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Film London News Bulletin - 3 August 2007

Date posted: 03.08.2007

The Portobello Film Festival is now underway and runs until 21 August. Over 700 independent productions are being screened at venues across west London including Ion Bar, The Craze Gallery and The Pelican. Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) will be holding a talk and screening on 9 August at Westbourne Studios. Rose Cupit, manager of FLAMIN, will discuss the LAFVA scheme and screen examples of LAFVA work.

Talent Circle Super Shorts is the UK's independent film festival that celebrates and showcases films of no longer than five minutes in length. The festival kicks off with a networking party and awards ceremony on Monday 6 August. This will be followed by a day of festival activity in Soho, with screenings and a giveaway of 5 x £1,000 awards for film-makers.

Meet the makers and see the work at CROSSING the LINE: between fact and fiction (21 – 23 September), a unique weekend festival of premiere screenings, masterclasses, case studies and classic films exploring the shifting boundary between documentary and drama at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. Antonia Bird, Nick Broomfield, Ed Coulthard, Stephen Frears, Andy Harries, Brian Hill, Peter Kosminsky, Pawel Pawlikowski and Penny Woolcock are confirmed speakers in this celebration and critique of hybrid forms. Visit the CROSSING the LINE website for more information.

Film London will be hosting Exhibitors' Surgeries on 9 August. These open-access advice surgeries will be targeted at cinemas, film festival organisers, film education officers and arts officers interested in screening films. It will take place at Film London's offices in Shoreditch. To book a one-to-one session please email

To mark the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence (1947- 2007), and as part of India Now, Watermans in Brentford bring the first ever Cinema of Independence to London. The South Asian Cinema Foundation presents a season of classic Indian film screenings from 10 to 15 August.

Another commemorative Indian season will take place at Curzon Soho and Renoir Cinema from 5 to 26 August. Nation State – India is Sixty will focus on one of India's greatest cinematic masters, Satyajit Ray, plus a screening of Ken McMullen's Partition.

The King on Screen: Elvis in the Movies. In this commemorative talk, liberally illustrated with clips from the King's best flicks, Adrian Wootton, CEO at Film London will recount the history of Elvis's extensive career on the silver screen. This will be followed by a screening of Jailhouse Rock. The event starts 6.20pm in NFT2 on 16 August.

The deadline for Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) is 17 August. The fund aims to support the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers by providing travel grants for attendance at a small number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition. The UK Film Council's International Festival Sales Support Scheme (IFSS) created to support UK film internationally and support the successful distribution of UK films in international and domestic markets, is also open for applications. More information can be found on the UK Film Council's website.

And finally…

David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises has been chosen to open the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival this year. The film shot in London and tells the story of a Russian mobster (Viggo Mortensen) whose life of crime is interrupted by a nosy midwife (Naomi Watts).

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