Three awards of up to £4000 will be handed out to the chosen short film projects as part of the initiative to mark the bicentenary of Charles Dicken’s birth in 2012.

Film London is launching a Dickens 2012 Short Film Scheme, as part of a campaign to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth next year.

The scheme, open to film-makers living in any of London’s boroughs, aims to inspire both emerging and established film-makers to create distinctive and original short films based on the life and/or work of Charles Dickens.

Three awards of up to £4,000 each will be given to the commissioned projects, which will be chosen on the basis of submitted scripts. The film-makers will also receive professional script development and production advice from first draft through to completed film.

The commissioned shorts will be considered for inclusion in the BFI’s retrospective, Dickens on Film, which runs from January until March at the BFI Southbank.

There are currently two new adaptations of Dickens’ Great Expectations in the works, a film and a TV adaptation, which will be released in 2012.

“This scheme provides a chance for London talent to learn from Dickens’s legacy, be inspired by his exceptional storytelling and offer a contemporary insight into his fantastic world,”said Film London chief executive Adrian Wootton.

The application deadline is August 29.

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