Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The 14th Annual Brainwash Movie Festival

Come one, come all, to the 14th Annual Brainwash

Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In MovieFestival,

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

Wheelchair accessible.

NESTA/UK Film Council Digital Innovation in Film Participants Announced

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:

B3 Media
BreakThru Films
Film Export UK
Hollywood Classics
Metrodome Distribution
Mosaic Films
Revolver Entertainment
Vod Almighty
Warp Films
Zini Limited

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.


Joseph Pierce
National Film and Television School

³The Control Master²
Run Wrake
Sclah Films

³Sony Bravia: Play Doh²
Frank Budgen and Darren Walsh
Passion Pictures


³Eel Girl²
Paul Campion
Chameleon Pictures

³El Hoppo!²
Marcus Shepherd
Dan Films Ltd

Rikki Beadle-Blair
Team Angelica

³Don¹t Let It All Unravel²
Sarah Cox
Aardman Animations

³1 in 7 Children²
Susannah Hayes
Ferocious Films

³BBC iPlayer: Penguins²
Vince Squibb & Darren Walsh
Passion Pictures


³Spektr: Things That Go Bump In The Night
Thomas Pors

³Mika ­ Lollipop²

³One Eskimo: Hometime²
Lucy Sullivan & Matt Latchford
Gravy Media


³On The Upside²
Peter Bunzi
Peter Bunzl Films

³Love Does Grow On Trees²
Bevan Walsh
Keel Films

Jack Laurance


Sally Arthur
Arthur Cox

³Adi Dassler²
Martin Krejci

³I Dreamt of Flying²
Alex Bland