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Film London News Bulletin - 29 June 2007

Date posted: 29.06.2007

16 London-based cinema projects will benefit from the new round of Film London's Audience Development Fund. Almost £140,000 in funds has been awarded to projects ranging from Africa at the Pictures to the Pan-London Cineclub Network.

A new website featuring films of life on the home front in Britain during the Second World War has been launched. Screen Archive South East, in partnership with six other English Regional Film Archives, has launched the site. It forms part of a £225,000 Lottery film archive project, Their Past Your Future (TPYF), created with funding distributed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. This new online historical resource, 'Films from the Home Front', offers public access to selected films, the majority of which are being made available to the public for the very first time.

There will be an application surgery on 11 July between 1 and 4.30pm for those applying to the 17 July Mediabox deadline. Applicants should contact Nick Dossetor in order to book a 1 hour time slot within which they will have approximately 20 minutes of one-to-one meeting time to discuss specific queries relating to their application. Slots available are: 1-2, 2.15-3.15, 3.30-4.30, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Second International Screenwriters' Festival runs 3 to 6 July. Confirmed speakers include Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), William Nicholson (Gladiator*) and David Hare (The Hours*). Film London's Head of Production, Maggie Ellis, will take her place on the festival advisory panel.

Lewisham Film Initiative has announced the launch of their 2007 Black History Month Short Film Challenge, in partnership with Spectrecom Studios, ITV Local London and The Albany. Up to two projects will be commissioned - documentaries or fictional shorts no longer than 15 minutes in length - to be screened at The Albany and on line throughout the month on ITV Local London. Spectrecom are providing the services of an EP and edit suit, tailor made to the requirements of the successful applicants. Grants are available of up to £1,200.

BBC Three is looking for scintillatingly, silly, side-splitting film shorts to inspire and entertain. If you're a budding director, this is a great opportunity for you to showcase your comedy talent on TV. The winning film will be considered for a high profile slot on BBC Three and receive £5,000. Two runners-up will each receive £2,500. The application deadline is 20 July.

Insight, a new short course provider in international film, video and screen media, are hosting a Q&A with Nick Broomfield, along with a screening of his film Ghosts from 6.15pm on 3 July. The Q&A is part of a series of events and masterclasses featuring highly regarded film-makers, sponsored by Panasonic and Shooting People.

The Exposures UK Student Film Festival brings students work to the big screen and gives the stars of tomorrow unique exposure. Following on from the success of the 2006 festival, this year's festival is now looking for submissions of films across any of the four main competitive categories - Drama, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. The 4-day festival will also be targeting both professionals and mainstream audiences so don't miss out on the opportunity to get your work screened. Deadlines for entries is 31 July.

Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age*, the follow up to his 1998 Academy®-award nominated Elizabeth*, will have it's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September as a Gala presentation, the highest-profile slot at the Canuck festival. Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush reprise the roles they originated. Joining them is Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla and Rhys Ifans.

There will be an open casting call for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince* for the parts of Lavender Brown and Tom Riddle in London on 1 July and 8 July respectively. Applications start at 10am at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, with the queue closing at 1pm.

And finally…

The trailer for David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises* is now online. The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai, played by Viggo Mortensen, who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families.

Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London

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