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Film London News Bulletin - 30 November 2007

Date posted: 30.11.2007

Oscar® -winning actress Dame Helen Mirren was presented with the honour for outstanding achievement at the 2007 Visit London Awards, for promoting "film tourism". Dame Helen Mirren has starred in movies such as The Queen*, The Madness of King George and poll winning London shot favorite The Long Good Friday.

East London's Rio Cinema is delighted to be hosting this year's London Kurdish Film Festival (30 Nov - 6 Dec 2007).The festival will present an extraordinary variety of films from all over the world, either made by Kurdish film-makers or about Kurdish issues. The London Kurdish Film Festival is supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund.

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special awards ceremony hosted by James Nesbitt, at the Roundhouse. Winners included Judi Dench for her role in Notes on Scandal* and Viggo Mortensen for his role in Eastern Promises*.

Do you know your quaffle from your snitch? Do you think you would make a good seeker or a Slytherin prefect? Harry Potter fans have an exciting opportunity to appear in the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Reuniting director David Cronenberg with Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises* is a gripping thriller set and shot in contemporary London. The film was shot in its entirety in London, using locations in Kilburn and Harlesden as well as a Turkish baths in Bayswater and a Rotherhithe burger bar. The opening scene of the film was shot over two nights on Broadway Market and features a graphic murder in a barber's shop. Broadway Gents Hairstylist is our Location of the Month.

Returning for it's fifth year, Blank Slate is a unique, award winning, UK-wide digital short film scheme offering up to £17,000 per film. Blank Slate aims to support the next generation of film-making talent from the UK's black and minority ethnic communities. Blank Slate are looking for up to 6 film-making teams to produce a cutting-edge short film, shot and edited digitally. Film-makers who have successful applications will be offered bespoke training in the development of their idea from script to screen.

Fairtrade pioneers Cafédirect are seeking talent from the film and television industries to partner on a groundbreaking and ambitious film project – a trilogy of revolutionary feature-length films that will impact on pressing social, economic, political and environmental issues on a global scale.

BABYLON is a pan-European feature film development initiative designed to link Europe's minority and migrant film makers. Participants are guided by experienced international consultants, focusing on script, finance and package.  Online script feedback is available during the rewrite phase.  The programme offers assisted participation at Cannes Film Festival in May for the most promising projects. Project submissions are now invited from writers, writer-directors and/or producers, until 14 December.

Bringing the 'art' back into the art house, the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has announced the UK release and national tour of ICO Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema - six themed compilations of over 40 artists' films, featuring rarely-seen works, newly restored material and classic titles, that have blazed a trail through the visual arts, fashion, music and design. Selected by six emerging young curators, including George Clark, Ian White, Michelle Cotton, James Harding, Tanya Leighton, and The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar).

After receiving Completion Funding from the UK Film Council, Hannah Gal's short Savage* has been sent to festivals worldwide as well as making it onto Spielberg's On The Lot programme. Last screened at the prestigious Nashville Film Festival in the US after screening at Raindance, Encounters and Cannes, the film will continue its journey to screen at Hollywood Shorts Film Festival in March 2008, where Gal will be speaking about the making of the film.

Real Time Movie commissioned by The Tate Modern as part of its exhibition The World as a Stage, was re-enacted live in Borough Market this week with all of its original cast members, including Jude Law. The piece was directed by award-winning director Jason Martin on behalf of the Polish artist, Pavel Althamer. Real Time Movie is the third project in a series of films featuring famous actors by Althamer, whose work explores the theatrical within the everyday, and aims to blur the lines between reality and fiction.The previous project occurred in 2004 in Pittsburgh and starred Peter Fonda.

A range of new featurettes and clips for Sweeney Todd* have gone online. Meanwhile a special season at the BFI Southbank (1- 30 December) celebrates the cinema of Tim Burton hosting a range of events. These include a discussion with Mark Salisbury (author of Burton on Burton), an onstage conversation with his Oscar® and BAFTA winning costume designer, Colleen Atwood, dedicated parent and baby screenings and much more.

And finally

Film London currently has a vacancy for a Relationship Manager.

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