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Film London News Bulletin - 14 December 2009

Date posted: 14.12.2009

Round 3 of Film London's Digital Film Archive Fund is now open until 6 January. The Fund has been set up to increase public access to regional screen heritage and London has £219,000 available to award over two years from 2008 – 2010. The Fund support innovative programmes ensuring wider access to the UK's screen heritage.

Big Mediabox is returning for a second round this year and is calling for entries from well established companies and public bodies who are developing media projects geared towards supporting young people. Funding of between £20,000 and £40,000 per project will be granted to companies with a proven track record of running successful media initiatives for youngsters of a similar budget and scope. Applicants to Big Mediabox funding may include registered limited companies, local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and co-operatives.

Releasing this Friday, Where the Wild Things Are is the adaptation of a much-loved children's book by Hollywood outsider Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich). Set in a dark fantasy world populated by strange creatures, it features spectacular visual effects by London post-production house Framestore.

Jim Jarmusch is undoubtedly an American independent cinema icon. On the release of his 11th feature film, The Limits of Control, Microwave takes a look back at Jarmusch's micro-budget feature roots. And following the recent Women in Film and Television Awards, Microwave also looks at industry support for women working in independent film.

Among the winners at this year's Deaffest Film & TV Gala Awards was William Mager's Stiletto funded through by the Waltham Forest Alfred Hitchcock Memorial Award. Stiletto pays homage to the great master of suspense.

The UK Jewish Film Festival, funded through Film London's Cultural Film Exhibition Fund, celebrated its 13th anniversary with record audience numbers. The ICA and Tricycle cinemas among others reported UKJFF audiences up by 36% and 85% respectively on last year. Among the 65 screenings including 31 UK premieres at 14 cinemas across London, the festival presented sell-out events at several venues including the BFI, the Barbican and Cine Lumiere. There was further good news when last year's Pears Foundation UKJFF Short Film Fund winner Sidney Turtlebaum has been proposed for next year's Oscars - nominations will be announced on 2 February 2010.

For the past four years Propeller TV has been showcasing films by up and coming film-makers on Sky, but with the major shift in audience viewing habits to on-line media the team behind the original launch of the TV channel are now set to launch a new film-maker platform, which is currently in a preview phase and can now be seen at Propeller

The London Film School's 2010 workshops schedule gets underway with Sales, Marketing & Distribution with Film London Microwave Creative Executive Mia Bays on 8 and 9 January. This 2-day course offers a comprehensive A-Z guide to the current distribution landscape, with invited industry guests and networking drinks.

Open Page is back. Visit Open Page at One Alfred Place to hear early draft scripts in any media – theatre, film, TV, radio – performed by actors cast on the spot. Guest chair and script authority Val Taylor will be guiding the feedback with the help of the audience. Writers can hear their script off the page and get informed feedback, producers and directors can meet promising writing and acting talent, and actors can perform at the cold reads and get involved with new projects at their inception.

Young people aged between 13 and 19 are being invited to enter their films into the First Light Awards 2010. For the first time, the First Light Awards will welcome short film submissions from young independent film-makers. The Open Access Award in association with BAFTA is a newly created category that will give young people from across the UK the opportunity to have their film viewed by a panel of BAFTA judges, and have the chance of winning a prestigious First Light Award, presented to them during the star-studded ceremony in March!

Just when you thought East London couldn't get any cooler, along comes a film that immortalizes the area's spirit on celluloid, celebrating parties, hangovers, lost love and carousing gigs in pubs. Soda Pictures is offering an exclusive competition in celebration of the Unmade Beds* Shoreditch spirit, inviting you to bring out your inner Tracey Emin and submit a photo of your own unmade bed to the Unmade Beds Gallery.

Pinner High Street is this month's Location of the Month as featured in Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy*. The directorial feature debut of the artist film-maker, the production made use of many period locations in North West London which doubled for 1940's Merseyside.

Festivals etc. currently seeking submissions include: The Bram Stoker International Film Festival  (2010).

And finally

Branchage Festival presents film & music night Animagica at Shoreditch Church on 17 December. Ethereal Icelandic quartet Amiina will perform to Lotte Reiniger's magical 1920s marionette animations in the one-off special event, playing a mixture of traditional and non-traditional instruments - including wine glasses and a delicately bowed saw.   

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