Networking Event for Film Makers and Choreographers: Monday 3 April, London

Big Dance, Channel 4 and the British Council are delighted to host this networking evening to facilitate partnerships for Big Dance Shorts India as part of UK/India 2017, led by the British Council and the Indian High Commission.

This exciting and high-profile platform for UK and Indian filmmakers and choreographers is commissioned by Big Dance, Channel 4, the British Council and is supported by People Dancing and the Mayor of London.

If you’re thinking of applying, have questions about the programme or are interested in meeting potential partners, join us at Rich Mix.

Monday 3 April 2017
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

We’ll be screening some previous Big Dance Shorts and hearing from previous applicants and representatives of British Council, Random Acts/Channel 4 and Big Dance. You’ll have time to meet others who are interested in making an application and seeking partners.

This event is free to attend, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information on Big Dance Shorts India, including guidance notes and an application form, visit the Big Dance Website.

Book your place for the networking event now

Portobello Film Festival 2017

The 22nd Portobello Film Festival runs from Thursday 31st August to Sunday 17th September and this year it’s returning to its spiritual home, the Pop Up cinema under the Westway, just off Portobello Road.

The Festival is now taking entries from film makers, and it’s completely free. Full details and the application form are here.

The Portobello Film Festival 2016 wants your films!


Dates for the 2016 Portobello Film Festival – the 21st edition of this entirely free extravaganza – have been confirmed as Thursday September 1st to Friday 16th September.

The Festival is now accepting entries, which are free. The deadline for entries is Wednesday June 1st 2016. For a printable entry form, click here. The entry form plus a copy of your film on DVD must be sent to Portobello Film Festival, ACAVA, 54 Blechynden Street, London W10 6RJ.

Residential course for young film makers

NFTSThe National Film and Television School (NFTS) is looking for filmmakers and film fans aged 16 to 19 to join its BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.

If you’re aged 16-19 and you are committed to working in the film industry, then this is the opportunity for you. NFTS is looking for 66 of the nation’s most promising young filmmakers to take part in a two-week film academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films.

You will also have master classes with top auteur and commercial filmmakers and learn a craft specialism, such as directing or sound. The academy is open to those who enrol in one of the regional film academies and to others who have the necessary talent and enthusiasm.

The residential will take place from Monday 28th March to Friday 8th April 2016 at the NFTS in Beaconsfield and at Lane End Conference Centre in High Wycombe. There will also be a weekend residential of activities on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016 at the same venues, so if you want to take part you must be available on all those dates.

Candidates for Screenwriting have an earlier application deadline, because they will be writing the scripts for the short films and will additionally attend a weekend course at the NFTS on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015.

The craft residential costs £99 and you will have to pay your own travel expenses. Bursaries to cover costs will be available on application to invited applicants who cannot afford the fee and/or travel costs.

To apply for this one-off opportunity you should:
– Be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the academy programme.
– Be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration
– Have a passion or talent for filmmaking
– Have evidence of this talent in scripts, treatments or online material, such as videos which you have made or to which you have contributed.
– Be free on the relevant dates.
– Be committed to a career in the film industry
– Have someone who knows your work and is prepared to write a supporting reference (e.g. a teacher, industry professional or leader of one of the network film academies)

For full details about the residential course and how to apply, visit the NFTS website.


Portobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!

lucysparrowPortobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!

Friday 4th to Sunday 20th September 2015
Every evening from 6 to 10.30pm

1) Portobello Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)

2) The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.

600 new films
The Festival will be screening 600 new independent films this year at its two venues, the Portobello Pop Up Cinema and the Muse Gallery. The programme includes the Independent London Film Festival and a mini Spanish Film Festival.

As always, the focus of the Festival is to showcase new film makers working outside the dreary constraints of mainstream media. The Portobello Film Festival exists to celebrate the individual, eccentric, nonconformist film making that produces the household names of tomorrow.

Lucy Sparrow
Renowned artist Lucy Sparrow, whose hand-sewn ‘The Cornershop’ caused a sensation in 2014, has designed this year’s cover art, which appears above. Lucy’s website.



