Film London’s Short Film Awards 2014

Film London presented the London Calling Awards, showcasing the 24 filmmaking teams who made a short film through London Calling and London Calling Plus. The event ended a process which began with almost 600 applications.

New this year, London Calling Plus produced five shorts by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) filmmaking teams, delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK for supporting new talent. The films were assessed by top industry director David Yates, who selected Sarmad Masud as the winner with his film Two Dosas. Sarmad will now join David on the set of the major, studio-backed feature which he is currently shooting in the UK.

19 filmmakers also went head to head for the London Calling Jury Award, worth £2,000. This was selected by a jury of industry representatives including BAFTA-winning producer Stephen Woolley, who presented the award.Some Candid Observations on the Eve of the End of the World, directed by John Howlett, was announced as the winner.

Other members of the jury were Chris Collins, Senior Development & Production Executive of the BFI Film Fund,Finn Halligan, Film Critic at Screen International, Deborah Sathe, Film London’s Head of Talent Development & Production and Simon Young, Director of Acquisitions, Shorts International.

On selecting the winner, the Jury said: “Candid is a fresh and imaginative short film which contains a genuine surprise for its audience. It is cleverly directed and edited with great performances from a talented cast. The jury was filled with praise for a short that both moved them and made them laugh.”

All 24 films were screened as part of the Award ceremony and a selection of shorts will be screening as part of the London Calling programme at this year’s BFI London Film Festival on Thursday 16 October.

The inaugural DoP Award for best cinematography, supported by Panalux, was awarded to Keidrych Wasley forRose, who receives £10,000 worth of equipment towards his next film.

London Calling and London Calling Plus are supported by the BFI NET.WORK, Creative Skillset and London borough partners. The Awards event was supported by Performance Film, Media Insurance and Panalux.

A new opportunity for aspiring filmmakers

Adrian WoottonChief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, used the Award ceremony to relaunch the funds, announcing a London-wide call for applications with a deadline of Wednesday 22 October 2014.

London’s filmmakers – from those starting out to more established talent with a track record across film, television or theatre – are encouraged to apply. As well as funding, Film London, with support from Creative Skillset, provides training and mentors for all greenlit filmmaking teams. The scheme’s excellent track record has attracted mentors including Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil), Carol Morley (Dreams of A Life), Hong Khaou (Lilting) and Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel).

London Calling will produce up to 19 short films with awards of up to £4,000. London Calling’s London boroughs partners are Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth, who provide additional opportunities and support to their filmmakers as part of the scheme.

London Calling Plus will produce five shorts, offering £15,000 to emerging filmmaking talent. The fund will again target BAME talent, specifically addressing the fall in minority professionals working in the production industries as reported by Creative Skillset’s census.

Londoners can find out more about the schemes and how to produce a strong application at one of the eight roadshows taking place over the next six weeks.

Adrian Wootton said: “I am delighted our short film funds continue to produce outstanding and engaging work. Congratulations of course to our winners, but also all those who were selected – it was highly competitive, with almost 600 applications. There is such a demand for this kind of opportunity in London, which is why I am so pleased to be opening up the scheme again. I thank the ongoing support of our funders, our borough partners and of course the industry mentors who are crucial to making this scheme a success. I am also so excited the winner of the London Calling Plus prize will get the chance to learn from one our top directors – they will get firsthand experience of a major film production and benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience.”

Deborah Sathe, Head of Talent Development & Production at Film London said: “I am immensely proud of all our filmmakers this year. We have an extraordinarily diverse slate of films from stories of teenage mothers, to squirrels to aliens. I am hugely excited to begin the search to find our next filmmaking teams for 2015 and meeting the hopeful filmmakers at our forthcoming roadshows.”

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