[spectre] Lighthouse to manage the BFI's Short Film Fund

Honor Harger honor at lighthouse.org.uk
Thu Jan 12 19:51:13 CET 2012

Dear spectres,

I hope 2012 has started well for you.  Here at 
Lighthouse in Brighton, the year had begun with 
some exciting news:

Today, we announced that Lighthouse has been 
selected to manage the BFI's new short film fund.
The short film fund will enable up to twenty 
short films to be commissioned in 2012, at 
budgets ranging from £25,000 to £50,000 per film. 
 Lighthouse, together with our partners, will 
oversee the selection and executive production of 
the films.

The, which launches this February, will sit 
alongside Lighthouse's existing programmes of 
digital art and moving image, and underscores our 
commitment to commissioning new work by great 
artists and filmmakers.

We're delighted to be working so closely with the 
BFI, the UK's lead body for film, and look 
forward to a great year.  There are more details 

Best wishes,

Honor Harger


Email: <mailto:honor at lighthouse.org.uk>honor at lighthouse.org.uk
Tel: +44 1273 647197
Address: 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK
Twitter: <http://twitter.com/LighthouseArts>http://twitter.com/LighthouseArts

Thursday 12 January 2012



Brighton-based digital culture agency, 
Lighthouse, is delighted to have been selected to 
manage the BFI Film Fund's new fund for short 
film. The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK 
with responsibility for championing emerging and 
world-class filmmakers.

Lighthouse - who will work in partnership with 
producer, Nicky Bentham of Neon Films and 
independent development producer Becca Ellson - 
was appointed as the manager of the BFI's 
one-year short film fund, following an open call 
in September 2011, to which 25 organisations 
nationwide applied.

Lighthouse was selected in recognition of its 
exceptional hands-on work with UK filmmakers, and 
the successful delivery of schemes such as BBC 
Drama Shorts and Guiding Lights, the UK's leading 
film mentoring programme, which connects film 
talent with some the industry's biggest names, 
including Sam Mendes, Tim Bevan, Barbara Broccoli 
and Kenneth Branagh.

This news follows recent significant achievements 
and awards for the organisation, including the 
presentation of ambitious works from 
internationally recognised artist filmmakers 
Kutlug Ataman and Lynette Wallworth for Brighton 
Festival; the launch of new commissions in 
association with the Cultural Olympiad; the 
launch of Happenstance, a new collaboration with 
Site Gallery, Sheffield and Spike Island, 
Bristol; and the success of last year's Brighton 
Digital Festival.

Honor Harger, Director of Lighthouse comments: 
"As a digital culture agency that commissions 
vibrant and inspirational work, which shows how 
important artists and filmmakers are in our 
changing media landscape, we are thrilled to be 
managing a programme that will stimulate 
outstanding new work. We are looking forward to 
working with some of the UK's most promising 
filmmakers, and exploring ways their work can 
reach new audiences."

Chris Collins, BFI Film Fund Senior Executive 
comments: "The team at Lighthouse have a strong 
track record of working successfully with UK film 
talent, helping to connect filmmakers with high 
profile mentors and overseeing the development 
and production of short films which have gone on 
to garner BAFTA and Oscar® recognition. We're 
delighted to announce their appointment as the 
management company for Film Fund Shorts 2012 and 
we're already excited to see the films and 
filmmakers which will emerge from the scheme."

The BFI Film Fund's short film scheme will 
support emerging filmmaking talent and provide 
filmmakers with opportunities to demonstrate 
their feature film potential. Up to twenty shorts 
will be commissioned at budgets ranging from 
£25,000 to £50,000 per film.

Emily Kyriakides, Programme Producer at 
Lighthouse, will work in partnership with Nicky 
Bentham, who co-produced Duncan Jones' BAFTA 
award winning Moon, and Becca Ellson. Together, 
they have credits on 28 short films and 43 
feature films that have screened at festivals 
including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Edinburgh, 
South By SouthWest and Venice. They have won 
several prestigious awards including a BAFTA and 
two BIFAs, and been nominated for many more, 
including an Academy Award. Together, they will 
oversee the selection and executive production of 
the films supported through the scheme.

The short film fund, which launches this 
February, will sit alongside Lighthouse's 
existing programmes of digital art, film and 
moving image, which include exhibitions, 
commissions, screenings, performances, education 
and events, which are presented locally in 
Brighton, nationally and internationally.

Honor Harger


Address: 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK
Tel: +44 1273 647197
Email: honor at lighthouse.org.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LighthouseArts 

Invisible Fields exhibition, Barcelona,  14 
October 2011 - 4 March 2012 
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