WHAT WE DO
South London Shorts exists for two reasons:
1) to show great films by independent filmmakers and
2) to fund the production of a new short film every year.
Every month we showcase a selection of intriguing, challenging, and exciting short films curated by the team at South London Shorts; the admission we receive from these nights is then re-invested into making one amazing film each year.
South London Shorts is an entirely not-for-profit, community-lead, endeavour. Because of this, it's our community who gets to decide where the money goes.
To find out more about how you could get your film funded, or to submit a film for screening, head over to Submissions/Selections.
We are also registered as a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema.
WHO WE ARE
NIALL TRASK is an Anglo-American, raised in Suffolk and now based in Brixton. Niall studied film, spent a few years travelling and working in the Art Dept. on films, whilst building a portfolio of his own work on the side. Highlights include a video collaboration with Animal Collective, extensive touring as a VJ for Middle Eastern-psychedelic band Flamingods and directing left-field short films. Niall is now represented by OB Management as a music video director and works as a freelance VJ, Editor & Production Designer. @thekillshop
GUS BC is a musician and composer based in Peckham. As well as releasing music as bewilderbeast (Airlines Tapes) and Kuro BC (Color Station),Gus also works collaboratively with Niall Trask as part of a live audio/visual performance of these two projects, performing regularly around London and occasionally Europe. In the last year, he co-wrote and scored the short film 'Treasure'. @GusBeforeChrist
TRACY MATHEWSON is a writer/director with an MA in Screenwriting from City University London, currently undertaking her PhD in Film by Creative Practice with the University of York. Recent work includes 'Appellation' (short, 2016), 'Homeostasis' (short, 2015), as well as her 'pacy and contemporary' plays: 'NO FILTER' (2016-17), 'HAPPY GIRL' (4 stars, 2015) and TEENAGE DIRTBAG (2014). Tracy's plays have premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then on to sell out runs at Camden People's Theatre in 2016 and 2017. @beatlanorme
EVENTS & SCREENINGS
1 MARCH - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
5 APRIL - THE MIND
3 MAY - CRISIS
7 JUNE - CHANGE
5 JULY - SLS 3RD BIRTHDAY/SOUND + MOTION
FILMS AND PROPOSALS
If you'd like to get screened at a future SLS event, please read our submissions guidelines and then submit your film to us via FilmFreeway - the #1 film submission platform; it's quick, easy and is one of the fastest growing film communities.
We're proud to showcase a monthly programme of shorts from around the world and from a range of filmmakers. Check out our programme of upcoming events to see what we're looking for right now.
SLS FUND SELECTIONS
In 2016 we will hold submissions where you can Pitch Us Your Short Film Idea. To become a Pitcher, all you need to do is attend any SLS screening and upgrade your admission to the Pitcher Price (£5) or just pay the £5 entry fee via Paypal with your form, but we'd really like to meet you in person!
A shortlist of the most promising pitches will then be sent out and if you've been to any of our SLS screenings and signed up with your email address, you'll be eligible to vote for the pitch that you want to see get made. The pitch with the most votes will then be developed and produced with the help of SLS and The Fund.
how we get the money & where it goes
At SLS we don't pocket any of the change. Every pound we make gets pooled together to go straight back to filmmakers just like you. See below for what grants SLS is currently offering, our criteria for selection and how to submit. As always, if you want to know more, just pop down to one of our monthly screenings and we'll be happy to talk to you more.
2k18 SLS SHORT FILM GRANTS
SLS is currently offering 3x £500 grants for short films in production or post-production on a case-by-case basis.
There is no deadline for submission.
CRITERIA FOR REWARD
If you would like to pitch for one of the SLS Grants, please submit a document/portfolio with the following to firstname.lastname@example.org using subject header: film pitch.
- Your name
- Your role
- Short film title
- Brief Synopsis
- Purpose of £500 grant
In your pitch you will also need to address the following criteria. You may submit supporting materials as necessary.
- LOCAL COMPONENT: Community is important to SLS. If you're a local to Peckham, South London or are a London-based artist/filmmaker we'd like to support you. Your pitch should demonstrate how you, your crew or your film is engaged locally.
- STRONG CONCEPT: This doesn't mean "high concept", we just mean we want your film to have been thought out. Your grant will either be to support production or post-production, which means we expect you to have put in the legwork in pre-production and we expect your story/themes/ideas to be clear. If you're still scratching your head, pop over to one of our monthly screenings and check out our programme or have a chat with us in person.
- POSITIVE IMPACT: We don't want to make films in a vacuum. Show us you've thought about the kind of impact your short will have. This also means that we will not support any film that can be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, etc. or that promotes violence against women.
- PROOF OF DELIVERY: It's important that we support films that will actually get made. Make your case to us by demonstrating your 1) cast/crew credibility, 2) production company backing, 3) successful crowdfunding campaign, 4) evidence of previous finished projects. We also need to see a production schedule that includes a finish date for your film.
Notification of award
Due to the volume of submissions we are likely to receive, we will not be offering feedback on pitches and will be unlikely to notify all unsuccessful submissions. We will aim to notify pitches we are interested in supporting within 2 weeks of submission. If you do not hear from us by then, we thank you for pitching to South London Shorts and wish you luck in all your future projects.