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Film London News Bulletin - 10 August 2007

Date posted: 10.08.2007

Principal photography on micro-budget feature film, Shifty, has begun. It is the second film to go into production through Film London's Microwave scheme. Shifty tells the dark story of the life and actions of a young Asian crack cocaine dealer, played by Riz Ahmed. It takes place over 24 hours, but considers the past and future of the lead characters. Jason Flemyng, Daniel Mays and Francesca Annis also star.

Applications are now being invited to the New Pathways Film Fund. New Pathways is a production-led intensive training programme for 15 new entrants to film, from traditionally under represented groups, designed to explore new and accessible film-making technology, alternative routes of exhibition and distribution and how to apply them to a short film production. The New Pathways Film Fund is a partnership between the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham and is part of the London Borough Film Fund Challenge supported by Film London.

Soft, Simon Ellis's critically acclaimed short film, commissioned by Film4 and the UK Film Council with The Bureau for Cinema Extreme, has put Ellis on the international film industry's radar. It won Best Live Action Short at the Toronto Short Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award and a Special Mention at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. The Cinema Extreme programme, which enables new film-makers to prepare for feature films by making a professional short film, has bred a number of multi award-winning British directors including Andrea Arnold, who won an Oscar® for Wasp. Cinema Extreme is now on the hunt for the next big name in British film-making.

Learn about the world's third-largest moving picture industry with Lagos to London, a Nollywood Masterclass, presented in collaboration with the Open University's Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies. Tickets must be booked in advance for the event on 12 August.

Over two weeks in August, Rich Mix, East London's newest cinema, arts and media centre, will be celebrating London's India Now festival by screening no less than eighteen Bollywood hits from recent years.

V&A Screen is a new programme of film screenings and discussions developed to contextualise and encourage critical debate about the V&A's exhibitions and their wider context. V&A Screen provides an opportunity to learn through and about film by extended consideration of the relationship between the Museum, its collections, and contemporary interests in popular visual culture.

A free season of lesbian and gay independent films will be running at the Roxy Bar & Screen every Tuesday throughout August. Films screening include Ol Parker's Imagine Me & You*.

The second BRITDOC/Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Campaigner's Fund has been announced. The fund, worth £70,000, is a jointly-funded initiative that offers a grant for documentaries that explore issues of human rights and civil liberties in the UK.

There are a few last places remaining on the London Film School's Technical Drawing for Film and Television course with Jan Spoczynski. This course has now received Skillset funding and travel and childcare grants are available. This two week intensive summer workshop runs at the London Film School from 20 to 31 August.

And finally…

The BBC Film Network has launched a new selection of UK shorts to tie in with the BBC's Summer of British Film. Films screening include Tom Harper's Cubs* and Corina Faith's Care* – funded respectively through Film London's PULSE and PULSE PLUS schemes.

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