The Film London/BBC Films microbudget production scheme will run for a further 3 years from 2011.
BBC Films and Film London have extended their partnership on the micro-budget feature film-making scheme, Film LondonMicrowave for another 3 years from 2011.
The scheme, which produced Eran Creevy’s BAFTA-nominated Shifty, now has funding to make three more feature films, which will bring the total slate to 13 films.
Two new features have been greenlit from the last round of over 80 applications –the feature debut of actor musician Ben Drew (aka Plan B), Ill Manors, which will be produced by Atif Ghani and Jules Bishop’s Borrowed Time, which will be produced by fellow London Film School graduate Olivier Kaempfer.
Both projects will receive up to $87,000 (£60,000) cash funding from Microwave and are currently securing the additional finance.
Three completed features have come from the scheme, which gives film-makers the chance to make a feature for under $145,000 (£100,000), to date – Mum & Dad, Shifty and Freestyle.
Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London said: “The great strength of Microwave is that allows us to find and support, fantastic new creative talent that can flourish under the Microwave banner; while we as funders get the absolute best value for public investment, putting in modest but critical funding to make these films.”
Steve Jenkins, head of films for BBC Acquisitions added: “With the terrific results achieved by the film-makers so far, across a variety of genres, and the strength of the projects in the pipeline, the BBC is delighted to be involved in extending the Microwave slate. Micro-budget schemes like this provide both an exciting opportunity and a great structure for developing new voices and talent.”