Alumnus Toby Fell-Holden '13 on Film London's 2020 Lodestars List

BY Felix van Kann, March 3, 2020

Alumnus Toby Fell-Holden '13 was selected as one of Film London's 2020 Lodestars. The initiative honors the talent of thirty innovative, upcoming filmmakers and craftspeople from across the English capital for the second year running. The list includes directors, writers, producers, performers and behind-the-scenes crew. Fell-Holden is one of four writers to be selected and has been chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 contenders.


Commenting about his selection, Fell-Holden stated, “I’ll always associate Film London with the start of my career - they took a risk on us in supporting Balcony and forever changed my journey with film. Their continued belief in my feature projects motivates me to keep writing - to be heard. To now have their recognition as a Lodestar is an honor that goes beyond an industry spotlight, it is a much needed reminder to the film industry of the diverse talent on the rise who seek to share urgent and vital stories about London.”


According to a statement on their website, “Film London supports talent across London’s screen industries, from new entrants to established creators, with content ranging from narrative shorts to artists’ moving image.”


Toby Fell-Holden is a British writer-director based between New York and London. He is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow who graduated from Columbia’s film MFA in 2013 and holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. His last short Balcony, funded by Film London, won a Crystal Bear at Berlinale and gained a BIFA nomination for Best British short. Little Shadow, his thesis film, was long-listed for a BAFTA and nominated by the Casting Society of America (CSA) for an Artios. His shorts have played at over one hundred international festivals. He has written screenplays for major filmmakers and is also a script doctor. Fell-Holden was a Sundance screenwriting labs finalist and has received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences fellowship. He is an alumni of the BFI NET.WORK development program and is a recipient of the John Brabourne award.