London Short Film Festival 2015

LSFFNow in its 12th year, the London Short Film Festival is on now and runs until January 18th. This year, it’s as confrontational as ever, proving that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

LSFF is an annual event that presents the best in UK short film-making talent. For a couple of weeks in January it takes over London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase some amazing short films. The festival also includes live music and parties.

See the full programme here.

Runner Training

Want to work in film and television?
The Production Guild’s Runner Training is designed to prepare you for working in the film and television industry. The next course is commissioned by Film London for London Residents and will take place on 28 – 29 January 2015 at Rich Mix, Venue 1, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

This course will be delivered by leading film and television industry professionals and will cover what is expected of you in such a demanding yet rewarding work environment.

It will also help to channel your ambition into achievable career routes in film and TV.

This next course is subsidised by Film London and therefore the cost for this two day course is only £41 for 2 days (plus VAT and booking fee).

Book your place here.

The Production Guild

Film London

BFI film promotion and distribution course

bfi raw shortsRaw Shorts, the programme of short courses from the BFI, is running a one-day course on how to get your film promoted and distributed on Saturday January 17th 2015. The course is for 15- to 25-year-olds only and tickets are £6 or £10 for two if you bring a friend. Tickets go on sale online from Tuesday 9th December at 11am.

The course looks beyond the completion of your short film and focuses on finding your audience. Industry producers, festival directors, film distributors, and film marketers will discuss the best way to get your short film promoted and seen by others during an onstage Q&A.

This will be followed by a master class to help you develop a marketing package and distribution strategy for your film. At the end of the day, there will be an informal networking session with industry experts and your fellow filmmakers.


Nour Festival: Films at Leighton House

nourlargeThere are a series of film showings coming up at historic Leighton House in Kensington as part of the annual Nour Festival of Arts. The Festival shines a light on the very best in contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture. It takes place in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is organised by the Council’s Arts and Culture Service.


Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm screening for all shows.

Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ.
An evening of five short films curated by Yasmin El Derby.

Tickets cost £8 or £6 for concessions.
In Arabic with English subtitles
A darkly comic tale from acclaimed Egyptian film director Amr Salama, Excuse My French (2014) is the story of Hany Abdallah Peter, a child whose life is turned upside down by the death of his father and his mother’s discovery of the huge debts they have to pay.

Following the screening, director Amr Salama talks to author and political-economist Tarek Osman.

Tickets cost £7 or £5 for concessions.
This is the premier of the winning film of the British Council’s Zoom Short Film Competition which aims to discover Yemeni filmmaking talent.

Into Film Festival – free films!

intofilmfestivalThe nationwide Into Film Festival is now underway and running until Friday November 21st with screenings, Q&As and workshops for young film buffs and filmmakers all over the UK – and it’s all free!

Bookings are still open for the festival, but places are filling up fast. Venues in West London include The Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Kensington, Vue Shepherds Bush and Vue Westfield.

Find out what’s on and book free tickets here.

Find out more about the festival here.

Boris hails London film makers

testamentLondon Mayor Boris Johnson hailed the success of film making in London at the BFI London Film Festivals at the world premiere of Testament of Youth on October 14th. The film stars Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander, pictured above.

Speaking on before the screening, the mayor heralded London as a booming centre for production and thanked Film London’s role in making it happen. He went on to reveal new statistics showing that more features are being shot in the capital than ever before. Over 100 features were shot on location in London in 2013, compared to 60 in 2012.

The Mayor credited the “creativity and dynamism” of the capital’s filmmakers for helping to elevate London to its current position as “an important global hub for film production.”

He continued, “We are working closely with Film London to ensure that this city continues to compete with those other great filmmaking centres New York and LA. I am delighted to support this hugely important sector, which generates billions for our economy and brings thousands of jobs to the capital.”

Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, added that he was proud to be working alongside the Mayor of London to support the Festival. “Not only a flagship cultural event for our great capital, it has also become an important event on the international film industry calendar.”

Testament of Youth is an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s well-loved memoir of the same name. Produced in the UK and featuring a host of home grown talent, the film was partly shot in London, at locations such the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and a Smithfield church. The cast includes Kit Harington, Emily Watson, Dominic West and Colin Morgan.

