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Short Films: London Calling

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Our annual short film scheme, London Calling, is proud to be a partner of BFI Network. The scheme nurtures and champions the capital’s most exciting breakthrough filmmaking talent with a comprehensive package of production funding, training and expert mentoring.

Applications for London Calling 2017 are now closed. 

Previous shorts produced through London Calling include the Berlin Crystal Bear-winning Balcony, BAFTA-nominated Three Brothers, Riz Ahmed's directorial debut Daytimer, and Sundance, Tribeca and Berlin-selected White Riot: London

London Calling writers, directors and producers have gone on to make longer and more ambitious works, developing their careers within the moving image industries. Previous London Calling shorts have been selected and won awards at some of the biggest festivals around the world, and many of our London Calling directors have since moved on to make features. 

London Calling has 16 awards of up to £4,000 for emerging London filmmakers, and London Calling Plus has four awards of up to £15,000 for BAME filmmaking talent with significant storytelling experience. 

Match funding can be sought for any film being produced through the scheme. 

The scheme culminates in the London Calling Showcase and Awards at BFI Southbank, with a Jury cash prize for one London Calling film, a top industry prize for one London Calling Plus film, and a DoP prize with £10,000 of kit hire from Panalux. A selection of the shorts are later screened at the BFI London Film Festival.

Follow what our filmmakers are up to with #LDNCalling on Twitter.

London Calling is proud to be a partner of the BFI.NETWORK, with funding from the BFI and Creative Skillset, and run with support of the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark and Waltham Forest. It is supported by Panalux and Island Studios, and Performance Insurance.

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“I'm indebted to this scheme. After London Calling we were nominated for a BIFA, won a Crystal Bear in Berlin, and I'm getting development money for my first feature.”
Toby Fell Holden, writer/director Balcony (2015 slate)

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