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U.K. Film Council ups funding for short films

LONDON — The U.K. Film Council is upping funding for short films by $40,000 (£20,000) a year to $140,000 from Oct. 15.

The U.K. Film Council’s Completion Fund backs short films that have already been shot, but lack the finance to complete post-production and marketing. Scheme will fund 14 shorts per year from two annual calls.

Over the last five years the Completion Fund has backed 46 projects, screening the shorts at more than 100 fests.

Success stories include D.R. Hood’s “The Other Man,” which won best British short at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival last year, and Avie Luthra’s Oscar and BAFTA-nominated “Lucky” (2006).

“We’re delighted that the fund is expanding, allowing us to support more voices across the U.K.,” said Rebecca Mark Lawson, executive producer of Lifesize Pictures, who manages all the U.K. Film Council’s short film schemes.

Nine of last year’s shorts will screen in London on Oct. 11 at the Curzon Mayfair arthouse theater.