Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Set up as a not for profit organisation and already referred to as the Oscars of London, after the great success of the first round held on 17th of January 2008, hosted by TV presenter Konnie Huq, Limelight Film and Arts Awards aims to offers a platform for film makers and creative talents in London, providing them with a unique opportunity to gain recognition and publicity. “For talents to rise up and shine” – Konnie Huq
In its second, Limelight continues to offer a higher platform for film makers and performers, with the second year promising to provide an even greater night of entertainment. The 2009 awards night will not only be televised but will see more celebrity performers, awardees and guests.
Winning Film makers will be awarded on the night, with the main award, ‘Film of the Night’ offering £5,000 worth of production voucher for their next film, allowing them the use of HD Cameras, cranes, lighting and Avid Post Production.
Film makers can submit as many films they wish but only one film per application. Please go online for full rules and to download an application form.
Performers can now submit interests to perform on the awards night.
Please go online and download an application form and send post this to us with an example of your talent on DVD.
Deadlines for all submissions is the 14th of November 2008
The Awards night will be held in Canary Wharf on the 22nd of January 2009
So what are you waiting for, be a part of Limelight!
Friday, 19 September 2008
Are you a filmmaker who knows someone using digital technology in
their home in an amazing way? Want to tell the world about it - in
your native language? Cisco and Filmaka want you to make a film about
a "Digital Crib" - a home that uses digital technology - and send it
to us. 10 winners will receive $7500 USD and another 10 will win
$5000. Winning Digital Crib clips will be placed on over 200 sites
across the internet, for the whole planet to see! Submissions are due
October 13 - go to www.filmaka.com/ciscodigitalcribs for more
Thursday, 18 September 2008
www.barbican.org.uk/film Cinema Hotline: 0845 120 7527
Now in its eigth year, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) rolls into the
Barbican from 1 to 4 October 2008 for the London leg of its 16 city
international tour. A carnival of films, music, seminars and events that
bring together diverse aspects of global cycling culture, LBFF celebrates
the numerous ways this beautiful machine is able to transport us; through
the city, the mountains and beyond. Or, as recent events in Beijing
illustrate, to Olympic gold!
Founder and director Brendt Barbur says ³We are thrilled that BFF has aided
to catalyze one of the largest youth movements in the world. We hope to show
everyone how huge and important bicycle culture is, and how many people live
for bikes. The bicycle film festival has been credited with pushing bicycle
culture forward throughout the world.²
2008 highlights at the Barbican include: the highly anticipated UK premiere
of Road to Roubaix; the UK premiere of Macaframa; a programme of Fun Bike
Shorts including footage of the day orange DKNY bike took over New York in
Orange Bikes Take Manhattan and Matthew McGuiness, George Bliss and Matthew
Modine talking about building a bike movement in Bicycle Stories; and Urban
Bike Shorts; a series of films that showcase the thrills and skills of city
cycling worldwide, including Japanese streetriders in Bang-King 2007 and
digital stop-motion animation in The Toolbox (Spare Parts Race).
See www.barbican.org.uk/film or visit www.bicyclefilmfestival.com for full
festival programme details.
We are pleased to announce the Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival programme,
including a record number of world premieres and a stellar line-up of special
View the full programme online now at www.bfi.org.uk/lff
www.barbican.org.uk/film Cinema Hotline: 0845 120 7527
Barbican Film, in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil, presents the 2nd
Brazilian Film Festival from Thursday 9 to Wednesday 15 October 2008, this
year celebrating the nation¹s foremost Afro-Brazilian actors and directors,
intellectuals and musicians, 120 years on from the abolition of slavery in
AiM 2008 will open with Egyptian director Youssef Chahine's feature The Earth (El Ard), as a tribute to the pioneering filmmaker who passed away on 27 July this year. We are extremely excited to announce that two of the continent's most celebrated and distinguished directors will be joining us in person at the festival: Malian director Souleymane Cissé (whose extraordinary coming-of-age feature Yeelen was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987), and Burkinabe director Gaston Kaboré (whose feature film Buud Yam won the grand prize at the FESPACO film festival in 1997) will both be in attendance to present retrospectives of their work.
