Southern Exposure


Southern Exposure - Aims

The aims of Southern Exposure are simple but have proved invaluable in ensuring our commitment to Southwark's Fairer Future Promises and Lambeth's Co-operative Council priorities. They are:

  • establish a network of local filmmakers through events, workshops and screenings
  • provide skills and training in the form of seminars offering practical advice such as location services, and creative development such as script editing and read throughs, for individual projects
  • challenge local filmmakers to aim for excellence and pitch their projects professionally
  • support grassroots filmmakers with grants to make their films
  • encourage films to be made in South London using local facilities and services such as catering and transport
  • enable local residents and young people to gain experience from working with funded productions
  • promote the films after delivery in local film festivals, online and in the press

Since 2006 the programme has been supported by Film London through London Calling (pka the London Borough Film Fund Challenge). It was launched in 2006 to support grassroots films in the capital and has directly supported more than 190 short films in 23 of the 33 boroughs. Since then we have created training-through-production opportunities for more than 1500 filmmakers and crews. Film London and the participating boroughs celebrate the best shorts every year with a showcase event at BFI Southbank, an award ceremony sponsored by Panavision and Performance Insurance, and cash prizes. 

Working in the film industry is very competitive. London and the South East are home to 75% of the UK's production industries. Feature film production spend hit record levels in 2011 at over £1.2billion. Combined with TV and other commercial filming this has turned the capital into the third busiest production centre in the world after Los Angeles and New York.

Why are these figures relevant?

Schemes such as Southern Exposure and London Calling make connections between the projects and aspirations of young people and connects them with the nearby Film and TV industry, providing a ladder into employment and career success.

Borough films are regularly programmed by Film London at the internationally renowned London Film Festival which has launched many great shorts in the international circuit.

Page last updated: 31 January 2020