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Film London News Bulletin - 07 September 2007

Date posted: 07.09.2007

Clubbed* is the first feature from Formosa Films. Producer Martin Carr was supported by Film London's Film Passport Programme, receiving the guidance he needed to ensure Clubbed* could go into production. The Film Passport Programme is an international sales programme initiative for film producers aiming to deliver high quality feature length theatrical films to international markets. This programme is now open, the deadline for applications is 14 September 2007.

A Film Trade Mission, led by the Mayor of London, will take place in India this November (17 – 23) and you have the chance to be a participant in this exciting project. Opportunities include undertaking a specialist production workshop and getting involved in various other industry events in the vibrant city of Mumbai. Applications must be received by Friday 21 September 2007.

The 2007 Audience Development Fund Small Grants Programme is now open. This year the Fund has been divided into two separate schemes. One scheme will offer up to two years funding to a maximum of £10,000 per annum to organisations with a track record in film exhibition or education work with the ability to deliver high quality projects that target new audiences. Another scheme will offer up to £3,000 to support small projects and those that deliver additional elements to larger film exhibition or education activities.  You are also encouraged to discuss your project and the application process with the Audience Development team at the next Exhibitors Surgery session on 12 September 2007. The deadline for applications is Monday 24 September 2007.

More London is Film London's Location of the Month, taking centre-stage as the starting-line for a marathon in Run, Fat Boy, Run*. Directed by David Schwimmer, the London set comedy starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton opens in cinemas this week.

The bfm International Film Festival (BIFF '07), now in its 9th year, is being launched on 6 September at City Hall and will run until 14 September. Over 50 unseen films, features, shorts, music videos, animation, documentaries, comedy and more, will be shown during BIFF '07 and at one-off events during Black History Month.

Elefest, the Elephant and Castle's annual festival, is open for submissions. Launched as a platform to celebrate and showcase the creative and cultural diversity of the area, the festival has expanded each year and now includes live music, photography exhibitions, dance, readings, workshops and talks alongside film and video screenings. Submit your films and videos. Elefest is supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund.

Barbican Film will welcome Channel 4 for a week of screenings and events celebrating 25 years of pioneering arts programming. Channel 4 has always been a leader in the world of arts television, creating completely original and award-winning programmes. Over the course of the week Channel 4 will unveil some of its latest projects and show a selection of the gems from its unique arts archive. For a chance to win free tickets please email events@channel4.co.uk .

Deaf led organisation Zebra Access has announced that they will be facilitating unique media training targeted at young Deaf people interested in Film and Animation production. The project is funded by Mediabox, and all training will be delivered free of charge to those accepted onto the course. Zebra Access will give artists previously deprived of training and access into the world of media a well deserved opportunity to express themselves in their chosen medium.

The London International Disability Film Festival 2008 is looking for exciting, vibrant films that challenge perceptions and combat stereotypes, bold films that stimulate debate and give new voices a chance to be heard. Send your masterpieces (viewing copies preferred on VHS or DVD) to X,08, 8th London International Disability Film Festival, LDAF, 20-22 Waterson Street, London, E2 8HE. The deadline for submissions is 31 December.

Ken Loach's It's a Free World* is to open the 18th Dinard Festival of British Film in Brittany this October . The London set drama from the Palme d'Or-winning director will preview in an innovative scheme which will see the film previewed simultaneously at venues across the UK on Thursday 13 September. All venues will receive the on-stage Guardian Interview with Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty via live satellite broadcast.

The Award-winning documentary Flowers Don't Grow Here is to screen at London's Frontline Club on 16 September at 4.30pm, followed by a Q+A with director Shira Pinson. Other current screening dates include: selection to DOCS-DF Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival later this month; and selection in competition to the 9th Sichuan TV Festival, China, in October. Frontline is a media club that uniquely combines eating, drinking and thinking. Profits from the restaurant and efforts from Club members help the work of the Frontline Charitable Trust and its events programme.

Throughout September and October The Script Factory will run a series of seven practical workshops, each one focused on a particular genre. Taught by experienced writers and developers, each one-day workshop is a combination of lecture and vibrant group discussions. Once the training is completed, participants on this programme will be eligible to apply for the Friendly Producers scheme and the chance to benefit from a one-to-one development meeting with one of the UK's most influential and approachable producers. 

The National Gallery, has launched their new filming website. Recently host to St Trinian's*, the website offers details of all the possible locations, access information and an online booking form.

Sign up to the petition to preserve Hackney's heritage and join the campaign to restore the old Clapton Cinematograph Theatre. One of Britain's oldest cinemas, the Clapton Cinematograph Theatre dates from 1910 and was a working cinema until 1979.

And finally…

Tune in to Radio 4 for Matthew Sweet's series on famous cinematic locations. Starting with Bourne Wood (Listen again) in Surrey, Location Manager Terry Blyther and Colin Palmer from the Forestry Commission discuss the spectacular Bavarian battlefield scene from Ridley Scott's Gladiator*.

*Assisted by Film London

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