AiM 2008 will include a programme of animation short films from all over the continent, consisting of various types of animation such as 2D, 3D, cut-out, claymation, stop frame animation, and computer animation. Animation film screenings will be accompanied by African storytelling events and a film animation workshop.
Nollywood, the prolific Nigerian video industry that has taken the continent by storm over the last few years, will receive a special focus with the screening of Bleeding Rose, winner of Best Nigerian Feature Film at the 2007 Lagos International Film Festival, followed by a discussion with director Chucks Mordi afterwards.
For the first time at AiM, there will be a series of late-night screenings of African horrors, erotica and experimental work. This audacious programme will include the Namibian-set cult classic Dust Devil by South African director Richard Stanley, and SMS Sugar Man, the first feature-length film to be shot entirely on mobile phone cameras, by experimental South African director Aryan Kaganof.
Contemporary films will feature prominently; festival highlights are Nigerian director Newton Audaka's Ezra, a hard-hitting film that deals with the pressing issue of African child soldiers and won the grand prize at the FESPACO film festival in 2007; and Guinean director Cheick Fantamady Camara's Clouds over Conakry, the closing screening of the festival and a film which offers a romantic twist on the tradition-versus-modernity theme.
Feature films from East Africa will also be screened (an area hugely under-represented in African cinema), including the UK premiere of an exciting new film from Tanzania.
Documentaries screened at the festival will include a range of films exploring African identity through various themes such as sport, music and dance. The screening of Nigerian-born broadcaster and filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa's documentary This is My Africa will be accompanied by a discussion with Zina after the screening.
As part of AiM's commitment to supporting filmmaking activity on the continent, the festival is hosting a short film competition for young and emerging African directors. The eight shortlisted films will be screened during the festival, and the winner announced at a prize-giving ceremony; the winner is to be selected by a high-profile jury consisting of African filmmakers and Edinburgh-based film practitioners.
"This year we are hoping to challenge and delight our loyal audiences, and draw new audiences, with a programme more diverse and daring than ever before. AiM 2008 is a celebration and exploration of the multiplicity of forms, themes, styles and approaches we find in the African film industries today", says Lizelle Bisschoff, director and founder of Africa in Motion.
For full programme details please visit www.africa-in-motion.org.uk/programme.html
Tickets go on sale Friday 19th September from the Filmhouse: Box Office 0131 228 2688 or www.filmhousecinema.com. Concessionary discounts and ticket deals will be available.
• Indie fest slated for March 26 - April 2, 2009
The 11th annual The Method Fest independent film festival, scheduled for March 26 - April 2, 2009 in Calabasas, is looking for character and story-driven films featuring strong acting performances.
The Method Fest features American and foreign feature films and short films and is named after "The Method" school of acting, which revolutionized the approach in acting, particularly in film.
Deadlines for film submissions for the 11th annual The Method Fest are: Early Bird: October 1, 2008; Early Deadline: December 1, 2008; Late Entry: January 31, 2009 (all postmarked).
Entry fees are: $40 Early Bird entry ; $50 Regular entry; $60 Late entry, for features; $30 Early Bird entry; $35 Regular entry; $45 Late entry for short films; student entries are $20 Early Bird entry; $25 Regular and Late Entry. Screen formats accepted are 35 mm, DigiBetaCam and HDCam. For film submission information call (310) 535-9230 or visit the festival web site at www.methodfest.com Filmmakers are encouraged to register through www.withoutabox.com
The Method Fest takes great pride in being a discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of young fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by young, bold new actors. More than 100 films that have premiered or played at The Method Fest have received distribution.
The Method Fest has also taken great delight in sharing career-defining performances of established performers and in showcasing a few chosen well-known directors to screen at the festival. "We've prided ourselves on not just following other festivals’ lineups. We screen world premieres and true discoveries, mixed with a few larger films, " said Don Franken, executive director of the Method Fest.
