SOUTHERN EXPOSURE FILM FUND OPEN FOR 2015
The Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) is open for South London’s next generation of filmmakers.
This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring producers, directors and screenwriters within Southwark and Lambeth to access a professional development scheme and bring their very own story to life.
All filmmakers are offered tailor-made support in the key areas of development, production, post-production and marketing/distribution. Submissions are now open via the Southern Exposure website southernexposure.southwark.gov.uk.
Applications will close at noon Wednesday 21 October 2015.
Funded by Southwark and Lambeth Councils and match funded by Creative Skillset, the British Film Institute, and Film London, Southern Exposure has been running on an annual basis for nine years.
It has produced over 45 films – from documentaries and thrillers to romantic comedies and animated music videos – many of them award-winning.
Shortlisted applicants must attend script development workshops before their final pitches are heard by a panel of judges from the four bodies involved in the project.
Between two and four successful pitches will be chosen with production grants of up to £4,000 per project. Previous films have gone on to screen at internationally recognised film festivals such as Cannes, Edinburgh, Rhode Island, London, SXSW, and Palm Springs Film Festivals.
SEFF has launched and developed the careers of many young British filmmakers such as Destiny Ekaragha and Stephen Fingleton.
Southwark council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for business, employment and culture Cllr Ian Wingfield says: “I’m delighted that we’re continuing to invest in aspiring local filmmakers in South London.
“Filmmaking is such a wonderful and creative passion. I hope that potential applicants from across community will use this opportunity to make their mark on the industry.”
Lambeth council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods Cllr Jane Edbrooke says: “This is a great initiative to help develop the next generation of British filmmakers.
“It is an industry that is thriving in the capital. “With some of the world’s best films being made by Londoners, the SEFF is a great opportunity for filmmakers in Lambeth and Southwark to build on their talents and aspire for greatness.”
Previous winner Frank Madone said, “SEFF was huge for me and for all involved in the project. “It really helped show that what I had written had legs to stand on and that people believed in the vision behind the film as a whole.
“I’m really excited for the film we made and now I’ll be entering again, knowing that the level and quality of scripts submitted will be really promising stories. “I can’t wait to see what comes out this year! “It was an all around great experience – I am so grateful for the tutelage alone.”
For more information, please visit southernexposure.southwark.gov.uk. Applications will close at noon Wednesday 21 October 2015. (Source: Southwark council press release)