Microwave returns to fund London’s most talented filmmakers – targeting the next generation
Date posted: 08.05.2014
Fresh from the success of Hong Khaou's Lilting, Film London Microwave is back. This time, the project will invest over £2 million in training, funded development, mentoring and financing, production and distribution.
Through a new partnership with the BFI, the scheme's long term partners BBC Films and Creative Skillset are also returning to offer this unique opportunity to London's emerging filmmaking talent.
Integrated funding for Training, Development, Production, and Distribution
The new edition of the scheme will produce up to six features over three years, taking filmmaking teams through a funded development and training period, before going into production with budgets of £150,000, and with additional funding ringfenced to support distribution.
As part of Film London's commitment to championing diversity amongst London's filmmaking community, we will undertake a comprehensive outreach programme for Microwave. We will engage the city's best storytellers, with the ambition to long-list at least 50% BAME filmmakers.
With the call for applications opening later this month, this iteration of Microwave will develop and train up to 36 filmmaking teams over three years. It will see filmmakers undergo an intensive period of development to hone scripts, stories and skills in preparation for production. All applicants that make the long list will have access to experienced industry mentors who will help them develop their project.
The scheme will produce up to six features, at production budgets of £150,000, with additional funding ring fenced to support distribution.
Film London Microwave broke new ground when it launched in 2006. Backing micro-budget projects it provided a new model of film financing, supporting the next generation of London's filmmaking talent.
From BAFTA-nominated Shifty to Ben Drew's attention-grabbing Ill Manors via the eccentric documentary The British Guide to Showing Off, the films supported as part of the first slate showcase the diverse stories that Londoners have to tell.
Hong Khaou's critically acclaimed Lilting is the final film from this slate. Due to be released in the UK this summer after premiering and winning an award at Sundance Film Festival, it has been sold to a number of territories including North America - proof if any were needed that small budget films can splash big on the international scene.
Film London Microwave is made possible with funding from the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset