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Film London News Bulletin - 29 January 2007

Date posted: 29.01.2007

The UK's very own 'Mini Oscars®', the First Light Movies Awards 2007, will take place in February. The judging panel includes Titanic star Kate Winslet, Billy Elliot* director Stephen Daldry and British movie director Sir Alan Parker. They will be casting their eyes over two digitally-shot films funded through the First Light Movies initiative, which have been made by young people from Lambeth. Fast Break and The Looking Glass have been nominated for awards in the Best Drama and Best Horror categories.

Tenders are currently being welcomed for the evaluation of the Film London EAST programme. This three year project, delivered through 12 partner organisations, is coming to a close in March 2007. In order to understand the impact and consolidate the work of Film London EAST, Film London wishes to carry out an evaluation in this the final quarter. Find out more about the invitation to tender. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 February.

The Artists' Moving Image Network (AMIN) has teamed up with VET to offer High Definition for Artists, a workshop tailored specifically for artists, addressing the use of High Definition (HD) technology. The workshop will take place at VET in Hoxton Square on Monday 5 March.

In February, the National Film Theatre will play host to a duo of special screenings showcasing the works of LAFVA-funded artist film-makers Andrew Kötting and Carol Morley. Carol Morley: The Film-making Years presents a selection of rarely seen early works alongside the London premiere of 2005 LAFVA-funded The Madness of the Dance*. Following the screening Morley will be in discussion with Helen de Witt, Festival Producer at the BFI. The London premiere of Andrew Kötting's 2006 LAFVA-funded Offshore* (Gallivant) will be followed by Kötting in conversation with writer Iain Sinclair.

Following the introduction of the new film tax credit (which came into force on 1 January 2007), the Rt. Hon. Dawn Primarolo, MP and Paymaster General, paid Shepperton Studios a visit. She had a tour of the sets of The Golden Compass* to witness first hand the expertise of the UK film industry.

The City of London Festival is launching a new student film competition, City in Motion, in partnership with Barbican Film and the British Film Institute. Films made by the finalists will be projected onto open air screens. Bursary prizes will be awarded for 'Creative Use of Theme' and 'Excellence in Production'. Download application forms and further information.

The London Sinfonietta will perform ChaplinOperas on 28 February at the Coronet, where Chaplin reputedly first trod the boards. It is a rare opportunity to see classic Chaplin films (Easy Street, The Adventurer and The Immigrant) with a witty modern live score by Benedict Mason

And finally…

Catch up with the latest from Sundance with Tom Harper's exclusive blog. The director of PULSE short film Cubs* reports on snowboarding, screenings and offsetting his carbon miles.

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