Film London works to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture.

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Your local talent executive

Jo Cadoret

Jo Cadoret

Jo has developed and delivered 100s of groundbreaking and international award-winning shorts including BAFTA & BIFA nominees and winners, best short at Sundance, Crystal Bear at Berlin. Supporting filmmakers who have gone on to features such as Aleem Khan, Marley Morrison, Claire Oakley, Michael Pierce, Hong Khaou, Sam Masud, Rubika Shah, Corinna Faith, Tom Harper, Destiny Ekaragha. Jo's teacher parents were French and English and he grew up in both countries but has been in the UK since he studied Film/Lit at Univ. of Warwick. He was part of a TiE puppetry company for three years in the midlands before moving to London. He was distribution manager at LUX before joining Film London and later the BFI NETWORK team.

Your local talent executive

Aaliah Simpson

Aaliah, born and raised in Wolverhampton but now based in East London, has got over 5 years of experience in the UK film industry. She graduated with a First-Class Honors degree in Film Studies from De Montfort in 2015, specialising in narratives from the underrepresented; she's passionate about seeing stories on screen that highlight diverse experiences. With varied experience across all sectors of the industry, Aaliah has worked in a number of roles which include sourcing locations for productions when working for FilmFixer to on-set production coordinating across an array of shorts. More notably her most recent experience is cultivating and nurturing filmmaking talent through training and funding initiatives within Film London's Talent Development and Production department. In addition to this, Aaliah recently graduated from the National Film and Television School with a Script Development Diploma in 2020. 


Our Short Film funding programme supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.

This fund is for fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. We want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.


Our Early Development funding programme supports projects with writers based in England. If you’re a new writer with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you.

‘New writers’ are people who have not yet have written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.


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