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Film London Newsletter – 1 December

Date posted: 01.12.2010

Film London to Lead UK-wide
Inward Investment Strategy

MP Ed Vaizey announces that Film London will manage the inward investment strategy for the whole of the UK through a public-private partnership with key film industry bodies.
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Oscar-winning Producer
Announced as New Film London Chair

Film London is delighted to announce that Oscar®-winning producer David Parfitt has taken on the role of Chair and BBC's Isabel Begg has also joined the impressive roster of industry representatives on the Film London board.
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British Independent Film Awards
Nominees Round-Up

On Sunday 5 December, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) will be announced, honouring the best of British talent from the independent sector. Film London looks at this year's nominees, which include Tom Hooper's The King's Speech and low-budget 'sleeper' Monsters.
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Funding, Training & Industry Events

Women Make Films
will be an exploration of feminist film through screenings and discussions. The screenings on 4 December will include early militant suffrage comedy and Ruby Grierson's wartime They Also Serve (1940) and will take place at The Women's Library, London Met University.

Working with Actors is a workshop-based three-week course for actors and directors of all levels. The course starts 13 December at the Drill Hall in central London.

The London Film School is running Deconstructing the Soundtrack (11-12 December), a weekend workshop exploring the interrelationship between sound, music, image and story.

Festivals & Screenings

The creators of Secret Cinema are hosting Future Shorts ONE on 4 December. London's ONE will join 16 countries around the world to showcase top short film, music, performance and art. The location will be revealed tomorrow at

On 4 December at the Riverside Studios DocHouse is hosting a day-long screening session of winning documentaries at this year's prestigious Grierson Awards.

The North London Film Partnership is hosting a free retrospective screening of North London films and Christmas drinks on 7 December (7pm, Dugdale Centre, Enfield). Films on show include BoBs winner Daisy's Last Stand. To book your place, email

Film festivals starting this week in the capital include the 3rd Fashion in Film (1-12 December), the 2nd London United Film Festival (3-4 December) and the London Underground Film Festival (4-10 December).

In the News

The British Film Institute is to become the lead agency for film policy in the UK.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the London premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader last night in Leicester Square.

Special Competition
Film London and the BFI are giving away a pair of tickets to see Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life, part of BFI Southbank's season 'Rediscovering Frank Capra' on 16 December. To be in with a chance to win, send your answer to the following question to quoting 'Film London ticket competition' in the subject line before 13 December: Who is the lead actor in It's a Wonderful Life?


Slamdance/straight 8
- deadline 13 December; 13th London Palestine Film Festival - deadline 13 December. 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film - deadline 15 January; Sheffield Doc/Fest - deadline 27 January.

Black London's Film Heritage, a project supported by Film London, is looking for submissions of archive film material depicting African-Caribbean presence London. For more information, please email




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