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Film London News Bulletin - 28 September 2007

Date posted: 28.09.2007

Online booking opens this weekend for The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival. The exciting line up includes David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises*, Francoise Ozon's Angel*, Garth Jenning's Son of Rambow*, Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane* as well as Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and a selection of shorts from some of the Capital's new film-making talent, supported by Film London's production schemes, in London Calling.

The Raindance Film Festival is to become the first to simultaneously show its movies via the web. The festival held in London, is the largest independent film festival in the UK. Hopes are for the initiative to establish a new revenue model for independent film-makers. Six films will be made available from 9pm on the day they are first shown. The Raindance Film Festival continues until 7 October.

Film Street has teamed up with Cineworld Cinemas to launch its Film Street Summer Shorts Competition. It challenges young people aged 12 and under to make a five minute short film with their family or friends. Judged by film industry experts, the winner will receive Cineworld passes for four people and have their film shown on the Film Street website. The deadline for applications is 1 October.

Cinnamon Films, in association with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, presents a weekend celebrating black British achievement in film and television. Black To The Future will bring together the very best black British talent from in front of and behind the camera, for a weekend of tributes, screenings, discussions, Q&A's and sessions for young people.

The annual Screen Nation Film and TV Awards - often referred to by the media as the Black BAFTA's - returns to the West End on 15 October. The star studded ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter Josie D'Arby and Bond actor Colin Salmon and will be broadcast on Sky Movies.

The BBC are giving five people the rare and exciting opportunity to take part in a session at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, for the chance to secure a paid placement with BBC Documentaries and Special Features. The successful candidate will spend 9 months working with Executive Producer, Nick Mirsky (The Armstrongs, Louis Theroux and Wonderland).

The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund in partnership with Maya Vision presents short films made through this year's Completion Fund in First Past the Post. The programme of eclectic shorts made by entrepreneurial filmmaking talent will screen at Curzon Mayfair on 11 October. The Completion Fund was developed to help filmmakers secure vital funds for the completion of short film projects that have already been shot but lack the funds to finish.

A Neutral Corner directed by Emily Greenwood and produced by Simon Hinkly has won Best Short Film 2007 at the Kodak Showcase 2007. Emily Greenwood was profiled on Film London East last year.

The London Film School's Autumn Masterclass Programme is sponsored by Cobravision. Courses include Directing with Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton*), Cinematography with Seamus McGarvey (Atonement*) and Screenwriting with Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral*).

Sensitive Material is a new platform for photographers working in the medium of moving image, designed to offer work that sits in the gap between video-art and cinema an opportunity to be formally screened.

And finally

Movie mogul David O. Selznick has just shut down production of Gone With The Wind. Determined to rewrite the script, he engages the reluctant services of “script doctor” Ben Hecht, who has never read the book, and director Victor Fleming, poached straight from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Moonlight and Magnolias is a play by Ron Hutchinson showing at The Tricyle along with a screening of Gone with the Wind.

Compiled by Film London      * Assisted by Film London

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