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Film London News Bulletin - 30 March 2007

Date posted: 30.03.2007

Do you want the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in a real-work environment and improve your career prospects? Trainees are now being invited to apply for Film London's Company Placement Scheme. Seven companies based in London are each offering a six-month paid placement for new entrants to the film and moving image sector.

Tax incentives, a wealth of skills and a strong film-making heritage are continuing to draw Hollywood studios to Britain, according to Pinewood Shepperton, which has unveiled forecast-beating results. United 93*, Atonement*, The Golden Compass* and The Bourne Ultimatum* all shot at the studios in 2006 which saw film production spending in the UK rise 48% to £840m, the second highest year on record.

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival (28 July - 3 August), now celebrating its ninth consecutive year, is accepting entries from film-makers. The festival, renowned for its not-for-profit status and championing of emerging young talent, has grown dramatically with last year seeing more than 2,000 entries from film-makers around the world. 2007 also sees the addition of a Documentary category. 

Founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have launched their American internet TV success story in the UK and Ireland. Current TV brings interactive television in the digital revolution to a new audience. Current TV is the first television channel to be created by, for and with an 18-34 audience in mind. One third of the channel's programming is supplied by Current TV's own audience. Current TV has joined forces with The British Library to create a 12-month video snapshot of the UK. Up to 12 unique British video stories will be voted into a body of work to be preserved by The British Library. The project is open to everyone, from established film-makers to members of the public. Entries to their film-making competition are welcomed until 9 April.

TVYP (Television and Young People) is hosting a free one-day event in London at BAFTA on Saturday 21 April for 50 young people. The event will consist of workshops covering skills such as production, scriptwriting and research, led by industry professionals including the producer of Life on Mars* and a team from Endemol. There will also be a career surgery offering participants the opportunity to gain one-to-one advice about working in television. The day is completely free to attend and no experience is necessary.

Arista Development's Rom-Com two-day special has new and confirmed dates for 9 and 10 May. The workshop will take place at the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Tim Burton will receive the Golden Lion for career achievement from the Venice Film Festival (29 August -8 September) where he will also be honoured with a Tim Burton Day. Burton is back in the UK shooting an adaptation of Sweeny Todd*.

To celebrate the launch of Mr Bean's Holiday*, Hertz have teamed up with Universal Studios to create their very own Hertz Film Festival. Shoot your very own road trip movie and you could be jetting off to Hollywood or be part of a star-studded award ceremony in London hosted by Mr Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson.

And finally…

London is once again in the grip of a deadly virus in the highly anticipated sequel to Danny Boyles 28 Days Later*, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later*. View the trailer.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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