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 a freelance filmmaker. Raised in Suffolk, Anglo-American, Niall studied film, spent a few years travelling and working in the Art Dept., slowly building a portfolio as a Director/Video Artist. Highlights include a video collaboration with Animal Collective, extensive touring Europe VJing for Flamingods and directing two absurd shorts which found an audience at Festivals. As of 2016, Niall is represented by OB Management as a music video director, recently joined Flamingods as a full-time touring member and was Production Designer on Tracy's film Appellation. When not on tour, Niall is based in Brixton, rendering, developing an AV act and a new film. @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. Recent work includes 'Homeostasis' (short), her 'pacy and contemporary' play 'TEENAGE DIRTBAG' (2014) and 'HAPPY GIRL' (4 stars, 2015): a feminist collaboration with Crowded Nest which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then sold out at Camden People's Theatre's 'Calm Down Dear' Festival this year. Tracy's second short film 'Appellation' is now in post-production. @beatlanorme
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.
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. When we're nearing our funding goal, 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.)
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 our mailing list, 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.