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Film London News Bulletin - 14 December 2007

Date posted: 14.12.2007

Russell Brand helped to celebrate the amazing achievements of nine young people who were funded by Mediabox. As part of this award ceremony at the end of November, all documentaries were showcased. Georgina Studd, aged 17 from South London, picked up the highest accolade at the 2007 Mediabox and Channel 4 FourDocs Documentary Film-making Competition for her short film, Georgina Goes Out*.

Ten cinema projects and festivals are to receive support from the new round of Film London's Audience Development Fund. Over £25,000 has been awarded to a range of schemes across London boroughs, including community screenings in Poplar and a film group offering children from economically deprived areas the opportunity to explore film.

Atonement* is leading the way in the nominations for 2008's Golden Globes. Other films nominated include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street*, Eastern Promises*, Elizabeth: The Golden Age*.

The Happy Soul Festival has won a won a National Health Service Quality Award for building innovative partnerships with local communities. The Festival, dedicated to raising awareness on mental health issues in the Asian, Black and Korean communities, using film and arts is currently programming the next festival for March 2008.

Film London PULSE shorts; Cherries* by Tom Harper and Peter and Ben* by Pinny Grylls have made it into the International section of the Clermont- Ferrand Short Film Festival 2008.

After a sell out festival last year, The Cypriot Film Festival is back. The 2nd Cypriot Film Festival showcasing a selection of award winning Cypriot short films followed by the UK premier of the first ever Cypriot feature film to be screened at the Venice Film Festival, Akamas, directed by Panicos Chrysanthou.

The first production from recently revived Hammer Films will premiere on MySpace in a series of 20 four-minute "webisodes". The film, Beyond The Rave will be the first UK co-production by the social networking site's recently launched video arm, MySpaceTV.

The blood spattered opening credits of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street* are online, as well as an exciting series of 'The Making of Sweeney Todd' showing how Dante Ferretti recreated the nightmarish Fleet Street of Tim Burton's London at Pinewood Film Studios

And finally

An exclusive extended scene from National Treasure; Book of Secrets*, showing an exciting stunt sequence shot around Buckingham Palace is now online.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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