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Film London News Bulletin - 24 August 2007

Date posted: 24.08.2007

As part of the Mayor of London's India Now celebrations, a special preview of the Indian silent classic A Throw of Dice will be shown on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square on 30 August at 9pm. There is no charge for attending this event.

Companies wishing to support film education and exhibition activity in London can now apply to the Smalls Grants Programme. This is the second round of Film London's Audience Development Fund Small Grants Programme which awards up to £3,000 to each project. London-based organisations should apply by 24 September 2007.

The BBC and the UK Film Council's Summer of British Film continues, after having a successful first week with a new digital restoration of Goldfinger attracting 11,500 cinema-goers. Seven of Britain's greatest films have been beautifully restored and will be coming to cinemas this summer in a unique big screen event.

The My Movie MashUp community have selected Vito Rocco, a Film London supported director, to lead their first film into production. Now the search is on for the cast of Faintheart, which is billed as a romantic comedy about the lives of a group of people who re-enact Viking battles as a hobby.

FILMAKA and have launched I LOVE LONDON, inviting quality film-makers of all backgrounds to make short films which celebrate London. The winners of the competition, which runs until 7 September, will be announced on 26 September 2007.

The 15th Raindance Film Festival, which runs 25 September - 7 October in London, has announced this year's programme of features and documentaries. Films screening include Amazing Grace*, a story about the world's most popular hymn. The festival jury includes rocker Iggy Pop and Red Road director Andrea Arnold.

Sugarhouse, the debut feature from slingshot, Met Film's sister production company, is released across the UK on 24 August. This low-budget urban thriller stars Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy, Stormbreaker) and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, King Kong), and was shot in over 4 weeks in East London last summer.

Sally Potter has launched a new website. As she embarks on rehearsals for her production of Carmen at the English National Opera, she will be posting regular blogs about her work. She hopes to provide an insight into the process of film-making and about her experiences of directing her first opera.

The New Producers Alliance (NPA) have recently announced a partnership with the BFI and from September will be running their 9 Point Producer Training Sessions in the Delegates Centre at the newly re-launched BFI Southbank. To book your place and to find out more about the NPA please go to or contact the NPA office on 020 7613 0440.

Elefest (22 – 30 September 2007), the Elephant and Castle's annual festival, returns this September and is open for entries for film-makers living in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham. All topics, styles and subject matters are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 10 September. They are also running a free film-making workshop for Southwark residents in conjunction with Short Wave films, email for more details.

Think-Shoot-Distribute, the Times BFI London Film Festival's talent development scheme is now open for entries. The scheme, supported by Film London and Skillset, is looking for 25 talented and experienced film-makers seeking to develop their feature film career to take part in the five-day programme. The deadline for entries is 21 September.

DocHouse and the BBC present a unique weekend festival exploring the new wave of films that cross the border between documentary and drama. CROSSING the LINE (21 – 23 September), will take place at Rich Mix in East London. A full program will be available online from this coming Tuesday.

Tom Collins' London-shot film Kings has been awarded the Directors Finder Series by the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, in association with the Directors Guild of America. The film is in an Irish language film about five men who emigrate to London in the '70s to find their fortune.

And finally...

As this is no weather for summer BBQs – why not stay in on Saturday night (25 August) and watch British Film Forever on BBC2 at 9.15pm? Part five of this brilliant series focuses on horror, magic and fantasy with interviews with Simon Pegg, John Hurt and Sir Anthony Hopkins followed by The Witchfinder General…creepy!

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