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Film London News Bulletin - 3 September 2007

Date posted: 03.09.2007

Stately homes; historic and religious buildings; and rural or village landscapes are the locations most likely to inspire film tourism, a new report by Olsberg|SPI has revealed. 'Stately Attraction - How Film and Television Programmes Promote Tourism in the UK' highlights several London-shot films and television programmes which have attracted both local and overseas tourists. And with the recent surge in period films such as the forthcoming production The Young Victoria* being set in historical London locations, heritage attractions are now exploring other ways to benefit from filming.

The Venice Film Festival opened last week featuring two London-shot films amongst an array of British talent. The festival opens with Atonement by director Joe Wright and also features Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream*.

Tuesday 18 September is the deadline for the next round of Mediabox, a fund offering 13-19 year olds the opportunity to develop and produce creative media projects. On 11 September, Film London will be running an afternoon of application advice surgeries for those planning to apply to this round. Applicants can book a one hour slot between 1 – 2pm, 2.15 - 3.15pm, 3.30 - 4.30pm and 4.45 - 5.45pm, during which they will be have up to 25 minutes with an advisor. Please contact Nick Dossetor ( to reserve a place.

The Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) is pleased to announce the return of London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA). The LAFVA scheme, now in its eighth year, is one of the largest publicly funded award programmes for artists in the UK. Awards are available to London based artists working in the context of contemporary moving image practice.

The London Borough Film Fund Challenge supports six film fund partnerships which currently represent a total of 16 London boroughs. Without Limits Youth Film Fund is for young people living in the London boroughs of Camden or Islington, and is open until 24 September. 

The Guild of Location Managers, with development funding from the Skillset Film Skills Fund, has developed a new and very different health and safety course for filming on hazardous locations. Unlike other health and safety training, this three day course will not be classroom based, but held on location at sites including derelict buildings. The training is part funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund and freelancers accessing this training will only have to pay approximately 30% of the cost of the course.

'Raining Time' is Vodafone's latest commercial and is currently being screened in cinemas nationwide. Marylebone Station was extensively used during the shoot, amongst other key London locations. The Vodafone advert, promoting mobile internet, seamlessly combines 35mm film and 3D animation. Simon Ratigan of HLA directed the shoot which was filmed over three days in London.

Sales, Marketing and Distribution is an intensive workshop with Film London's Microwave Executive Mia Bays at the London Film School.

Smoke and Mirrors is a competition which challenges entrants to write, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours. The prize is a package consisting of everything you need to complete a professional short film, including camera, lights, stock, processing and post production.

Actors Themselves are a co-operative of experienced actors keen to show the wealth of talent the UK has to offer. Visit their showcase event on 4 September at the Soho Theatre, Dean Street. Writers, film-makers, directors, producers and casting agents are particularly welcome. Email to be included on the guest list.

And finally

Recognition of your carbon footprint and the general issue of environmental sustainability and climate change is a very real and current debate. Current TV and Sky have both launched film competitions relating to the issue.

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