Watch the Testament of Youth trailer here.

Film London funding schemes

filmlondonBoost Award
If you have an idea for an exciting and ambitious film event Film London’s Boost Award may be able to help with screening fees, take care of film transport or bring over a guest speaker to make your screening extra special. The £3,000 fund also facilitates new partnerships between Hub Members to help ensure your special event reaches wider and more diverse audiences. The deadline for applications is Friday 21st November 2014.

To get a Boost Award, you need to be a member of Film Hub London. Led by Film London, Film Hub London is a network of film exhibitors in the capital that share a common goal: to ensure cinema is accessible to as many people across the city as possible. Membership of the Hub is free and open to all exhibitors in the capital – big and small.

Find out more about the Boost Award here.

Community Screen Scheme
Film Hub London has partnered with Vue Cinemas, ODEON and Cineworld on the Scheme to give community groups the opportunity to deliver events in state-of-the-art facilities in their area. Six of this year’s funded projects will partner with Vue, ODEON or Cineworld, with two projects taking place in partnership with each organisation.

The deadline for the scheme is Friday October 31st 2014.

Find out more about the Community Screen Scheme here.

Film London

Berlin British Shorts – submissions wanted

berlin shortsThe 8th Lichtspielklub British Shorts Film Festival, held in Berlin, is now looking for submissions. Berlin British Shorts runs from 16th to 19th January 2015 at the Sputnik Kino and other venues around the city.

The Festival showcases the most exciting, funny, strange and thrilling short films from the home of dirty weather. All genres are welcome including drama, comedy, thriller, animation, experimental, documentary, horror, science fiction and music.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th November 2014.

Download the submission form and guidlines here

Berlin British Shorts

Sci-fi very short film comp

4shortfilmProduction company RIVERFILM is running a sci-fi very short film competition with a £1,000 prize. The company wants to see a 16-second science fiction film that reworks, reinvents or reimagines classic sci-fi movie conventions.

Entrants are invited to include anything from space travel, time travel, teleportation, futuristic technologies, aliens, androids, spaceships, UFOs, parallel universes, wormholes, black holes and everything in between…

The winner of Four4 2014 will walk away with an out-of-this-world prize of £1,000.

DEADLINE: Friday 31st October 2014

Full competition details are here

Portobello Film Festival – Download programme!

Portobello Film Festival posterDOWNLOAD PROGRAMME HERE

Here it is, the document you’ve been waiting for all year, the full programme for the 19th Portobello Film Festival! As always, the Festival is a superb smorgasbord of all that’s best in independent film from London, the UK and the world. As well as comprehensive listing of all films, the programme includes a fascinating historical trip around Notting Hill from distinguished local chronicler Tom Vague, where he disentangles myth and reality.

3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY.
Once again, the main venue is the Pop-up Cinema just off Portobello Road, under the Westway. Come to the Pop-up for London films, UK films, documentaries and a host of other themed nights such as Love, Comedy, Thrillers, Horror and Music. You’ll also find a bar there offering some carefully calibrated boho ambience, plus booze and snacks.

130 Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HJ.
Our new venue this year is the KPH pub on Ladbroke Grove, Vince Power’s latest venture which continues the life and heritage of a fine old pub. As well as the Launch Night on Thursday 28th August, 7pm (you’re invited), come to the KPH to see Rock and Roll films and for An Evening with Michael Horovitz, Notting Hill’s Prince of Poetry (Friday 12th September). The KPH also hosts the Video Cafe when you turn up and choose the films (Noon to 7pm Sunday 14th September).

242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ
This is where you’ll come to get a flavour of what’s happening internationally in the world of independent film. Movies from Spain, France, Germany, the Ukraine, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, Turkey, Romania, the USA and Italy all feature.

Powis Square, W11 2AY
Not to be missed – an evening of films from the Caribbean. This year we’ve teamed up with The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase, aka La Muestra, another Caribbean film festival based in Cuba.

269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR
Showing a selection of some of London’s fines contemporary urban artists, including Lucy Sparrow, Inkie, #CodeFC, Masai.

Films will be featured on the West London Film Network website,

Ken Macdonald at