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Film London News Bulletin - 13 October 2006

Date posted: 13.10.2006

The Times BFI London Film Festival begins next week showcasing the best new films from around the world, here in London. The festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006 and runs from 18 October to 2 November. This year's line-up includes 181 features and 131 shorts, alongside a host of live events, special commissions, screen talks and masterclasses. Celebrating its jubilee year, the festival plays host to two major special events: a free, outdoor live-mix screening A Portrait of London: Trafalgar Square and the world's largest surprise film screening in 50 Screens. Up to 10 surprise films will be revealed across 50 London cinemas and venues on the night, from Acton to Uxbridge, with special locations including Heathrow Terminal 4, HMP Holloway, Ethelburger's Church and St Thomas's Hospital, bringing the festival to thousands of people across the capital.

The 17th British Film Festival came to a close on Sunday in the resort town of Dinard, France, with Paul Andrew Williams' London to Brighton* taking the top jury prize, the Golden Hitchcock. Adrian Shergold's Pierrepoint*, starring Timothy Spall as British hangman Albert Pierrepoint took the silver Hitchcock award as well as the Kodak Prize for cinematography. The juror's said they awarded the top prize to London to Brighton not only in respect of the indie title's ultra low budget but because it was such a powerful film.

Britspotting is dedicated to promote and support new talent, and to find German distributors and audiences for outstanding new British and Irish films. The Festival in Berlin runs from 19-25 April 2007, showing a wide selection of British and Irish feature films, documentaries and short films from all genres. Enter your film before 15 January 2007. All films, whether chosen for the programme or not, will be available to the film industry for viewing in the videotheque during the festival.

The 14th Raindance Film Festival has come to a close with Ed Blum's UK feature Scenes of a Sexual Nature*. Paul Andrew Williams winning streak continued, with low budget gem London to Brighton* claiming Raindance's Best UK Feature prize. This year's Raindance jurors included Lou Reed, Marky Ramone, Kevin Macdonald, Matthew Libatique, Anton Corbijn, Parminder Nagra and Dame Judi Dench.

Blowing Up presents the 4th Annual Clerkenwell Film & Video Festival - London Special, celebrating the best in contemporary film and video. Now in its fourth year the festival presents a day-long celebration of some of the best contemporary short films made in or about the capital. A cutting edge selection featuring documentaries, animations, comedy and drama, presenting the perspectives of different communities within the city; celebrating the ordinary, imagining the extraordinary. Some of the films being shown include James Pilkington's Sweet, a Camden Town comedy about love triangles and imaginary girlfriends starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett of The Mighty Boosh; Today's Special, a celebrated homage to London's caffs from Paul Kelly (dir. What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day and Finisterre); Bus Kong by Ed Hartwell which commemorates the end of the London Routemaster; and The Intimacy of Strangers by Eva Webber which is entirely constructed out of overheard mobile phone conversations of random strangers.

Bitesize Cinema returns with an award-winning selection of hot British talent, showcasing some of the finest young advancing film-makers from these shores, with screenings across London and the UK. The Premiere of Bitesize Cinema Autumn 06 takes place at the Curzon Soho on 19 October with a line up which includes award-winning PULSE film Cubs*. New venues include Cineworld Wandsworth as well as continued screenings at Curzon Soho, Rio Dalston, Genesis Mile End, Everyman Hampstead and The ICA.

Emily Greenwood, profiled on the Film London EAST website, will be screening her short A Neutral Corner in Soho on 18 October. For further information and details email Magic Eye.

The British Academy Film Awards will have a new host and a new home this year, with Stephen Fry stepping down as presenter and the ceremony moving to the Royal Opera House. The Academy is now accepting entries for its Short Film Award.  The Short Film Award is open to entries from the UK only and encourages the essential growth and development of new talent within the British film industry.  All entries must be received by Tuesday 31 October. 

The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund is now inviting individual film-makers and production companies to apply to the 2006/2007 Completion Fund. The fund is part of the New Cinemas Fund's programme to enable directors and producers to push their creative boundaries, develop new talent and to invest in short films that illustrate unique ideas and an innovative approach.

Slamdance is reaching out to UK film-makers. Don't miss your chance to submit your film. The 13th Annual Slamdance Film Festival will be held 18-27 January 2007 in Park City, Utah.  Located at the same time and place as Sundance, the Festival offers a leg-up to new first time film-makers.

The Blast on BBC Two showcases videos of every type, made by young people. Submit your film to Blast and you could see your film with expert review on Blast on BBC Two or showcased in Blast Movie Shorts. Participants have to be aged between 13-19 or 20-24.

The NPA is running a five-week intensive producer training course. The course is designed specifically for film-makers with a scripted feature at packaging stage, with a completed funded short, or who are seriously looking to move into feature financing and production. and Shooting People present a short film-making competition. Robbie Williams is collaborating with seven different film-makers to create seven original short films using the tracks from his new album Rudebox and  is inviting all the independent film-makers out there to provide the eighth video for his final track, The 80s. The winner will receive a £7,500 prize.

Last week we reported that the winner of last year's Buffalo Film Festival was Ashvin Kumar's The Little Terrorist. The Little Terrorist won in 2004. Last year it was in fact Lawrence Coke's Morally Speaking. View Coke's profile at BFI Blackworld.

And finally…

View the trailer for Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering*.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London   

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