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Film London News Bulletin - 26 October 2007

Date posted: 26.10.2007

What is billed as the world's first user-generated movie, Faintheart, has started shooting this week with Film London supported director Vito Rocco at the helm. Rocco beat 800 other hopefuls in the MySpace MyMovieMashUp competition with his winning short film Goodbye, Cruel World* (funded through the 2002 London Production Fund). Film London also supported Full Frontal* (produced through the East London Film Fund in 2000). Wannabe movie stars have also been chosen to star alongside a who's who of British indie talent including Eddie Marsan, Ewan Bremner and Jessica Hynes. View the winning auditions on the MySpace MyMovieMashUp site. The film is described as a romantic comedy set in the world of Viking battle re-enactments. Screen West Midlands is co-financing with the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund. Partners include, Film4, Vertigo, Slingshot and Skillset.
Nominations for the tenth British Independent Film Awards have been announced with Eastern Promises* and Notes on a Scandal* in the running for Best British Independent Film. Other films in the running for awards include Brick Lane*, It's a Free World*, Sunshine*, 28 Weeks Later* and Run Fat Boy Run*. Film London funded shorts Cherries* and The Girls* have been nominated for Best British Short Film, as well as the Newham Film Fund's What Does Your Daddy Do?* The ceremony will take place on 28 November at the Roundhouse and will be hosted by James Nesbitt.
Vicki Psarias' short Broken*, has won The Channel 4 4Talent Award for best writer/director. Broken was financed by The Tower Hamlets and Hackney Film Fund for Film London East 06. Psarias will appear in Channel 4's 4Ten Magazine in November in a feature spread about her work.

Mediabox are hosting another afternoon of application surgeries for the final Mediabox deadline this year; 20 November. Surgeries will be held Tuesday 30 October between 1 and 6pm. Participants can book a one hour slot within which 25 mins with an advisor will be scheduled. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The London Screen Study Collection continues in its mission to promote awareness of London's film heritage with a new season. Catch free screenings at The Birkbeck Cinema until 4 December. The focus is 'the capital by night', as portrayed by both native and visiting film-makers over a seventy year period. The films range from low-budget talkies, to recent film-making that makes use of CGI to alter aspects of London locations. This season has been supported by Film London and the London Screen Archive Network; a new regional network supporting organisations in London that hold collections of moving image material. It helps researchers and the public find these collections, and tries to ensure the preservation of important material made in or about our city.

Birds Eye View is looking for documentaries, features, short films, new media artworks and more for the 2008 festival. The Birds Eye View Film Festival 2008 will open on 6 March with 6 days of shorts, features, documentaries, as well as interactive new technology artwork exhibitions, special events, panels and parties. 

Film Sur launches Latin Film Thursdays on 1 November - an event dedicated to the exclusive screenings of Latin American or Spanish cinema. The first event features Silent Light (Luz Silenciosa), winner of the Cannes Jury Prize 2007.

Enterprise Week is an annual UK-wide week of activities inspiring people in their teens and twenties to be enterprising and turn ideas into reality. Last year there were 3,184 events organised by 1,410 organisations. For every Enterprise Week event that is registered, £1 will be donated to charities such as Sport Relief and Children In Need.

As part of Wandsworth Arts Festival Zero-k present an audio walk looking at the radical and haunted stories of the area. An engaging narrative that can be enjoyed at the listeners chosen pace, following a set route, downloadable to your ipod or phone. This audio walk is  divided into 3 areas, Balham, Clapham Common and Battersea Park, where the walk draws to a close. Download the audio walk. Zero-k will also be hosting a free walk on Halloween from 6pm. Email Pocklington resource centre to book a place.

And finally

View the latest trailer for Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street*.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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