Short film funds from Film London

film londonFilm London has just launched London Calling and London Calling Plus, two short film funds now open for application. Supporting London’s new and emerging film-making talent, the schemes will provide production funding between £4,000-£15,000 as well as training and mentoring from industry professionals.

London Calling is open to all London residents and is for new and emerging film-makers. London Calling Plus is for talent with significant storytelling experience and will champion under-represented minority voices, producing up to five short films from Black and Asian film-makers.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6th November 2013.

Find out more:

London Calling

London Calling Plus


Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers Programme at the Roundhouse

roundhouseWant to work in live broadcast or video production? If you’re aged 18-25 and not currently studying or working, get the skills you need for your career with mentoring from industry professionals on this FREE project at the Roundhouse in Camden.

What is it?
Develop creative and technical skills as a camera operator and editor over 11 days of workshops working with the latest industry standard equipment in the Roundhouse’s broadcast studios.

Gain 80 hours of real experience through volunteering on broadcasts of live events and making promotional films. You can also get involved in post-production, and get the self-shooting skills that are essential to succeed within a production company or as an independent filmmaker.

Is it for me?
You need to be aged 18-25 and not in education, employment or training to apply. This is a FREE project taking place intensively over four weeks, so you’ll need to be available for every session which includes evenings & weekends (see dates below).

Previous participants have ranged from the technically adept to the more creatively minded, you’ll gain lots of technical skills but you don’t have to be technical to apply!

Support is available to help with your travel and meal costs.

Deadline for applications: Mon 21 Oct, 10am

Find out how to apply by emailing

Portobello Film Festival: Glamour, grit and gratuitous fun from 28 August


Portobello Road comes alive again on August 28th with the 18th Portobello Film Festival, the FREE festival that guarantees glamour, grit and gratuitous fun. This 18th birthday edition has rock’n’roll as its theme, and more than 600 independent films to show. We can’t put it better than ‘The Independent’, “Forget Cannes: Portobello is the place for cinematic schmooze.”

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This year’s stand-outs include:

Opening night at the Louise T Blouin Gallery 
Featuring a roll call of top street art names such as Joe Rush (Paralympics Closing Ceremony), Alex ‘Wreckage’ Wright, Dotmaster, Cosmo, Teddy Baden and Inkie. The opening night show also has the world premiere of Anarchist, Phil Strongman’s Macolm McLaren situationist biopic, featuring the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood, Tracy Emin and McLaren himself.

£1,000 cash prize for best London film
Prize provided by the West London Film Network. Yes, that’s right a whole grand for the best new London film. That’s exactly £1,000 more than you get for winning an Oscar. The prize will be awarded at the Grand Awards Ceremony on 15th September at the Pop Up Cinema.

The London season at the Pop Up Cinema
Sponsored by the West London Film Network (, this season showcases new work by up-and-coming names like Greg Hall (Communion), Dean Puckett (Grasp The Nettle), and Andrew Wilkes (Molly Crows).

Venues and dates – all events FREE
28 August to 15 September
28 Aug – 1 Sept: Louise T Blouin Institute, 3 Olaf Street, London W11 4BE
29 Aug – 15 Sept: Portobello Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY
30 Aug – 15 Sep: Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ
3 Sept – 15 Sept: The Muse, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR
11 Sept – 13 Sept The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AW

Press contacts
Ken Macdonald at, 07977 924 218
Jonathan Barnett at, 07774 180 989

BFI programming development funding


The British Film Institute (BFI) is inviting applications to its Programming Development Fund, which seeks to enhance audience choice by enabling exhibitors to back more adventurous programming.

The Programming Development Fund supports high-profile programming initiatives of cultural significance with a wide reach. It’s looking for programmes that encourage curatorial ambition, achieve economies of scale and bring films to UK audiences in a fresh and original way.

Applicants and/or their partners should have direct experience of film exhibition and audience development activity in the UK. They may be cinemas, cinema chains, film festivals or arts organisations with experience of film curation.

Full information and application form is here.

Deadlines: 2nd September and 2nd December 2013

Calling budding young film makers!

qpr1If you’re aged 16 to 24, and interested in film making, there’s a new opportunity from QPR for volunteers that might be just right for you. The QPR in the Community Trust and the Octavia Foundation are going to make a film called ‘Story of QPR’ which will tell the story of Queens Park Rangers and the Loftus Road area.

The three-year project is looking for enthusiastic young people to volunteer on the project – and no experience is required. Volunteers will get some great experience including filmmaking, website design and developing a music track. They’ll also get the chance to do original research and to arrange a public event.

For more information, visit, check @StoryofQPR on Twitter, email project manager Serena Williamson at  , or call her on 020 8354 5639.

Film4 FrightFest returns to the Empire Leicester Square, 22nd to 26th August 2013

PageLines- frightfest2013.jpgFilm4 FrightFest returns for its 14th year to the Empire in London’s Leicester Square from Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August 2013. This year’s FrightFest is showing films at the main Empire 1 auditorium and two Discovery Screens. The new FrightFest Extra strand in Screen 2 is where you can catch up with any sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.

Film4 FrightFest aims to promote global horror and fantasy movies while highlighting the UK’s home-grown independent sector. An international selection of directors, actors and filmmakers will be discussing and showcasing their work. This year features more than 10 world premieres, five European premieres and a record twenty-three UK premieres.

Find out more at the FrightFest website, where you can also buy tickets from Saturday 27th July at 11.00 AM.

Mind the Gap! How to make it as a filmmaker beyond your first feature

eeflThe East End Film Festival is running a three-day training programme for new and aspiring film makers. The course is aimed at those who are moving from shorts to features, television to film or debut to slate.

Too many first-time filmmakers never make a second film. Prepare to move on from your first film triumph to a sustainable career in film with this three-day programme. The course will offer the roadmap that every film maker needs to avoid the pitfalls on the route to success.

Sessions will include insights from:
Penny Woolcock (director, One Mile Away)
Johanna von Fischer (head of British Independent Film Awards)
Joe Dunthorne (author, Submarine)
Nick Gonda (producer Tree of Life, CEO TUGG)
Fiona Neilson (producer, 24 Hour Party People)
Marc Isaacs (documentary director)
Rob Savage (director)
Peter Straughan (screenwriter, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Alex Boden (producer, Cloud Atlas)
Matt Harlock (director, The Bill Hicks Story)

Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2013

3 and 4 July at The Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE
5 July at 3 Mills Studios, Sugar House Lane, E15 2QS

How much?
One-day pass: £35
Three-day pass: £90
Both passes include lunch + daily extras

What else do I get?
Discounted entry to EMERGEA Field in England + Q&A, East End Live, plus two months FREE membership to


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WLFN online

Watch this website for news, events on seminars, showcases, q&as, and special screenings with top names from the film industry. WLFN.ORG will also be hosting films & contacts from film makers, and is developing a database of the new wave of London Film. WLFN will also provide funding information and public screening opportunities for film makers.


West London Film Network

With over 500 fully signed up members already, this network will provide much needed assistance, publicity, professional development, and networking for new film makers based in West London and beyond.

West London Film Network was launched in May 2013 at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W10.

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