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Support for the London Film Festival

Date posted: 11.09.2007

The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival kicks off in a matter of weeks and will once again be providing a range of activities for Londoners to enjoy. Film London, in conjunction with the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency, is contributing more than £160,000 of support for the festival (15-30 October 2008).

The funding goes towards the following activities:

  • Film in the City takes festival films beyond central London to local cinemas across the capital.
  • London Calling (27 October), is a programme of short films showcasing some of the best of new London talent supported by Film London production schemes.
  • London Loves (23 & 24 October) sees the big screen returning to Trafalgar Square for two nights of free outdoor screenings of rare archive film, such as High Treason (1929), generously supported by the UK Film Council.
  • The Mayor of London’s Gala (22 October): Genova, starring Colin Firth, is the latest film from Michael Winterbottom, one of Britain's most prolific film-makers.
  • Power to the Pixel (22- 23 October) is a two day forum connecting the UK film industry with key innovators in the international digital revolution.
  • Production Finance Market (20-21 October) is the only event of its kind in the UK and builds on the success of last year by attracting even more top level producers and financiers.
  • Shifty (24 & 26 October), one of the first films produced through Film London’s Microwave scheme, enjoys its World Premiere at this year’s festival.
  • Think-Shoot-Distribute (20-24 October), funded by Skillset, Film London and the festival, is a five-day programme that provides 25 talented and experienced film-makers with creative and business training in key areas from development to exhibition. This scheme is open for applications until 16 September 2008. 

For further details of these events read the full press release.

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has been announced as the closing night film for The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival.

To buy tickets for this film, or anything else in the programme, call the BFI box office on 020 7938 3232 or book online: from 27 September.

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