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London Calling Showcase 2018

Date posted: 24.05.2018

Short film slate hits the big screen

Twenty filmmaking teams filled the aisles of the BFI Southbank's NFT3 on Wednesday 23 May for special day of screenings to see their short films on the big screen for the very first time. 

The films - made under the London Calling banner - ranged from documentaries and dramas to archly-observed comedies, and given the positive vibes in the room you could easily be mistaken for not knowing the amount of blood, sweat and tears that had gone into every single one of the projects. 

With the last batch of title credits fading from the screen, the teams then made their way to an intimate reception ceremony to find out who would be selected for the night's trio of awards.

Rewarding spectacular cinematography 

The first award of the night was the highly-prized DoP Award, specially selected by sponsors Panalux. The Award went to Sverre Sørdal for his work on the beautifully-shot A Perfect Turn, wherein a young ballet prodigy clashes with her mother. The Panalux team quipped that Sørdal could probably "get a good picture out of a box with a hole in it," as the film's writer/director Minha Kim picked up the award - and voucher for £10,000 worth of equipment hire - on Sørdal's behalf. 

The Jury decides

The London Calling Award, sponsored by Performance Insurance, was selected by an expert panel that included reps from the BFI, Sundance, Short of the Week, the British Council and Film London. The £2,000 prize was scooped by the team behind Night Out, with the jury stating: "Night Out is a fresh, fun and very well put together short film. The performances are strong, especially the lead, and it's very refreshing to see three women of colour in the central roles. It's a film that conveys a message that manages to be both gently political and completely universal, and we're all excited to see what Amelia and Harry do next."

David Yates' personal pick

The final award of the night was the coveted London Calling Plus Award. Presented by last year's winner Deepa Keshvala, the winner was personally selected by legendary UK director David Yates. "Haircut was my favourite," said Yates of his selection. "It made for compulsive viewing, was terrifically cast, with a great eye for human detail, with characters you cared for and believed in, and moments of genuine tension. Koby Adom's film was precisely and confidently made, he's a real talent."

Looking forward to the future...

With previous London Calling picks nominated for BAFTAs and BIFAs and screening around the world at festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca and Berlin we're sure there are great things in store for the writers, directors and producers behind the 2018 London Calling slate - keep an eye on the Film London Twitter feed and newsletters to hear the news first!

The 2018 selection represents the last slate for London Calling in its current incarnation. Going forward, we are excited to be working under the BFI NETWORK banner to identify exciting new London-based talent, identifying excellent short film prospects from new and emerging filmmakers and longer works suitable for early development funding. To find out how you might be able to bring your brilliant idea to life, click here

The 2018 London Calling and London Calling Plus slate was supported by BFI NETWORK, Creative Skillset and London borough partners Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth. The Awards are also supported by Performance Film and Media Insurance, Panalux, Direct Digital, Panavision and Moneypenny.


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