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Film London News Bulletin - 18 August 2009

Date posted: 18.08.2009

PULSE film-makers Tom Harper (Cherries*, Cubs*) and Jack Thorne (The Mascot*) have collaborated on their first feature which will screen at The San Sebastian International Film Festival as part of the Kutxa New Directors Award. Meadows' protégé, Thomas Turgoose, stars in The Scouting Book For Boys, directed by Harper from a screenplay by Thorne.

Submit your application to PULSE 2009! Up to six films will be commissioned, with funding ranging £4,000-£8,000. The PULSE scheme is open to new talent in the London region and offers film-makers an opportunity to make digital shorts for a variety of exhibition and distribution platforms. If you have an innovative idea then complete your online application by 10am, Monday 31 August 2009.

A range of micro-budget film funds and schemes continue to spring up across the UK and beyond, many inspired by the trailblazing presence of Film London Microwave. Find out more about other noteworthy initiatives on the Microwave website. Shifty*, the critically acclaimed micro-budget feature produced through Microwave, will be released on DVD in the UK on Monday 24 August with DVD extras including a behind-the-scenes documentary, director's commentary and music videos.

African Remembrance Day Double Bill on 22 August at the BFI presents Jacques Roumain: Passion for a Country (Dir Arnold Anotonin) and The Agronomist (Dir Jonathan Demme), featuring a stunning score from Wyclef Jean.

The Savoy Café is holding a series of site specific events held on consecutive Saturdays. The former East London cafe has one of the only remaining intact early 20th Century interiors known in Hackney. The building's décor, history and location have informed the selection of work for this project, which continues on 22 August with the UK premiere of Guggenheim Fellow Kalup Linzy's new film Keys to Our Heart.

Kino London's popular open-mic night for film-makers returns on 24 August for another night of shorts, sushi and song. Taking place at the Horse Hospital, Kino is the only shorts night of its kind in London, a truly open screen for the city's indie film-makers.

Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Dune' - an exhibition of a film of a book that never was runs from 17 September to 25 October at The Drawing Room. The exhibition takes as its departure point the cult Chilean film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempted 1976 adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel Dune. This exhibition includes production drawings made by Moebius, H.R Giger and Chris Foss, alongside commissioned work made in response by three international contemporary artists Steven Claydon, Matthew Day Jackson and Vidya Gastaldon.

Film and television production company,, has launched a feature screenplay competition which could lead to a production deal of up to $10m. The contest encourages budding film-makers and screenwriters to enter video pitches and synopses by 15 September. A panel of prominent industry professionals, including Final Destination screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, will judge the top ten selections from the 'Public Producers'.

FrightFest is the biggest thriller, sci-fi, fantasy and horror film festival in the UK showcasing mainly world, European and UK premieres. Highlights include: Salvage* and Triangle*, which both screened at the London UK Film Focus this year; Heartless*, which was presented at Film London's Production Finance Market in 2007; and zombie micro-budget feature, Colin, made for just £45 by Marc Price. Sponsored by Film4 for the third year, the festival will take place in the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square between 27 and 31 August.

Get ready for an eleven-day blast of exceptional animation in the 6th edition of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF). This year's LIAF will feature a comprehensive line-up of current animated short films from 30 countries and specially curated programmes that highlight recent productions and gems from the archive. To celebrate the opening of LIAF Paper Bag brings animated delights and musical reverie to the Roxy Bar & Screen on 27 August. The festival, supported by Film London through the Cultural Film Exhibition Fund, runs until 6 September.

The Berlinale Talent Campus, part of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, is now open for applications from emerging film-making talent from around the world. The deadline for applications is 7 October 2009. Other festivals currently seeking submissions include: The Cineforum on Climatology from the Edge – deadline 15 September; Branding Talent 09 have extended their deadline to 7 September.

And finally

With Terry Gilliam's London-set fantasy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus* due out in October, the BFI presents a season celebrating the director's work.

Compiled by Film London * Assisted by Film London 

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