Film London has launched the fifth edition of its London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC), a short film scheme which aims to encourage local film-making across the UK capital.

22 boroughs are taking part in the scheme, which offers $6,000 (£4,000) towards the production of the winning short film. All completed films also have the opportunity to be shortlisted for Film London’s Beat Of Borough Film Awards. Since its launch in 2006 the fund has produced over 120 short films.

Running alongside the LBFFC, will be another competition, Film London In 90 seconds, which is now in its second year, and will see $773 (£500) being awarded to the best 90 second film produced from each participating borough.

London mayor Boris Johnson, who launched the initiative, said: “Film is not only sublime entertainment, it’s a revenue generator for London’s economy and as we emerge from the downturn, it’s vital we continue to nurture creative talent. Across the capital a future Boyle or a budding Chadha is waiting to be discovered.’

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London added that “despite these challenging economic times, the fund demonstrates our solid commitment to discover and nurture creative talent and the film-makers of tomorrow.”

The application process for the 2010 round of the LBFFC is now open, with Film London in 90 seconds open for submissions in the autumn.