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Film London News Bulletin - 18 December 2006

Date posted: 18.12.2006

A new movie map of the capital has been launched by Film London and Visit London. London has inspired many truly memorable movies and for more than a century has welcomed world-class film-makers to tell their stories here. One of the most recognisable and widely used film locations in the world, the city itself has been the star of many great films. The map highlights locations from over 50 London-shot films from Sabotage (1936) to Stormbreaker* (2006). Maps are now available in tourist information centres around the UK and overseas, Cineworld cinemas and hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and cinemas in London's West End.

Film London and Skillset have launched a new joint bursary scheme to support individuals wishing to undertake short vocational training courses. Screen Bursaries support the skills development of people working across the media industries, providing up to 80% of the cost of short courses. The scheme is open for applications and will run until the end of March 2007.

The New York Film Critics' Circle has named United 93* the best picture of 2006. Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren continue their reign, winning best actor and actress for The Last King of Scotland* and The Queen*.

Helen Mirren also features widely in the nominations for this year's Golden Globe Awards, along with a host of other British talent and London-shot productions.

Thanks to First Light Movies four groups of over 100 budding young film-makers from across the capital have been awarded thousands of pounds of funding to produce short digital films alongside professional film-makers. Local residents can expect to spot an array of young people operating microphone booms and cameras over the next couple of months.

Pinewood Studios Group has re-launched their website as part of their ongoing re-branding. The Pinewood Group comprises Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington, and is the leading service provider of film and television related services across the UK. The new site offers clear navigation and image rich pages, as well as sporting the new logo for Pinewood Studios Group.

View a series of new works by well-known and emerging artists, including previous LAFVA awardees George Barber and Clio Barnard, commissioned by the new Single Shot scheme.

Break Out, a unique opportunity for black and minority ethnic film-makers has just been launched and is actively seeking talented film-makers to develop and make fiction and documentary features with production partners Warp X and the Channel 4 documentary film foundation.

Orange has teamed up with BAFTA to invite aspiring film-makers to submit a 60 second short film, with the theme of Celebrate. You can shoot your film and upload it to the official site. A panel of judges will then choose the best five films from your region. These will be showcased in the online gallery, where the public can vote for their favourite. The winning film from each region will be featured during the BBC One coverage of The Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony on 11 February 2007.

Start the new year with First Draft: Feature Film. Writers arrive with an idea and leave with an industry ready first draft. Courses are taught by Josephine Rose (one weekend a month) and Katharine Way (one day a month) at the NPA centre.

And finally…

Happy Christmas!

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