Who are we?
The South London Film Festival was created because we are passionate about providing an opportunity for filmmakers worldwide to showcase their creativity with the multicultural community of creatives in South London.
It has been a difficult year with so many changes to life, which has impacted the lives, businesses and hearts of many. Even during the hard times, we relied on creativity to get us through, inspire us and encourage others more than ever.
After 8 years of working in education I decided to take the plunge and leave my full time career to focus on my passion of filmmaking. With cuts to creative arts within education, it has been difficult for students to find the enthusiasm and confidence to grow their creative careers, especially those who are creatively capable but not had access to further education.
What do we do?
The South London Film Festival is open to film submissions worldwide, but we will always offer a non-profit 'free to submit' category for UK students and schools/educational facilities. South London based filmmakers are also entitled to a submission fee discount.
We believe that every film we watch shapes the future of the industry and the world around it. Because of this, we aim to work with partners to offer unique rewards and prizes that will support the careers of our filmmakers. For example, winner of ‘Best Student Film’, will be invited to a 1-to-1 informal meeting with a professional Film Producer who will give them guidance in jump starting their career. We have also recently partnered with Raindance Film Festival who will be giving three of our winners access to their film school.
This year, we will also have a “COVID-19 inspired” film category to showcase incredible talent and voice to a theme we can all relate to.
How can you help?
Covid-19 has had a massive impact on our plans for growth and due to the financial impact and future uncertainty of the current pandemic, we have have had to move our event online this year. This means we will need your support with funding as we have to invest in new equipment such as a capable laptop and external hard drive to help us put together materials and to host/edit all the films we receive in order to deliver the event online. We will use any other funding to support with marketing, this includes promoting the festival to help attract more students/filmmakers. We will also use funding to support winning filmmakers with rewards that will help them in future projects. Help us to help others!
As a lifelong South London based resident, I am passionate about supporting local businesses. We are already in talks with a few local businesses which we will support by offering free promotion with our network.
Our current plans are to set up a regular podcast where we will regularly invite special guests, anyone from filmmakers/artists to local business owners, to talk about how film has impacted their lives and to promote any upcoming projects they may be working on. We will also be beginning regular live Q&A's on social media too.
In future we plan to run more events aimed at other creative fields, i.e photography/art exhibitions.
This is one way we can help support the local community and businesses who have suffered during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about The South London Film Festival and any help would be highly appreciated, not only by us but also our growing network of creatives.
- Kyriakos Georgiou, Founder, The South London Film Festival
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