About Now What:

To replace the NOW WHAT short film festival that was due to take place on 18 March, Catford Mews have launched a new online programme of short films to keep people entertained and motivated during isolation, giving short films a second shot.

Each week, a handpicked bite-size gem will be selected for people to watch from the comfort of their own homes, and its makers will be given a platform to showcase their work on the Catford Mews website.

Catford Mews, Lewisham’s first cinema in 25 years, will be diving into their catalogue of previous submissions, but will also be welcoming new shorts that may have missed the deadline. 

They are on the look out for entries from the local area and beyond, that can engage, inspire and excite people during this difficult time for the film industry.

The programmes first winner was ‘A Disappearance,’ a darkly comedic thriller written and directed by Laura Spini and Laurence Brooke: A local child has gone missing. For the family, it is a tragedy. For former celebrity physic Dame Alvera, it is an opportunity to claw back her fame. But in the dingy confines of small-town psychic fayre, can she still make a human connection? 

To find for more information on last week’s winner, and to watch the short film, please click here.


Catford Mews would like to build a network of emerging and aspiring filmmakers and lovers through screenings, socials and Q&A’s, giving people at home the chance to see innovative, thought-provoking films you might have missed the first time around. 

After making their debut at film festivals, short films often fall by the wayside as artists move on to their next projects. NOW WHAT was searching for shorts that have completed their festival runs or, whether for financial reasons or otherwise, haven’t had one. 

Catford Mews and their team strongly believe that short films deserve fresh eyes, and as society rapidly changes can have more to say than first thought. They want to breathe new life into films that still have a lot to say. 

How to enter:

To submit a short film please email:  nowwhatfilms@outlook.com 

The submission should have a private link and a 100-word synopsis. Entries must be under 20 minutes and no theme is required as the new programme is intended to be as open, versatile and thought provoking as possible.

Judges will be especially interested in submissions from Lewisham and South London locals, but all submissions are welcome.

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