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Film London News Bulletin - 12 January 2007

Date posted: 12.01.2007

The next Orange British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday 11 February 2007. This year's nominations have been announced and many London-shot films feature in the listings. The Queen leads the way with 10 nominations, followed closely by Casino Royale. Two Film London PULSE shorts, Tom Harper's Cubs and Corinna Faith's Care, are also amongst the nominations.

The Orange Rising Star Award, returns to the BAFTAs for a second year. Members of the public have the chance to vote for the actor or actress they feel has begun to capture the imagination of the British public as a film star in the making.

January is also a good month for London-shot films on the big screen. Cecil Court features in Beatrix Potter biopic, Miss Potter, and is our Location of the Month. Oscar®-winning production designer, Martin Childs, converted a number of bookshop windows into other shop facades - including a butcher's, a sweet shop and a luggage store.

Veteran actors Peter O'Toole and Lesley Phillips star in Venus, which features a great selection of London locations and is also in cinemas this month. Roger Michell directs the Hanif Kureshi screenplay about an elderly actor and his relationship with a teenage girl played by Jodie Whittaker.

Six aspiring producers have been recruited by Film London to take part in the 2006 Film Passport Programme. Film Passport is a sales programme initiative for producers aiming to deliver feature length films to the international marketplace. Applicants have already benefited from a series of workshops covering topics such as film finance, pitching and networking and technical delivery. Find out more about the successful candidates.

You know you need to raise money; you're just not quite sure where to start... Film London is offering training in Fundraising Strategy for moving image exhibitors and education providers. The course takes place on 25 January. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The seventh School of Sound, a four-day series of masterclasses exploring the creative use of sound with image, will take place 18 - 21 April 2007 at the South Bank Centre, SE1. Film London and the London Development Agency are supporting 10 bursaries for film-makers from BME or disability backgrounds. Deadline for bursary applications is 16 February 2007. Find out more about School of Sound.

The winner of the 'VX Auteur Theory 2' competition, part of the Halloween Short Film Festival, was announced last night. Simon Ellis beat off stiff competition from over 600 other up and coming film-makers with his entry, A Storm and Some Snow. The runner up was London-based Greg Butler for his film, A Mouse Funeral. The Halloween Short Film Festival continues until 14 January, bringing London audiences another interesting and eclectic programme.

Working Title Films is one of the UK's leading film production companies - Bridget Jones's Diary, Shaun of the Dead, Pride and Prejudice and United 93 are just a few of their hits. If you would like the chance to work for this exciting company they are now taking applications for their ACTION! Intern Training Programme, which is due to start in June 2007.

From Pioneers to Picture Palaces, the Growth of Cinema in North London is an illustrated talk by Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College and one of the country's leading film historians. Christie will give a fascinating overview of the development of London's cinema. This event has been funded by Film London.

One of the best festivals in the world for aspiring music video directors will be showing shortlisted videos during January (12 – 19). Radar is open to anyone non-professional music video director and gives talented outsiders practical entry into the music video industry, acting as a finder and focus for fresh new directors.

David Goodis (1917-1967) is one of the great unsung writers of the classic era of American crime pulp fiction. This month marks the 50th anniversary of his death, and in acknowledgement the NFT will welcome Adrian Wootton - Goodis afficionado, biographer, recent editor of Black Friday & Selected Stories, and CEO of Film London. Wootton will deliver a talk on 17 January, illustrated by film clips, exploring the life and career of the author, whose novels have been adapted into such movies as Dark Passage, Shoot the Pianist, Nightfall and Moon in the Gutter.

And finally…

Check out the online promotional trailers for London-shot movies, Provoked and I Could Never be Your Woman.

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