Film of the Month: Anna Biller

Posted March 2nd, 2017 by Matt Turner

Anna Biller is a filmmaker whose work focuses on the “lived day-to-day experience of the female,” using the styles and modes of classic cinema to address female roles within culture, “coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics and visual pleasure.” Though her work appropriates, quotes and reinterprets existing conventions, it remains entirely unique. “”Proper” art films masquerading as popular films.”

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Festival Focus: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 1st, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

Currently screening in over 20 cities around the world, Human Rights Watch selects approximately 40 films to be shown worldwide for its Film Festival. 16 of those 40 will screen at the London HRW Film Festival this year. Dedicated to defending and protecting human rights,  these films all highlight the importance of tolerance and change, bringing to light matters of great importance, as well as demonstrating artistic quality.

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Script Pitch: Rom Pitch

Posted February 14th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Our annual round-up of the best romantic projects in town.

To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.

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Film of the Month: Stephen Woolley

Posted February 10th, 2017 by Matt Turner

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Guest Blog: Alex Winckler

Posted February 9th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Now in it’s 10th year, Film London’s Microwave scheme commissions two £100k budgeted features each year. We spoke with two SP members with projects selected for the scheme. The first was with director Ryan Vernava, and below is our second, with writer and director Alex Winckler.

Alex is involved in Microwave with two producers, Maria Forsstrom and Jude Goldstrei. Their film, Smalltown Boy is “a rite of passage story about a different type of skinhead.”

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Guest Blog: Ryan Vernava

Posted February 9th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Now in it’s 10th year, Film London’s Microwave scheme commissions two £100k budgeted features each year. Before this though, 12 participating project teams are selected, given extensive development support, mentoring and training; and then, in a way, pitted against each other as they pitch their projects along several phases of the shortlisting process, until the final two are selected. Though, on the surface, this might seems a little like an independent film version of The Apprentice, in reality it’s not quite so mercenary. The development programme, Microschool, that all those shortlisted go through together helps the filmmaking teams to hone their scripts, stories and skills, meet key individuals and forge lasting relationships.

We spoke with two SP members who have been involved in the shortlisting process about their experiences. The first is with director Ryan Vernava.

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Film of the Month: January Winners

Posted February 8th, 2017 by Matt Turner

In January, documentary vanguard and equality champion Alma Har’el joined us for the first Film of the Month competition of the new year. Read about her career here, including her wonderful two hybrid doc features, her music video work and her time spent establishing gender bias advocacy group Free The Bid. Her poetic words on this month’s three short films in the competition that received the most number of member votes, below.

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Guest Blog: Brendan Cleaves

Posted January 26th, 2017 by Matt Turner

In this guest blog, SP member Brendan Cleaves talks about his process, struggles and successes raising funds for his short film Roger via Kickstarter. Some vital, honest input on the ups and downs of short film production, and some insightful tips for those looking to crowdfund.

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Film of the Month Winners: December

Posted January 18th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Our final Film of the Month judge for 2016 was Indieflix Founder and CEO, Scilla Andreen. Read more about her work and platform, here, before taking in her comments on the three very strong finalists for the December competition.

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Film of the Month Winners: November

Posted January 7th, 2017 by Matt Turner

In November, playwright, screenwriter, frequent Alejandro González Iñárritu collaborator and Hollywood hotshot Alex Dinelaris joined us as Film of the Month judge. Here’s his feedback on the films that received the most votes from that month’s shortlist.

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