Friday, October 31, 2008

Tory says don't give money to make films!

A Tory MP is moaning about public money funding a film funded in Wales about Bobby Sands and the IRA hunger strike in 1981.

The idiot called David Davies MP thinks money shouldn't go to the movie industry and instead give it to people who drive lorries!
Hunger has won awards at international film festivals, including Cannes, Sydney and Toronto.

Another case of a Tory deciding what history should be told. Mandela was a 'terrorist' so should we not tell his story?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Show your film in London

Motion Picture, Independent Film at the Fox and Firkin Pub, Lewisham SE13,
First Wednesday of every month
Next night February 2009

Motion Picture is a fun, creative night brought to you by Urban Minds -
Sarah and Shaun. This night is a great chance for you to show off your
short films and network. We also provide the free popcorn!

At film night we show short films of every genre ranging from music
videos, animation, and documentary to visual and audio installation, it's
your choice.

Motion Picture relies on your content given to us by you, the independent
producers and directors from students to professionals. We want to show
your short films.

Getting your film to us will be shown on the big screen.

Please ensure that your short films are on a DVD and can play on a
standard DVD player or converted to a Quick time that can be played on a
standard DVD player.
Contact details Urban Minds

Sarah Scott:

Shaun Grimsley:

Please send your short films on DVD to the following address:
Address to send your DVD too:
Attention: Sarah Scott
2 Alice Thompson Close
Grove Park
SE12 9PW

If you have any queries regarding film night please email Sarah or Shaun.
We look forward to receiving your DVD's.

Show your film in teh BFI

Final reminder that the BFI is now taking submissions for the November edition of it's emerging talent strand - Upshot.

Your short film should be:
- Up to 15 minutes in length
- On any subject
- On DVD, Digibeta, 35mm or 16mm only (no computer files please)
- Sent by November 6th with a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Claire Geddie
UPSHOT Submission
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road

Successful applicants will have their work screened at BFI Southbank on
November 27th. Following the Times BFI London Film Festival, the panel
theme on the evening will be festivals - what do they want and how do they
programme? They will shortly be announcing the participants taking place.

Enquiries to The Upshot Team, upshot*at*

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Danish police know how to make a cinematic riot- this is from an eviction of one flat built without planning permission in the autonomous zone-Christiana

Make a pinball machine out of a VHS tape

Make a Fun Toy out of a VHS - video powered by Metacafe

TV and the internet

On average people now spend over 12 hours a week online, three quarters of which is at home.

The amount of time that 16-24s spend online at home has increased by over 50% in the last two years alone.

Today, 20% of people identify the internet as the communications service they would find it most hard to live without.
Source: Ofcom (March 2008)

Money for your ideas

The hunt is on for rule-breaking, far-seeing producers and partners
who share 4iP's vision for re-inventing the way public service media
is developed, commissioned, funded and delivered in the UK.

What is the 4iP Fund?
4iP is an innovation fund to stimulate public service digital media
across the UK. In English, that means supporting great ideas for
websites, games and mobile services which help people improve their

The Fund is a collaboration between Channel 4 and a network of
partners across the UK.

C4 has committed up to £20 million to the 4iP fund on a pilot basis in
the three years after launch. It will also offer help in kind,
including cross-promotion, sales and administrative support.

C4's commitment has attracted provisional equivalent funding
commitments from partner organisations, to create an overall fund of
up to £50 million.

Digital media commissioning managers will be located across the UK,
with Ewan McIntosh in Glasgow covering Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Head of 4iP is Tom Loosemore, based in London.
When will the fund launch?

The idea was first mentioned at Channel 4's Next on 4 vision statement
in March 2008. Launch events take place in October 2008 in London
(October 15th), Glasgow (October 22nd) and Birmingham (October 24th).
The fund is currently taking proposals and will be fully operational
in January 2009 when dedicated staff are on board and all contract
agreements in place.

What sort of projects will you support?
4iP will help launch profit making as well as non-profit making
initiatives, and sometimes take equity

4iP will connect people and organisations who otherwise would never
get to work together

4iP will support a rich mix of ideas: early & risky; small & focused;
big & crunchy

4iP will help turn fabulous ideas into delightful running code. Quickly.

