"New Announcement from Film London !
Microwave feature film fund launches
Yesterday Film London launched the much anticipated Microwave project to develop ten micro-budget film projects in the capital.
Microwave challenges film-makers to shoot a full length film for up to £75,000 with the option of raising additional in-kind support taking the budget to a maximum of £100,000. The scheme will provide an intensive approach to film-making, with an emphasis on tightly focused scripts, short production schedules and commercial potential.
Chief Executive of Film London, Adrian Wootton said, “Never before has a scheme attempted to fund feature productions on such a challenging scale. New technologies have significantly reduced the costs of film-making and we hope to build on the recent success of ultra low-budget films such as Tarnation, The Last Horror Movie and Song of Songs, which demonstrate the potential for commercial movie-making at this level.”
Backed by the BBC, the scheme provides direct funding together with a unique professional mentoring scheme from leading industry figures including directors Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Mrs Henderson Presents), Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice), and John Akomfrah (Seven Songs for Malcolm X); and producers Sandy Lieberson (Performance; Rita, Sue and Bob Too), Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast) and James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Hulk).
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. The BBC is the project’s broadcast partner and will screen the finished films.
Full guidelines for the scheme will be available online at the end of February 2006.
For more information go to: Microwave
"Please read the following notes regarding the Film London's micro buget film fund - MICROWAVE
* Microwave is open to registered companies based in Greater London - the scheme is not open to individuals. Successful teams will have made a least one short or no-budget feature film and have some experience and knowledge of production, marketing and distribution. Films do not have to be London stories, but must be mainly filmed and post-produced in the capital, and applications must include a full shooting script, budget and schedule. The scheme will also provide opportunities for film-makers from all communities. *Projects can be fiction, documentary or animation. *Projects are funded up to the production of a final cut master. *The scheme will fund ten films over three years. *Full details and an application pack will be available from the end of February at: www.filmlondon.org.uk *Film London is a not-for-profit agency so all monies recouped will be reinvested into the Microwave scheme.
Film London is the capital's film and media agency. Film London sustains, promotes and develops London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London - film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media. Film London is supported by the UK Film Council and the London Development Agency through Creative London. Film London also receives significant support from Arts Council England London, the European Regional Development Fund, the Mayor of London and Skillset.
Film London's activities include:
*Investment in new and established film-makers through a range of low budget production schemes *Supporting training and business development activities *Developing audiences and access provision across the film and media sector *Showcasing of London films and talent *Domestic and international tourism initiatives *Promoting London on an international stage as an attractive base for film and media production *Providing comprehensive information on London locations and production services, as well as practical advice and support to film-makers shooting in London."