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29/08/2006

'Microwave' Project Launched For London-Based Film-Makers

Film London has recently launched Microwave a new project for London-based film-makers to produce ten micro-budget feature film projects in the capital.
Microwave challenges film-makers to shoot a full length feature film for up to £100,000 with cash and in-kind support. The scheme will provide an intensive approach to film-making, with an emphasis on tightly focused scripts, short production schedules and commercial potential.
Microwave is open to film-makers working in documentary, fiction and to artists working with the moving image.
Backed by the BBC, the scheme provides up to £75,000 of direct funding per project together with a unique professional mentoring scheme from leading industry figures including directors and producers:
  • Stephen Frears (Mrs Henderson Presents)
  • Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice)
  • John Akomfrah (Seven Songs for Malcolm X)
  • Sandy Lieberson (Rita, Sue and Bob Too)
  • Jeremy Thomas (Sexy Beast)
  • James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain)
Film London and its partners will also offer a range of assistance including in-kind support from leading facilities and service companies, including Ascent Media and AFM Lighting; competitive locations fees from many of London's local authorities; and a 'revenue share' model which will return a generous percentage of any revenue back to the film-makers.
Completed projects will be broadcast on the BBC and have the opportunity to showcase at the annual London UK Film Focus sales event as well as at major international markets.
Director Stephen Frears said: "I wholeheartedly welcome and support the ethos Film London is trying to develop, to make London a good city to make films in, and look forward to seeing bright young talent emerging from this scheme."
The first deadline for applications has passed. An announcement will be made in regards to the second round, sign up to the Film London weekly bulletin via the website for further updates at www.filmlondon.org.uk/
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