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Launch of FOURWALLS film project to give Londoners a voice on housing

A short film project aimed at giving Londoners a voice on the housing situation in their area has been launched this week.

The project called FOURWALLS involves leading industry professionals from architecture, film and television.

It aims to widen the debate on housing in London and engage a broad spectrum of Londoners on the issue, appealing to people across the capital to create their own three-minute videos about their experiences and perspectives on living in the capital for the chance to win up to £1,000.

FOURWALLS will screen the shortlisted films at the renowned London Short Film Festival on Sunday 18th January 2015, with the three winning videos announced at the festival by a judging panel, chaired by David Lammy MP, and comprised of industry leading figures including Michael Winterbottom, Amanda Levete, Dominic Minghella, Kwame Kwei Armah OBE and John Akomfrah.

The project has been put together in response to the growing need for an answer to the housing crisis, a desire to break out of the tired extremes of either the perfect penthouse or the foreboding tower block and a growing need to understand more about the issues that Londoners really care about.

The aim is to gather the views and perspectives of people living in London at a time where rising house prices and rents are affecting the way that people live and interact with the city.

The project also aims to showcase independent filmmaking in London and highlight the abundance of talent in the capital.

The average price of properties for sale in Greenwich is £493,098 with almost half of the properties on sale in Greenwich having two bedrooms and an overwhelming majority of the properties being flats.

Philip Ilson, Creative Director of the London Short Film Festival says: ‘We are supportive of London based film initiatives, particularly if they hold a spotlight on our city.

“We celebrate the creativity of London annually, but are also aware of the more negative aspects of London living.

“This project brings together filmmakers to help highlight issues that affect every Londoner, and we are excited to see the work that is produced.”

Films must be submitted between today and the 31st December to be considered. Films can be submitted in any format, including animation. Those wishing to get involved should visit www.fourwalls.london for more information.

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