Film London - London Calling

Lily and I booked out the whole day yesterday to go watch all 21 London Calling shorts at the BFI - NFT3.

We were well and truly impressed with the whole presentation. Some films stood out in particular including and beyond the winning films which were:

Fighter written by Guy Bolton and directed by Bugsy Riverbank-Steel and the fabulous Tina Pawlik. I think that one won 2 awards - one for cinematography and the jury award for best short which it shared with the really quite excellent Wren Boys written by John Fitzpatrick, directed by Harry Lighton and produced by Sorcha Bacon. And finally for the best London Calling Plus award it was the excellent Kara written & directed by Deepa Kashvala, produced by Gloria Bowman and EPed by Daniel Wolfe of Somesuch.

I will definitely be looking some of these people up, there were some very strong entries, really good performances and ideas - I probably won't remember all but both His Wake (Jamie Noel) and Modern Props (Ruaidhri Ryan), New Year (Lauren Bensted), V (Ellie Gocher), Bitter Sea (Fateme Ahmadi), Fog (Shan Christopher Ogilvie), To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You (Christian Sandino-Taylor and Dan Castella), Landline (Matt Houghton), Support (Troy Hunter and Christiana Ebohon-Green) and the sumptuous The Field (Sandhya Suri) shot in India...

Some of the films had big companies behind them (Pulse, Moxie, Somesuch...) and one had co-funding from the CNC! Others were genuine beginners.

Josic Cadoret and his team at Film London organised the day so there were plenty opportunities to meet everyone over lunch, teas & wine... And of course a pleasure to see Nicolas Chaudeurge there with Sandhi (he edited The Field), and meet her French producer Balthazar de Ganay.

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