Vote for your favourite East End short film

A short film made by local director Alex Taylor has been chosen to represent Hackney in the Best of the Boroughs (BOBs) film awards.

His film, Kids Might Fly, is an offbeat portrait of young people in East London, centred on a young homeless girl who is taken into care.

Alex took part in the New Pathways Film Fund partnership between Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham councils which is part of the London Borough Film Fund Challenge. The scheme gives would-be filmmakers the opportunity to learn the latest filmmaking technology and techniques and pitch their own original script to industry experts.

Kids Might Fly, along with films representing 12 other London Boroughs, will be shown on the Film London website from Monday 25 May until Tuesday 30 June, where you can vote for your favourite. The winner will receive £2,000 and be in with a chance of winning an additional £2,000 in a separate prize. The winners will be invited to a special ceremony at the BAFTA building in July.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Lead Member for Community Services said: “Hackney is a hub for creativity and is it vital to support the talent that we have locally.

This tri-borough film fund plays an important role in providing opportunities for local people to develop the skills they need to realise their hopes of working in the film industry.”

To support your local East End short film, visit the Film London website@ from 25 May.

For more information on the New Pathways Film Fund, visit: or contact Hackney Council Film Officer Rebecca Staffolani:

Notes to Editors

1) New Pathways is a production led intensive training programme for new entrants to film from traditionally under represented groups designed to explore new and accessible filmmaking technology, alternative ways of exhibition and distribution and applying new skills to a short film production. New Pathways is looking for original and exciting stories told with a fresh individual voice that utilise locations from the three partner Boroughs and will embrace new ways of distribution.

2) Hackney is in the top ten of most popular London borough locations for film and television programme makers.