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Film London Newsletter - 22 December 2010

Date posted: 22.12.2010

Santa Claus Can Tell
If You've Been Naughty or Nice

Bored and tired by the usual Christmas offerings of family films? Producer and outgoing Chair of Film London, Sandy Lieberson, offers his own top selection of films for a truly alternative holiday season.
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Ultimate London Experience
For Ugly Betty

A newly beautified Betty flies in to London to make a fresh start: catch the final London-shot episode of the landmark Channel 4 series.
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Funding, Training & Industry Events
Take 12 helps you address the single most important question facing you and your business through a series of structured workshops and planning sessions; 'How do I survive and thrive in a digital age?'. If you are interested in applying for this Film London-supported developmental programme, send an email to with Take 12.3 in the subject line for further information.

Throughout January The Film and Video Workshop plays host to a series of courses - from an Introduction to After Effects and Final Cut for Beginners, to Animation Techniques - led by BAFTA award-winning film-maker Kevin Griffiths.

WORLDbytes School of Citizen TV is offering free film training for 16 to 25 year olds. No previous skills are required but a keen interest in social issues, politics and challenging ideas are a must. The next 3 day training course takes place mid-February in Hackney - apply online before 3 February. For information email or call 020 8985 5435.

Festivals & Screenings

Help The Phoenix celebrate its Centenary with a trip to the cinema on 5 January to see 1940s classic Casablanca - part of a heritage programme supported by Film London.

London-shot British monarchy tale The King's Speech leads the way with a grand total of 7 nominations for the Golden Globes and London Critics' Circle. For your chance to see this potentially award-winning film before general release email to enquire about the special BAFTA screening on 5 January.

Returning for its eighth year in January, the London Short Film Festival promises a bumper 2011 festival with more screening programmes and more venues than ever before. This project is supported through Film London's Cultural Film Exhibition Fund.

On Saturday 8 January 2011 London Short Film Festival and BAFTA present a Clio Barnard: Before The Arbor, a showcase of the director's short films. After the screenings the FLAMIN-supported artist film-maker will answer questions about her work.

Winner of the Douglas Hickox Award at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards, Barnard's fascinating debut feature length work, The Arbor, is being shown at BFI Southbank over Christmas - head to the box office to pick up tickets for screenings on 23, 27 or 29 December.

In the News

Take a first look at on-set photography for The Deep Blue Sea - the exciting project from acclaimed auteur Terence Davies (Of Time and the City), which has been shooting in London over the past month. Starring Rachel Weisz, the period feature is an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's classic post-war play.

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