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Film London News Bulletin - 05 October 2007

Date posted: 05.10.2007

Calling all London-based film-makers – apply now for PULSE 2007. This digital shorts scheme aims to support a new generation of film-makers to tell stories in groundbreaking ways. Film-makers are offered an opportunity to make short films for a variety of exhibition and distribution platforms. A substantial training package involving the National Film & Television School (NFTS) and Script Factory is also attached to the scheme. Submissions will be accepted until 12 November.

Applications are now open for producers from India for the London-Mumbai Production Tournament (18 - 20 November 2007, Mumbai). We are looking for 8 film producers from Mumbai to take up a place at the most unique, high profile, international, film finance workshop ever to happen in India. The deadline for applications is 12 October 2007 at 5pm GMT.

Film London is pleased to announce the date for the next Exhibitors Surgery - Thursday 18 October. These open-access advice surgeries are on offer to cinema staff, film festival organisers, film education officers, arts officers and anyone with questions relating to screening films. It's a chance to get help with marketing, PR, event planning, budgeting, audience development or any matters in the field of film exhibition, and to benefit from the many networks of which Film London are a part of.

Black History Month (BHM) is held across Britain every October. Throughout the month, a diverse range of cultural events are on offer. Highlights include the African Film Focus: four days of African cinema at Ciné lumière, Black History Film Day, Cinema of Ideas: Black Cinema and Black in the British Frame at the BFI.

Future Shorts, one of the leading and most innovative short film labels, has launched its own short film channel on Joost, the new free online television platform. The channel will feature the very best films from the Future Shorts festival in addition to providing coverage from live film events and interviews with filmmakers and audiences alike.

Delegates from 35 countries will gather in London's leading creative hotspots, including the V&A, Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House, for the fifth Creative Clusters Conference. Register now to hear how around the world, in an astonishing variety of ways, the power of culture is being harnessed for economic development. Creative Clusters 2007 runs from Friday 9th to Wednesday 14th November 2007.

With support from the New Producer's Alliance (NPA), Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) has put together 5 day training programme How to Sell Your Film suitable for film-makers, film producers and production companies. As part of this programme you'll have the opportunity to submit your film to be critiqued by your peers and selected for screening, giving you the chance to get noticed by buyers, distributors and industry professionals at the Creative Links Expo Film Café.
Whether your interest is in media, film-making or journalism, Shape aims to offer a comprehensive overview about getting into this fascinating area of work. Shape has used its 30 years of experience to develop Link Up (Tuesday 2 October 2007, 10am - 4.30pm); Shape's career development programme for deaf and disabled people in London, providing invaluable insights and practical information on finding employment and developing a career, particularly within the creative industries. To be eligible you must identify as deaf or disabled and live in London.

Many UK locations have experienced a dramatic rise in visitor numbers thanks to being shown on the silver or small screen, according to the report by Olsberg|SPI, 'Stately Attraction - How Film and Television Programmes Promote Tourism in the UK'. Film tourism ploughs an extra 1.8 Billion into the UK's economy. With the recent surge in period films such as Scorsese's forthcoming production The Young Victoria*, heritage attractions are now exploring other ways to benefit from filming

Discover Hammersmith, Fulham and Shepherds Bush with a selection of free cultural walks led by local Blue Badge guides. Walks include the Shepherds Bush film tour. Is there any more info about this.

And finally

The trailer for Tim Burton's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street* is now online. Burton reunites with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter for this dark musical extravaganza. 

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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