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. 



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.


If you would like to pitch for one of the SLS Grants, please submit a document/portfolio with the following to using subject header: film pitch

  1. Your name
  2. Your role
  3. Short film title
  4. Logline
  5. Brief Synopsis
  6. 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.