Film London is the capital's film and media agency. Funded by the UK Film Council and the London Development Agency. Film London supports the growth and development of all the screen industries based in the capital - film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media. Their aim is simple: to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital.
Film London was formed in 2003 under the aegis of the UK Film Council and the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London's development arm. Film London also benefits from significant funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England London, and works closely with a number of partners, including Skillset and Visit London.
Film London subsumed the roles of two previously existing organizations: the London Film Commission (LFC) and the London Film Video and Development Agency (LFVDA).
Their aims are:
- To support film and media production, exhibition, education, economic and industrial development across the capital
- To enhance London's status as a world class film location
- To enable London's film and media culture to develop so that it reflects the diversity of the city and creates access and opportunities for people from all communities to engage with moving image technologies profitably and creatively
- Increase access and opportunity to film and media culture across London
- Maximise investment in the region from both public and private sectors
- Promote the profile of the region nationally and internationally, making London film friendly and promoting tourism through film and media initiatives
- Increase economic sustainability and artistic quality within film and media organisations across the cultural and industrial sector
- Encourage local partnerships and networks within and across London Boroughs that enhance rather than duplicate existing activity
- Invest in high quality delivery across the sector
- Work with and develop existing hubs and clusters of activity
- Develop talent and provide training opportunities for new entrants to the sector and continuing professional development for those already working in the sector.
Cine-Regio representative - Mrs. Maggie Ellis
Maggie Ellis - Head of Artists' Moving Image
Maggie heads up the artists' moving image team, and is responsible for overseeing the commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development. She also explores opportunities to support creative talent in the animation sector.
Cine-Regio representative - Mrs. Jordan McGarry
Jordan McGarry - Head of Talent Development and Production.
Jordan is responsible for the production and talent development strategy including the agency's shorts and feature length productions schemes, as well as its range of training initiatives. Jordan is heading the team that discovers and develops London’s emerging filmmakers.
The team’s work includes the award-winning short film scheme London Calling, the Microwave feature film fund, and finance and training programs including Micro School, Micro Market and Build Your Audience.
Before Film London, Jordan spent five years as Director of Curation at Vimeo, leading the team that programmed the site’s illustrious Staff Picks channel for a monthly audience of 200m visitors, uncovering talent for Vimeo Originals and brand partners and working closely on the front line of the direct distribution revolution via the development of the Vimeo On Demand platform.
In earlier past lives, Jordan paid her dues as a journalist, in festival programming, video commissioning and as an executive producer at Partizan London.