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Film London News Bulletin - 19 October 2007

Date posted: 19.10.2007

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival kicked off this week with David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises*. The festival continues until 1 November with an exciting line up including guest speakers Tamara Jenkins, Steve Buscemi, Harmony Korine, Paul Greengrass, David Lynch and Wes Anderson. A selection of artists' films including a number of Film London Artists' Moving Image Network supported works, will be screening as part of the Experimenta programme.

London Underground's (LU) passengers are used to being treated to an inspiring selection of world poetry on the Tube, thanks to Poems on the Underground. But they are now also enjoying some of the cinema's most famous lines, thanks to a new campaign in partnership with Film London. The scheme entitled Know Your Lines celebrates film-making in London and its association with the Tube by bringing memorable movie lines to Underground passengers. 

Film London and Skillset's Screen Bursaries are money for you to spend on training. You could get up to a maximum of £800 to spend on training if you are a freelancer and up to a maximum of £500 if you are in permanent employment.

New short film, 'SICK'*, has linked up with Samaritans to raise awareness of mental health issues and depression in particular. Winner of one of the tenth annual Wandsworth Film Awards, 'SICK' was financially assisted by Film London, and SLaM NHS Foundation Trust.

The government has pledged to give the British Film Institute (BFI) £25m to safeguard its extensive archive. The funding package will help preserve its national archive, containing over 500,000 hours of film and TV material.

The BBC Film Network have launched their new Film-making Guide. A great resource for new and aspiring film-makers, the guide provides advice on the filmmaking and exhibition process, from pre-production through to marketing and distribution. It also includes sections on Legal Guidance, Case Studies, links and information on hundreds of film-making organizations as well as links to handy film-making guides elsewhere on the web and in print.

Putting The Brochure To Bed is a panel and networking event for film festivals and cinemas run by Film London as part of The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival on 23 October, 16.30, at The Studio. Getting the design of your brochure right is crucial to both enticing and informing potential attendees, and is traditionally one of the largest items of expenditure in any festival marketing budget. But is a printed brochure still worth its cost in the internet age?  Tim Platt (Marketing Manager, London Film Festival), Rachel Millward (Director, Birds Eye View) and Franki Goodwin, Creative Director of film marketing specialists Franki & Jonny, will share their expertise and lead a discussion on how to make the best of a brochure - or best move beyond. Drinks and a chance to meet festival colleagues from the UK and abroad will follow. RSVP for more information or to reserve a place.

Pitch to make a promo for one of Coke Music's top four bands and you could win a £1,000 production budget to make it, plus worldwide promotion and revenue sharing distribution. Your promo will get an evaluation from a music industry journalist and it will also be distributed to key revenue sharing sites, earning you more income.

Leading UK and US film-makers and designers using Machinima come together for It's Showtime – with Machinima at the London Games Festival, a ½ day of tutorials and showcase sessions on 25 October. Topics will cover the future of machinima as a maturing industry, methods of remunerating and recognizing talent through distribution and payment,  the best choice of games engine (focus on WoW, Halo 2, Sims 2) ; best camera techniques and the inside track on what the judges are looking for when making awards. There is a £20 discount for PACT members.

The Saturday Morning Picture Show and Cutting East are celebrating Black History Month with a showcase of films made by black and Asian film-makers, based in East London. Cutting East is an open deck session inviting film-makers to come down on the day (21 October) and screen their films in front of an industry audience, including Marc Boothe from B3 MediaDavid Pope from the New Producers Alliance and Dhiraj Mahey from Primal Pictures.

The international Bicycle Film Festival is at Rich Mix with a whole host of screenings, events and parties. The festival continues until 21 October showing a selection of great films including Bikecar, Klunkerz, and Ayamye.

ITV London and The History Channel have joined forces for the third year running to co-produce another series of the critically acclaimed How London Was Built. In the 8 part series Adam Hart-Davis continues his exploration of the city's landmarks and it's best kept architectural and historical secrets. Episode one  looks at some of London's most infamous jails,  from the Tower of London to Wandsworth Prison . The series starts on 1 November at 7.30pm on ITV1 London and in December on The History Channel.

And finally

The 5 minute extended preview for The Golden Compass* is now online. The film is released on 7 December.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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