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Film London News Bulletin - 8 December 2006

Date posted: 08.12.2006

Colin Brown has been appointed British Film Commissioner, after stepping down as chairman of Cinesite (Europe) Ltd. and from his position on the UK Film Council board. Brown was at Cinesite for 10 years as managing director, chief executive officer and then chairman and previously worked at European Television Networks, Molinaire and Rank Cintel. He replaces Steve Norris, who recently departed the commissioner post to become managing director of film at Framestore.

Reel London is an initiative for emerging documentary film-makers, delivered in partnership between DFG Films, Film London and ITV London. Catch the third and final Reel London documentary, Holloway Hairdo, on ITV at 7.30pm, 21 December.

The Metropolitan Film School has announced the launch of their new BA Film programme which will start in September 2007 and will be one of the most practical film degrees in the UK. During the first year students will make two short films – a classic narrative film and then a documentary – plus benefit from hours of practical experience and an in-depth immersion in all of the specific craft areas. In the second year students will have the unique chance to participate in the development, production, marketing and distribution of a feature film and will also benefit from a parallel curriculum of film studies modules delivered by Thames Valley University.

First Past the Post is an award-winning short film programme screening at the Curzon Mayfair on 14 December. Don't miss your chance to see the UKFC New Cinema Fund completion films on the big screen.

Highly regarded UK producer and long-standing industry player Norma Heyman is to be awarded this year's Women in Film and TV's (WIFTV) lifetime achievement award. Heyman will receive her award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the film industry at the WIFTV's 16th annual awards. Heyman most recently produced Mrs. Henderson Presents and has been instrumental in paving the way for other women to succeed in the industry.

Do you want to get first hand experience in the film industry's most coveted position? Are you the next award-winning, block-busting film director? The Directors Guild Trust has joined forces with Film4 and Skillset to launch Direct Access, enabling new film-makers to observe established directors up-close during key stages in the production process. Applications close 20 December.

Futures Shorts brings a highly eclectic and inspiring twisted Christmas programme to West London's Watermans on 9 December. Short films and music videos from all around the world include the magical music video animation Sundown from rising band Daedelus, as well as the documentary Ice Tribe from Finland, the comic Busker starring Dominique Pignon from Amelie and much more.

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* is now online with a glimpse of some awesome London set scenes. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* is particularly exciting for Film London as this time round the director at the helm is London Production Fund awardee David Yates. Check out an interview with Yates.

London's Leicester Square was covered in snow this week for the premiere of The Holiday*, a country-swapping rom-com starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black….but if that doesn't take your fancy, moderate violence might. View the full trailer for Hot Fuzz*.

And finally…

Celebrate the run up to Christmas with the BFI's online Lotte Reiniger advent calendar.

Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London

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