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Creative colleges co-op collaborate on slate of features

Five new films made by members of the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy have been showcased to 500 students at a red carpet screening in Manchester. A co-operative of twenty colleges and universities, The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy combines professions from the worlds of film and education to give young people unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience of the thrills and challenges of a real film set.

It is backed by The Co-operative as part of its commitment to inspiring young people and, is designed to bridge the gap between education and professional employability, offering accessible opportunities for young talent to be nurtured and developed.

Last year, The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA) movie "The Rochdale Pioneers" – co-directed by film-makers Adam Lee Hamilton and John Montegrande who came through BYFA's ranks – was screened on Film4 as part of the channel's British Connection Season. 

The new films, which were given a red carpet screening last month in city-centre Manchester, were filmed at movie making summer camps based at member colleges: Grimsby Institute; Kirklees College; Stoke on Trent College; Wigan and Leigh College and Yale College, Wrexham.


Cineworld’s indie selection

When you’re deciding what film releases you want to see this autumn, don’t forget to find out what indie films are being shown at your local cinema. Cineworld has always been a solid supporter of indie films and has several of them on offer over the next few months.

Showing this month in Cineworld theatres is the indie film Ruby Sparks. Written by actress Zoe Kazan, who also plays the character Ruby, this is a story about a struggling writer who brings his fantasy woman to life.


Pioneers in Online Screening Rooms for film festivals and filmmakers


The most innovative online movie studio for the entertainment industry, Studio Beyond ( has today announced the launch of their online screening service. This service is making its mark on the film festivals and film makers around the world.

The long Film Maker's road of burning the DVD, posting the DVD, hoping it arrives and waiting for a reply is changing!The Festival Organizer's lengthy processes from callouts, receiving hoards of DVDs through to the final award decisions is also changing! Through Studio Beyond ( filmmakers and sales agents are now submitting online screeners to film festivals. Festival Organizers and judges are receivingscreenings in their own private, built-in screening room equipped with the multi-media player and are making decisions instantly. Facilitating instant communications between filmmakers, festivals organizers and judges is being welcomed.Festival directors are gaining direct access to press members by organizing online press attendance at the online screenings of their selected movies. It is all here and now, and is happening as we speak.


DESIRE: independent is beautiful and coming to a cinema near you

"Played with estimable intriguing insight into the politics of marriage, the power of language and the dangerous unpredictability of ardour..." 
David Parkinson, Empire Online

Following its successful run of international film festivals from Sarajevo to Amiens, Cambridge and Raindance, British micro-budget indie feature Desire plays the Apollo Piccadilly from 4th March followed by other London cinemas and a nationwide tour of twenty UK cities from mid-March.

Shot on Red Camera entirely in the filmmaker’s London home, with music by his partner/producer Fiona Howe and performances from their children, DESIRE went from concept to world première in under a year for a budget in five figures and was received as one of the most intriguing, best-looking and watchable films of the year

Starring Oscar Pearce (Nicolas Roeg's Puffball) and Paris-based Tella Kpomahou in her first English-speaking role, DESIRE is the story of a screenwriter whose character threatens to take over not just his creative and sexual life but his sanity.

"British film tradition has abandoned too easily the home truths of, say, Coward and Priestley, who opened the shutters on the hidden family life of middle-class Britain"
Director, Gareth Jones 

A first feature by theatre and television veteran Gareth Jones who has worked abroad for most of the last twenty years, DESIRE sets a new benchmark for austerity film.

‘With the dearth of public subsidy and the demise of the UK Film Council, British feature film is looking for a new resourcefulness and new audiences’, says Jones, who draws his inspiration from the continental traditions of Bergman (Scenes from a Marriage) and Pasolini (Teorema) to launch a new, intimate British cinema of ideas.

‘Recession breeds introversion,’ he says, ‘a need to look more closely at who we are’. With songs by the Malian superstar Oumou Sangare, DESIRE plays out behind the doors of a London family home, whose secrets simmer dangerously beneath the surface till desire tips the balance and the highly unstable mix erupts.


October Country: a Masterclass with Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Friday 10 December 2010
14:00 - 17:30

Venue: Hunter Lecture Theatre (O17) - eca - 74 Lauriston Place - EH3 9DF

Don't miss our final masterclass in 2010 including the Scottish premiere of the award winning October Country by Mike Palmieri & Donal Mosher.

