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Film London Newsletter - 14 July 2010

Date posted: 14.07.2010

Find out what we're up to, as well as highlights and opportunities from the film and media industries in the capital.

Sky-high Talent
UK Stars of Tomorrow

PULSE film-maker Jon Entwistle (Mulligatawny) talks about being earmarked as 'one to watch' by Screen International in its annual talent-spotting initiative, UK Stars of Tomorrow.
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Nolan's Mind Games
Inception Hits Cinemas on Friday

Director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) offers his take on the subconscious mind with thriller Inception, his latest feature. Shot largely on location between Tokyo, Paris, Morocco, Canada and LA, the production also stopped in London for a number of scenes.
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London River
An Emotional Release

Producer Bertrand Faivre on his moving 7/7 portrait from Academy Award nominated French director, Rachid Bouchareb.
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Funding, Training & Industry Events

Get expert tips on screening your short at a film festival including how to promote yourself to an international audience and catch the eye of sales agents. On 22 July as part of the Rushes Film Festival, Film London with experts from The British Council, Shorts Distributors, Brief Encounters Film Festival, and experienced film-makers will share their perspectives and highlight what support is available.

The Drawing Board to Screen: Production Design and Technical Drawing is an advanced two week course run by David McHenry (Shine, Becoming Jane) exploring the creative journey during pre-production - taking place from 26 July to 6 August at Elstree.

Register now for Film London Exhibitors' Forum, an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in the audience development sector. The next event on 29 July will focus on delivering accessible marketing and events in arts and cultural venues.

International Film Business: A Masterclass will be held on 30 July at Cass Business School. Led by film industry expert and author Angus Finney, this workshop will approach critical changes in the independent film arena as the industry adjusts to tighter budgets and accelerating global influences. Register online now.

Huntley Film Archives and Skillset will be holding a five day residential course on Film Archive Collections: a practical management guide. This intensive and very hands-on course in September will help participants evaluate, manage and utilise moving image collections. For more information, and to register your interest, email

Festivals & Screenings

The London Indian Film Festival starts tomorrow - check out some of the hottest new independent films at venues across the capital.

The East End Film Festival has teamed up with the Shoreditch Festival to present East End Stories; an eclectic mix of drama, documentary and animation featuring some of their favourite films from the past few years, including Penny Grylls' award-winning PULSE short Peter and Ben. East End Stories will take place in Shoreditch Park on a big open air screen on 17 and 18 July.

This weekend is also Comic Con III at Earls Court 2, bringing together a host of people who starred and worked on The Empire Strikes Back - marking the 30th anniversary of this infamous film. The event will also include an exhibition hall, guest talks, displays, an anime zone, a gaming zone and costume masquerade.

As part of the return of the critically acclaimed season at the Tricycle, The Great Game, there are a limited number of £5 tickets for Afghanistan Film Festival screenings from 23 to 27 July. See Havana Marking's Vote Afghanistan! about the controversial 2009 presidential elections, alongside the internationally renowned Afghan Star.

5 Days to Vote for BoBs 2010

Place your vote now for Film London's Best of Boroughs Film Awards (aka the BoBs). Films shortlisted for the Audience Award can be viewed and voted for online. The short with the most votes will win £2,000 so get registered, get watching and get voting before 18 July!
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Other News

At the launch of T-Mobile Big Dance the Mayor of London revealed his ambition to see 3 million Londoners inspired for 2012! Film London helped Saatchi & Saatchi last year to coordinate the highly successful T-Mobile Dance campaign.

Make a short film (60-90secs) about the Robin Hood Tax and you could win a masterclass with film legend Richard Curtis, a top spot on YouTube and a bundle of camera equipment.
Wanna be in a Ridley Scott movie?! With the help of director Kevin Macdonald, Ridley Scott as producer and a few hundred other film-makers, YouTube is making a movie. The Life in a Day project plans to document 24 July with user-submitted videos from around the world.

2012 will be one of the most exciting years in London's history - and one of the busiest. So to help plan and co-ordinate your events, The Culture Diary has been launched. The diary is an online calendar for planned 2012 activities - from large scale spectaculars to community based activities. It also allows users to search the diary for other events taking place across the capital.

Great news for PULSE short A Family Portrait which has been selected as one of the five nominees for the Cartoon D'Or.

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