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Film London News Bulletin - 6 December 2004

Date posted: 06.12.2004

The winner of Britain's most prestigious contemporary art prize, The Turner Prize will be announced tonight and amongst the four nominees is Kutlug Ataman whose work Twelve has been nominated. Kutlug Ataman is one of London's foremost artist film-makers, whose latest work, KUBA, was supported by Film London's London Artist's Film and Video Award (LAFVA) this year. KUBA is a 40 screen video installation commissioned and produced by Artangel, which was part-financed with £20,000 from Film London's LAFVA fund. Scouting is currently underway in the capital to find a suitable site to exhibit this massive installation. KUBA tells the stories of 40 of the inhabitants of a notorious neighbourhood of the same name in Istanbul through a series of film portraits. For more information click here.

A calendar of diverse film events awaits the capital this winter thanks to the support and funding of the Film London Audience Development Fund. The fund which launched this year is now inviting applications for this twice yearly award for 2005 with £150,000 of funding available to support and develop London's moving image culture.

The Film London Audience Development Fund has assisted 20 innovative film projects across London this year including London Disability Film Festival (1-5 December), Africa at the Pictures  (6-9 December) and The London Turkish Film Festival (7-20 December) currently running.

Vera Drake* scooped a massive six awards at the BIFA's including the prestigious Best Film and Best Director. Best Newcomer award went to So Solid Crew's Ashley Walters for his portrayal of Ricky for Bullet Boy*. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright scooped the Best Screenplay award for Shaun of the Dead*. Bob Hoskins, currently shooting Mrs Henderson Presents*, received the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor.

Finding Neverland* has been named best film of 2004 by The National Board of Review, the first major prize of the movie award season.

The Academy Awards ceremony is still more than three months away, and the nominees won't even be announced until 25 January, but movie pundits are already speculating on who will be in the running with buzz surrounding Mike Nichols' Closer* and Mike Leigh's Vera Drake*.

Vito Rocco's Goodbye Cruel World* is screening this Wednesday 8 December in The Best of Future Shorts at the Curzon Soho. To book click here.

And finally…

The NFT are showing a retrospective of Ealing Studio's brightest star Robert Hamer. For more information click here.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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