A variety of other activities will complement the Method Fest screenings - filmmaking seminars, daily/nightly parties and receptions, industry events, a variety of Indie Music events, Lifetime Achievement Tribute, and the Awards Ceremony. The Method fest’s Youth Outreach program include a short film and screenplay competition for middle school and high school students.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Would you please be so kind as to help us tell people about the Call for Submissions open until September 22, 2008?
Please find the information below:
Call for Submissions: Cine Gaia, 1st Rio de Janeiro Botanical GardenInternational Environmental Film Festival.
Deadline for receipt of submissions is September 22, 2008.
- There is no submission fee.
- One film per director.
- A film with an environmental theme is understood as a work that treats environmental questions be it a documentary or a fiction wherein the relationship between man and nature is one of the main elements.
- Films of all genres, durations, and techniques and without any restrictions on the date of production that treat the environmental theme will be accepted.
It is a great pleasure for us to announce this event during the Bicentennial of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. The event is entirely free of charge and will stimulate both discussions, promote the films and greatly benefit the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden that is part of the Ministry of the Environment.
Please be so kind as to see our website: www.cinegaia.org (or via the link on the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden homepage: www.jbrj.gov.br) where you will find the regulations and submission form.
Beyond the Frame is an exciting series of free two hour introductoryseminars and screenings on cinemas of the Far East, the Middle East andAfrica led by leading experts at the School of Oriental and AfricanStudies, University of London, organised by InSight Education andsupported by Film London. Every Wednesday evening from 17th September -3rd December participants will have the chance to explore a nationalcinema through a screening of a key film and, the following week, aseminar examining the film and exploring its relationship with itsnational cinema. The season starts on the 17th with Nagisa Oshima'sseminal 'Night and Fog in Japan.'
These special events will be held at the SOAS campus, Vernon Square, Kings Cross from 18.30-20.30, but to attend them you must book first so please visit www.insighteducation.org.uk now for more information or email email@example.com stating which screenings and seminars you would like to attend in the subject line.
Cinemas included in the series will be: Japan (17th and 24th Sept); China (1st and 8th Oct); Thailand (15th and 22nd Oct); Egypt (29th Oct and 5th Nov); Iran (12th and 19th Nov) and Africa (26th Nov and 3rd Dec). No prior knowledge is needed.
Films from the South (FFS) is a unique international film festival based in the
capital of Norway. Since 1991 the festival has catered for a diversed audience, the
norwegian press and distributors by presenting the best films and filmmakers from
Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each year 140 feature films, documentaries and short
films are presented, over ten festival days and 330 screenings.
Films from the South is proud to present some of the highlights of this year´s
South Africa 2008Directed by Steve Jacobs
Films from the South presents the European premiere of Disgrace, based on the novel
of the same name by Nobel Prize winner in literature J. M. Coetzee. Disgrace
describes the degradation of University Professor David Lurie (John Malkovich) after
he starts an affair with a young student. Both film and book explore political and
social themes directly connected to the post-apartheid period that the country finds
itself in. The novel was a great success internationally but is highly controversial
in South Africa. The film’s world premiere is in Toronto in September.
Waltz With Bashir
Directed by Ari Folman
Films from the South presents the Nordic premiere of the animation documentary Waltz
With Bashir, one of the films that received the highest attention during this
year’s Cannes festival. Against the backdrop of the massacres in Sabra and
Shatila, after the Israeli invasion of West Beirut in 1982, this highly original and
beautiful film portrays the memory of war and evil in an unexpected and honest
manner. To reawaken suppressed war memories from twenty years back, director Folman
calls on his old soldier friends.
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one of Japan’s most interesting directors and a regular at
the world’s most important festivals, with films like Cure (1997), Charisma
(1999) and Pulse (2001). Kurosawa has made more than thirty films in as many years,
and even though he is best known for his horror movies, he is also good at
portraying the human soul. Films from the South presents the Nordic premiere of his
latest film Tokyo Sonata, which won the Jury Prize in the sidebar programme Un
Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes festival.
