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Film London News Bulletin - 02 November 2007

Date posted: 02.11.2007

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network is pleased to announce the return of London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA). The LAFVA scheme, now in its eighth year, is one of the largest publicly funded award programmes for artists in the UK. Awards are available to London-based artists working in the context of contemporary moving image practice. Film London is offering awards up to a maximum of £20,000. This year the total fund will be £160,000. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 22 November 2007.

For the second year in a row, Film Network, BBC Electric Proms and BBC New Talent challenged filmmakers to make original films inspired by new music tracks from 679, Big Dada, Domino and Warp Records. The commissioned filmmakers, including PULSE 2005 awardee Stephen Irwin, received up to £5000 each and worked with Warp Films to create their shorts. View BBC New Music Shorts 2007 and interviews with the film-makers.

This year's UK Jewish Film Festival runs from 3 – 15 November and boasts a record number of screenings in cinemas across the city. There will be an extensive programme at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with a selection of films that cover subjects from a gay Israeli man's search for his 'missing piece' to echoes of the Holocaust in the corridors of corporate Paris (Heartbeat Detector), as well as two very different and moving portraits of families dealing with dark pasts (Heir to an Execution and The End of the Neubacher Project). In collaboration with New Producers Alliance the festival will run, for the first time, an industry event discussing The Future for Independent Cinema. The UK Jewish Film Festival has been funded by Film London's Audience Development Fund.

London's first Ghanaian Film Festival is offering free screenings at The Arcola Cinema in Hackney. Screenings include Damned by Debt Relief and A letter to Geldof. The festival runs until 4 November.

'60 Seconds of Fame', is an exciting, innovative short film initiative from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts in association with Orange. Budding filmmakers are invited to submit a 60 second short film, based on the theme 'unite'. BAFTA juries will choose the shortlisted films in each of the 15 UK regions and the public will vote for their favourite film in their area. The winner from each region will win two tickets to the red carpet event of the year, the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February, 2008. The overall winner will be chosen by a BAFTA jury and announced at the ceremony.  The winning film will feature as part of the BBC One broadcast of the event. 

Tickets are now on sale for The Smoking Cabinet Festival of Early Burlesque and Cabaret Cinema running from 7 to 9 December 2007 at the Curzon, Soho. Bourgeois and Maurice, Future Cinema and Lisa Appignanesi will take part in the opening night celebrations. There will also be live music accompanying the film programme due to include amongst many other things Moody's Club Follies, a genuine revue from 1920's London and the ecstatic Birth of a Flower shot by burgeoning botanist Percy Smith in 1910. On 8 December, from 2:30pm onwards enjoy a full afternoon tea, live burlesque performance and screenings of some early cinematic delights courtesy of The Smoking Cabinet as part of Volupté's weekly afternoon

A new international film and music website, dedicated to short film-makers has launched.  The free-to-use site - supported by Morgan Freeman, Richard Attenborough and a plethora of multi-skilled industry figures from all over the world – provides aspiring and often ignored film-makers and musicians worldwide a unique opportunity to showcase their work and indulge their passion for film. Users may submit their work into the Icewhole monthly, quarterly and annual award schemes, which will begin in November with the first winners being announced in December.  The Winner of Best Movie at the annual awards The IcePics®, will be given a top prize of $10,000 as well as professional representation by leading talent agents. have also partnered with heavyweights Pearl & Dean who will showcase the best short films on cinema screens across the UK prior to main features.

Shekhar Kapur's sequel to his 1998 hit Elizabeth* had it's London premiere this week. Elizabeth: The Golden Age* shot scenes in Westminster Cathedral and the Church of St. Bartholomew-The-Great. Spectacular sequences including the Armada battle were shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios using their unique underwater facility.

And finally

View the trailer to National Treasure: Book of Secrets*. The sequel to National treasure starring Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight and Helen Mirren, includes dramatic action sequences in London shot with the help of Film London.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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