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Film London News Bulletin - 14 September 2007

Date posted: 14.09.2007

This year Film London is working in partnership with Open House to add an extra dimension to the Open House London weekend (15 – 16 September). Film London aims to highlight the fantastically diverse range of architecture available to film-makers in London and to celebrate architecture's contribution to both the big and small screen. Many of the properties taking part in Open House London also serve as film locations and Film London has identified at least 90 such properties within its locations library.

PULSE 2006 shorts Sebastian Godwin's The Girls* and Tom Harper's Cherries* have been selected for the Best UK Short Film Award at Raindance. Other shorts in the running for jury awards include Amelia and Michael*Raindance opens on 25 September.

DocHouse and the BBC present Crossing The Line: between FACT and FICTION, a brand new festival exploring the new wave of films that cross the border between documentary and drama. The season will take place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch (21 - 23 September) and promises to be a unique weekend. Supported by Film London's Audience Development Fund, the festival will include an array of speakers and workshops. Award-winning documentary film-makers, including Nick Broomfield and Penny Woolcock, will be in attendance and a special opening speech will be delivered by legendary British director Ken Loach.

The BFI Southbank is again presenting Beautiful South a quarterly night of short films and discussion for emerging film-making talent.  Sessions include screenings of locally produced material, advice from established film-makers and industry professionals, as well as opportunities to network with other young creatives. As the BFI Southbank will be screening Dracula in November, Beautiful South taking this opportunity to explore and have a look at some of cinema's more sinister fantasies, so would welcome any films which explore the dark side. Deadline for entries is 1 November 2007.

This year's London Spanish Film Festival (14 – 27 September) offers a selection of the best contemporary Spanish cinema with a heavy emphasis on documentary. Established and breakthrough directors alike will be featured in the festival. Bigas Luna's latest film, Yo soy la Juani, will be screened alongside work by new young film-makers like Javier Rebollo (Lo que sé de Lola), Víctor García León (Vete de mí) and Rodrigo Cortés (Concursante).

Creativity and commerce come together in one of London's most striking surroundings. The Canary Wharf Film Festival runs from 13-17 September 2007. Sunday 16th September sees the culmination of Pitching Event Got a Project? Get it Made. Ideas for new mobile content have been flying through the letterbox and judges at ROK Motion, Eve Hawking and Steve Nesbit, have chosen the top 4 pitches.

Future Cinema presents a spectacular aquatic multilayered event fusing film, music, live animation, dance and water at the Thames festival, London's biggest end of summer party.The event will commence with a Busby Berkeley inspired dance sequence from the dazzling Chameleon Collective, followed by a collection of the very best in water-themed short films and music videos from around the world, curated by Future Shorts, the international short film festival. Films will include music videos from Michel Gondry and classic short film City Paradise by Gaelle Denis.

The 3rd UK Brazilian Film Festival (20 – 23 September) is a unique opportunity to watch unreleased Brazilian films and to know a bit more of the huge potential of the Brazilian cinema. This year the festival will screen nine Brazilian films and is also paying tribute to the Portuguese culture inviting films from Portugal and Angola.

Spike Lee will preside over online film festival Babelgum where budding film-makers will be able to showcase their talent. Online users will select the 10 shortlisted entries, with the nine-strong jury, headed by Lee, selecting the final six. The final winner of the Looking for Genius award will win £13,500 and a chance to break into the industry. “Where you live is no longer a hindrance," Lee said, even if "you're stuck in Bum, Idaho".

David Cronenberg is to receive the Douglas Sirk Award at this year's Filmfest Hamburg. The award in recognition of Cronenberg's "outstanding contribution to cinema" will be presented to the director on the evening of 28 September before the German premiere of his latest highly anticipated film Eastern Promises*.

The British Independent Film Awards are moving to North London's historic Roundhouse venue for their 10th anniversary on 28 November. Now one of London's premier arts venues The Roundhouse was a countercultural landmark in 1960s London, hosting the UFO Club and acts including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Doors and the Rolling Stones.

Harry Potter* is officially the top-grossing worldwide film franchise in movie history. The first five installments in have amassed more than $4.47 billion worldwide.  The previous record was held by the Bond* franchise, with Star Wars* coming third.
Kings*, Tom Collins' tale of emigration from Ireland to London has been officially selected as Ireland's submission to the 80th Academy Awards®. It will be the first time an Irish film has been in the running for an Oscar® in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Sky Arts, the UK's only television channel dedicated to all areas of the arts, has announced it will support the creation of new High Definition versions of 13 classic films from the BFI National Archive including wartime propaganda films by Alfred Hitchcock, renowned documentaries by Humphrey Jennings and breathtaking animations by Lottie Reiniger. This sponsorship agreement will enable audiences, both now and in the future, to enjoy the richness of these masterpieces of cinema in HD quality.

Pitch your script direct to the legendary Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, The Killing Fields) as well as Heads of Development from Working Title, Ealing Studios, Scala Productions and other leading production companies.

Short films are hot property. There has never been a more fertile and exciting time for short films and short filmmakers. It is cheaper than ever to make them, new festivals and screening initiatives are popping up all over the world every week, audience interest in shorts is at an all-time high, and with the explosion of VOD [video on demand] markets, there are more places to get your film seen than ever before. With that in mind, acclaimed filmmakers network Shooting People have compiled Get Your Short Film Made, Funded And Seen, a  definitive guide to short filmmaking in the UK.

Atlantic Film Group's two-day course running 26 and 27 September, provides a comprehensive overview of how to finance feature films, from low budget features that break all the rules to multi-million pound international co-productions.

And finally

For nearly six decades, Harry Myers has been a photographer show business occasions. Since 1946, he has been monitoring the annual Royal Film Performance and was continuously employed by what used to be called Wardour Street as the film companies' official photographer at their starry celebrations. He has photographed virtually every major film star and movie mogul to come to London from Fred Astaire to Hollywood pioneer Adolph ZukoJames and James Bond to John Wayne. Now with collaborators John Willis and Gareth Owen, Harry has opened his vast archive to produce Pictures and Premieres.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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