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01/11/2012

London Film-Making Fund Launched

Film London has launched the London Borough Film Fund Challenge 2012/13 (LBFFC), a short film fund for aspiring film-makers, open across the whole of London for the first time.
An award-winning grassroots production scheme responsible for kick starting a number of film-making careers, the LBFFC is supported by Creative Skillset and delivered in partnership with seven London Boroughs.
The application process for LBFFC is now open: www.filmlondon.org.uk/boroughfilmfunds.
The LBFFC includes production funding, alongside mentoring and a training programme for the selected film-making teams. With an open application process, the LBFFC is available to grassroots talent who are resident in London. The London boroughs of Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark and Wandsworth have partnered with Film London to provide additional opportunities to their local residents.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London & the British Film Commission said: "Film London is committed to discovering and nurturing creative talent and the film-makers of tomorrow. The LBFFC is key to our talent development strategy, offering a grassroots opportunity to aspiring film-makers and has seen much success in starting careers across all levels of film-making, both in front of and behind the camera. Therefore we are delighted we are now able to extend this successful fund to offer it to all London residents. This is thanks to the ongoing support of Creative Skillset, and also our borough partners whose investment sees increased opportunities for their local residents."
Dan Simmons, Creative Skillset’s Head of Film said: "The LBFFC is an important opportunity for grassroots talent to start developing their film skills in a nurturing, industry environment and experience, perhaps for the first time, the realities and processes of getting a film made and finding an audience. We are delighted to be able to continue supporting this Film London initiative which has produced award-winning films and talent, and empowers film-makers to launch their career in the industry."
The LBFFC is funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of 'A Bigger Future 2', the UK film skills strategy.
Since its launch in 2006 the LBFFC has produced over 160 short films. Many up-and-coming film-makers have used the fund to launch a career in the production industries and several have won prestigious international awards, including best European short film award at the Berlin Film Festival.
www.filmlondon.org.uk/boroughfilmfunds
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