Regi: Beto Brant
Stray Dog is a lively urban contemporary drama with strong performances and tightly
dynamic storytelling. It is a character-driven film about the intense relationship
between the protagonist Ciro and his girlfriend. Beto Brant is currently regarded as
one of the greatest talents in Brazilian cinema, and Stray Dog explores a passionate
love drama between two young poetic people, where the interaction between the two
leading actors creates great intensity and presence. The film has won a number of
awards in its home country and at Latin American festivals.
Tuesday, September 2nd
NewFilmmakers presents two nights at the movie. Tonight the singer Esthero will be
attending the screening of HUSH, wa new film with her music.
6:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM (PART ONE)
Bohdana Smyrnova RAMONA’S NEW DRESSER
David Joshua Smith CATHARSIS
William Michals LEAD SINGER
Kathleen Ruffalo MANY JANES
7:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM (PART TWO)
Eva Minemar HUSH
Sara Colangelo UN ATTIMO DI RESPIRO
Sal Massari HEAVY DUTY
Leo Fiorica WINDOW SHOPPING
8:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS FEATURE PRESENTATION
Matthew Cade THE MISSING STORIES
Dave, a young man in his mid twenties, wanders alone along Ocean Parkway; connecting
only to the world seen through the lens of a video camera. Currently he is at a
cross roads in his life due to the tragic death of his mother. In the midst of this
he meets a young woman.
Wednesday, September 3rd
NewFilmmakers presents a second night at the movies
6:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Gavin Heffernan GRAND WHEEL
Jarratt Taylor YESTERDAY’S CHARM
Andreas Troeger KILL THE ARTIST
7:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Scott Jones PLAINVIEW
Jason Klein WASTED
Marc Homer DON’T DRINK POISON
8:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS FIRST FEATURE PRESENTATION
Greg Derasmo ONE LAST DREAM OF AMERICA
The abuse of justice and power by the US government is examined in the microcosm of
a crime thriller. Feeling powerless after his girlfriend is raped by a police
officer, Charlie turns to street crime and eventually terrorist acts so shocking
they garner him a cult like following of angry young Americans.
9:15PM NEWFILMMAKERS SECOND FEATURE PRESENTATION
Arie Ohayon NOTHING TO NOBODY
Set in a Dominican neighborhood of upper Manhattan, Nothing to Nobody tells the
story of Alfonso Raul, a tortured young man with the soul of a poet. Alfonso has
served an eighteen month prison sentence. He wants to put the past behind him.
For more information see www.newfilmmakers.com
Limelight is a ground breaking film and arts competition followed by a prestigious awards ceremony which was created by film company Spotlight UK! They are in joint partnership on this project with Canary Wharf Group. The ceremony which people are already referring to as an ‘Oscar style’ event, welcomed many guests and local talents to it’s prominent launch, addressing the expectations and goals for this years campaign.
The primary aim as it has always been is to give a platform to those who are deprived from recognition after working so hard to produce a short film or other creative works.
The night kicked off with Munsur Ali (Limelight Director & Co Event Director) welcoming and addressing the guests, expanding on the core aims and objectives limelight hopes to achieve this year. The main key developments are new categories & a new range of talented performers for the night.
‘There is unbelievable talent within our communities that are unrecognised, untapped, and unappreciated, Limelight is the platform that will be opening doors for local talents.’
- Munsur Ali
Richard Van Gramberg (Head of Production & Limelight Co Event Director) created an exhilarating promo teaser video which really captured the prestigious awards ceremony and gave us all a little taster of what we can all expect at the 2009 awards show.
‘With the tremendous success of the 2008 awards show, we are looking to continue and build on that success and really showcase the great talents that London has to offer.
– Richard Van Gramberg
The Annual film and Arts competition which is followed by an Oscar style Awards ceremony, has been commended by film critics, celebrities, dignitaries, performers and local talents.
