Film London Boosts Cultural Film Initiatives In The Capital
Date posted: 21.08.2012
Film London today announced they have awarded grants to London-based exhibition organisations, aiming to grow access to cinema for under-represented audiences and offer non-mainstream cultural film experiences across the capital. Through the successful Cultural Film Exhibition Fund (CFEF), Film London is providing established festivals and exhibitors £30,000 - maintaining the level of investment in 2011 - to deliver activity across the capital.
The latest organizations to receive funding are:
- DocHouse and The Frontline Club for Between the Lines, a three day festival exploring issues around user-generated content, social networking, corporate influence and budget cuts across news rooms and broadcast networks. Following the Festival, Between the Lines will host six additional screening events at different venues across the capital over six months.
- Cinema Nation to present Scala Beyond. Building on last year's successful event in London, the season is now a UK-wide programme celebrating all forms of independent cinema and highlighting the diversity, passion and enthusiasm of the people and organisations currently operating cinemas, venues, film festivals, clubs and societies. Film London's grant will see Scala Beyond introduce new elements such as 'Film Crawls', create an educational resource with FILMCLUB, and 'Film Jam', collaborating with film clubs to promote diversity.
- East End Film Festival to deliver Vault, an interactive screening programme of multi platform film activity specifically aimed at and designed by young people ages 15-21. It presents independent British, world and archive cinema complimented by discussions, Q&A's and expert analysis designed to enrich the audience's knowledge of film and empower them to make to make new choices.
- LoCo for the 2013 London Comedy Film Festival taking place in January. London's only comedy film festival, it will take place in venues across the capital, bringing the world's most exciting and diverse comedies to London aiming to lightening up the capital in the officially most miserable week of the year. As well as premieres, previews and added-value screenings, LOCO LONDON offers training and networking for emerging film-makers, a School of Slapstick for children and the LOCO Discovery Awards for new British shorts and feature films.
- Anointed Productions for the The New Black's Shh! The Secret Lives of Everyday People, as part of Black History Month 2012. Taking place at City Screen venues across the capital, including Ritzy cinema, Stratford East & Hackney Picturehouses, Shh! will offer a mix of education and entertainment. Delving into untold stories swept under the carpet of time and taboos locked within the black community, films and events will take audiences on a journey through chapters missing from history books, underground subcultures, suppressed sexualities and child-like fantasies.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: "Through our exhibition support, Film London aims to ensure there is a rich and varied film offer across the whole of London. This particular fund backs experienced exhibitors with a track record and our funding allows them to extend their reach, deliver more innovative content or take activity to the city's outer boroughs. With the five organizations receiving funding this year, I am delighted we are able to support exciting new film projects in the capital."
Later this year Film London will again launch the Community Pilot Fund (CPF) which will award fixed grants of £3,000 to develop new grassroots film exhibition, education and archive activity. Following success in 2011, the fund will back new innovative and community-based initiatives which aim to shed light onto less explored genres, stimulate debate, foster cross-generational connections and bring film and the cinema experience closer to new and under-represented audiences.
The CFEF and the CPF are part of the Lottery Funds awarded by the BFI to Film London to continue support for audience development activity in the capital.
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Notes to Editors
Projects supported through the Cultural Film Exhibition Fund 2012-2013:
DocHouse and the Frontline Club: Between the Lines | £5,000
DocHouse and The Frontline Club will pool their experience in the fields of Documentary film and Journalism to deliver Between The Lines, a three day festival of documentary screenings and discussions in March 2013, followed by six screening events at different venues across the capital over six months. Between The Lines will use screenings of international documentaries and panel discussions with filmmakers and experts from other fields, to address a critical set of issues relevant right now to film audiences and general public alike: the changing and merging boundaries of documentary filmmaking, journalism, broadcast news, satellite news networks and visual reporting online. It will explore the issues around user-generated content, social networking, corporate influence and radical cuts to budgets across news rooms and broadcast networks.
Cinema Nation/ Roxy Bar and Screen: Scala Beyond | £5,000
Scala Beyond is a UK-wide season that champions all forms of independent cinema exhibition, between18th August - 29th September 2012. Building on the Scala Forever season, Scala Beyond will include screenings, events and discussions, highlighting the diversity, passion and enthusiasm of the people and organisations currently operating cinemas, venues, film festivals, clubs and societies.
Aside from the main programme of screenings, the London elements of this year's season will include new initiatives such as: 'Film Crawls', local walking tours incorporating innovative screenings of archive material and shorts whilst highlighting current cinemas and the heritage of film going in London areas; the creation of an educational resource about film programming for young people in partnership with FILMCLUB; panel discussions aimed at both amateurs and professionals interested in exploring new forms of film exhibition; a special one-off event called the 'Film Jam' which will see 8 film clubs collaborating on a screening that will promote the diversity of London's film scene; and the first National Home Cinema Day, a UK wide initiative encouraging communal film going at a domestic level.
East End Film Festival: Vault | £10,000
East End Film Festival: Vault is an interactive screening and discussion programme of multi platform film activity specifically aimed at and designed by young people between the ages of 15-21. The programme will present independent British, World and Archive cinema, alongside a complimentary programme of screen based activity including discussions, Q&A's and expert analysis designed to enrich the audience's knowledge of film and empower them to make to make new choices.
LOCO: London Comedy Film Festival 2013 | £5,000
LOCO LONDON is London's only comedy film festival. After launching in January 2012 LOCO returns 24-27 January 2013, lightening up London in the officially most miserable week of the year. LOCO LONDON 2013 will bring the world's most exciting and diverse comedies to selected cinemas across the capital. As well as premieres, previews and added-value screenings, LOCO LONDON offers training and networking for emerging film-makers, a School of Slapstick for children and the LOCO Discovery Awards for new British shorts and feature films.
Anointed Productions: The New Black's Shh! | £5,000
Shh! The Secret Lives Of Everyday People is the theme of The New Black programme for Black History Month 2012. The mix of education and entertainment will be spread across the City Screen venues including Ritzy cinema, Stratford East & Hackney Picturehouses. It delves into the untold stories swept under the carpet of time and the sweetest taboos locked within the black community taking you on a journey through chapters missing from history books exposed by Hidden Colors, suppressed sexualities exulted in Stud Life and child-like fantasies explored in Beasts of Southern Wild. This festival of film will also be a celebrated through art and performance for a more complete cultural experience that will resonate in your mind and linger in your soul.
About Film London
Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London's activities include:
- Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East's position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
- Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
- Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
- Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's film industry and culture
Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI. www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk
London’s Screen Archives, recently held the Screen Heritage conference “Future-proofing Our Collections: Unleashing the Power of Archive Film” to discuss the value of archive film and its potential to bring together communities and inspire new audiences.