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London Calling Awards shine at the BFI

Date posted: 10.09.2015

Image from London Calling film Rainbow Party.

Emerging filmmaking talent from across the capital was on show at the BFI tonight, with 21 short films screened for the coveted London Calling and London Calling Plus Awards.

The winners were revealed as Rainbow Party and Balcony respectively, with the Director of Photography award going to Big Dog and a 'special mention' given to Little Soldier.

The competing films covered many genres, from comedy to horror, and mark the end of a year-long process for the filmmakers, who were selected from over 620 applications.

Sixteen films were made via the London Calling initiative and five via London Calling Plus, which champions black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) talent with a track record in storytelling. 

The winners

The London Calling Award winner, Rainbow Party, was awarded a £2,000 prize. The jury said of the film: "We felt it was brilliantly-performed and incredibly well-crafted, with excellent casting. It is rare to see teenage sexuality so bravely and intelligently interrogated."

London Calling Awards Rainbow Party

The London Calling Plus Award went to Balcony, and was hand-picked David Yates, the director of the final five Harry Potter films. This unique prize will see writer/director Toby Fell-Holden join Yates on the set of his latest major feature which is currently shooting in the UK. Says Yates: "The film has a strong and compelling premise that is both involving and surprising. Balcony held its own and sustained its hold over the viewer from the first minute to the last."

London Calling Awards Balcony

This year's DoP Award for best cinematography, supported by Panalux, was awarded to James Blann for Big Dog, who receives £10,000 worth of equipment hire towards his next film.

London Calling Awards Big Dog

Little Soldier was singled out for a London Calling Jury Award Special Mention, with the jury saying: "This film has been carefully-rendered, with strong direction and superb acting throughout. It was refreshing to see a short which captured its council estate setting's sense of community, rather than viewing it through a negative lens."

London Calling Awards Little Soldier

A selection of shorts will premiere at this year's BFI London Film Festival on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 October as part of the London Calling programme.

Applications for the next round of London Calling short film funds were also officially opened. 

Filmmakers have until Wednesday 21 October to apply, and can find out more at London Calling.

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