Limelight is going to be exploding and reaching out further than last year with a whole new group of celebrity guests, attendees and performers. The Host for Limelight 2009 is being kept a secret as the interest has grown, while 2008’s event was hosted by the lovely Konnie Huq.
Limelight shows London talents it’s appreciation by giving out awards to the best crafted works, plus the mega prize for best film of the night which is £5000 worth of production for the winners next short film project.
So if you have a short film, submit it now! Deadline November 14th 2008
The countdown has begun!
For more info please visit: www.limelightonline.org
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Dear Film Enthusiast,
Do you know someone who is looking for a venue for his or her short film?
The MY HERO Film Festival is currently accepting entries of up to 10
minutes in length for its 2008 competition. The festival is a component
of the MY HERO Project, an educational, not-for-profit organization that
celebrates heroes from all walks of life. The mission of the MY HERO Film
Festival is to encourage awareness of human rights and environmental
responsibility as well as to improve communication between people of all
A screening and celebration takes place November 22 at the University of
Southern California’s School for Cinematic Arts. Winners will receive
prizes such as cash, video equipment and software, hotel accommodations
and round-trip airfare to attend the award ceremony in Los Angeles. In
addition to the screening, the winning films are presented to a global
audience on the MY HERO web site (www.myhero.com).
The MY HERO Film Festival welcomes entries from filmmakers of all ages and
levels of experience: Student, Elementary School, Middle School, High
School, College or Graduate School, Enthusiast, Community and
Professional. Judges are looking for originality, creativity,
storytelling, technical expertise and entertainment value.
Entries may be in DV (mini DV or DV Cam), DVD or CD (Mpeg or QuickTime
movie files only). The categories are as follows:
Narrative – a film that tells a story, uses actors, and is often fictional
Experimental – a film that combines several media to express a theme or
Documentary – a true story about a real person or situation
Animation – a story that incorporates various animation techniques such as
stop motion, drawing, 3D, clay animation and Flash
The MY HERO web site also offers ideas and suggestions for every step of
the filmmaking process, from choosing a location to editing the final
project. Detailed lesson plans are available on the MY HERO web site for
educators who want to help and inspire young filmmakers.
Entries are accepted year-round, but to qualify for the 2008 competition,
entries must be received by October 1st. Films received after this date
will be entered into the following year’s Festival, and will not be
eligible for prizes in 2008. The $25 entry fee ($20 for students) may be
waived if you or your school are unable to pay. For more information,
festival rules, entry, consent and fee waiver forms, visit the website at
http://www.myhero.com and follow the Short Films link
to the Film Festival page. You can also email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Young Writers and Filmmakers Given the Chance to Showcase Talent to Key Players in British Film Industry
Get Connected, the charity that provides a helpline for young people, are launching Nobody’s Perfect, a new website for young writers, actors and directors to showcase their talents to professional writers, producers and directors. Young people between 16 and 25 can submit film, scripts and music to win the chance to produce six short films that address issues like self-harm, sexuality and bullying.
Top British movie producer Nick O'Hagan (Fever Pitch, Tideland) is supporting Nobody's Perfect by judging entrants and mentoring the winners.
“I’m always on the lookout for new British talent and I’m confident this competition will unearth some exciting young writers and directors and I look forward to working with them on the project.”
Nick O’Hagan will be joined on the judging panel by up-and-coming writer-director Paris Leonti (Daylight Robbery) and by actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Tom Hardy (Layer Cake, RocknRolla), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton, Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging) and JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey).
Get Connected will give the winners the chance to work on six short films in London in September. The finished films will then receive a premiere in the capital at the Odeon Covent Garden and be supported by numerous media partners including ITV Local, Tiscali and Raindance.
"Get Connected provides a confidential phone, email and web-chat service for under-25s and this competition will let them communicate their feelings in a way that's relevant to them," says Chloe Darlington, External Affairs Manager at Get Connected. "The support we’ve received from the media industry has been fantastic and we’re sure their enthusiasm for the project will really inspire the young people.”
