Southern Exposure Film Fund

November 1st, 2012

Southern Exposure is a unique, grassroots professional development scheme for local filmmakers 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 seven years and has produced 36 films, many of them award winning.

Up to four projects will be awarded grants from the total production pot of £8000 to outstanding filmmakers from the two boroughs.  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 internationally recognised film festivals such as CannesEdinburghLondonSXSW 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, in 2012 Darklight won an Honorable Mention and alumna Destiny Ekaragha was named as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow and is shooting her first feature Gone Too Far! this year with funding from the BFI.


Southern Exposure 2012/13 
This year's fund opens on 31 October 2012. All applications must be completed online and you can apply to Southern Exposure as a filmmaker, as part of the filmmaking team or as a junior crew member.

The deadline for filmmakers to apply to this year's fund is 5 December 2012. The deadline for junior crew to apply is 1 March 2013.


Information and Eligibility Guidlines


The Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) is open to residents from Lambeth and Southwark who are seeking development support and funding for their films. It is one of the borough film funds in London co-managed and funded by Film London. SEFF encourages creative excellence and originality in our local filmmakers with a sustained support programme from development to distribution. After an initial online application process, up to 12 projects will be shortlisted for six weeks of development with SEFF's creative producer before a final interview determines which projects will be given further support and cash grants.

Film London will then run a six-part series of workshops to be held at various venues across London with professional mentors. The workshops will be compulsory for all successful applicants and will run in the early evenings and one weekend in March 2013. Areas to be covered include budgeting and scheduling, casting, locations and post production.

The initial application process is entirely ONLINE via Film London. Please visit the website for more details. Please note, it is highly recommended that all supporting materials (such as storyboards, previous work etc.) be sent electronically. If hard copies (such as DVDs) must be sent, please contact Elizabeth Mitchell.

What kind of projects are we looking for?

We are looking to support projects that offer original, stylish approaches to filmmaking supported by a well-considered application. We welcome all genres including fictional shorts, documentaries, features and animation.

Please note that students, options on previously published material, writers' fees, filmed performances, video art and installations are not eligible for this fund.

Projects must be completed by 22nd July 2013 - failure to do so will result in all or part of your grant being revoked.

Who are we looking for?

Applicants must live in the London Boroughs of Southwark or Lambeth. Proof of this will be required. Teams of writers, directors and producers, as well as individuals and production companies, are welcomed.

Applicants can submit more than one project for consideration but should bear in mind SEFF looks for quality, not quantity. The applicant must be the borough resident and must also be a 'senior' member of the team, i.e. writer, writer/director, lead actor, director or producer only. Students cannot apply to the fund but we do offer work placements and some training to students and young people from local communities. Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell for more information.


SEFF funding can be used in conjunction with other sources of funding. Please give careful estimates, including in-kind support, of all income and expenditure likely to be incurred. Proof of match funding will be required in the form of letters of commitment. You will be required to pay crew National Minimum Wage (NMW). If you are not VAT registered, please ensure that your budgeted items are inclusive of VAT.


SEFF maintains a recoupment policy to ensure the legacy of its work. This is a contractual requirement in the event that successful applicants sell on the rights to their work to a third party at a profit. Please contact Elizabeth Mitchell for more information.

Supporting materials

Supporting materials should include examples of previous work that relate to your proposal and demonstrate your potential to realize the project. Clearly indicate your role in the production of the supporting material. We prefer to view work online but DVD is accepted. Please send all scripts in pdf or Word formats, not Final Draft or any other screenwriting programme.

What is the Selection Procedure?

The initial applications will be assessed by SEFF's creative producer and officers from Southwark and Lambeth alongside representatives from Film London against the following criteria:

- Originality of proposal and use of medium,

- Effective techniques,

- The ability of the applicant to deliver the proposal,

- The likelihood that the proposal can be realised within the outlined

- Budget and schedule and its suitability for distribution.

The shortlisted applicants will be notified by 20 December 2012 and development (in person, via email and telephone) will commence in the New Year. Owing to high levels of applications usually received, SEFF cannot enter into any communication regarding unsuccessful applications.


Representatives of the fund will approve budget, schedule and final shooting script before production can start and will also need to see the final cut of the project before picture lock. Copyright resides with the filmmaker.


Because music is often costly and/or difficult to clear, we have to stipulate that only music specifically commissioned for the film or precleared "library" music can be used on this scheme. All music must have worldwide rights clearance in all media in perpetuity.

Delivery & Exhibition

The films will be screened at The Best of Boroughs (BoBs) Showcase in September 2013 alongside films from all the borough funds. Details to be announced at a later date.


Applications open 31 October 2012

Applications close 5 December 2012

Shortlisted candidates notified 20 December 2012

Development period 7 Jan - 11 Feb 2013

Final interviews w/c 18 February 2013

Successful applicants notified 1 March 2013

FL Workshop Wednesdays March 2013

Production period April - May 2013

Post Production period June - July 2013

FL/BFI delivery 22 July 2013

BFI Showcase September 2013

Southern Exposure PG

In 2010, Southern Exposure inspired the creation of a junior offshoot, Southern Exposure PG, to encourage young people in South London to produce and promote their own shorts. If you are aged between eight and 18 years old, you can get involved here to be kept up to date with our new programmes for 2012/13.

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