London Calling Awards shorts showcase celebrates the capital's filmmaking talent
Date posted: 12.09.2014
Short film was put under the spotlight last night, as Film London celebrated emerging filmmaking talent at the London Calling Awards. Previously known as the Best of Boroughs (BoBs), the event champions the films produced through the London Calling and London Calling Plus schemes last year.
In a day-long event taking place at BFI Southbank, all 24 short films produced through the two schemes were screened to an audience of over 100 filmmakers, agents and other industry representatives.
Award winning talent
Competition was tough this year, with the Film London team receiving almost 600 applications in total. Of these, 19 films were selected to receive up to £4,000 in production support from the London Calling fund.
After being reviewed by a jury of industry representatives, the London Calling Award was presented to John Howlett for his film Some Candid Observations on the Eve of the End of the World. On selecting the winner, the Jury described Candid as "a fresh and imaginative short film which contains a genuine surprise for its audience."
Producer Stephen Woolley, who presented the award, stressed that short films are a training ground, allowing filmmakers to make mistakes and hone their craft.
This was also the very first year of London Calling Plus, a short film fund aimed specifically at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent which aimed to address the falling number of minority professionals working in the production industries. Five teams were awarded up to £15,000 to produce their shorts.
The five London Calling Plus shorts were watched and assessed by top director David Yates, who selected Two Dosas as the winning title. Director Sarmad Masud will now be given the chance to join Yates on the set of his new studio-backed feature, currently shooting here in the UK. Presenting the award, Yates praised the film industry's dedication to seeking out and supporting exciting new talent.
Another new prize introduced this year was the inaugural DoP Award for cinematography, supported by Panalux. Rose DoP Keidrych Wasley was awarded £10,000 worth of lighting equipment to use on his next project.
London Calling and London Calling Plus are supported by the BFI NET.WORK, Creative Skillset and London borough partners. The Awards event was supported by Performance Film and Media Insurance, and Panalux.
Apply now for 2014/15
Film London and British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton used the Award ceremony to relaunch the funds, announcing a London-wide call for applications with a deadline of Wednesday 22 October 2014.
London-based filmmakers - from those starting out to more established talent with a track record across film, television or theatre - are encouraged to apply. As well as funding, London Calling and London Calling Plus also provide training and mentors for all greenlit filmmaking teams. Previous mentors have included Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil), Carol Morley (Dreams of A Life), Hong Khaou (Lilting) and Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel).
You can find out more about the schemes and how to produce a strong application at one of eight London Calling roadshows taking place over the next six weeks
Feeling inspired? Get the guidelines, deadlines and application details now