Caroline Cooper Charles in Film & TV

17/09/2015

Creative England & Film London join forces to further develop iShorts and London Calling Talent

We've teamed up with Film London to select filmmakers from our iShorts and London Calling short film programmes to take part in a brand new talent development scheme – Alumni.

Having demonstrated skill, flair and creative vision with their previous short films for Creative England and Film London, 18 filmmaking teams have been selected for Alumni. They are now set to benefit from further support to take them to the next stage of their burgeoning careers, and thanks to input from Creative Skillset, the teams will also have access to experienced industry mentors. 

The Alumni filmmakers will receive £15k to make their next short film, with the aim of making a distinctive, higher-budget short that indicates the type of feature film they would ultimately like to produce, and help them further build a foundation on which to develop a career in the film industry. Additionally, the filmmakers can apply for £5k towards feature film development support. This could include researching ideas, working with a script editor, work towards a draft or developing a treatment. 

Celine Haddad, Senior Film Executive at Creative England, said: 

“We are delighted to team up with Film London on this new initiative. This is the first example of a partnership between two of the BFI NET.WORK partners, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and expertise while developing these very talented filmmakers. 

“It’s great to keep working with these teams and individuals, who we have already seen embark on their filmmaking journeys. Nurturing them to the next stage of their careers is an essential part of the process and one we’re proud to be involved with.” 

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: 

“Our shorts schemes give up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to break into a tough market. Often this is the start of a positive, ongoing relationship, and we’ll work with filmmakers as their careers develop, often through a range of schemes that cover everything from sales and distribution through to our landmark feature film fund. 

"Alumni syncs perfectly with this work, and I am delighted to be forging a stronger partnership with Creative England to support our filmmakers in realising their vision, voice and creative ideas, and ultimately enabling the filmmakers of tomorrow.”  

Download a copy of our recent press release to find out the details of  our Alumni Projects & Teams. Head here to find out how you can apply for our current round of iShorts.

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