Film London Labs is a year-round programme of bimonthly events, talks, panels and workshops.

Historically, our support for filmmakers has started once they already have a script they want to produce and a team ready to produce it. Our experience suggested that offering filmmakers additional support while or even before they sit down to write their scripts would be a great help, as would creating regular opportunities for good people to meet other good people.

The Film London Labs series is designed for creators who are established in short form and working towards their first or second feature, those who have demonstrated experience in their craft and want to level up and meet potential collaborators.

Each event hosts emerging filmmakers (writers, directors and producers) with a track record in short form who are working towards their first feature or second feature, or other longform work. Filmmakers must email us with their showreel and/or bio to gain access to our Eventbrite page. The events are not open to the public.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are endeavouring to shift our offerings online until it’s safe enough to meet again. If you would like to attend the next virtual iteration of Film London Labs, please email us.

If you would like to find out about events designed for newer filmmakers, check out BFI NETWORK and the Equal Access Network.

Programming highlights include…
  • Filmmaker, writer, producer, and ultimate DIY-er Jim Cummings on transitioning from short-to-feature and doing it all yourself (preceded by a screening of his short, Thunder Road)
  • BBC Films Commissioning Executive Eva Yates on what to do (and what not to do) when approaching a commissioner
  • Psychoanalyst Arabel Charlaff on writing complex characters through ‘fiction therapy'.
  • Filmmaker Charlie Shackleton and Electric Noir Studios on the future of cinema and immersive storytelling
  • 42MP development executives Miriam Brent and Tom Williams on how to think of story and narrative in the world of TV
  • Filmmaker Nida Manzoor on earning TV credits as a platform to continue in film (preceded by a screening of her Channel 4 piece, Lady Parts)
  • Writer/Director Shola Amoo on writing stories struck from life
  • Together Films and Charlie Phillips (Head of Video, the Guardian) on moving the needle on issues you care about through film