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Film London News Bulletin - 9 March 2007

Date posted: 09.03.2007

The British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) held its 2007 national Film Society of the Year Awards ceremony on Saturday 3 March. BFFS welcomed acclaimed director Nic Roeg (Performance, Don’t Look Now) to present these prestigious awards at London’s new BFI Southbank. Each year BFFS rewards excellence in the vital work that film societies do in cultural and community cinema. See the full list of winners on the British Federation of Film Societies website.

Do you work in interactive media? Do you have training requirements in this area? Through the Business of Interactive Media project, Skillset and The Media School at Bournemouth University are working toward development of modular courses, workshops and networking events. These will be aimed at freelancers, at individuals running existing companies or at staff within those companies who are being developed as potential leaders and managers.

Revelation Arts & Media is pleased to announce the inaugural British Creative Exchange event - a series of programmes taking place across London. During 14 – 18 March, Tate Modern, BAFTA and The Whitechapel Gallery will all host leading creatives in the industry.

Would you like to be involved with this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF)? They run a scheme where film-supportive people (with generous hearts and spare beds) provide accommodation in their homes to the festival guests. If you are interested in providing a homestay, please contact Michael Blyth at the British Film Institute on 020 7815 1365 or email Michael.Blyth@bfi.org.uk. The festival runs from 21 March to 4 April. The LLGFF do offer some perks for hosts, and it’s a great way to be involved in the festival.

Are you an experienced animator or storyboard artist who would like to develop a career storyboarding animated feature films? If so, Lighthouse’s new training programme will provide you with intensive training and support. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2007. The course fee is £500. For more information, guidelines and an application form contact Tessa or Emma on 01273 647 197 or email info@lighthouse.org.uk. This course is supported by Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Lighthouse is supported by Arts Council England South East and Screen South.

Fancy a challenge? FourDocs, the broadband channel for documentary from Channel 4, is launching a new strand for documentaries of under 59 seconds called Microdocs. For more information visit the FourDocs website. And remember you can still upload documentaries of between 3 and 5 minutes to FourDocs. The very best every month get seen by commissioners at Channel 4 and can lead to broadcast screenings and commissions for further work.

Skillset’s Film Skills Fund has published a new funding programme to support a Writers’ Training Scheme for new talent. The writers training scheme will foster talented, emerging screenwriters' creative and commercial skills. This scheme is supported by the UK Film Council's Development Fund. There is a two stage application process for New Talent - Writers Training Scheme which is detailed in full in the funding programme on the Skillset website.

The British Society of Cinematographers show will be held 16 - 17 March 2007 at Elstree Film and Television Studios.

And finally...

Tube Night (18 March) will be a full evening of television, presented by Robert Elms. It will feature treats from the BBC’s drama and documentary archive plus a rarely seen 1950s gem from the vaults of Transport for London. BBC Four and the flagship arts series BBC Arena have commissioned a new film to celebrate the extraordinary world of the London Underground - Arena: Underground will form the centrepiece of Tube Night.

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