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Short filmmakers get chance to take skills to next level

Date posted: 17.09.2015

We've joined forces with Creative England to launch Alumni, a new talent development scheme.

The scheme has been created for short filmmakers who have demonstrated skill, flair and creative vision with their previous short films for our London Calling and Creative England's iShorts initiatives.

18 filmmaking teams have been selected to take part, and will benefit from further support to take them to the next stage of their film careers. The teams will also have access to experienced industry mentors, thanks to Creative Skillset.

The fund

Each Alumni team will receive £15,000 to make their next short film, with the aim of making a distinctive, higher-budget short that indicates the type of feature film they would ultimately like to produce and help them further build a foundation on which to develop a career in the film industry.

Additionally, the filmmakers can apply for £5,000 towards feature film development support. This could include researching ideas, working with a script editor, work towards a draft or developing a treatment.

Championing emerging talent

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "Our shorts schemes give up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to break into a tough market. Often this is the start of a positive, ongoing relationship, and we'll work with filmmakers as their careers develop, often through a range of schemes that cover everything from sales and distribution through to our landmark feature film fund."

London Calling Alumni taking part in the scheme include Katie Boyles and Nuala O'Leary (Augustina); Dominique Lecchi and Agnes Meath Baker (Balsa Wood, pictured); and Drew Pautz and James Levison (Hollow Road).

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