4iP will amplify existing products so they deliver way more impact

4iP won't support products on an ongoing basis

4iP will develop new talent across the UK

Russel Brand and Jon Ross prank calls

Now is it me or is someone having another laugh over this Ross/Brand prank phone call. The BBC have used the above photo of Georgina Baillie (the woman Russel Brand told the world that he slept with). Notice that they use a photo of her wrapped around a pole (in a tube train)..hmmmm, a bit of devilish work afoot methinks..probaly didnt want to show her photos of her Satanic sluts show.

Brand and Ross have since been suspended from BBC..ha ha ha

The McCain-Palin Mob

Insight into the republican supporters in the USA

Monday, October 27, 2008

Rooftop Protest at Bristol Bomb Maker

They're there because Raytheon produce some of the most hideous military hardware imaginable (they claim to be world leaders in "smart" hidware). Bunker busters and cluster bombs being just two examples of their lethal hardware. Their hardware wasn't smart enough to avoid 62 civilians in Iraq: As CAAT reports, "Raytheon is the prime contractor for the Tomahawk cruise missile and the JSOW AGM-154, both of which deliver BLU/97B submunitions." (that's cluster bombs to you and me). They've got a regular stall at DSEi: And do you remember Israel's little bombing frenzy in the summer of 2006? When they blasted Lebanon to smithereens? Well Raytheon's hardware played its part: All that seems reason enough to protest Raytheon's presence in Bristol. In fact plenty of people have been protesting against Raytheon. Nine fine folk from Northern Ireland were recently (June 2008) "acquitted in Belfast for their action in decommissioning the Raytheon offices in Derry in August 2006. The prosecution could produce not a shred of evidence to counter our case that we had acted to prevent the commission of war crimes during the Lebanon war by the Israeli armed forces using weapons supplied by Raytheon." The rooftop protesters want Raytheon, and the rest of the world to know, that there'll be protests every Thursday at Raytheon's offices in Bristol. Let's give 'em hell! Bristol IndyMedia has regular updates on their front page:

Climate Cycle- England to Australia by bicycle

Climate Cycle is the epic adventure of a young school teacher and a train worker from Oxford.

 After teaching her pupils about global warming, Lowanna decided she couldn't risk damaging the climate by flying home to Australia. With her partner Kevin, the couple travel the 12,000km to Sydney using only sustainable transport- the train, bicycle and cargo ship.

Pedalling through 16 countries over 485 days, the couple joined in Car Free day in Italy,escaped arrest in Iran,got groped in Pakistan and fell ill in India. Their journey brought them through storm ravaged forests in France, torrential downpours in the Mediterranean and severe drought in Iran.The effects of Climate Change could be seen everywhere they went.
Find out if their relationship (and the planet) survived the epic trip.

Desperate to profit...or i mean fly

Flying is at such a stage that to stop climate change we need to curb our flights. However the aviation industry decide that biofuel will help!

But fuelling the world's 13,000 commercial planes with soya bean-based fuel, for example, would require setting aside the equivalent of the entire land mass of Europe for soya bean production.

How the hell do they vision that one happening? improve the trains is a much better option

Police and your fingers

This is getting insane...the law is supposed to be innocent until they can prove us guilty but now it seems to be always assume guilt!

Every police force in the UK is to be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners - handheld devices that allow police to carry out identity checks on people in the street.

The initial phase of the Mobile Identification At Scene (Midas) project, costed at £30m-£40m, will enable officers to perform rapid checks on the fingerprints of people arrested or detained. The marks will be compared against records on Ident1, the national police database which holds information on 7.5 million individuals.

read more

Thursday, October 23, 2008

BeyondTv international Video festival 2008

Support your local Head shop!

If you like many many others enjoy relaxing with cannabis rather than the legal drug, (booze) in the evening, then you should take note of what the Police are doing. This week police have raided shops selling pipes, seeds and books about the herb. Is this just bluster or is there a national plan to shut down any shops supporting the herb?

My man on the inside said
'7 businesses raided in Lancashire (inc one wholesaler). Old bill want to charge them with incitement, have frozen their bank accounts and seized cash under the proceeds of crime act. Apparently this is being done with the sanction of No10. Shock waves through the industry, paranoia rife. Most of the business effected have closed down
with the wholesaler saying it looks like he will go bankrupt.'

"We are considering the status of head shops and, if necessary, will
introduce legislation on that. I absolutely agree with the hon.
Gentleman's points. I am told that, legally, action is difficult, but
we are considering the matter to try to find a way forward. We have
funded police guidance and have considered the policing of head shops.
Work is ongoing in that respect."

