Film London Artists' Moving Image Network Bulletin - 21 October 2008

Date posted: 21.10.2008


  • PULSE and Digital Nation – Open to Artist Film-makers *
  • Bristol Mean Time – Blind Carbon Copy *
  • Film London Film-makers' Festival Fund *
  • Times BFI London Film Festival
  • Vertigo Magazine: Special Launch Screening
  • Teenage Wildlife and One Minute (Volume 2)
  • Aurora Festival 2008
  • The Red One: Seminar and Workshop
  • LAFVA Exhibitions Roundup…
  • Events and Opportunities Roundup…
  • Reminder: Film London Assistant Location Managers Training *
  • Año Uña Short Film Competition


  • PULSE and Digital Nation – Open to Artist Film-makers *

    Film London's digital shorts scheme, PULSE, is now open for applications from London-based writers and directors with proposals for short films across all genres.

    This year the scheme is being run in association with FLAMIN and encourages applications from artist film-makers looking to develop new work within a narrative framework.

    At least five films will be commissioned this year. All genres are welcome, including drama, documentary and animation. The budget range is £4,000 - £12,000 depending on the nature of the project and running times should be between 1 and 15 minutes.

    Applications are also open for Digital Nation, which replaces PULSE PLUS, for writers and directors who are ready to make the leap into more ambitious cinematic short films with a maximum production budget of £18,000.

    The application deadline for both schemes is Monday 10 November.

    For more information on both schemes, to download an application pack or to reserve your place at one of the information seminars visit the Film London website.
  • Bristol Mean Time – Blind Carbon Copy *

    An exhibition of new work by Matthew Noel-Tod produced during his recent Bristol Mean Time Residency will open at Picture This' contemporary art and film space at Spike Island in Bristol on until 15 November.

    Noel-Tod's new film, Blind Carbon Copy, is based on an evocative script collaged from the artist's personal email correspondence. The emails are interpreted via a combination of spoken, physical and musical performances, taking its central focus from the language and emotions of the correspondence.

    The Bristol Mean Time residency is a collaborative project between FLAMIN and Picture This, designed to give a London-based artist the opportunity to undertake a three month moving image residency based in Bristol.

    A specially commissioned essay by William Fowler, Curator of Artists' Moving Image at the BFI National Archive, accompanies the exhibition.

    More information can be found via the FLAMIN website.
  • Film London Film-makers' Festival Fund *

    The Film London Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) is now open for applications. The fund aims to support the development of moving image artists' and film-makers' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a number of overseas festivals where films have been selected and are in competition.

    Artist film-makers previously supported through the scheme include Sarah Pucill, Michael Maziere, David Austen, Osbert Parker, Ben Rivers and Stephen Connolly.

    Deadlines for the fund will take place on a monthly basis, the next is 11 November 2008.

    For more information and the full list of up-coming deadlines please visit the FFF section of the Film London website or call 020 7613 7696.
  • Times BFI London Film Festival

    This year's Times BFI London Film Festival runs until 30 October and features an engaging selection of experimental and artists' film among the Experimenta programme.

    Highlights include 'At The Edge of the World', a programme of works by Ben Rivers, which includes his 2008 LAFVA-funded Ah Liberty! alongside other recent films. Also screening at the festival is Helen, the debut feature by previous LAFVA awardees Christine Molloy and Joe Lawler.

    The annual London Calling screening takes place on Monday 27 October (9.15pm), premiering a selection of recent films commissioned through Film London's short and artists' film production schemes. Included in this year's selection are Cordelia Swann's LAFVA-funded films City and Wonders of the World.

    On 23 and 24 October from 6.30pm Film London will present London Loves, free outdoor screenings in Trafalgar Square.

    Visit the festival website to view the full programme.
  • Vertigo Magazine: Special Launch Screening

    On Monday 10 November (6pm), Curzon Soho will host a special launch screening to mark the publication of the latest issue of Vertigo magazine.

    The event will premier works by three leading artist film-makers: previous LAFVA awardee Emily Richardson's Cobra Mist (2008, 7 mins) previous LAFVA awardee Anna Lucas' Little White Feather and the Hunter (2008, 40 mins) and Grant Gee's The Western Lands (2007, 9 mins). All of which investigate place and the nature of documentary.

    Cobra Mist captures the enigmatic atmosphere of an abandoned military landscape, Orford Ness, and the physical traces of its unusual history. Little White Feather and the Hunter explores the legendary female figure Pocahontas, interweaving multiple accounts of her life and times with images of hunting and fishing in the estuary landscapes of the Essex Stour and Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, while The Western Lands offers a striking take on life, love, landscape and their limits through a radical biography of iconic climber and writer Jim Perrin.

