11 teams will attend three-day intensive training course
LONDON — Promotional agency Film London has received £88,509 ($166,246) toward its Microwave Training Program from Skillset, the U.K. government-backed training org for the audiovisual industries.Under the initiative for micro-budget films, 11 teams will attend Microschool, a three-day intensive training course. Three will progress to the Microwave production scheme, which was launched last year to encourage more home-grown low-budget features. Microwave challenges emerging filmmakers to shoot a full-length feature for up to $140,000 with the option of raising additional in-kind support taking the budget to a maximum of $190,000. The scheme is pledged to produce 10 films by 2008. The three projects will benefit from training sessions and mentorship from filmmakers including Stephen Frears, Gurinder Chadha and Jeremy Thomas. The BBC will screen the finished pics. Completed projects also will be showcased at the London U.K. Film Focus sales event.