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Film London News Bulletin - 12 October 2007

Date posted: 12.10.2007

Film London continues its support of the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival this year. Trafalgar Square will play host to a celebration of London as captured on archive films, ablaze on the big screen with live piano accompaniments. Free to all from 18.30 on Thursday 18 October and Friday 19 October, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail will be screened with Blue Bottles on the first night, whilst Capital Tales on the second evening will offer a whistle-stop tour across more than 100 years of London on film from 1896 onwards. Meanwhile Film in the City once again takes the festival films out of the West End to local cinemas across the capital. Other highlights include Think-Shoot-Distribute, London Calling and Power to the Pixel.

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. The festival opens on 17 November with a Gala-screening of the animated film Bee Movie running through to 25 November closing with Italian feature Red Like the Sky. 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*.

Film London along with other leading film support agencies; London Met, New Producer's Alliance, Shooting People, Current TV, ITV Local, Four Corners, Spotlight, ABi, Hi8us, London Script Consultancy and Tower Hamlets Film Office will be at the Creative Links Film Café on 18 October (11am – 8pm) and 19 October (11am – 5pm). Filmmakers and those interested in film production will be given the opportunity to network and find out what support is available to help them develop their film production businesses. Find out the latest on business support through private 1-2-1s, screenings of pioneering and award winning shorts, an exclusive networking event on 18 October from 6pm – 8pm and the not-to-be-missed From Shorts to Features panel discussion on 19 October from 2.30pm – 5pm.

Luxury five star hotel The Mayfair is Film London's Location of the Month. The hotel features in ITV2's Secret Diary of a Call Girl* starring Billie Piper.

The Berlinale Talent Campus, the six-day creative summit for up-and-coming filmmakers, runs 9- 14 February as part of the 58th Berlin Film Festival. Applications will be accepted up to 15 October 2007.  This year's Talent Campus goes under the theme Screening Emotions – Cinema's Finest Asset.  Don't let this great opportunity pass you by.

Now in its fifth year – The Buffalo Black and Asian short film festival, part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival, is taking place on Sunday 21 October at the Battersea Power station in South London. Featuring innovative and exciting short films from new and established film-makers from all over the UK and abroad, including a Q&A with film-makers and great prizes for best film (chosen by the audience). Recent festival winners include Oscar® nominated The Little Terrorist. Email for further information.

FFISH 07 is a new Film Festival for Schools taking place during Black History Season.  The event contributes to black film and television whilst supporting and maintaining links to the British Film Industry by working with and showcasing film content produced by individuals of diverse backgrounds.

To celebrate the Columbia Tristar DVD release of Blackheath's first feature film Making Waves Blackheath Halls Film Club will be screening the film on 23 October at 7.30pm in the Recital Room. There will be a short Q&A after the film with David Burns, the Blackheath-based Producer of Making Waves plus the cast (Craig Henderson, Susie Benton and Tom Bacon). Book tickets through the Blackheath Halls Box Office.

The Bloomsbury Festival offers a superb programme richly packed with music, dance, theatre, film, photography, literature and debate. Following the amazing success of the Bloomsbury Festival 2006, this year's Festival will again offer a range of public concerts and events, as well as open houses, debates and children's activities throughout the area. Highlights include Film, Tea and Talkies and The Bloomsbury Festival Documentary at The Renoir on 21 Sunday.

Shooting People and the Institute of Contemporary Arts present How to Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen. The event will comprise a panel session where industry experts give practical advice on short film production and distribution and discuss the various exhibition alternatives. The presentation will include a screening of some of the best short films of the last few years. Following the panel, film-makers are invited to pitch their short films (up to five minutes in length) to a group of shorts programmers. Industry experts will be in attendance, available to meet the audience members on an informal, one-to-one basis.

And finally

View the trailer for The Good Night* the first film written and directed by Jake Paltrow, starring sister Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Danny DeVito and Simon Pegg.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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