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Film London EAST Farewell Bulletin - June 2007

Date posted: 28.06.2007

The Film London EAST project comes to an end on Friday 29 June 2007. This 3 year, £1.8 million initiative, was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and 12 diverse partners.

The programme supported film and media businesses in east London with the aim of creating a sustainable moving image sector in the region. Film London EAST also supported culturally diverse film and media small businesses and freelancers within the target area.

The EAST programme has opened up access to a range of support and development initiatives that have helped to build the skills and competencies of emerging film-makers. 23 short films have been produced through the East End and Newham Film Funds, supported through EAST (see the overviews below). A number have gone on to win awards and be screened at festivals around the world.

Film London EAST would like to thank its funders, past employees, beneficiaries and partners for their contributions in making this programme a success.

Newham Film Fund Overview

  • What Does your Daddy Do?
    The 2005 Newham Film Fund short co-produced by Katie Bevell and Bennett McGhee, was selected as a finalist for the 2006 Venice Film Festival. Both Katie and Bennett have gone on to work in TV and film since working on the short.
  • Ginger Gora and the Gentles
    The first film for director Georgette Okey, it has been accepted in festivals around the world, and was screened in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

East End Film Fund Overview

  • Winnie and the Duppy Bat
    Directed by Annetta Laufer, the film was nominated at the American Black Film Festival, won 4 awards at the Black Film-maker Festival 2006 and has continued to do well on the international festival circuit. The film was also picked up by HBO in the US.
  • Summer
    Tom Abell, director of Summer, was winner of the Jury Prize for Best Short Film in Ibiza, winner of Audience Prize for Best Short Film in Turin, and winner of the Special Mention from the Jury in Turin. The film was also nominated for the Teddy Award in Berlin for best short film and has screened extensively internationally over the past year.
  • Rotten Apple
    Ralitza Petrova won Best European Short at the Berlin Film Festival and is currently screening at international festivals including London, Venice and the Euro Academy Awards. Ralitza has been accepted onto the feature Directing course at the NFTS which she started in September

The partners and beneficiaries involved in Film London EAST have their say…

"EAST had a positive impact in sustaining work, developing it further and nurturing initiatives that have branched off, all of which are really important".

"It worked really well. We benefited from the skills and experience of the other partners".

"The support has been crucial to our understanding of changing technology and our ability to compete in these areas".

"The programme has given me the opportunity to make my first fully funded film, which I hope will lead to future work".

"It has been very helpful to feel part of a vital and supportive film-making community. My status as an independent film-maker has greatly improved with the support that I have had from the Film London EAST programme, both in training and the financial incentive to begin a new production".




Black Film-maker (bfm) Film Club aims to promote the awareness of Black world cinema through monthly screenings and discussions. bfm film club is an offshoot of the yearly bfm International Film Festival that has been showcasing Black world cinema since 1998.

Barking and Dagenham Young Person's Film Festival was launched in 2006. Building on the success of last year's festival and working towards developing a sustainable programme, workshops have been taking place throughout the borough to develop a wide range of films that will showcase at the Vue Cinema in Dagenham on 10 July 2007.

Film London Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) is now open for 2007 / 2008 applications. FFF aims to support the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition.

Film London is launching a global, premier London-based Production Finance Market 22 - 23 October 2007, at the Tower Bridge Hilton. The event will consist of two key attendees: financiers, and producers. A maximum of 120 committed film-makers and financiers will attend on an invitation-only basis. The closing date for producer and financier applications is Tuesday 17 July 2007.

Mum & Dad, the first film to be produced as part of Microwave, Film London's micro-budget feature film fund, has wrapped following a successful and intensive three week shoot in London and Nottingham. The second round of applications for Microwave is now open and closes on 29 June 2007.

3 Mills Studios offers excellent rehearsal facilities which are suitable for a wide range of theatrical, dance and musical productions. The six rehearsal rooms vary in size from 270 - 2,500 sq ft and are up to 38ft high. Other features include wooden floors, full-length mirrors, skylights, dressing rooms, shower facilities and 24-hour security. Recent clients include Billy Elliot, Stomp, Shakespeare's Globe and Raymond Gubbay. Please call the bookings team on 020 7363 3336 for more details or visit the 3 Mills Studios' website.


01zero-one provides training for professionals in the audio visual, creative and digital industries in Soho. Do you have specialised training requirements? Please call Polly, Head of Skills and Innovation, on 020 7025 1987.

More than 100,000 people are thought to have been imprisoned without charge and forced into hard labour in North Korea simply because their relatives have been critical of the regime. An evening of Amnesty International - screenings, discussion and debate will be held on 20 September 2007 at 7pm at the Human Rights Action Centre (17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA). There is no booking required and no charge for this event, for further information please contact:

BFI Southbank is proud to present Beautiful South - a quarterly event celebrating and showcasing South London's emerging and diverse cinematic talent. Delivered in conjunction with the Southbank Centre and media partners Shooting People and LIVE Magazine, these sessions include screenings of locally produced material, advice from established film-makers and industry professionals, as well as opportunities to network with other young creative's. With this in mind, the August installment of Beautiful South takes 'Remembrance' as its theme. The event will take place on 8 August 2007. To submit your film of up to 15 minutes in length for consideration, download the application form from their website or email

London's big screen under the stars will be held from 2 to 11 August 2007. Film4 Summer Screen returns for ten nights, transforming the magnificent Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House into a full-scale open-air cinema with state-of-the-art giant screen, 35mm projection and surround-sound. Enjoy an inspired programme of movie premieres, classics and recent favourites, featuring comedy, horror, romance, thrillers, sci-fi and action. Arrive early, relax and soak up the atmosphere before the film with good food drinks and DJs.

