News round-up... 20/08/2012

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Sarah Rutterford

Categories: News Round-up

In The Mood For Love
In The Mood For Love – number 24 on Sight & Sound’s poll

In the news

  • Following their recent critics poll of the Greatest Films of All Time, Sight & Sound have now listed all voters – and their film choices – online, and it makes for fascinating reading. Browse the list of voters (you can filter by name, country or the categories academic, archivist, critic, distributor, programmer and other) which includes Catharine’s picks here and Simon’s here as well as the favourite’s of Watershed’s Mark Cosgrove, Showroom’s Ian Wild and National Media Museum’s Tom Vincent. The top 250 are here, and all films voted for are listed here.
  • The Edinburgh International Culture Summit was held last week. Delegates from across the globe attended including Minister of Culture, Communication and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey, Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop and EU Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou – with the latter speaking of the need for national governments to maintain arts funding, stating that the arts and creative sector is ‘key to economic and indeed social recovery, rather than a distraction from it.’ Read more in this piece on EU Observer; key speeches from the event can be found here.

Training & events

  • The Audience Agency is taking to the road for a series of launch events this autumn. Meet the team to find out what services are on offer; learn more about audiences in your region and network with other cultural organisations to share ideas and experience. Theyll be in Salford on Tuesday 11 Sept, and in Bristol on Thursday 20 Sept.
  • Tickets are on sale for Culture Labels REMIX event on 27th Sept a global summit drawing together creative leaders in culture, entrepreneurship and technology. Speakers include Ed Vaizey and representatives from organisations such as Google, Tate, Spotify, Frieze Art Fair, Future Shorts & Secret Cinema, Channel 4s Film4.0, the Arts Council and the BFI.
  • The BFI and Nintendo are announcing a UK-wide 3D film competition for the London Film Festival, supported by Ridley Scott. The competition winner gets to re-shoot their submission with a professional film crew on location in London, together with mentoring from Asif Kapadia (director of Senna) and Stuart Warren-Hill (Holotronica / Hexstatic / Big Chill). The final film will be premiered as part of the Nintendo Gala screening at the London Film Festival in October. The competition theme is ‘British Summer 2012’. Deadline: midnight on Sunday 2nd Sept.

Calls for submissions

  • Would you like to work with Lars von Trier? Hmm… intriguingly, the Danish director is looking for film submissions for Gesamt, a user-generated project seeking short films inspired by existing works by artists, writers and musicians ranging from James Joyce to Paul Gauguin to Sammy Davis Jr. Entries can be up to 5 minutes long; selected films will be assembled into a larger work by von Triers collaborator Jenle Hallund. Deadline: 6th Sept.
  • Global Queer Cinema has issued a call for contributions to their soon-to-be launched project website, hosted by the School of Media, Film & Music at Sussex University. Contributions from researchers interested in queer cinema, cultural studies, media, global studies, gender and sexuality, filmmakers, artists, writers and interdisciplinary scholars are all welcomed.
  • The London Short Film Festival is calling for submissions for their next edition (set to run from 4 – 13 Jan 2013). Films must be under 60 minutes, completed after Sept 2010 and submitted by filmmakers living or working in the UK. Deadlines: 14th Sept (regular), 21st Sept (latecomers).
  • The London School of English celebrates its centenary this year, and is inviting submissions of short films based around the theme ‘One Hundred’, with prizes of 3,000, 1,500 and 1,000 up for grabs. Deadline: 17th Sept.
  • LOCO, the London Comedy Film Festival is seeking comedy features and shorts for its next edition (24 – 27 Jan 2013). On offer: the 2013 Discovery Award for a British comedy feature currently without distribution. Deadline: midnight on 30th Sept.
  • For aspiring screenwriters: submissions are open for the 2012 BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, a platform for new writing and networking, which will be held in London on 12 November. Submit your scripts for features, shorts, TV drama or TV comedy drama for the chance to get your piece performed in front of a live audience and critiqued by award-winning director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). Deadline: 20th Sept.
  • Are you an artist filmmaker looking for funding for your next project? The Cornerhouse in Manchester is inviting artists – including those working in film – to apply for the chance to create new work to be exhibited in a group show in Jan 2013. Artists will receive 1,000 towards their piece. Deadline: 12th Sept.
  • Are you aged 16-25 and interested in film & science? 94 Elements is a global filmmaking project exploring human life through the elements. Participants will make short films about their thoughts on particular elements and how people interact with them. Apply via IdeasTap – the deadline is 5pm on 3rd Sept.

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