Microwave is the most recently established scheme, which has already received industry-wide recognition. The micro-budget feature film fund provides an intensive approach to film-making and challenges film-makers to shoot a feature film for no more than £100,000 with cash and in-kind support. Recent successes include Shifty by writer/director Eran Creevy who was nominated for the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for debut feature in 2010.
Short film-makers have benefitted from continuing support through two initiatives - PULSE, a digital short film-making scheme, and Film London's London Borough Film Fund Challenge. They are both tailored to attract upcoming talent based in the London area. One of the most recent Borough films includes BAFTA-winning I Do Air, directed by Martina Amati. A number of PULSE alumni have managed to make the leap into features. One most notable success includes Tom Harper, director of PULSE film Cubs, who recently saw the release of his feature film debut, The Scouting Book for Boys.
FLAMIN Productions, part of the already well established and successful Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offers a major opportunity for London's artists working with the moving image. FLAMIN-supported artist duo, The Otolith Group, have been shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize for their solo exhibition at the Showroom gallery, which featured their FLAMIN-funded film, Otolith 11.
Successful applicants are not only provided with production finance, but given guidance and advice from the Film London team as well as industry professionals throughout the process, from script to screen.