The London Comedy Film Festival and The New Black have each been awarded grants by Film London, who are also relaunching the Community Pilot Fund with grants of up to £3,000.
The grants were awarded in addition to three projects that successfully gained Film London support through the Cultural Film Exhibition Fund (CFEF) earlier this month, as the organisation aims to boost access to cinema for under-represented audiences and offer non-mainstream cultural film experiences in London.
Film London will also re-launch the Community Pilot Fund (CPF) later this year, with fixed grants of £3,000 available to develop new grassroots film exhibition, education and archive activity.
Following its success in 2011, the fund will back community-based initiatives which aim to shed light onto less explored genres, foster cross-generational connections and bring the film experience closer to under-represented audiences.
LoCo will deliver the 2013 London Comedy Film Festival in January with support from the grant. Aiming to lighten up the capital in officially the “most miserable week of the year”, London’s only comedy film festival will take place in venues across the city.
As well as premieres and preview screenings, LOCO LONDON offers training and networking for emerging film-makers and the LOCO Discovery Awards for new British shorts and feature films.
Funding has also been awarded to The New Black, via Anointed Productions, for Shh! The Secret Lives of Everyday People, a screening programme at the Brixton Ritzy, Stratford East and Hackney Picturehouses during Black History Month 2012. Films and events will explore chapters missing from history books in the black community.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: “Through our exhibition support, Film London aims to ensure there is a rich and varied film offer across the whole of London. This particular fund backs experienced exhibitors with a track record and our funding allows them to extend their reach and strengthen their engagement within the sector. With the five organisations receiving funding this year, I am delighted we are able to support exciting new film projects in the capital.”
The CFEF and the CPF are part of the Lottery Funds awarded by the BFI to Film London to continue support for audience development activity in the capital.