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Recipients of Film London's Short Film Funds Announced

Date posted: 20.03.2014

• Almost 600 Applications Received
• 24 Teams Selected to Deliver Short Films for September
• Diverse Range of Talent Supported Across London – From Newcomers to Recognised Names
• Film-making Mentors Include Sally El Hosaini and Carol Morley

From almost 600 applications, Film London has selected 24 film-making teams to produce films through short film-making funds London Calling and London Calling Plus, which targets Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) film-making talent. Supported by the BFI, Creative Skillset and London borough partners, the funds are part of the BFI NET.WORK.

A wide and diverse range of talent from across the capital will participate in the schemes. Alongside new London talent, some established names have also successfully applied to the schemes. Riz Ahmed (Writer/Director Daytimer), Tara Fitzgerald (Director Prick Thy Neighbour) and Konnie Huq (Writer Ahmed and Mildred) are among the recipients chosen to fulfil their short film ambitions and will all be expanding their skillset through production roles they have never previously undertaken.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "The high calibre and sheer number of applications Film London has received for London Calling and London Calling Plus is a testament to the wealth of talent residing within our city. This is a hallmark year for Film London shorts, with London Calling open to all of the city's new and emerging film-makers regardless of borough for a second year and London Calling Plus funding voices from a sector of our creative community which is hugely underrepresented. Sincere thanks to the BFI, Creative Skillset and our borough partners, as well as the mentors and production executives who make our short film schemes a success year after year. I greatly look forward to seeing the finished products from all our fund awardees!"

The successful teams will now receive six training sessions before going into production from April. The completed films will screen for the industry at the London Calling Showcase in September and compete for the London Calling Awards, which includes a cash prize of £2,000 and is selected by a jury of industry experts.

19 teams have been awarded up to £4,000 through London Calling (previously called London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC)), open to all new and emerging film-making teams resident in the capital. London Calling is delivered with borough partners Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth, who provide additional opportunities and support to their film-makers as part of the scheme.

Five teams with a track record across film, television or theatre were awarded up to £15,000 through London Calling Plus. Aiming to champion underrepresented voices in the capital, London Calling Plus is this year specifically aimed at emerging BAME talent.

In addition to production funding, Film London is providing a programme of training and mentoring for all film-makers. The scheme's excellent track record has attracted a high level of mentors, including award-winning director Sally El Hosaini, Debs Patterson, Carol Morley, Hong Khaou, Josh Appignanesi and Tom Shkolnik.

Performance: Film & Media Insurance continues its support of Film London Shorts by sponsoring the London Calling Awards and offering a venue for five film-maker training sessions.   

Now renamed London Calling, LBFFC has produced over 170 short films. Many up-and-coming film-makers have used the fund to launch a career in the production industries and several have won prestigious international awards, including best European short film award at the Berlin Film Festival. LBFFC success stories of film-makers who have gone onto make debut features which have garnered industry and critical acclaim, include Alex Taylor (Spaceship), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far!) and Hong Khaou (Lilting).

London Calling

11 Minutes 26 seconds
Writer/Director/Producer: Ilona Blyth
Writer/Director/Producer: Turea Blyth

Ahmed & Mildred
Directors: Adam Horton, Joe Horton
Producer: Viggo Blegvad
Writer: Konnie Huq

Director: Isabel Anderton
Writer: Katie Boyles
Producer: Nuala O'Leary

Balsa Wood
Writer/Director: Dominique Lecchi
Producer: Agnes Meath Baker

Writer/Director: Peter Coventry
Producer: Nana Wilson

Writer/Director: Chi Yu
Producer: Kelly van Osch

Writer/Director: Orlando Cubitt
Producer: Jacob Swan Hyam

Writer/Director: Tom Bacon
Producer: Renee Tillott

Hollow Road
Writer/Director: Drew Pautz
Producer: James Levison

Next Tuesday
Writer/Director: Amber Hsu
Producer: Roopinder S Sood

Prick Thy Neighbour
Director: Tara FitzGerald
Writer/Producer: Lisa Jacobs
Producer: Georgina French

Writer/Director: Thomas Stoddart
Producer: Harry Burnett-Rae

Satan Has A Bushy Tail
Writer/Director: Louis Paxton
Producer: Chiara Ventura

Some Candid Observations on the Eve of the End of the World
Writer/Director: John Howlett
Producer: Cecilia Frugiuele

Writer/Director: Richard Turley
Producer: Ruth Wright

Terminally Happy
Writer/Director: Adina Istrate
Producer: Giannina LaSalvia

The Top Ten Reasons I'm Amazing!
Writer/Director: Frank Madone
Producer: Sukey Richardson

Writer/Director: Mark Kinsella
Producers: Ann Phillips, Nick Laurence

Voices Across Still Waters
Writer/Director: Ruth Grimberg
Producer: Claire Levy

London Calling Plus

Writer/Director: Nida Manzoor
Producer: Nell Green

Writer/Director: Riz Ahmed
Producers: Amy Jackson, Sophie Neave

Shadow Man
Writer/Director: Afia Nkrumah
Producers: Enrico Tessarin and Mirko Pincelli

Three Brothers
Writer/Director: Aleem Khan
Producers: Stephanie Paeplow, Matthieu de Braconier

Two Dosas
Writer/Director: Sarmad Masud
Writer: Nikesh Shukla
Producer: Rachelle Constant



For further press information, please contact:

Colette Geraghty
T: 020 7613 7680
M: 07917 437 699

Notes to Editors

About Film London

Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has thriving film, television and animation sectors that enrich the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.

Film London's activities include:

  • Managing the national remit for inward investment through film and television
  • Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London's position as a production-friendly region to attract investment through film, television and animation
  • Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
  • Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
  • Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
  • Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
  • Utilising opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's production industries and film culture

Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

About Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset is the licensed Sector Skills Council for the Entertainment Media, Fashion and Textiles, Publishing and Advertising. It is owned and invested in by employers working in social partnership with unions. It aspires to have the best skills and talent in the world to drive growth of the industries and the UK economy. Creative Skillset brings all parts of the Creative Industries together to add value through collaboration on workforce development.

Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund, which comprises industry and government co-investment. The film skills strategy focuses on addressing the vital skills and training needs of the industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: creating jobs, strengthening skills, building skills for the future and ensuring world-class film education.

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