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Film London News Bulletin - 13 April 2011

Date posted: 13.04.2011

BFI Announces
New £2m Lottery Film Fund

The BFI has announced a new Transitional Lottery Film Fund to support organisations across the UK dedicated to delivering audience development activities for specialised and British film.
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City of God Director

Returns to London

Director Fernando Meirelles has started shooting his new relationship drama 360, starring Rachel Weisz and Jude Law, in London.
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St Pancras Hotel Reopens

Offering a Unique Filming Location

One of the most romantic hotels in the world has reopened in London; the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel has received a £150m restoration after 74 years of slumber.
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Festivals & Screenings
The latest in FLAMIN's ongoing series of screenings at the Whitechapel Gallery will take place on Sunday 17 April, with a screening and talk by FLAMIN Productions artist Ben Rivers.

The SCI-FI London Film Festival takes place on 23 April - 2 May, with the full programme online.

Sixty Second Stories
is a new initiative inviting film-makers from all over the world to tell the most surprising, beautiful and challenging stories in just 60 seconds. The best 90 films will be collated into a feature presentation to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2012.

In The News
Famous London film settings
get the graffiti art treatment under the Westway.

A troupe of Charlie Chaplins took to London streets to shoot a short film to launch Virgin Media Shorts 2011.

Funding, Training & Industry Events

Film London is currently seeking expressions of interest from London-based film festivals who would like to get marketing support through the new Pilot Publicity Fund. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 May.

is offering free 3D business consultancies for London-based companies and freelancers in Cannes 2011, offering a taste of the Commercialising Digital Technology Scheme. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Carrie Wootten on

Funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2, Four Corners are offering a unique scheme giving eight new entrants the opportunity to train for a career in hard drive print technology for Digital Cinema, with 4 months worth of free skills training and paid industry placements.

Innocent Mini Movies competition - 17 April; Wimbledon Shorts Film Festival - 21 April; 13th Rushes Soho Shorts Festival - 21 April; Alphaville Festival - 1 May; Film London Microwave - 3 May; onedotzero_adventures in motion - 30 May; 31st Cambridge Film Festival - 31 May; 'Kirin First Cut' Short Film Competition - 30 June; UNLIMITED: European Short Film Festival - 15 July

Indie Training Providers, DiVA are currently recruiting for a Production Assistant to work in a busy indie feature film production company, as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media. The deadline for applications is 21 April.

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