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Film London-backed films take on Berlinale

Date posted: 09.02.2017

The Berlin Film Festival is upon us and we are delighted to see four Film London-backed films in the line-up this year, showcasing an exciting range of emerging talent.

Berlinale is one of the most important dates for the international film industry and is committed to programming films of every genre, length and format. With an annual audience attendance of over 20,000 professionals from 122 countries, over 400 films, and several established awards, it is an ideal platform to showcase and celebrate these talented filmmakers and introduce new and innovative films to the global market.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Berlin is one of the world’s most stimulating and respected film festivals, so it’s a real thrill to have so many Film London-supported projects screening this year.” 

The films

White Riot: London

This short doc from writer-director Rubika Shah and writer-producer Ed Gibbs charts late 70s London as a melting pot of political, racial and cultural tensions and is played out to a soundtrack of blistering punk rock. White Riot: London was funded through Film London’s short film scheme London Calling.

Butterfly Kisses

Nominated for Best Debut Feature, Butterfly Kisses is a dark British indie flick in which everyday life is viewed through a distorting prism of sex, porn and drugs. Filmmakers Rafael Kapelinski (director), Greer Taylor Ellison (writer) and Merlin Merton (producer) received development support from Microwave, the Film London feature fund backed by BBC Films, the BFI and Creative Skillset.

Erase and Forget

This immersive feature-length documentary from Jarman Award-nominated artist filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman received development funding from FLAMIN – the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network. Andrea spent 10 years following decorated Vietnam veteran James Gordon ‘Bo’ Gritz to make Erase and Forget, and the film serves as an exploration of the personal and political impacts of power, violence and conflict. The film is also in competition for a new award at the Festival, the Glashütte Original Documentary Award.

Almost Heaven

Also screening this year is the thought-provoking documentary from filmmaker Carol Salter. Almost Heaven was selected for Film London’s Build Your Audience initiative, an intensive training programme designed to help entrepreneurial filmmakers distribute, sell and promote their features. 

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