What does London mean to you? That is the question being posed by a short film competition called This London.
The project is organised by two companies: The Smalls and Boat Magazine. The former helps budding filmmakers and musicians to get their work commissioned, whereas the latter is a nomadic publication that specialise in temporary relocations in cities with stories to tell. Together they are asking capital dwellers to produce their own view of London. And the call for entries is now open.
The winning submissions will be showcased to tourists at “a carnival of pomp and ceremony”. The portraits of London can be whatever you like, with the organisers looking for films that explore the little-known realms of the metropolis.
Whether your view is aboard a tug-boat chugging its way down the Thames, within the congested corridors of commerce in Canary Wharf, or slumped on a night-bus, all are welcome. The objective is to take tourists off the trail and into the secret world that makes this city so special.
There is no submission fee and you can film on whatever you like. The deadline is 30 April. The two winning films will be screened during the Boat Magazine London launch event on 8 May 2012, and the winners will get opportunities to work on new films with Boat Magazine and The Guardian.
By Simon Anderson. Image by mumphalee in the Londonist Flickr pool.