Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) is a unique grassroots professional development scheme for filmmakers living in South London. Funded by Southwark and Lambeth Councils and match funded by Creative Skillset, the British Film Institute, and Film London, Southern Exposure has been running on an annual basis for nine years. It has produced over 45 films - from documentaries and thrillers to romantic comedies and animated music videos - many of them award-winning.

This year, up to four projects from outstanding filmmakers living in the two boroughs will be awarded grants from a pot of £10,000. All filmmakers are offered tailormade support in the key areas of development, production, post-production and marketing/distribution.

Previous films have gone on to screen at prestigious international festivals such as Cannes, Edinburgh, Rhode Island, London, SXSW, and Palm Springs Film Festivals and in cinemas across the UK.

In 2008 The Beachcombers won the Best of Boroughs Audience Award, in 2009 Assessment won the Jury Prize and in 2012 Darklight was given an Honourable Mention and was long-listed for a BAFTA.

Over the last two years, SEFF-funded films have secured coveted slots at the BFI London Film Festival - Victoria Mapplebeck’s animated short documentary, '160 Characters' and Alicia Macdonald and Helen Grearson’s hilarious 'Domestic Policy'.

Many SEFF alumni go on to prominent and exciting work in the industry. Writer/director Destiny Ekaragha’s first feature Gone Too Far! led to high-profile work including directing Danny and the Human Zoo for the BBC, whilst writer/director Stephen Fingleton had his feature The Survivalist premiere at Tribeca in 2015 and enjoy a cinema release in 2016. Most recently Michael Berliner produced independent film hit Adult Life Skills, which has received awards from both BIFA and Tribecca.

Page last updated: 31 January 2020