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Film London News Bulletin - 22 January 2007

Date posted: 22.01.2007

There has been further award success for two PULSE shorts. Tom Harper's Cubs* and Corinna Faith's Care* have both been nominated for this year's BAFTA's. Members of the public will also have the chance to vote for The Orange Rising Star Award 2007. Find out more about the nominees.

Are you committed to training the next generation of talent for the industry? Are you passionate about offering opportunities to trainees with different voices, from different backgrounds that reflect the diversity of London? The Film London Company Placement Scheme (CPS) will offer support for successful companies to provide paid work placements to London-based new starters in the film and moving image industry. In addition, the scheme will help companies improve their recruitment practice and training expertise. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) 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. In a limited number of festivals where films are in competition, contributions are also available towards costs of striking a first film print or production of digital masters where required by the festival for screening. The next deadlines for the fund are February 12 and March 12 2007. Martin Stitt was awarded £500 towards the production of a 35mm film print for his film, What Does Your Daddy Do?*, to compete at the Corto Cortissimo in Venice in 2006. You can read an interview with Martin here.

Dame Helen Mirren has cemented her status as Oscar® frontrunner by sweeping the Golden Globes for her performance in Elizabeth I. She also won an award for her moving portrayal in The Queen*, for which Peter Morgan picked up a statuette for Best Screenplay.

Director of The Queen*, Stephen Frears, is to reign over the Cannes Film Festival (16 – 27 may 2007) this year after being named this year's Jury President. Frears has directed films including: My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things* and 1987 Cannes competitor, Prick Up Your Ears.

The Sundance Film Festival is underway and Cubs* is amongst the films selected for competition. The force behind the festival, the Sundance Institute, was founded by Robert Redford in 1981. This not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to independent film, new work and the development of artists. Tom Harper, director of Cubs*, reports for us from the Sundance Film Festival.

US writer/director Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Taxi Driver) will head up the International Jury deciding on the Golden Bear and Silver Bear at next month's Berlinale. Schrader's latest, The Walker* - starring Woody Harrelson and the lengendary Lauren Bacall - shot in London last year. It is among the eight titles to screen in the Berlin Film Festival's main competition section.

The Glasgow Film Festival is to open with UK premiere of Cashback*. Sean Ellis' highly anticipated debut feature was adapted from his own Oscar® nominated short. Ellis has just completed shooting his second feature, Broken*, in and around London. Other selections include Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd* and Woody Allen's Scoop*.

The amount of money spent on making films in the UK last year,such as The Golden Age*, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* and Atonement*, jumped by 48% to £840.1 million. These figures were announced by the UK Film Council in their latest report.

Filmfest Dresden and Goethe-Institut Kroatien offer young European film-makers the unique opportunity for an international exchange within the framework of the 19th Filmfest Dresden. The objective of this programme is to give up-and-coming talents the opportunity for building up international cooperations and to inform about ways of getting financial support for their projects. The programme is addressed to young film-makers, especially graduates from film academies. For further information email Filmfest.

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival is an international competitive festival. This year offer a unique combination of movie entertainment and creations from the cutting edge of digital technologies from around the world, brought together in a single competition. Skip City is now calling for feature competition entries- apply by 16 March 2007.

One of Britain's most successful films, Billy Elliot*, has received a stage makeover and can currently be seen at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

Salvador Dalí's dream sequence made for Hitchcock's 1945 film, Spellbound, will form part of a Tate Modern exhibition about the Spanish artist's fascination with film. Other films Dali made will feature along with paintings, drawings, photographs, journals and books from public and private collections. Dali & Film will run at Tate Modern from 1 June to 9 September.

And finally…

As Danny Boyle completes the highly anticipated follow up to 28 Days Later*, the trailer for his latest film, Sunshine*, is available to view online.

Compiled by Film London      *Assisted by Film London

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