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Film London News Bulletin - 2 March 2007

Date posted: 02.03.2007

The capital was in the limelight last Sunday as Dame Helen Mirren took home the Oscar® for best actress in The Queen*. Shot in London, and featuring Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace, Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the days following the death of Princess Diana. London was also the location of choice for several other nominated films, demonstrating the quality of film-making which the capital now attracts and supports.

This year has already seen an abundance of London-shot films in cinemas, each offering a very different view of the capital. The diverse range of London locations is evident in all of these films which share very different subject matters and genres. Find out more about Hot Fuzz*, Blood Diamond* and Lives of the Saints*:

Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) aims to support the development of film-makers' skills and careers by providing travel grants for attendance at a small number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition. This fund is not open to feature films. The final deadline for applications is 12 March 2007.

The First Light Awards ceremony took place in London this week and Fast Break has walked away with Best Drama. Fierce Productions stormed the show with their film, Fast Break while Latimer Films triumphed in the Best Horror category for their short The Looking Glass. Winners picked up their prizes at a glittering awards ceremony in Leicester Square which was attended by film and television stars including Imelda Staunton and Sean Bean.

PULSE film-maker Kara Miller's feature film directorial debut Nobody the Great has won the Cinequest Viewers' Voice award and will screen at the Cinequest Film Festival on 8 March and 11 March.

Shortwave is planning a number of events for 2007, the next date for your diary is Sunday 8 April at 93 Feet East. The deadline for submissions for this event is Friday 23 March. All styles, topics and genre's are welcome (including music videos, animations and video art); the principle being that the idea is more important than the medium through which it is conveyed. Priority is always given to emerging, low budget and digital film/video artists. Please note that screened work rarely lasts longer than 10 minutes.

Tongues on Fire is an annual film festival celebrating the excellence, performance and achievements of Asian women in cinema. This exciting month-long season offers an eclectic programme that includes documentaries, a short film competition and Q&A sessions. The programme runs from 9 to 31 March.

The BFI and Hewlett-Packard have announced a new two-year partnership. HP will be the principal sponsor of BFI Southbank and one of the main sponsors of The Times BFI London Film Festival. The partnership will result in greater public access to the BFI National Archive through the use of HP digital technology. A cornerstone of this project is the new Mediatheque at BFI Southbank - HP is providing the technology to allow visitors to choose from initially hundreds and eventually thousands of films and TV programmes that have never or rarely been seen since they were originally made.

The Metropolitan Film School has an exciting special offer on their One-Year Practical Film-making programme. If you book your place on their one-year course starting 23 April they will give you a free place on their Write a Feature Film course (worth £1,400) starting 5 May. Also on Saturday 10 March, the Metropolitan Film School is holding an Open Day for their Two-Year Intensive Degree in Film-making at Ealing Studios Stage One.

On Saturday 17 March PocketVisions, in association with the London Review of Books and The British Museum, presents A Conversation in Film - the first London International Documentary Festival.

Current TV is running a film-making competition to celebrate their UK launch. Current is an innovative television network created by, for and with young adults. Launched in the US in August 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current will be available on Sky and Virgin Cable in just under 12 million homes across the UK and Ireland, from 12 March 2007.

Film London on Location is now open to the public. Catch this exhibition at City Hall (The Queen's Walk, SE1) until 8 March. It is open weekdays from 8am - 8pm daily, including this coming weekend (3 and 4 March, 10am - 5pm). There is no charge for entry.

And finally…

The first teaser trailer for David Schwimmer's directorial debut Run Fat Boy Run* is out now – it stars Simon Pegg of Hot Fuzz* fame. The romantic comedy is set against the backdrop of a London Marathon.

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