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FilmLondon Newsletter - 15 December

Date posted: 15.12.2010

A Year of Changes
Capital Film Achievements in 2010

With the year about to end, Film London looks at film achievements in the capital over the past 12 months, from top Hollywood names visiting our shores to awards glory and international recognition for local talent.
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The Special Effect
Of Post-Production in London

As Film London sends four of the capital's leading special effect professionals to PariSFX, we take a look at the success of local post houses.
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Partnerships Forged Through
Production Finance Market

The Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) benefits from a number of strategic partnerships to help it achieve its goals. Find out how London has strengthened its global position through collaboration with festivals in Rome and Melbourne.
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Funding, Training & Industry Events
In a one day masterclass hosted by DV Talent on 17 December, Patrick Uden (Cutting Edge, Horizon) - one the UK's foremost scriptwriters and executive producers - will pass on some tricks of the trade.

The Ability Media Centre, a fully accessible centre in Southwark that provides employment support and training to all members of the local community in radio and television production skills, is offering free courses to anyone aged 19 and over who is not currently in education, employment or training.

As a film industry professional, find out if you could receive money towards the cost of training schemes through a Skillset Film Skills Fund bursary.

The sector skills council is also recruiting trainees for the Film Craft and Technical Trainee Placement Scheme, where new entrants to the film industry can earn while they learn on film productions. Deadline for applications is 31 January.

Festivals & Screenings

Kino 24 presents a festive celebration of open mic films tonight at Vibe Live at the Truman Brewery. Shorts will be screened at 8pm and entry is just £4.

The Branchage Festival has teamed up with London's Roundhouse for a special one-off screening of Pevin Kinel's extraordinary live soundtrack to Our Daily Bread this Sunday, which premiered at the festival this year.

The 20th London Latin American Film Festival takes place at venues across London 19 and 20 December - celebrating 200 years of Latin American independence. The programme of films, documentaries and shorts includes Chico and Rita, an animated feature that follows a musical love affair from Havana to Las Vegas.

In the News
Nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globes were announced yesterday and London-shot feature The King's Speech leads the field with seven mentions, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth.

Watch the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - the Johnny Depp starrer which has been shooting in the capital.

The Pears Foundation Short Film Fund at the UK Jewish Film Festival - deadline 30 December; Rich Mix casting call for short film submissions - email for details; and Open City London Documentary Film Festival continues to welcome international shorts and features for their 2011 programme.

Other News
Olympic organiser LOCOG has enlisted the help of some of the UK's best film-makers and writers, as well as artists, comedians and musicians, to take part in special projects surrounding the London 2012 Festival. Names so far attached to the 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration, include Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, and director Mike Leigh.

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