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Film London News Bulletin - 2 December 2005

Date posted: 02.12.2005

Film London's very own Chairman Sandy Lieberson was awarded the special jury prize at this year's British Independent Film Awards, while The Constant Gardener* was named best film. The John Le Carre adaptation also scooped up best actor and actress for Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. The triumph was a further success for Simon Channing Williams who walked away from last year's BIFAs with six awards for Vera Drake*. London Production Fund awardee Jan Dunn received best achievement in production for her feature debut Gypo. Further awards went to Rosamund Pike for best supporting actress in The Libertine* and Pride and Prejudice* actress Keira Knightley received the Variety UK personality award. The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British film-making, to honor new talent and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

Film London is supporting successful applicants to the Film London Company Placement Scheme (CPS) by providing up to 75% of gross salary costs of a six month work placement. The CPS provides support for successful companies to provide paid work placements to new starters in the film and moving image industry that are London-based. In addition, this new scheme will help companies improve their recruitment practice and training expertise. Further information can be found here.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory* has won the best film category in the 10th annual Children's Bafta Awards. Tim Burton's Roald Dahl adaptation received 30,000 votes in the only category chosen by children. Further information can be found here.

PULSE short The Chihuahua Messiah* has won the runner up prize for the BBC 3 New Talent Awards at Brief Encounters. Mark Hewis' story of a little girl plagued by the memory of her father will be screened on BBC Three and the directors will receive prize money of £2,500.

The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announced its latest wave of support for short filmmakers at the Brief Encounters Festival. Through the Completion Fund scheme for 2006, short film-makers will be able to apply for funding to convert shorts in rough cut form to their final finished versions.  The scheme which is being run by Maya Vision International, has allocated £50,000 to aid film-makers in these important final stages of post-production.

Roger Michell has begun production on his next London-shot film Venus*. Peter O'Toole stars in the coming of old age tale.

Tim Burton is set to return to London again next year following Charlie and the Chocolate Factory* and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride* for his fourth film to shoot in the UK. Burton will be pairing with another of Hollywood's most eccentric talents, Jim Carrey for Ripley's Believe it or Not. Explorer and newspaper cartoonist Ripley became famous worldwide in the 1920s for Believe It or Not!, a cartoon series about unusual facts from around the globe.

And finally…
View Mark Hewis' award winning PULSE film The Chihuahua Messiah* here and read an interview with the film-maker.

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