For more information, email Ken Macdonald at

Short Horror Film Competition

thefear1Could you create a short horror film that can terrify an entire cinema audience?

The Fear wants to hear from you!

Studio Lambert, the makers of BAFTA-award winning Gogglebox, is making a new series for BBC3 and your short horror film can be part of it.

We are looking for the best short homemade horror films (under 4 minutes) to show to a cinema audience, who will vote for the scariest. The lucky winner will receive funding towards their next film project.

For more information please email:

Closing Date: 24th July 2015

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Applicants must be over 16.
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Free TV production courses for 18- to 25-year-olds

bloombergAre you a filmmaker aged between 18 and 25 looking to break into the world of live television?

If you are unemployed, in training or education, the Bloomberg Broadcast Programme is a completely FREE fast track course that will give you the skills you need to progress in the industry.

This seven-week course offers training and hands-on experience in video production and live broadcast, through intensive workshops and working on productions at the Roundhouse. The project starts with 10 days of workshops in how to use broadcast quality camera equipment and edit using the latest software and technology in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios. After this, your training will continue alongside gaining real experience in film production to boost your CV. You’ll get 40 hours of volunteering at Roundhouse festivals and events, including live broadcasts, promotional films and video productions.

The project will give you a thorough grounding in self-shooting and post-production, which is essential to succeed within a production company or as a freelance filmmaker.

To apply, you’ll need to have created video content yourself, but we don’t mind what software or equipment you used or how you did it. Ideally, you’ll have some experience of teamwork as well. Financial support is available to help with your travel and meal costs. Working hours will include some evenings and weekends and will require you to attend three days a week. Please note you must be able to attend all the workshops and production sessions to take part.

Find out more at our Taster Evening on Friday 3rd July. To book your place, please register your interest when you submit your application.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 6th July
Interviews will take place between 10am and 5.30pm on Friday 10th July

Apply here.

Portobello Film Festival 2015 dates

Blek-Le-RatDates for the 2015 Portobello Film Festival – the 20th edition of this entirely free extravaganza – have just been confirmed as Thursday 3rd to Sunday 20th September. The Festival’s main venue will again be the Pop-up Cinema on Acklam Road, under the Westway, just by Portobello Road.

Entries for the Festival – for which there is no charge – are now being accepted. Entries must be on DVD and the deadline is Monday June 1st 2015. DVDs must be accompanied by the official entry form which you can download here. Web links are not accepted.

Portobello Film Festival

Make a music video and win $5,000

hollieGlobal production studio Dave Stewart Entertainment (DSE) and SB.TV are offering film and video directors the opportunity to get their break in the music video business. The selected video director will be represented by DSE, have their video premiered by SB.TV and receive $5,000.

Hollie Stephenson, a 16 year old singer/songwriter from London, releases her debut album this year and needs a new official music video.

One video director will be selected by DSE and Jamal Edwards MBE of SB.TV to develop their concept into a final masterpiece. They will have regular access to the DSE team for their creative sessions, editing advice and footage of Hollie where needed.

The deadline is Monday 23 February 2015 at 6 pm GMT

For more information and to submit your idea, click here.

Free screening of Leo The Last

leothelastJoin V&A’s Community Artist in Residence, Constantine Gras, for a free screening of John Boorman’s 1969 film Leo The Last on Sunday 1st February at 10.00am at the Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ).

Directed by Boorman between his Hollywood films Point Blank and Deliverance, the film fuses drama, comedy and political comment as it follows an aristocratic landlord who moves into a slum area in Notting Hill and becomes radicalised by his oppressed Afro-Caribbean residents.

In his seminal History of West London Films, Tom Vague wrote, “Marcello Mastroianni (from La Dolce Vita) stars as Leo, an alienated aristocrat who brings about a ‘firework revolution’, in which his façade house across Testerton Street (on the site of the Lancaster West Estate) is destroyed. Brinsley Forde of Aswad is the lead black kid Bip. The pub is the Bramley Arms.”

The film is an 18 certificate, and this showing is in rare 35mm print.

For free tickets please contact Constantine Gras at or 07508 996510.

This screening is supported by City Living, Local Life, the V&A, RIBA and Park Circus.