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Film London News Bulletin - 19 March 2007

Date posted: 19.03.2007

Film London, in association with The Script Factory, will be supporting the BECTU project Move on Up. This initiative will take place in central London, providing Pitch and Presentation workshops for selected participants. Deadline for application to Move on Up is 9 April and workshops are taking place between 12 and 28 April 2007.

ITV Local London is entering into a partnership with Film London, in order to celebrate London's emerging film-making talent. ITV Local is ITV's ground-breaking broadband-based local television channel. For the first time ITV brings you a host of regional services online, available 24 hours a day. You even have the chance to get involved as a local film-maker if you've filmed something you think is newsworthy, or made a factual or fictional film based in your community.

Are you a UK-based producer with a completed British film unrepresented by a UK sales agent? If so, the British film export event, the London UK Film Focus, is looking for feature films to screen in its Breakthrough strand, supported by UK Trade & Investment. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 30 March 2007.

Mediabox is a new £6 million fund set up by The Department for Education and Skills and run by a consortium of First Light Movies, Media Trust, Skillset and the UK Film Council. The initiative offers 13-19 year olds the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects, using film, television, print, radio or online platforms. Mediabox is for young people to: express their own opinions, ideas and views, gain new skills, encourage creativity, boost personal development and get their voices heard. The next deadline for application is 27 March.

The European Week of Media and Diversity (19 – 25 March) was launched in 2003 to highlight the necessity of more diversity in the media and to start new and constructive dialogue between media professionals, NGOs and minority audiences. Inclusion through Media (ITM), led by Hi8us Projects Limited, is supporting this programme. Many countries from the EU will be running events and film screenings that will focus on the theme Equal Opportunities for All.

Film festivals taking place in the capital this month, include: the 5th Polish Film Festival. Starting on Thursday and running until 25 March, one of the highlights of the festival is a masterclass and screening with the feature film director and documentary film-maker Marcel Lozinski; Tongues on Fire is an annual film festival celebrating the excellence, performance and achievements of Asian women in cinema. The festival is taking place until 31 March; and The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF) celebrates its 21st year with a strong and eclectic programme of feature films, shorts, artists' film and video and experimental work, as well as a whole host of discussions and special events. LLGFF starts on 21 March and runs until 4 April.

Offcuts '07 announces its final screening and awards event on 1 April at Cargo in Shoreditch. Since launching an online call for entries in September, the festival has been inundated with submissions from all over the world. The Offcuts '07 Music Video Festival will host a panel of distinguished judges from the world of music, animation, and videos: Deb Googe of the iconic band My Bloody Valentine, Dawn Shadforth; acclaimed music video director, and Uli Meyer; animator extraordinaire.

National Trust property Osterley Park is our location of the month. It features in Amazing Grace*, the story of anti-slavery pioneer and reformer William Wilberforce.

And finally…

We currently have a vacancy at Film London for a Filming Coordinator. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 27 March at 12pm.

 Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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