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BBC Film joins Little Wing Supporting Emerging Filmmakers

We’re back again for our 5th year at Little Wing Film Festival as we’re coming through the pandemic set on reinvigorating young filmmakers and rebuilding our communities. While we may be transitioning to a hybrid festival this September, the experience of our filmmakers remain at the forefront of how we adapt. We’ll strive to create meaningful opportunities for emerging filmmakers; helping to raise the profile of their work while also providing support to help them navigate their longer-term aspirations in the industry, facilitate future projects and foster career growth. Through creating accessible opportunities and an inclusive platform, the UK's future storytellers and changemakers will come from all backgrounds and challenge the UK film industry to be bolder, braver, and reflect truly contemporary social narratives.

Joining us once again, we're very excited to announce that we'll be working with BBC Film to help deliver these opportunity pathways and industry insights to select 2021 award winners.

This year, BBC Film will be selecting films from our pool of award winners to have the chance to receive a 1-2-1 advice session with a representative from BBC Film’s editorial team. BBC Film supports invigorating and imaginative filmmaking. Firmly established at the forefront of UK film, BBC Film has an ambitious slate featuring many of the most exciting filmmakers working today. Every film is linked by a sense of urgency – these are stories for now.

BBC Film backed four films at Cannes 2021: Andrea Arnold’s COW screened in Cannes Premieres, while Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR PART II and THE SOUVENIR screened in Directors’ Fortnight, where Clio Barnard’s ALI & AVA also premiered.

Upcoming BBC Film titles include Jane Campion’s first feature film for 10 years, THE POWER OF THE DOG starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessie Plemons and Kirsten Dunst; Frank Berry’s AISHA, starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor; TUESDAY, the debut feature from Daina O’Pusic starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lola Petticrew and Arinzé Kene; MEDUSA DELUXE, the debut from Thomas Hardiman; Dionne Edwards’ debut, PRETTY RED DRESS starring Natey Jones, Alexandra Burke in her first screen role and new talent Temilola Olatunbosun; GOD’S CREATURES starring Emily Watson and Paul Mescal and directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer; EAR FOR EYE, the second feature from debbie tucker green featuring an ensemble cast including Lashana Lynch, Tosin Cole, Carmen Munroe, Danny Sapani, Nadine Marshall and Arinzé Kene; Harry Wootliff’s second film TRUE THINGS starring Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke; Sean Durkin’s THE NEST, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon; PIRATES, the directorial debut of Reggie Yates; HERE BEFORE, the debut of acclaimed playwright, Stacey Gregg starring Andrea Riseborough; TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, the English language debut of Ruben Östlund starring Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean; THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER, also from Joanna Hogg and starring Tilda Swinton; and PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING: BIG IN JAPAN, directed by Jack Clough and written by Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa, with additional material by Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin and Lily Brazier.Around 50% of BBC Film's current slate is work from first or second time filmmakers.

On working with young filmmakers in Britain, Dionne Farrell, Development Executive at BBC Film, says, “Supporting New Talent is integral to what we’re doing at BBC Film, so I’m excited for the opportunity to begin conversations with exciting emerging filmmakers showing their work at Little Wing.”

Little Wing Film Festival 2021 kicks off, in-person and online, on September 21st! For more details, and for updates on our soon to be released programme, visit

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