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Film London News Bulletin - 12 September 2008

Date posted: 12.09.2008

The programme for The Times 52nd BFI London Film Festival was announced this week which includes 14 world premieres. One of which is Shifty (24 and 26 October) the excellent second feature produced through Film London's Microwave scheme. Michael Winterbottom's latest, Genova, enjoys its European premiere at the Festival's prestigious Mayor of London Gala (22 October). Visit the Film London news section for further information about our activities at the festival.

Film London's Family Film Challenge will transform the South Bank into London's biggest film set!The event, which will take place on Saturday 27 September at the BFI Southbank, challenges families to make their own film, using the South Bank as their location. To take part, register your interest now. The booking deadline is Friday 19 September 2008. There is no charge to take part in this event.

As part of the weekend celebrations, Film London has also published the South Bank Movie Trail; to take residents and visitors on a trip through London's cinematic history – download your map or pick up a hard copy from the Movieum or the BFI. The South Bank will host a range of other activities including the BFI's 75th Birthday and Open Rehearsal. London's Open Rehearsal festival will open the doors to some of the capitals most exciting venues, including The Southbank Centre.

There's more than usual to discover about film and television through the BFI. The London-based organisation was born in 1933 and in celebration of its 75th birthday they have launched a raft of special events, offers, debates and festivities that take place throughout the month of September.

London's largest architecture festival Open House returns to London 20 - 21 September. The weekend offers the public access to some of London's most iconic and beautiful buildings, many of which have appeared as film locations. Get booking now.

Are you looking for a paid work placement in the UK film industry? The Skillset Film Trainee Network subsidises trainee placements for UK film companies. Companies benefit from high calibre talent, while trainees gain further skills and experience.

What do you get when you combine silent films with original live music? Add to that a balloon orchestra, an elderly community choir and members of the audience who have brought an instrument and want to join in. The outcome is unpredictable but never dull and for composer Sergio López Figueroa, that's part of the fun. The Big Bang Lab event at the ICA on September 28 is open to the public as part of the Open Rehearsal long weekend, the launch of Cultural Olympiad. Its aim is to raise the issue of accessibility of screen heritage to communities and to demonstrate the power of combining silent moving images with live sound. Visit for further details or email Katja Thrane at

Halloween presents the 6th London Short Film Festival 9 – 18 January 2009 and is open for submissions, deadline for entries is 24 October 2008. Download a submission form at

The next Film London Exhibitors Forum will take place on Thursday 18 September at the Rio Cinema (9am – 1pm). This is an opportunity to share sector news, opportunities, best practice and for us all to be involved in developing ways of working together in new and exciting ways. The session will be followed by refreshments and networking opportunities. Please RSVP to Film London stating your name, organisation and job title.

BBC Two's Blast has launched a call for entries for the Blast Film Live Festival in Spring 2009. Deadline for entries is 17 October 2008.

London Film Academy & Riverside Studios present 'Roeg at Riverside – A Retrospective' (12-14 September) at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. The three-day film retrospective will be introduced by legendary director Nicolas Roeg, celebrating his extraordinary work and featuring contributions from cultural commentators and collaborators.

The Small Grants Programme of the Film London Audience Development Fund is still open for applications, closing date is 30 September. Film London awards Regional Investment Fund for England (RIFE) Lottery Funds on behalf of the UK Film Council. The Audience Development Fund aims to support education and audience development through projects that bring new audiences to film; projects that educate London audiences and develop a deeper understanding of cinema; and projects that increase the range of cinema available to London audiences.

Film London is currently seeking a Consultant for the Assistant Location Managers' Training Course 08/09. For further details and how to apply, visit our Vacancies page.

And finally

Also premiering at the Times BFI London Film Festival is the 22nd Bond movie Quantum of Solace (29 October), watch the latest trailer.

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