Thursday, 13 December 2007



Portobello Film Festival 2nd London Film Makers Convention
7 – 20 December 2007

The second London Film Makers Convention in December (7 - 20th at Westbourne Studios, W10, & Inn On The Green, W10) is where all London film makers from top independent production houses to DIY Tim Burtons can show their latest work hot off the edit suite to each other and the general public, register as delegates and attend free masterclasses, Q&As and seminars, and meet up and plot the future of the British film industry. Like all Portobello Film Festival events the London Film Makers Convention is free admission. To ensure a good seat get there early.

Menhaj “Kidulthood” Huda and Courttia Newland will present a panel discussion on director/writer synergy, Filmmakers Against The War will give a masterclass/seminar on internet distribution, Apple UK will demonstrate and take questions on Final Cut Pro, Johnny Oddball will discuss making A Film in 24 Hours using digital cameras and editing equipment, Nick Marq will talk on his experiences of street movie making and screen his new version of Oliver Twist, and the directors cut of his Award winning The Real Notting Hill.

The focus of all the presentations will be low budget, high quality film making using digital technology.

Film Highlights include Nick Broomfield’s Still Human, Still Here from Amnesty International, Tricky from Massive Attack’s Trip Hop musical Brown Punk, UK premiere of Creating Karma, The Feral Generation from the producer of Kidulthood, Broken featuring Michelle Collins and premieres of over 80 new films and introductions by London Film Makers and screenings of some of the best London movies from the 2007 Portobello Film Festival.

Participants will be able to register as Delegates for extra events and Q&As and added to our email list of over 1000 members.

Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road , London W10: 7, 10 & 14 December (6-11pm)
Inn On The Green, 3 Thorpe Close, London W10: 9 (1.30 – 11pm ), 11, 12 & 20 December (6 – 11pm )
The Paradise , 19 Kilburn Lane , W10: 11 December (6 – 11pm )

For full programme see
. You may also print off the programme as a PDF from this site.

Or contact Jonathan or Leona on 020 8960 0996


European Film Academy

Annual Programme

Throughout the year, the European Film Academy (EFA) initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. Some of EFA's events have already become an institution for encounters within the European film community:


A Sunday in the Country


4TH – 13TH JANUARY 2008

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Curzon Soho cinema
Roxy Bar & Screen
Amersham Arms

The Projector with Teeth returns to 4 major London venues this January, with a new identity and a new name, celebrating 5 uncompromising years of short film and punk attitude.
After 4 years, the Halloween Short Film Festival now emerges as the London Short Film Festival, still proud to be the edgiest film festival in the UK, and bringing with it the best in new film and music across 10 days of screenings and multi-media mayhem. The cornerstone of the previous Festivals has always been imaginative and challenging programming, so for this year’s screenings, the Festival are pulling some special events out of the bag, alongside the best in new short films.

From Halloween newsletter-

Up for grabs a prize of 2,000 euros cash... And of course making the official video to one of today's hottest bands in town... All info here:

Filmaka has hooked up with label Surrender All and Canon to launch a competition where the winner will direct their next single 'Restless'. Deadline is 17th December,
Grab a sneak preview and listen to the track.


Production – Spain
Almodóvar and Cruz set to embrace
Following the success of
Volver, Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz have embraced a new project together. The Spanish star has been confirmed as part of the cast of the Oscar-winning director's new film, Los abrazos rotos ("Broken Hugs"), principal photography on which is scheduled to begin in January 2008. The film, which also stars Blanca Portillo (Volver) and Lluís Homar (Bad Education), is not, however, the director’s previously announced adaptation of Thierry's Jonquet's novel Mygale (working title La piel que habito).



The UK Film Council 2008 Completion Fund has re-launched and has now been expanded to two calls per year, the first of which is currently open. Individual film-makers and production companies are invited to apply with films that have been completed to a rough-cut stage or later but lack the funds to finish. 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. Then when they're done you can submit them to CWFF 08! Everyone's a winner!

Or if you already have a film completed you can enter the
, running 17th – 24th April 2008. It's open for submissions now and looking for films from all sectors of the international filmmaking community that reflect and enhance this unique quarter of London.
The East End Film Festival will be screening at major venues across East London including Rio Dalston, Rich Mix, Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, Stratford Picture House and more. The deadline for submissions is 18th January 2007.