The network has been developed by a range of partners including the Portobello Film Festival, Pop Up Cinema, The Tabernacle, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Service, and film makers in West London.
The network is open to everyone in the Royal Borough and beyond with a professional interest in film, and will actively promote and encourage membership. The heart of the network will be this digital hub and the Facebook page as both an information resource and a forum for debate and discussion.
Most importantly, the network is about its members – so join in now and play your part in shaping the West London Film Network.
The West London Film Network provides:
- Professional Development: including talks, seminars, Q&As: technical, production, creative and marketing advice from respected successful professionals.
- Regular networking events.
- Films by London film makers featured online.
- Information on funding sources and protocols at presentations and online.
- Synergy with the London Film Makers Convention.
- An annual Best London Film Prize of £1000.
- Mentoring and internship opportunities.
- Media support and marketing.
- An emphasis on developing digital technology as the future of film both in production and distribution.
- These offers will be delivered throughout the year at dedicated events, as part of the Portobello Film Festival in September, and online on the WLFN website.
Following over a year of brainstorming and events at the Portobello Film Festival 2011 a Launch Party at the Tabernacle was held on 15 May 2012 attended by the MayorJulie Mills, Cllr Paget Brown, and introduced by Colin Salmon where interested parties were encouraged to sign up for the Network and register interest in the steering committee.
Networking activities, live music, and film screenings were also featured. Greg Hall’s Bruised was premiered and erstwhile Portobello Rd busker Colin Salmon played Summertime on the trumpet.
Portobello Film Festival 2011 had included a week of WLFN events at the Pop Up and Westbourne Studios including evenings with directors from Film London’s Microwave fund, a 69 hour trailer challenge for film makers, and The People Speak’s interactive live debate on the Future of UK Film with London film makers that was podcast on the internet.
Portobello Film Festival 2012 featured 2 weeks of West London and Greater London screenings at the Pop Up Cinema, introduced by the directors including Julien Temple and Wayne G. Saunders, with relaxed and enjoyable networking for West London film makers. This mainly London film makers strand will be repeated at the Festival in future years.
Information desks throughout the 2011 and 2012 Festivals also gathered over 500 Network Launch cards from interested parties with their email address. These have been logged as a database.
A Facebook page has been set up and attracted 450 members since December 2011. The page has proved a lively forum with members posting film clips, online discussions about location sourcing and technical queries, plus regular links to the likes of First Light, Film London, Cannes Film Festival, BFI, Student Film Festival, RBK&C Arts, Raindance, London Short Film Festival, and funding and financing opportunities as soon as announced.
A steering committee featuring actress Jenny Runacre, author Courttia Newland, local cinematographer John Simmons, post production experts Dave Barnard and Katie O’Mahoney, and filmmaker Paolo Sedazarri, with observers from RBK&C and Portobello Film Festival was established on 15 October 2012 from interested parties. The steering committee will develop new projects according to the needs of the members, and set targets and goals, and monitor achievement progress.
Day to day running, based on the directions of the steering committee, will be delivered by the Portobello Film Festival infrastructure and staff.
This West London Film Network website was showcased live for the first time to a very glamorous audience at The Elgin on Ladbroke Grove in July 2013.
The 2013 Portobello Film Festival in September included over 260 London and West London films at the Pop Up Cinema providing unique screening and meeting up opportunities for the new generation of London film makers. A WLFN £1000 Prize for Best London Film was awarded to Wade Bayliss for “Birds Fly South” .
A Special Christmas Networking event, held on 20 December, was enjoyed by all, and featured hit West London movies “Birds Fly South”, “Circles”, and “1958 Riot Tour” featuring casts and crews.