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Second Round of Exhibition and Education Funding Awards Announced

Date posted: 23.02.2011

A total of eight projects across London have been awarded funding in the second round the Cultural Film Exhibition Fund (CFEF) and Education 'Hubs' Fund (EHF) 2010/2011. The awards, which support exhibition and educational initiatives in the capital, went to a mix of established and new projects in a round that saw a record number of film education initiatives applying for funding.

From Manga to the Daring 80s

Four festivals and a new special season in the capital have been the recipients of the over £28,000 awarded in the last round of CFEF.

Following the success of their inaugural years, the Bexley Anime and Manga Festival (BAM) and the London Indian Film Festival, both have been awarded funding to continue, growing attendance and establish themselves as fixtures in the capital's film calendar.

The 13th London Palestine Film Festival, which will take place in April-May 2011, was also one of the awardees. With over a decade of experience curating and showcasing film and video relating to the region, the festival pledges to continue engaging London audiences with screenings, talks and panel discussions. The support received from Film London will help the festival increase, improve and evaluate its efforts, in a bid to ensure it remains relevant and aligned with the demands of London audiences.

Another long-running film celebration in the capital, the East End Film Festival is receiving support to continue its outreach to audiences across London and beyond as well as its efforts to highlight the cultural diversity and talent of the capital's East End. The 2011 festival, which will take place 27 April - 2 May 2011, will present a comprehensive programme of features and shorts will be accompanied by workshops, events and discussions.

Also benefiting from CFEF funding, the Roxy Bar and Screen in Southwark will host a season inspired by the influential Scala Cinema, the 1980s arthouse venue which was famously closed in 1993 after showing an illegal screening of Stanley Kubrik's A Clockwork Orange. A series of double-bills and all-nighters will be held across several venues will look back at Scala's glorious past, featuring guest speakers, live music, discussions and contributions from leading film figures on their memories of the cinema. The funding will help Roxy Bar and Screen to establish a network of regular screenings inspired by the Scala and its legacy.

Film Education with No Barriers

The last round saw an unprecedented number of London projects applying for the Education Hubs Fund, of which three were awarded funding amounting to almost £19,000.

With the support from Film London through EHF, Film Education will encourage the viewing of non-mainstream cinema and its use within the curriculum by getting schools and cinemas working together in screening programmes and educational events. Film education practitioners will help develop relationships between cinemas and local schools. The resulting network of exhibitors and education institutions will be supported throughout the year with further training and opportunities to discuss best practice, programming and marketing.

Also supported through the 'Hubs' funds, the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets will bring together a programme of screenings, guest speakers, discussions and workshops around film made by women. Engaging other schools in the borough, Mulberry Cinema aims to offer a space for the cross-generational participation of women to discuss and engage with film. Online teaching resources will be developed and participants will be involved in the programming and running of the screenings in a bid to ensure a sustainable future for the community cinema within the new Mulbery and Bigland Green Centre.  

Finally, catering for homeless people, Open Cinema's OC: London Connect will be bringing a 12-week season of films to two support agencies for the homeless in the capital's outer boroughs. The season, programmed to provide entertainment as well as educational value, aims to improve the media literacy and sector knowledge of young unemployed homeless people. Screenings, talks with film-makers and industry professionals and tours of film industry facilities will offer participants a unique insight into the world of film and production.

The recipients of both funds are supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and Film London Regional Investment Fund for England.

Visit the Cultural Film Exhibition Fund and the Education 'Hubs' Fund pages to find out more about the projects funded in the latest round initiatives supported through the funds in the past.

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