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Film London News Bulletin - 8 December 2008

Date posted: 08.12.2008

The winners of the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced at a star-studded event on Sunday 30 November at Old Billingsgate Market in London. As a key sponsor to the event, Film London congratulates the winners and all of this year's nominated films.

Fake Free London - a pilot of a new anti-piracy initiative for London was announced by the UK film industry at a launch event chaired by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London. It is the largest ever collaborative campaign to combat DVD piracy which aims to stamp out piracy for the Olympic Games in 2012 – making the capital a 'fake free' zone.

The Latin American Film Festival is almost upon us! The two day extravaganza, run by Picture Box Youth Cinema, is being held on 13 and 14 December. This year it takes place at the 2InSpire community centre in Southwark. With activities aimed at all ages, Picture Box Youth Cinema continues its commitment in celebrating local cultures - allowing free access to film and cinema,as well as a variety of other events.

Do you want to ensure that your film screenings and events are welcoming for deaf and disabled audiences? The Independent Cinema Office and Shape, the UK's leading disability arts organisation, have got together to develop an essential training course that will provide a wealth of practical information on making your cinema, arts centre, film festival or film society accessible. The course is a must for programmers, audience development officers, marketing and communications staff, managers, administrators, events staff and fundraisers.

BABYLON is gearing up for the 2009 International Feature Film Development programme, and is open for project submissions. BABYLON is a pan-European feature film development initiative designed to link UK and European minority and migrant film makers. Project submissions are now invited from writers, writer-directors and/or producers, until 22nd December.

The fourth edition of the International Screenwriters' Festival is to have a new date and venue. The event will shift to October 26-29 at Cheltenham Ladies College school. The event has established itself in recent years as a must-attend event.

And finally...

The trailer for Richard Curtis' latest film is out now. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Boat that Rocked* tells the story of a group of DJs in 1966 at the forefront of the UK pirate radio movement.

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