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Film London News Bulletin - 09 November 2007

Date posted: 09.11.2007

The London Children's Film Festival (LCFF) returns for a third year to the Barbican plus ten cinemas across the city with a programme brimming with films and workshops for families and children. Following the sell-out success of the LCFF06's Stormbreaker* event, Film London locations are going behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* with Producing Potter; a workshop hosted alongside the creators and cast of Harry Potter. Other exciting highlights include a sing-a-long screening of Chitty, Chitty Bang-Bang, a screening of Abbas Kiarostami's Where is my Friend's House?, a talk with Peter Lord, animation workshops and Bollywood and Bhangra dance workshops. Events will take place at venues across London. The London Children's Film Festival is supported by Film London and Independent Cinema Office (ICO). The festival runs from 17 – 25 November.

Are you committed to training the next generation of talent for the industry? Are you passionate about offering opportunities to trainees with different voices, from different backgrounds that reflect the diversity of London? The Film London Company Placement Scheme (CPS) will offer support for successful companies to provide paid 6 month work placements to London-based new starters in the film and moving image industry. In addition, the scheme will help companies improve their recruitment practice and training expertise. Applications close at 12pm on Monday 3 December 2007.

The Film London Filmmakers Festival Fund is now open for 2007 / 2008 applications. Travel Grants / First Film Prints / Digital Mastering grants are available for attendance at selected festivals. Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) aims to support the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition. In a limited number of festivals where films are in competition, contributions are also available towards costs of striking a first film print or production of digital masters where required by the festival for screening. Deadline for application will take place on a monthly basis, as follows: 16 November 2007, 14 December 2007, 11 January 2008 and 15 February 2008.

The Bi-monthly Exhibitor's Forum hosted by Film London, will take place at The Arts Club on 15 November and is an opportunity to share sector news, opportunities and best practice. This session will focus on building young audiences.

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival drew to a close last week with a gala screening of The Darjeeling Limited. The screening follows an action-packed two week programme dedicated to showcasing the best of UK and international film talent, with Film London enjoying a particularly successful year.

The Film and Video Workshop in partnership with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation are offering three up-and-coming animators bursaries up to the value of £1,500 each, to make their own animated films in 2008. The best films will be entered into the London International Animation Festival, as well as other animation festivals around the world. Further career advice and support and help in accessing further funding opportunities and pitching to production companies will also be offered by the Film and Video Workshop. The first of these bursaries is due to start in January and will continue throughout 2008. They are available to first-time animators or animators who have already made at least one film and would like to make more. The deadline for applications is 30 November.

Actors Themselves are once again show-casing a group of experienced actors. The showcase event is being held on 29 November (Jermyn Street Theatre, Jermyn Street). Actors Themselves  showcase the wealth of talent the UK has to offer in a show-case that is set to be a microcosm of today's society. All writers, film-makers, directors, producers, writers, casting agents and agents are welcome to email to be put on the guest list.

The Actors Centre is offering a groundbreaking, advanced training project for actors. Make a short film under the guidance of experienced directors, getting experience behind and in front of the camera. Increase your confidence on set and gain a 360° perspective on film production. All applicants must have some previous experience working on screen. The deadline for applications is 23 November.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) are offering a 5 day workshop programme from 15 November for filmmakers, producers and production companies on How to Sell Your Film, free to those based in East London. The programme gives you the tools to sell your film. It covers developing audiences, identifying buying trends, creating a marketing package for your film and how to gain the best from digital distribution platforms.

Vote for Film London awardee Vicki Psarias in the 2007 Enterprising Young Brits People's Choice award. Psarias' short film, Broken*, was funded by the Tower Hamlets and Hackney Production Scheme for Film London. By taking an enterprising approach Vicki managed to make a £100,000 film for only £12,000, convincing those involved to work for in return for expenses alone.

And finally

The first ever permanent 'Dog Walk of Fame' has been unveiled in Battersea Park. It was founded by Sky Movies and the Kennel Club and voted for by the British public to honour legendary dogs of the silver screen.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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