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Film London News Bulletin - 01 December 2006

Date posted: 01.12.2006

Mum and Dad*, an intense, relentless, and nerve-fraying horror film about a murderous family living in the shadow of a major London airport, and Shady* (working title), the story of 24 hours in the life of a compassionate, charismatic Muslim crack dealer, have been selected as the first two projects to go into production as part of Film London's micro-budget feature film scheme, Microwave. Launched earlier this year, 71 applications were received for the initial round of the Microwave scheme, from which eleven short-listed film-making teams participated in Microschool, a three-day intensive programme of seminars and workshops, ending with a final pitching session to select the successful projects.

Multi-award winning Film London PULSE short Cubs* has cleaned up once again winning both Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and the BBC3 New Talent - New Film Makers Award 2006 at the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol. Cubs was directed by Tom Harper and produced by Lisa Williams, with cinematography by Robbie Ryan (who also shot Red Road). Hear more about Cubs, watch the Tom Harper interview on the BBC film network.

There was further PULSE success at Encounters for Leigh Hodgkinson's latest film Flighty, which took two awards the DepicT! Animation Award and the Orange DepicT! Audience Award voted for online by visitors to and DepicT! websites, and via text for Orange customers. Hodgkinson made Stalk* with PULSE in 2005. Other winners at the BIFAs included The Last King of Scotland*, Venus*, The Queen*, Kidulthood* and London to Brighton*.

Don't miss your last chance to apply to Film London's Location Manager Training (LMT) course. Developed and supported by Film London, Skillset and leading industry experts, LMT represents the first course of its kind in the UK. The programme will equip learners with the key skills and knowledge required to help them progress into the role of Location Manager. Designed to fit around the hectic lifestyles of production staff, the course is spread over 10 months with a mixture of work-based, tutor-led and online learning. Applications close Monday 4 December 2006.

Catch the last few days of Elefest, Elephant and Castle's free annual festival. Elefest has returned this year with an expanded programme which includes live music, photography, dance, short films and videos alongside both classic and new films from around the world. Films screening this year include The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, Life and Lyrics*, short films from Get Scene, Get Heard a competition run by the Safer Southwark Partnership, films and videos made by people working and studying in the area and a big freeform film love-in film jam. Elefest is supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund

The UK Film Council, the lead agency for film in the UK, is seeking views on its policy and funding priorities over the next three years in a consultation document published last week - Film in the Digital Age. It looks back on the work of the UK Film Council over the past six years and outlines a number of possible initiatives from April 2007 - March 2010 if extra funding is secured.

PocketVisions and The British Museum are bringing The Margaret Mead Film Festival (New York) to the UK for the first time in order to initiate A Conversation in Film between European and US film-makers and are now calling for European documentary films. All successful applicants will be invited to present their films in person. Those films screened on 17 March 2007, in the Clore Education Centre at The British Museum, will be automatically submitted for selection to the Margaret Mead Film Festival November 2007. Deadline for submissions is 20 December 2006.

Europe is a continent of ethnic and cultural pluralism, but film-makers of Europe's varied minorities rarely have the chance to communicate across national boundaries. Babylon is a new audiovisual programme designed to fill this gap, a European space in which minority film-makers can speak to each other and to the widest international audience, providing access and inclusion. Project development, network building, co-production and distribution opportunities feature in a rolling programme which was launched at the Locarno Film Festival on 6 August 2006. Babylon is currently seeking project submissions for the first development workshop in Rotterdam late January 2007.

The Shoreditch Festival is calling for local professional artists, in any art form, interested in working with local residents to create a project or individual project / event for the festival.

And finally…

Film London CEO, Adrian Wootton, will be interviewing Anjelica Huston at the NFT on 7 December as part of a two month celebration of the great Hollywood director John Huston.

 Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London       

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