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New UK Festival Celebrates Documentary Film-Making


BritDoc 2006 26th-28th July Keble College, Oxford

KZ, one of the films in competition at the inaugural Britdoc 2006A portrait of the Iraq war made by soldiers on the frontline, life in a former concentration camp, the ludicrous attempts to assassinate the president of Cuba and an unflinching chronicle of a year of suicides from San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge - these are among the 20 feature-length documentary films competing in the inaugural Britdoc festival, which starts today at Keble College, Oxford.


Angel Film Festival Announces Short Films Lineup

  Summer of Free Films With Your Sunday Pint In Islington

The Angel Film FestivalThe Angel Film Festival has announced its shortlist for its upcoming four Sundays of showings. Fifty short films have been selected from 600 submissions, to be shown in three pubs across Islington. The final 50 comprise an eclectic mix of genres and methods, ranging from up-and-coming film-makers, making their film festival debuts to veterans of the short film scene.


All showings will be informal and free to enter, in order to give time to the pleasurable pursuit of watching films. Many of the film-makers will be present and happy to take questions from the public.


Herald critic Hannah McGill to Head Ed Film Fest

Hannah McGill Following this year's 60th Edinburgh Film Festival (yes, that's the longest continuosly running film festival in the world), Shetland-born Hannah McGill -  film critic for Scottish newspaper The Herald - will be taking over, it was announced Wednesday. Australian Shane Danielson, who has been running the festival for the five years since Lizzie Franke's departure in 2000 will step down in September.



London Animation Director Wins Short Award


The Battle Of Cable Street Will Relive 70 Years On

UK Jewish Film Festival - Celebrating Diversity Through FilmA film director and animator from London has won the top prize in this year's UK Jewish Film Festival's Short Film Fund Competition. Yoav Segal won a £15,000 grant which he will used to produce his ten-minute film The Battle Of Cable Street.

The film, which will blend live action with animation, focuses on the historic action which was taken by residents of London's East End in the 1930s to stop Oswald Moseley and his British Union of Fascists from marching through the area. Segal's main inspiration comes from his grandfather Ubby Cowan, and the film is based mainly on his memories of the battle, which took place 70 years ago.


Call For Festival Volunteers To Be Containered in Hull!


Hull IFF logoThe 5th Hull International Short Film Festival has put out a call for dedicated and responsible people to help with this year's film festival running from the 27th Sept - 1st Oct 2006.

As well as the festival, Hull Film will be also be running the Trailers programme, with commissioned works screening in shipping containers scattered about the city.


Edinburgh International Film Festival Launches its 2006 Programme


They're Off! And in the lead is The Flying Scotsman....The EIFF Programme for 2006 has launched and the 60th incarnation of the world's longest continually running film festival promises to be exceptional. There are treats for cineastes on every one of the 76 pages, ranging from the host of highly anticipated World Premieres and Gala screenings, through the star-studded Reel Life line-up, to the staggering diversity of international cinema in the Rosebud and Directors' Showcase sections.


First Film Festival Opens in the Ultra-Conservative Saudi Arabia


Jeddah - A bustling Red Sea city, commercial capital of Saudi ArabiaThe first Saudi Arabian film festival opened in the Red Sea city of Jeddah this week, in an ultra-conservative country where the silver screen is so controversial that the word "cinema" does not even get a mention in the title. "The Jeddah Visual Show Festival" started on Wednesday night screening two hours of home-grown short films. They will be screened three times a week for a month.


Emmy Nominees Show UK TV Talent is Tipped For Success


Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I - 13 Emmy nominationsBritish TV talent is on course for success at the Emmy awards after two dramas  between them earned a total of 23 nominations. Elizabeth I, the Channel 4 period drama starring Helen Mirren, scooped 13 nominations, including best actress in a mini-series for its leading lady. The BBC was also recognised for its adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, nominated in ten categories, including best actress for Gillian Anderson.