    Visit the Vertigo website for more information.
  • Teenage Wildlife and One Minute (Volume 2)

    On Wednesday 19 November (6.30-8.30pm), Artprojx Space will present two screening programmes of artists' film, Teenage Wildlife and One Minute (Volume 2), as part of a launch event for the gallery's Jane Bustin exhibition (19 November - 20 December).

    Curated by previous LAFVA awardee Esther Johnson, Teenage Wildlife surveys the rich source of inspiration that film and video artists have found in the subject of youth. The selection includes works by Martin Arnold, Sofie Thorsen and Andrew Kötting.

    One Minute (Volume 2) is the second in the series of artists' videos curated by Kerry Baldry. This new programme is an eclectic range of moving image, comprising 16mm film, Super 8, video, stopframe animation, superimposition, all constrained by a time limit of one minute.

    Full details can be found via the Artprojx Space website.
  • Aurora Festival 2008

    This year's Aurora festival takes place in Norwich from 12 until 16 November and includes an extensive programme of artists' film with live performance events, installations, discussions, previews, parties and more.

    The Aurora programme brings together a broad range of artist film-makers, together with writers, photographers and curators from the UK and beyond.

    This year's programme includes work by a number of FLAMIN supported artists, including: Emily Richardson; Chris Petit; Cordelia Swann; John Smith; Ben Rivers; Luke Fowler; Sarah Pucill; Samantha Rebello; Tal Rosner; Emily Wardill; William Raban; Mark Lewis and Elizabeth McAlpine.

    Full programme details can be found via the Aurora website.
  • The Red One: Seminar and Workshop

    In Sight will be running a seminar and a limited places workshop focusing on the latest development in HD camera technology, the Red One camera. Set to change workflows with the way it records to memory cards and hard drives, this revolutionary new camera is the closest yet to achieve 35mm film quality and yet remain accessible to low-budget productions.

    The events will take place on Monday 17 and Saturday 22 November respectively.

    For more information or to book a place visit the In Sight website.
  • LAFVA Exhibitions Roundup…

    Ben Rivers 2007 LAFVA-funded Ah Liberty! will be showing as part of Wild Shapes at Cell Project Space until 16 November.

    Suki Chan's Interval II (LAFVA 2007) will be showing at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester until 22 December.

    Spill (LAFVA 2006) by Graham Gussin is currently on show at the Solar Gallery in Portugal (until 16 November). Dissident Sunset (LAFVA 2006) by Gail Pickering will feature as part of Fear and Desire at the Palais De Tokyo in Paris (6 - 30 November).
  • REMINDER: Film London Assistant Location Managers Training (ALMT) *

    Film London is delighted to announce that the innovative Assistant Location Managers (ALMT) training course is now open for applications. The ground-breaking course is the first vocational training programme developed for the locations sector. The course has been developed to meet the needs of assistant location managers and other production staff wishing to pursue a career as locations manager.

    The course lasts six months with intensive workshops and seminars taking place over six weekends from January - June 2009. Students will work their way through set assignments and homework, working closely with a working locations manager, acting as mentor.

    Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 27 October 2008.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

  • Events Round-up…

    Maureen Paley will host a solo exhibition of work by previous LAFVA awardee Daria Martin, including her recently completed film Harpstrings & Lava, from 28 October until 7 December.

    Work by Jarman Award nominee Duncan Campbell will be showing as part of Naught to Sixty at the ICA from 27 October until 2 November. Campbell's films use archive footage to make dense social and historical narratives, characterised by semi-abstract visual and oral additions, and by Beckettian reduction and repetition.
  • Visit the Calls for Submissions page on the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network website for listings of forthcoming deadlines for a range of festivals, funds, residencies and other opportunities open to artists working in the moving image.

    And Finally…
  • Año Uña Short Film Competition

    Año Uña is the feature directorial debut by Jonás Cuarón, son of Mexican film director, screenwriter and producer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and is a wonderful love-story comprised entirely of photographic stills.

    To coincide with the film's UK release, Halcyon Pictures are running a unique short film competition relating directly to the Año Uña cinematic style. The competition invites upcoming film-makers to create engaging stories using their own photographs, new or existing, and to experiment with this interesting visual style.

    Visit the Año Uña competition website to find out more and download the competition info pack.

    * Event supported or directly run by the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network or Film London

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