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Film London News Bulletin - 1 December 2008

Date posted: 01.12.2008

Set between Mexico and New York, Año uña is the story of an impossible love between a teenage boy and a young woman. It is the feature debut of Jonás Cuarón. He talks to Film London about his low-budget undertaking that could easily be hailed as one of the most unusual movies to hit cinema screens this year.

The Smoking Cabinet, an exciting three-day festival of short films (12-14 December), covers the time period in which cabaret / burlesque / music hall were at their most popular. Book your tickets now for The Smoking Cabinet 2008. The amazing musical collective Minima have been booked to score E A Dupont's classic Piccadilly on opening night, while the Curzon Bar will be transformed into a Gin Palace.

Celebrating the best in new urban film-making, The British Urban Film Festival takes place on 2 and 3 December at the Genesis in Mile End and Oxford House, Derbyshire Street. The full programme is now available online and tickets for all screening events are free. Find out more about the exciting programme of festivals and events showcasing and celebrating Black film talent.

Filmaka, the online global creative community and video marketplace, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company and advertising agency JWT Team Detroit, today announced Londoner Jonathan Newman as the winner of its “Mustang Stories” short film competition. Newman, along with 9 other competitors, vied for the highly sought after grand prize. Film-makers wrote and directed short films reflecting personal stories that were submitted to Ford over the years by devoted Mustang enthusiasts, or as original stories created by the Filmaka community. Finalists received massive exposure when they introduced previews of their films during NBC's hit drama series Knight Rider. Nearly 400 scripts were submitted by film-makers in 28 countries on six continents and 22 semi-finalists received the green light to produce their films. Newman's winning film, Father's Day, can be viewed exclusively at online.

Fair Knowledge, in association with the Centre for Arab and Muslim Media Research and as part of the London International Documentary Festival 2009, is organising a CineforumTM - Muslim Women: Visibility and Leadership. It will be held on 2 April 2009 and the aim is to promote Muslim women in leadership and inspire a new generation. Fair Knowledge is looking for both short and long format films of any genre by, or about, Muslim women that address the chosen themes.

Politic Doxs 1 is a one-day workshop on 6 December on how to develop and produce social and political campaigning documentaries. This is a workshop for producers, directors, internet video producers and human rights campaigners who want to produce social and political documentary and develop their own practices. Absolute beginners are welcome. The workshop will be led by Siobhan Cleary. Email for further details. The course costs £120 (£75 concessions) - this includes the one-day workshop and all online support.

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