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Posts from November 2012

News round-up... 23/11/2012

Posted Friday 23 November 2012 by Jon Spatz in News Round-up

Women Only - London Feminist Film Festival

More about The London Feminist Film Festival in Events below...

News and Opportunities

  • Ooh – what’s this? Ian Sandwell of Screen reports on our Autumn Screening Days event at the National Media Museum, which is nice.
  • KEN LOACH STRIKES AGAIN! Agitprop auteur rejects Turin Film Festival’s Gran Premio Torino award in support of workers’ rights from the National Museum of Cinema. Being Italian and working for Cineuropa, the reporter is quite clearly not happy about his decision, which only makes it more fun to read.
  • Greenpeace are spearheading a sustainable fisheries campaign, as part of which they are offering a quite splendid short film free to independent cinemas. Available in various formats (DCP, 35mm, DVD) – click here to find out how to get your screener and help save those sardines.
  • ‘UK on course for record box office in 2012’ – pat on the back anyone?
  • The Isle of Man is celebrating its 100th film production! Help them celebrate with a screening or two perhaps?
  • If you didn’t fancy lounging around in the Caribbean before this, you certainly will now!


  • Considering the fractured state of the European Union, film has never been more important for communicating ideas, concerns, feelings and emotions. The 3rd annual UK Portuguese Film Festival epitomises this and is certainly worth checking out.
  • The London Feminist Film Festival is here and with an excellent programme of films, including a screening of Marleen Gorris’ award-winning A Question of Silence. Considering the debate around representation of women in the industry; the rhetoric of the right-wing in the US election; the incarceration of Pussy Riot and the pursuit of greater equality and freedom for women in the Middle East, this is a festival that demands support.
  • Arts Council Chief Executive Alan Davey will be answering your questions live online on 28th November. To find out more, get those questions ready and head here for more info.


Good Reads

  • Okay, Okay – I know. I know! It’s a parliamentary report on the written evidence given by the Film Distributors’ Association to the CMS Select Committee on support for the creative economy. I KNOW! But seriously, this is worth reading and commenting on – there is a lot to debate here.
  • ‘Beyond us-vs-them’ – A great comment piece from @indiewendy regarding the need for Distributors and Exhibitors to work together in order to maximise profitability and reach, with some excellent examples of success.
  • With Empire Cinemas about to display their 10 Golden Rules, the debate rages: what would your 10 golden rules for cinema-going be?

News round-up... 08/11/2012

Posted Thursday 8 November 2012 by Jon Spatz in News Round-up


 Billy Casper gives good social realism in one of our Good Reads below.

News and opportunities

  • The BFI has released Film Forever, its long-term plan to support the UK Film Industry. This is essential reading for everyone involved or interested in our industry.
  • As outlined in the above, the BFI have launched the UK Audience Network for Film 2013-2017, which aims to create greater links between the audience and the films they watch. To achieve these aims the BFI want applications for Hub Lead Organisations, more about which can be found here.
  • Film London’s Jarman Award winner has been announced... drum roll please!
  • Newly transported to Brixton, UnderWire Festival is in its 3rd year and begins again on the 20th November. With bags of wit and style, UnderWire aims to give a greater platform for women filmmakers in myriad creative roles, and for that we salute them. Check it out!
  • New British Cinema Quarterly presents The Joy of Six, a programme of short films from bright British filmmaking talent. Look out for starring roles from Dame Judi Dench and Luke Treadaway. Head to their website for programme dates and get down to some screenings asap.
  • Creative England have opened their Film Culture Lottery Fund, which as Jay Arnold, Head of Film Culture at CE, says “This is a great opportunity for regional film programming... supporting a new wave of exciting and dynamic film activity.” Get the lowdown at Creative England’s website.


  • EAVE 2012 comes to a close with the third and final stage of its producer’s workshop. For aspiring and nascent European producers EAVE is an excellent opportunity to have your project pitched to a plethora of high-profile industry professionals and should be applied for in the 2013 cycle!

Calls for Submissions

  • It’s that time of year once more – Sheffield Doc Fest is calling for submissions. One of the biggest and brightest festivals in the country, there really is no better place to have your work seen by professionals and enthusiasts alike. For more information, including requirements, application forms and the like, head to their website now.
  • The North London Film Partnership is offering advice and funding for filmmakers in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Islington – head there now for more information and to get you applications ready for the December deadline!
  • The London Borough Film Fund Challenge has arrived. Funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund, this year the LBFFC is applicable to all London Boroughs and promises to be bigger and better than ever. For application guidelines, head on over to their website.
  • Are you a Filmmaker between 16 and 26? Enter the 6th BFI Future Film Festival. With animation, documentary and fiction covered, this is one of the best opportunities around for those wanting to break-it. Check out the details at Ideas Tap, a good friend of ours.
  • The absolutely stellar Flatpack Festival is back and open for submissions. With an emphasis on animation, this is one for especially geared towards you visual artists; for those who like to get their hands dirty. Go on, get involved here.

Good Reads

  • Love music videos; direct music videos; produce music videos; want a music video produced for your band? Head over to Radar’s blog for a list of the best music and short film festivals around. A great place to quickly find all the relevant dates for your 2013 calendar.
  • MUBI, one of our favourite film-lover websites, has an excellent forum section, and of particular interest is Kenji’s Gritty, Shitty Post-War Britain, and Ways Ahead. At first glance an obvious observation, it is actually an astute and complex appraisal of British representation that gets to the heart of who we are (and how others see us).
  • Kaleidoscope Film Distribution have picked up the worldwide sales rights to Joss Whedon’s black and white re-tooling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which seems like very smart business indeed. Find out about more about the film and Whedon’s “micro-studio” Bellwether at Screen International.
  • Video on Demand and satellite distribution is back in the headlines with Screen International discussing the controversy the MEDIA-backed initiative has courted.
  • The long-awaited Monthy Python project Absolutely Nothing has been given the green light. What’s not to get excited about!? Reported by movieScope.
  • Finally, I always like to check LUX for what’s going on in the world of the artist’s moving image.

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