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London Short Film Festival into final week


The projector with teeth continues at the ICA in London through to the weekend. What's more, tomorrow night's panel debate with Asif Kapadia, features free (as in free software) beer..

6pm – Curzon Soho C’mon, it’s the VX Auteur Theory 3A showcase of the next generation of D.I.Y auteurs for whom filmmaking is a more rounded, personal process as apposed to clear-cut, traditional film making roles, for those who produce, write, direct, shoot and edit or written the music and acted in it too! Created by Lucia Helenka, a London based artist and filmmaker and supported by Vauxhall, the competition will showcase undiscovered, talented filmmakers with a strong personal vision and hands on approach to filmmaking. This third VX Auteur Theory invites and challenges cross disciplined filmmakers to prove they are the ones to watch, following in the footsteps of last year’s winners Simon Ellis with his film A STORM AND SOME SNOW and Greg Butler with his film A MOUSE FUNERAL. The judges for the 3rd VX Auteur Theory will include actress Natalie Press (MY SUMMER OF LOVE, WASP, NIGHTWATCHING) and filmmaker Asif Kapadia (THE WARRIOR, FAR NORTH). The award ceremony will take place in the Curzon bar immediately following the screening, and tunes will be provided by Hannah Missinthemix. Ticket stub will entitle you to a Vedett beer!
6pm, Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1
Tickets: £5.50 0871 703 3988
The programme:
THE BARTER – Gustavo Arteaga * BEING THERE – Matthew Murdoch * FLORA & THIEVES - Xanthe Hamilton * JOYEUX NOEL - Ben Adler * MAGNETIC MOVIE – Semiconductor * PETER & BEN – Pinny Grylls * PROCRASTINATION - Johnny Kelly * SHH - Ben Slotover * SURRENDERING SEAMEN – Marco Espirito Santo * TRA-LA-LA – Magali Charrier * UNPOSSIBLE – Robin King
And of course, there’s still 5 and a half days left to go!!!  Still to come: music vids at The Roxy * docs at The Roxy * Shorts International, Dazzle ShortFilmLabel & Bitesize Cinema guest screenings * Howling Feedback panel sessions * Teenage Britain * DepicT! * Soundtracks live music-to-film event * UK Film Council shorts * Lo-budget Mayhem * American Hardcore * Club des Femmes & Kathy Acker * Radar Festival * Darryl’s Hard Liquor & P0rn Film Festival * Asif Kapadia & Far North * filmmakers-in-bands


REVISED: Be Kind Rewind premieres at a lighter Sundance 2008

"The fact is that the world around us is a very troubled place, but the response of the filmmakers isn't always dark, but is about people finding a way though it and about persevering, not succumbing." Geoffrey Gilmore, fest director


Less political and socially focussed films were chosen this year, with a greater focus on people dealing with their everyday lives and finding a way through it. "There's more personal expression about the daily aspects of lives, about people's state of mind.. .you sense the need for an escape from the exhausting pressures of reality" said festival director Geoffrey Gilmore

Highlights include Be Kind Rewind (below), Michel Gondry's hotly hotly hotly awaited new film; What Just Happened, Barry Levinson's Robert de Niro starer; Morgan Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden and, Choke, film adaptation of Chuck "Fight  Club" Palahniuk’s headslam of a novel. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.


The UK documentary renaissance continues at Sundance where five of the 16 films selected for the world documentary strand were British, including Marc Evan's In Prison My Whole Life; Tanaz Eshaghian's Be Like Others, a look at Iranian men seeking sex-change operations and Isaac Julien's Jarman bio, Derek. No British films made it into the dramatic competition, although In Bruges, the debut from playwright Martin McDonagh, has been selected as the opening film and the lovely Sharon 'Bridget Jones' Maguire's suicide bomber film Incendiary - starting Ewan MacGregor - also plays.

In Bruges or Incendiary might be British but they were not backed by the UK Film Council, which is why they are only brielfy mentioned at the bottom of a press release ('other films selected include') from the Quango which championed only the lottery backed films selected for the festival, which includes Donkey Punch, whose title describes one of the grimmest sexual practices there is. 


Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival

Africa in Motion (AiM)
25 October - 4 November 2007

Africa in Motion will be taking place from 25 October - 4 November 2007 at the Edinburgh Filmhouse. Now in its second year, the festival programme will include at least 30 outstanding, thought-provoking and innovative African films from all over the continent, from pioneering African filmmakers to young and emerging contemporary directors.


Leeds Film Festival to celebrate its 21st with a packed programme

persepolisNew films from Werner Herzog, Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers pepper the programme for the UK's biggest film festival outside London and Edinburgh.

The Leeds International Film Festival, now in its 21st year, opens on 7th November with the acclaimed Cannes Jury Prize winning French/Iranian animation Persepolis. Based on the inspirational, best selling, autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is the poignant and beautifully animated story of an inquisitive and outspoken young girl coming-of-age during the Islamic Revolution. Outwitting the prying questions and suspicious looks of the new social and moral guardians Marjane delights in the discovery of punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Other treats include a retrospective of Japan's Michael Moore, Kazuo Hara; a new strand, Nexus, looking at the bridge of film, live music and art; and a collaboration with the Leeds Peace Festival within the Cinema Versa documentary strand.



British Independent Film Awards 10th Anniversary Approaches


British Independent Film AwardsRecognisably one of the best channels for recognising and promoting British indie film talent, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) are about to celebrate their 10th year championing the best new indie films and the talents of those creating them, on both sides of the camera. On Wednesday 28 November 2007, the 10th anniversary a special awards ceremony will be hosted by James Nesbitt, at the Roundhouse in London. Nominations and this year's jury will be announced on Tuesday 23 October at the Haymarket Hotel in central London.


London Film Festival 2007 update

There are 7 days left to go until the 51st London Film Festival opens its doors throughout the city for the 16 day Festival.

As part of the London Film Festival, Trafalgar Square will play host to a celebration of London as captured on archive films. There will be a big screen with live piano accompaniments. The event is free, and will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 18th October and Friday 19th October.

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail will be screened with Blue Bottles on the first night, whilst Capital Tales on the second evening will take you through over 100 years of London on film, from 1896 onwards.



Learning disabilities festival Brigtens up Hove

Oska BrightA record 113 entries have been whittled down to 38 for the Oska Bright film festival - the only festival in Europe that showcases films made by and for people with learning disabilities - which opens in Hove, East Sussex, on Monday.

From the Guardian:

The films, the longest of which runs for seven minutes, include Celebrity Shotgun, an EastEnders-style soap about infidelity, and In Our Shoes, a documentary about the emotional impact on a woman with learning disabilities of losing her job.