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Film London News Bulletin - 21 December 2009

Date posted: 21.12.2009

With the year almost at an end, we've taken the opportunity to look back and reflect on how well the Film London and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network websites have been working for you. Share your opinions with us and you could be in with the chance of winning DVD goodies! Fill out the simple online survey by 5pm, Monday 11 January 2010.

The capital has been an exceptional witness to the development of film in the UK and worldwide over the past decade. With the curtain of the noughties about to fall, and as the industry starts to recover from the hardest-hitting recession in recent times, we say farewell to a pivotal decade for film in London. Find out more about the initiatives and breakthroughs in film production during this time.

Micro-budget films in 2009, such as Paranormal Activity and Katalin Varga, received a surge in international recognition. Many established producers from the indie film community even expressed that this year saw the beginnings of a move from studio specialty divisions back towards film-makers and companies genuinely committed to their independent visions. Film London Microwave looks back on some of the most interesting micro-budget films to emerge in the last calendar year.

Shifty, Microwave's second feature, was released to critical acclaim this year with both writer/director Eran Creevy, and stars Riz Ahmed and Danny Mays, receiving widespread industry recognition. Creevy has been named as one of Screen International's tops stars of 2009 and the film has been talked of as a serious BAFTA contender in the upcoming awards season. With more good news - UK distribution company Metrodome Distribution has struck a deal with iTunes to make it's new and back catalogue titles, including Shifty, available to download in the UK.

Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) and Carey Mulligan (An Education) have both received Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. Other nominations have gone to Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine) and Robert Downey Jnr. (Sherlock Holmes – which goes on general release on Boxing Day). Nine has also been nominated for Best Motion Picture and Fantastic Mr. Fox for Best Animated Feature Film. Carey Mulligan has also received a nomination in the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Female Actor in a Leading Role.

The biggest names in writing, acting and directing come together for 10 Minute Tales - a series of silent shorts screening on Sky1 during the festive season, with each of the stories promising to be an engaging look at life, loss, and love. Watch Mackenzie Crook in fast-paced comedy drama Ding Dong and Riz Ahmed (star Film London Microwave micro-budget feature Shifty) in The Three Kings - a contemporary take on the traditional Nativity.

Are you interested in a career working in locations? Have you got experience within the film industry? Applications are now open for the six month part-time vocational programme – Film London's Assistant Location Manager Training (ALMT). Applications close at 12 noon, 25 January 2010.

On Wednesday 6 January, Film London will be holding surgeries for anyone applying to the next round of Big Mediabox. Applicants can book half an hour with an advisor to discuss ways of strengthening their application. In order to book a half hour slot, visit the Doodle website.

Grab your last chance to apply online to Film London's Digital Film Archive Fund. Set up to increase public access to regional screen heritage, the programme is open to applications until 6 January 2010.

Urzula Pontikos, cinematographer for PULSE short I Do Air, has been nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship 2010. The £10,000 fellowships are there to offer creative breathing space for artists who have achieved some recognition for their work, but for whom a time of creative development without the worry of where the next commission is coming from could be crucial to bring them forward in their practice. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of talent and need, to artists working and residing in the UK.

The UK Film Council's Diversity Unit is offering two British directors from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities within the UK film industry the opportunity to participate in Tribeca All Access (TAA) in April 2010. The successful film-makers will receive a fully paid place on TAA, film-maker accreditation at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as their flight and accommodation costs for the duration of the programme. Apply by Monday 18 January 2010.

Enter a short film or trailer in the BBC Digital Revolution competition. The BBC has uploaded raw rushes onto the internet with a view to getting UK film-makers to edit the footage in any way they wish. The best new cuts will be in with a chance of winning unique prizes including a spot on the BBC Homepage, attending a documentary masterclass at the BBC and a meeting with a BBC Multiplatform Commissioning Executive. Footage from interviews including Tim Berners Lee, Stephen Fry and Biz Stone are available, with entries for the competition open until 3 January 2010.

The Skillset TV Freelance Fund has launched the Online Learning Funding Programme for 2009/10. The aim of this funding programme is to further the career development of practitioners working in the UK V industry by making a range of courses available in an online learning environment. Applications close 25 January 2010.

This January, London Short Film Festival and Shooting People are partnering to offer a programme of 'Transformative Training' for UK film-makers. Master Your Craft runs from 8 to 17 January. Built around the response to their online survey, these tailored events are aimed at developing the skills of both experienced and first time film-makers.

Festivals etc. currently seeking submissions include: The Smalls and Cutty Sark - deadline extended 3 February; The Croydon Film Festival - three deadlines, short films by 26 February, mobile movies 26 April, 48 hour Challenge 16 - 18 April; The Aesthetica Short Film Competition - deadline 30 April.

And finally

The trailer for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood is now online. In cinemas next summer, Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe (State of Play, A Beautiful Mind) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Notes on a Scandal).

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