Paradise is for the Blessed features the work of seven artists. The exhibition runs –until 21 July 2007 (Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 6pm). Skillsbaser Minou Norouzi will be one of the seven artists/film-makers showing work. Find out more on the Four Corners website


Super Shorts run a film festival in London and across the UK every year. The 4th Super Shorts Film Festival is calling for short films that have some kind of link with this year's theme, "passion". Get your entries in as soon as possible - the deadline is 30 June 2007.

Rushes Soho Shorts are delighted to announce that British actress Geraldine James OBE and legendary British documentary maker Nick Broomfield, as the official spokespeople of the festival. Famed for his hard-hitting, gritty documentaries and his reflexive film-making style, Broomfield comes on board to help promote the new documentary category that has been added to the existing 5 categories (short, newcomer, animation, music, titles and identity). Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2007 will run from 28 July to 3 August.

The International Screenwriters' Festival (SWF) is dedicated to the art, craft, and business of writing for the screen. Bringing together professional industry delegates, high profile guests and new talent from around the world, the festival provides a unique forum to debate and discussed writing dramatic scripts for film, television and new media. Speakers for this years SWF (3 - 6 July 2007) include Diana Osana (Brokeback Mountain), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and Anthony Horowitz (Stormbreaker). To see the full list of speakers, and for further information visit the SWF website.

Bombay Mix: The Bollywood & Beyond Film Club is hosting a major three-day film festival from 17 to 19 August 2007 at Greenwich Picturehouse cinema. The festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of Indian independence and will feature screenings of epic Bollywood and independent films, a multimedia event showcasing the best in short films, live performances, DJs, art installations and more.

Sefton Short Film Festival is now open for submissions - apply by 30 June 2007. For full details and application forms go to their website.


The Bollywood & Beyond Film Club - deadline for submissions is Monday 9 July 2007. You are invited to submit short films for the multimedia event. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work at one of London's best independent cinemas, which attracts diverse audiences. The festival will be housed in their refurbished deluxe screening room which will also be decorated for the event. Post entries to: Dr Meena Khatwa, Bombay Mix, 75 Musgrove Road, New Cross, London SE14 5PP. It is also possible to email applications:

The London Film School masterclass programme includes events with Hanif Kureishi, Stephen Frears, Ben Ross, Dick Pope, Franc Roddam and Marc Munden. They have a limited numbers of places available for industry guests and those interested in studying at the London Film School. Please sign up online.


Sign up for a variety of New Producers Alliance (NPA) programmes starting in September including The Role of the Producer, Development for Directors and The Development Team. The NPA is the UK's national membership and training organisation for independent new producers and film-makers and provides access to contacts, information and advice regarding film production. They also offer a forum and focus for over 800 members, ranging from film students and first timers to highly experienced feature film-makers, major production companies and industry affiliates.

SPACE Media Arts runs a wide variety of digital art courses for artists. All courses are tailored to meet the needs of beginners, as well as more advanced users, and all training is provided on state-of-the-art Apple Mac work stations. SPACE offer bespoke industry standard training packages for companies and charities. They also offer follow-up technical advice and guidance for further training, encouraging project-based learning. SPACE Media Arts has full disabled access and can provide additional support upon request. Courses will run until 12 December 2007. To book, please call 020 8525 4330.

DocHouse and The Grierson Trust present a Celebration of British Documentary in a series of masterclasses. Six distinguished British documentary film-makers will each show their rarely seen early work alongside new documentaries and reflect on the influences and inspirations that have shaped their careers.

VET's reputation as a leading media industry training provider is built on 15 years of successful training delivery. Through regular courses or bespoke training they address the skill and knowledge gaps of the modern media practitioner. Regular short courses and AVID certified courses are listed on the VET website. Click on a course name to view the course outline, scheduled dates and costs. Freelance rates are available on some courses due to financial support from Skillset.


The BFI, in partnership with Every Generation Media, has launched 100 Black Screen Icons – a unique website that highlights the work of 100 of the most significant black personalities in film and television. Vote for your favourite personality by 29 June 2007.

Exhibitors and distributors - if you have any queries on making your films accessible to potential customers with hearing or visual impairments email: or visit the your local cinema website.

Wall space is available in the heart of the city at the Old Spitalfields Market, London E1. The interior design shop onedeko offers a unique place to exhibit and sell your work.

East London Passing Clouds Works members' arts club in Hackney is now available for private film screenings. They have a large salon-style room to seat up to 80 people with DVD/video projection and music facilities and a bar. Passing Clouds Works is a relaxed and creative environment for showcasing your film. It costs £120+VAT for screenings on weekday evenings. For further information please contact, call 020 7168 7146.

A short film website, designed to show the journey that a cast and crew undertake when they make a short film, is now online. The newly updated website called Wednesday hosts a raft of special features and free downloads, plus interviews with the crew about their job roles and information on how they got into the industry.


Applications for an Administrative Assistant at Film London are still open. The position involves providing cover for reception and essential administrative support for the CEO's office and the organisation. Closing date for applications is 2 July 2007. For a full job description and further application details please visit the Film London vacancies page.

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