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Two films commissioned and call for applications for the next round of Microwave

Date posted: 14.05.2015

Chase thriller Kill Her Witch and psychological horror The Visitor have been commissioned and awarded £100,000 each through the latest round of Microwave.

The award-winning scheme's previous slate produced Hong Khaou's Sundance-winner Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw, and the BAFTA-nominated Shifty from Eran Creevy, who has since delivered two multi-million pound features including the upcoming Autobahn.

And our hunt for the best emerging London filmmakers continues as we open for a new round of applications! Don't miss out on the many opportunities offered for filmmaking teams with a feature film dream.

Funding and guidance 

In addition to the £100,000 award and the intensive training and mentorship received by the entire Microwave shortlist, Kill Her Witch and The Visitor receive additional support with their Microwave commission.

The projects will receive £10,000 development funding plus mentoring from industry experts and continued support from the Microwave team.

Microwave challenges filmmakers to produce a feature for up to £150,000, with the teams raising the remaining finance. Both films are expected to go into production later this year and, for the first time, completed projects can access up to an additional £25,000 funding to support distribution and exhibition.

The commissioned films

Selected from an unprecedented 160 applications, the two unique films launch bold voices and will challenge the perception of what micro-budget films are capable of achieving.

Kill Her Witch brings BAFTA-nominated writer/director Faye Gilbert and producer Yaw Basoah together for their third collaboration, continuing on from their BFI funded short The Line. Set in a dystopian future, the film follows two sisters as they run for their lives across hostile territory.

"We are absolutely delighted to have been commissioned by Microwave," says the team. "The support and enthusiasm for the project throughout its development at Microschool and with the mentors has been immense. We feel very excited and privileged to now be able to make Kill Her Witch – it’s a project we both feel very passionate about."

The Visitor, a psychological horror exploring family relationships, evolved from two similarly-themed short films, The Girls and The Rain Horse from brothers Sebastian Godwin (writer/director) and Hugo Godwin (producer).

"We are thrilled that The Visitor has been commissioned by Microwave – in particular as it has such a great track record for discovering exciting new voices," adds the team. "We faced tough competition from the other teams of filmmakers and it has been a privilege to work with all of them. We also want to extend our thanks to the mentors on the scheme and look forward to working with the team at Film London to bring The Visitor to the big screen."

Apply now!

Today also sees us launch a call for applications for the next round of the scheme, with London's filmmaking talent urged to mark the Tuesday 14 July deadline in their calendars.

Seeking bold, creative voices from across London, we aim to exceed 2014's record by engaging with over 500 ambitious London filmmakers through a proactive and targeted outreach programme. We're also continuing our commitment to championing diversity by longlisting at least 50% of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) filmmakers.

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