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
11 JANUARY - FAMILY MATTERS
1 FEBRUARY - LOVE + WAR
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.
PITCH US YOUR SHORT FILM IDEA
Have an idea for a short film but need the funding? Pitch us your short film idea below and you'll be in the running to have your short produced with the ever-growing SLS Fund.
How Does it Work?
Round 1 : Pitch us your film
Pitch your short film idea to South London Shorts using the form below. The cost is £5 (or free if you've come to an SLS screening and registered as a Pitcher) The deadline for all pitches is September 30th 2016.
Pitching for the 2016/2017 SLS Fund has now closed.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their ideas! We are currently in the process of reviewing and shortlisting pitches.
Round 2 : The SHORTLIST
Long listed ideas will go through a development process with the SLS Team (which will include further development questions, character profiles, etc.) resulting in a shortlist of 10 pitches which will then be voted on by anyone who has attended any of our monthly screenings in the past year. The Shortlist will be announced at our November screening.
Round 3 : Development/Production and beyond
What the SLS Community says goes! With the guidance of the SLS Team the winning pitch will be developed and produced with updates and opportunities open to the SLS Community. The finished short will be screened at SLS and entered into local and international festivals. For more information, contact us or see our FAQs
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 so that in a year's time we will have enough money to finance a short film made by you. Here's how it works:
At every screening we charge £3 admission, but if you're a filmmaker, you can pay a fiver and we'll register you as a Pitcher. Each year when we the SLS Fund hits £2,500, we'll get in touch with everyone who has registered as a Pitcher and ask them to Pitch Us Your Short Film Idea. (For information on pitching and selections, visit our Submissions page.)