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Film London News Bulletin - 22 June 2007

Date posted: 22.06.2007

The second round of applications for Microwave, Film London's micro-budget feature film fund closes on 29 June. Microwave challenges film-makers to shoot a full length film for up to £75,000 with the option of raising additional in-kind support taking the budget to a maximum of £100,000. Launched in 2006, the scheme provides an intensive approach to film-making, with an emphasis on tightly focused scripts and short production schedules and is open to London-based production companies.

UK director Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's award-winning novel Atonement* will open the Venice Film Festival's 64th edition. Atonement* is just Wright's second directorial effort after Pride & Prejudice. Festival head Marco Muller said "For the first time in its history, the opening film is the work of a young director. It is a film that, in terms of emotive and visual power, is greater than some of the major films of many acclaimed directors."

This weekend for the celebration of refugee week Nueva Generacion present Refuge in Film, raising awareness of refugee and immigration matters. The festival will be inclusive of different cultures and ways of thinking, different visions of refugees, migrants and the host countries. The festival aims to be a place for reflection, empowering and enjoyment. Refuge in Film is supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund.

The Met Film School is holding an open evening for their two-year intensive degree in film-making and one-year practical film-making courses on 11 July at Ealing Studios. The course presentations will be followed by screenings of a number of student films.

To kick-start BBC Two's Summer of British Film in style, the Culture Show will be taking to the road in the 'Cultural Cortina' visiting classic film locations around the country. Check out their interactive map, where you can find fascinating stories about iconic locations, watch exclusive film commentaries by Mark Kermode, and send in your stories ... New locations will be added every week!

The ICO presents an essential one-day training course aimed at London's independent film exhibitors - including cinemas, film festivals, film societies and arts centres - who wish to broaden the range of audiences attending their screenings. To book your place, download the application form below and return it by Friday 29 June.

And finally…

The trailer for Power's ground-breaking new mini-series The Flood* comprising a stellar international cast, including Jessaylm Gilsig and Robert Carlyle, is online now. Prodigious special effects, CGI and stunning cinematography captures notable London landmarks and locations ravaged by a relentless flood.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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