit projects will receive £100,000, and have to raise the additional £50,000 themselves. Completed Microwave films will also have access to an additional £25,000 of ring-fenced funding to assist with distribution.

Find out more about the shortlisted films

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