The Nobody's Perfect website was officially launched today and can be viewed at www.nobodys-perfect.co.uk
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Come one, come all, to the 14th Annual Brainwash
featuring original shorts from around the world! (Program
specifics are listed below.)
What: The 2008 14th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival
When: Fri. & Sat., July 25th and 26th at 9:00 p.m. each night.
Where: Mandela Village Arts Center,
1357 5th St., Oakland, California, USA.
How: $9/nite, discounts available on our site
NESTA and the UK Film Council have named the 12 independent British film businesses who will participate in the Digital Innovation in Film programme. The programme which is jointly run by the two organisations, in conjunction with national and regional screen agencies, is designed to help small independent British film companies to embrace new business growth opportunities through digital distribution.
The companies were selected from 50 entries and represent creative businesses at different stages –incorporating film production, distribution and sales. For the next 18 months they will be teamed up with specialist partners who will help them to develop the content, marketing and digital distribution potential of their films to audiences around the world in new ways. Each organisation will have a specially tailored programme which will include financial/business planning support, identifying and delivering opportunities for new forms of distribution, with the goal of improving the film business’s potential for growth and investment.
The 12 businesses are:
Film Export UK
Commenting on the announcement, John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council says “The digital world is already having a huge impact on the film industry and we will either adapt or fall by the wayside. This initiative is important because it helps to equip a diverse range of different film businesses to succeed on the new frontier.”
One of the chosen businesses Hollywood Classics said “This is a really exciting opportunity for us. We very much welcome access to digital distribution expertise to explore emerging opportunities for new revenue streams, but we also need to be linked in to a broader network of companies who can share their experiences and contacts”.
Jon Kingsbury, NESTA’s Creative Economy programme director added: “Independent film companies are the bedrock of our creative sector. The chosen companies will not only receive vital support for their own businesses, they will also be helping us to design a broader framework of intervention and support for independent film companies across the UK – positioning us as a key player in the global film industry”.
UK Film Council
The UK Film Council is the Government backed lead agency for film in the UK in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad. We invest Government grant-in-aid and Lottery money in developing new filmmakers, in funding exciting new British films and in getting a wider choice of films to audiences throughout the UK. We also invest in training, promoting Britain as an international filmmaking location and in raising the profile of British films abroad.
NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts. With endowed funds of over £300 million, its mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation. It does this in three main ways: by working to build a more pervasive culture of innovation in this country; by providing innovators with access to early stage capital; and by driving forward research into innovation, with a view to influencing policy.
Digital Innovation in Film
This programme is a key part of the DCMS Creative Britain strategy, addresses a critical need identified by the UK Film Council and is a key strand of NESTA’s Creative Economy portfolio. It was launched and endorsed by Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries & Tourism, the on 12 March. The pilot programme will assist a portfolio of twelve businesses to explore the opportunities of digital distribution across the independent film sector, improving their investment-readiness and providing strategies for sustainable growth. Key to this programme will be extracting vital learning and disseminating the learning for the industry as a whole. Further details of the launch event can be accessed via NESTA’s website: http://www.nesta.org.uk/digital-innovation-in-film-project-event
Rushes Soho Shorts Festival http://www.sohoshorts.com is pleased to announce the top three finalists in each of the categories
for the 10th year competition.
The winners will be announced at the awards night at Café de Paris on
Thursday 31st July. The ceremony is the grand finale of the ten-day
festival, and will be hosted by Terry Christian, who will be supported by
presenters including Joseph Fiennes, Jaye Griffiths, Magenta Devine and
award-winning director Tim Pope.
National Film and Television School
³The Control Master²
³Sony Bravia: Play Doh²
Frank Budgen and Darren Walsh
Dan Films Ltd
³Don¹t Let It All Unravel²
³1 in 7 Children²
³BBC iPlayer: Penguins²
Vince Squibb & Darren Walsh
³Spektr: Things That Go Bump In The Night
³One Eskimo: Hometime²
Lucy Sullivan & Matt Latchford
³On The Upside²
Peter Bunzl Films
³Love Does Grow On Trees²
³I Dreamt of Flying²