 We are delighted to welcome Mike and Donal to winterly Edinburgh. We saw this film at Sheffield last year and it blew us away!


Astounding British documentary ISOLATION begins limited theatrical tour from July 14th

On 14th July the remarkable British documentary Isolation will begin a limited theatrical run at Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK.

The film, which received a rapturous reception when it screened at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009, deals with the scandalous statistic that a quarter of British ex-soldiers sleep rough after they return home. An impressionistic portrait of the emotional and physical aftermath of war, the film follows photographer and ex-soldier Stuart Griffiths as he travels across England uncovering the stories behind the military statistics. This bold documentary explores the personal demons and uncertain futures faced by soldiers leaving the army.  Griffiths now photographs the 25% of British soldiers who find themselves on the streets after they leave active service.



Roxy’s Extraordinary Film Season

Over the past four years Roxy has screened over 1000 films, from recent releases to classics and cult favourites all at ‘probably the coolest cinema venue in London, if not the UK'!

Coming up soon is the very special 10 week season of 40 ‘extraordinary' feature films with guest speakers, live rescores and much more. Not just the usual classics, but a selection of movies from around the world that have pushed the boundaries of filmmaking, from the landmark to the innovative, the controversial to the ground-breaking.


BFI runs Refugee Week programme, 16-22 June

thebetrayal01RefugeeYouth, Nueva Generacion and Refugee Action bring a collection of films about exile to BFI Southbank on 16 - 22 June.

The BFI Southbank marks National Refugee Week with a series of award-winning and moving films about exile and will host Refuge in Films, a weekend of films and events curated by young refugees.

Refugee Week celebrates the UK's history of providing sanctuary to people fleeing human rights abuses and their contribution to the UK. As part of their Simple Acts campaign, audiences are being urged to ‘watch a film about refugees’ - just one of the 20 small everyday actions that can be carried out by all in a bid to inspire people to change perceptions of refugees. Between Tuesday 16 and Sunday 21 June, a selection of thought-provoking and award-winning features, short films, interactive workshops and panel discussions with refugees and filmmakers will take place at BFI Southbank.

The programme will include the UK Premiere of Emmy award winning documentary, Made in LA (2007) (curated as part of the Refuge in Films festival) that follows a group of Latina immigrants working in LA garment sweatshops and their battle for basic labour rights. The week will also feature the UK premiere of The Fortress (2008), which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno festival in 2008 and which investigates the hidden world of a Swiss reception centre for asylum seekers. Following the June 16 screening of The Fortress will be a panel discussion around the depiction of refugees in film that will feature well known film directors and people who have fled their country. During the day, Refugee Action will host a tea party with refugees and a display of award-winning photography in the delegate centre.

Over the course of the week, there will also be an opportunity to see Ellen Kuras’ (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Oscar nominated documentary, The Betrayal (2008). Curated as part of the Refuge in Films festival, it is a film 20 years in the making that follows a Laotian family who have sought refuge in an unwelcoming Brooklyn, New York. There will also be screenings and a discussion with Mohamed Maklouf, film director and exile.


For younger viewers The Future Film Institute will hand over its programming of films and events to the Refuge in Films festival throughout the weekend of 19-21 June. The festival is curated by young people from New Generation and Refugee Youth, who come from 19 different countries. They have put together an amazing programme to celebrate Refugee Week. A series of visual workshops and performances will also be taking place over the weekend as well as the launch of Becoming a Londoner, a book produced by young people about their experiences of the process of becoming part of their new city. In the Mediatheque, there will be a special collection jointly curated by The Future Film Institute and Refuge in Film who will also co-host the monthly Future Film discussion group during the weekend. (from BFI Press Release)

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After Secret Cinema, Future Cinema creates Secret Screenings in London, Brighton & Edinburgh

(Publicist Submission)

FUTURE CINEMA, the creators of SECRET CINEMA, are proud to announce the launch of SECRET SCREENINGS, a new monthly film club bringing surprise screenings to cinemas around the UK. The event launches on May 2nd in LONDON, BRIGHTON and EDINBURGH and a single mystery film will be shown simultaneously across these venues.

SECRET SCREENING films will be a mix of forgotten classics, cult favourites and exclusive previews. Similarly to the SECRET CINEMA concept the film will remain a secret until the opening credits roll and on the night guests will be entertained by special live performances and exclusive competitions.