Monday, 10 December 2007


Film Financing and Development Information Bureau –
Do you have a feature, animation or documentary film project but have difficulty in financing it? Are you lost in the labyrinth of European cinema support? Are you finding it difficult to negotiate with television channels? Are you finding it difficult to get on board a distribution or a sales company? Would you like advice from an external professional? offers you an online consulting service to provide you with clear and relevant answers to issues related to the financing of your project in Europe.

Information from CIDA'S newsletter-
First Light (Young Film-makers) The First Light initiative intends to encourage creative partnerships between organisations that work with young people, film-makers and the film industry.There are two main production funding schemes (Pilot award and Studio award) and also the What's the Big Idea? award, which aims to support the first phase of a film-making scheme - the idea.Applications to the Pilot award and What's the Big Idea? award can be made at any time. The next deadline for Studio award applications is 15th January 2008.More details at

Film London Filmmakers Festival FundThe Film London Filmmakers Festival Fund is now open for 2007/2008 applications
Film London's Filmmakers' Festival Fund (FFF) aims to support the development of individual filmmakers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition. In a limited number of festivals where films are in competition, contributions are also available towards costs of striking a first film print or production of digital masters where required by the festival for screening. Deadlines for applications: 14th December 2007, 11th January 2008 and 15th February 2008.More details at

The Short Film Completion FundA fund of £70,000 has been developed to support filmmakers and production companies in securing vital funds for the completion of short film projects that have already been shot but lack the fund to finish
The Short Film Completion Fund is run by the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund.Individual filmmakers and production companies will be invited to apply with films that have been completed to a rough-cut stage or later. The scheme is intended for films with a final running time of up to 10 minutes. Exceptional films of up to 15 minutes might be considered. The films can either be on film stock or tape.Deadline for applications: 14th December 2007.More details at



Vendôme: Spotlight on regional support for European cinema
The 16th edition of the
Vendôme Film Festival, dedicated to young European cinema and the regional role in film production, closed last night having once again showcased some fine films and proven to be a worthwhile gathering for industry professionals.Organised by Centre Images, the event paid homage to filmmaker Bertrand Bonello (currently editing De la guerre “Of War”- news) and also hosted a French/German Co-production Workshop, led by representatives from Heimat Film, ACE, Canal+ and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.

Estonia: Awards Fall on Autumn Ball
Last Saturday evening, during the closing ceremony of the
11th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the local hero Veiko Õunpuu received six awards for his directorial debut Autumn Ball. The film won Best Actress (Maarja Jakobson) and the Special Jury Prize from the main EurAsia competition programme, Best Film from the Estonian Feature Film Competition, the FICC Jury Award, the Estonian Film Critics Award and the Prize of the Postimees Jury.

Festival – Italy
Anna Negri at Sundance Festival
The Italian film Good Morning Heartache by Anna Negri will also screen at the Sundance Film Festival the event founded by Robert Redford and held in Park City, Utah (January 17-27).Selected for competition in the World Cinema section, the film produced by Francesca Neri traces the tragicomic details of a separation in the form of a "mockumentary", i.e. a spoof documentary.


There is just five months until SCI-FI-LONDON 7 is underway, and we're sure you're as excited about it as we are. Submissions opened on November 1, through and films have started to arrive. We already have two excellent features confirmed, PARAGRAPH 78 and WOLFHOUND (the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!) and more fantastic international films in the pipeline. As always, we are looking for the best genre films that you would not otherwise see in your local multiplex.

news:Although it is great watching other people's films it doesn't compare with the thrill of seeing your own film on the big screen with an appreciative audience. If you haven't got around to making your own movie yet, SFL7 is offering you two chances to get motivated and get your creative juices flowing.

First up is the SFL 48 Hour Movie Challenge. From 10.00 am on Saturday 5th April you will have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a sci-fi movie of no more than five minutes in length. You register on the website (opens in March) and put a team together - we recommend 5- 6 people eg: writer, sound, lights, director, editor and runner.

The catch? Well we tell you the name of your film and give you a mix of specific sub-genre, character, a prop (which you may have to source) or a few lines of dialogue, all of which have to appear in the movie. The finished movie has to be returned to us by noon on Monday 7th April.


Supported by Skillset, The Big Pitch will provide comprehensive training and development for six producer/writer/director teams as they compete to win the most dynamic feature film pitching competition and the largest film production prize in the UK.

Following the success of last year's inaugural London Film-Makers Convention, Portobello Film Festival is running a second Convention this year running from 7 to 20 December. Over 80 new films, by London production houses and independent film-makers will be screened over the course of the Convention, alongside talks, seminars, Q&As and presentations. Like all Portobello Film Festival events the London Film-Makers Convention is free admission and is open to film-makers and public alike.

IFFS Europe 2008 Call for Papers Now Open

Film Festival Summit EuropeThe Cumberland Hotel LondonApril 15-16, 2008
The film festival community is growing at an explosive rate with over 2,000 film festivals world wide and more cropping up each year. There has never been a better time to get involved to share information and network with this growing community.
We are looking for accomplished and experienced professionals involved in film festival and the entertainment industry. The professionals that are best suited are those individuals who can share real world experience, discuss trends and issues in-depth, and outline best practices. The conference curriculum includes: funding & sponsorship, programming, operations & management, publicity & PR, digital technology, and acquisition & distribution. However, we are open to other ideas that will engage the immediate interest of the conference delegates.


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Polish Cultural Institute-

Friday 14 December 2007 at 7pm
Reality in association with the British Film Institute proundly present the world premiere live performance of Wojciech Has's fantasy adaptation of Count Jan Potocki's novel "The Manuscript Found at Saragossa" starring the Polish "James Dean"; actor Zbigniew Cybulski with music performed live by the RECORDING ANGEL ENSEMBLE, featuring orginal Edison wax cylinder recorning, phonograghs & horn gramophones, AntonLukoszevieze & The Apartment House Stroh String Trio, the noise music of Zbigniew Karkowski and rare beeswax recordings and automata of Sebastian Buczek among many artists performing that night.
Belvedere Road
South BankLondon
Box Office: 02079283232
Tickets: L8.60

SHORT & SWEET Christmas party on Tuesday, 18 Dec at AKA Bar.

This week I’m screening films from talented directors:
Trond Fausa
Peter Terlaak Poot
Sam Petch
Ron Dyens
Dragon Punch
Alex Winckler
Yann Jouette
And a few surprises...

MONDAY: TONIGHTVenue: Cafe 1001, 91 Brick Lane
Time: Films start at 19h00