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Film London News Bulletin - 23 March 2007

Date posted: 23.03.2007

CobraVision, the short film competition which gives aspiring film-makers the chance to get their film shown on national TV, is returning for a third year in a new and exciting format. For two year's CobraVision has screened hundreds of high-quality 10 x 5 second films before and after the advert breaks during the movies on ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. From 1 May 2007, the 5 second slots will be replaced with a 50 second film before the movies on ITV4, providing film-makers with a more substantial and uncut opportunity to get their films seen by a national audience. CobraVision is currently open to film entries and to celebrate the new format they are also giving away a Playstation 3 to the best film received before 15 April 2007.

The Roxy Bar and Screen present a monthly celebration of those who have undertaken an animate! commission since the scheme's inception in 1990. LAFVA awardee Andrew Kötting will screen his animate! work alongside a retrospective of his other work. The UK premiere of a single screen 30 minute presentation of the feature project This Filthy Earth will screen on 18 April. Roxy Bar & Screen will also screen the UK premiere of new work from American experimental film-maker Ken Jacobs on 3 April.

Beautiful South, the BFI Southbank's quarterly showcase for South London's film-making talent, run in conjunction with the Hayward Gallery, returns for an evening of screenings, networking and discussion. There will again be two strands: the first is a showcase for the various excellent training schemes in the borough; and the second features works of up to 15 minutes in length selected following an open submission. The deadline for applications is 23 April.

The Skillset TV Freelance Fund has been established to help sustain the television industry's body of freelancers. The fund makes cash grants to training organisations to deliver training and development activities that will benefit the UK television industry. Training providers can apply to the Skillset TV Freelance Fund to fund training that is of particular benefit to the UK TV workforce. Applications are currently being sought from training providers to support Continuing Professional Development programmes and the deadline is 16 April.

To launch the Euzhan Palcy retrospective, Euzhan Palcy talks to David A. Bailey at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 25 March. The first woman of African descent ever to direct a Hollywood movie and a protégée of the poet and architect of the Negritude movement, Martiniquan politician Aimé Césaire, Euzhan Palcy is a significant film-maker.

Ever wanted to make a film about recycling? A competition for emerging film-makers, or anyone with a passion for film-making, to make a totally unique 3-minute film has just been launched by Studio Artois, Channel 4, and the BRITDOC festival. They are looking for fresh perspectives on recycling in all its forms: what can be recycled, the people involved and how the process works. Films can be character-led, based on the science or celebrating the power and beauty of recycling. Films will be broadcast as 3 Minute Wonders on Channel 4 in July 2007. They will also be shown on the Studio Artois website and at the BRITDOC festival. Apply online before 14 April.

Do you fancy a career presenting, directing, researching, scriptwriting or being part of a film crew? If you have a passion for television, TVYP (Television and Young People) is hosting a day of TV workshops in London on 21 April, to introduce you to the different jobs available in the TV industry and give you a chance to meet some of the people who do them.

Register now for the FOCAL International Footage Training Week. The course is designed for anyone from anywhere in the world who needs to know more about the footage industry - image archivists, footage researchers, production managers, producers, directors – whatever your media background, learn how to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses. This event takes place 11-15 June.

TimeShift is a nationwide flexible work initiative. It has been designed to support film professionals seeking greater flexibility in their working hours through job sharing their role on production. As part of the programme Skillset provide financial support to production companies supporting a TimeShift team and those teams who have secured a contract on a production and are looking to job share their role. Funds are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

The video-sharing website YouTube has announced it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognise the best user created videos of 2006. Awards will come under seven categories: most creative, most inspirational, best series, best comedy, musician of the year, best commentary and most adorable video ever.

The EveryMan cinema presents The Golden Age of British Studios in April. The 40s and 50s saw British cinema transform into a popular and critically lauded platform. Over three weeks, Screen Salon will screen a number of films that represent the height of their studio's achievements.

Inspired by Vertigo, RePossessed is a travelling exhibition currently at the Watermans gallery, offering the chance to re-make Hitchcock's famous film.

And finally…

Film London currently has two vacancies (Production Manager for The City Speaks and Filming Coordinator) and one tender open for applications London's Screen Archives Development Project. Check out the full job descriptions and application details on our Vacancies page.

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