So You Think You Can Be President?- superb video

A new hyper-reality television show where candidates compete in front of a live studio audience for American votes!"

The pressure is on as contestants present their positions on a range of social and political issues then face the hard-hitting scrutiny of our panel of judges. The audience at home will delight as contestants are challenged in ways never seen before on the airwaves.

The mainstream media's spectacle of American democracy reaches new heights but this time with a twist. Contestants on our program are in for a surprise: our panel of experts doesn't exactly play by the prescribed rules of television. Unlike the corporate news media of today, which often coddles leading politicians, our judges grill each candidate on their policies with hilarious and unexpected results.

In this week's episode only two weeks before the election, Senator Obama and Senator McCain have their feet held to the fire over shockingly similar positions on both energy and foreign policy.

Who will be this season's champion and take home the grand prize? You'll have to watch and decide that for yourself, then participate by casting your vote* for your favorite performer on November 4th!


*Some restrictions may apply. In certain areas these include, but are not limited to, faulty electronic voting systems, racist voter laws and/or voter roll purges. See your local polling place for details.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How to pitch your film to TV

For most documentary and factual filmmakers, the proposal represents the
first chance to get your directorial foot in the door with a broadcaster.
For this reason, getting it right first time is crucial. This course will
give an overview of the processes involved in writing and pitching your
proposal for factual programming.

During the weekend, you will cover the standard writing techniques and
formats for television proposals. The workshop will include vital
information on the commissioning process and the particular types of
proposals required by different commissioning bodies. You will also get
help with visualising your story and learn how to make your proposal

Prior to the workshop, participants will submit a one - page
proposal for a documentary or a factual project that will be developed and
pitched during the workshop. Following the pitching session, which will
conform to an industry standard format, the tutor will offer feedback on
the pitches and participants will be given suggestions on next steps for
their project.

To safeguard ideas, participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality
agreement at the beginning of the workshop.


Freelance DFG members 240 + VAT

Freelance non members 270 + VAT

Corporate rate: 500 + VAT


Directing and Interviewing Techniques for Documentary (23-24 Oct)
Producers Week (10 14 Nov)

t. 020 7249 6600

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hedge Laying

Alabama 3 death mask

Face off
What do an executed prisoner from Texas, a former UN official and an eccentric Cornish aristocrat have in common? They've all had their death masks made by sculptor and Alabama 3 member Nick Reynolds. By Duncan Campbell

Thursday September 27, 2007
The Guardian

Reynolds and his mask of John Joe Amador, executed in Texas last month.
This is a story about a lethal injection, a body in the back of a hired car, a cabin in the wilds of Texas, a gallery of death masks, the theme song of the TV series The Sopranos, the son of the mastermind of the great train robbery and an artist baroness from Chiswick who wears a bra made out of latex pigs' heads.
Last things first. John Joe "Ash" Amador, a 30-year-old American, was executed last month in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 murder of a San Antonio taxi driver. He went to his death, still protesting his innocence, with an armful of lethal sodium pentathol and the words, "God forgive them, for they know not what they do" on his lips.

During his final weeks as a resident of Texas's death row, he had been in touch with Baroness Von Carrie Reichardt, a ceramicist who operates out of a studio called the Treatment Rooms in Chiswick. She also performs in spectacular costumes (viz, that bra) with the band Anarchist wood, who often open for the Alabama 3, the London-based group who gave us the Sopranos theme song, Woke Up This Morning. "The Baroness", as everyone seems to know her, has long been campaigning against the death penalty in the US and has been in correspondence with Amador for the past year or so. When it became clear that all his appeals were likely to be turned down, Amador asked her if she would join his wife and family as one of his five witnesses when he took the long walk.
The Baroness is a friend of Nick Reynolds, harmonica player with the Alabama 3, former Royal Navy diver during the Falklands war, son of Bruce, the great train robber, and, most relevantly, a sculptor who specialises in death masks. So when she said she was going out to witness Amador's death and make a film about it, he suggested coming along and making a mask, so that the person whom the Texas justice system was about to snuff out would have a sort of life after death.

Reynolds became interested in the lost art of death masks about a decade ago. Mary, Queen of Scots and Napoleon, Stalin, Ned Kelly and many of the aristocrats who lost their heads during the French revolution have all been immortalised in this way, but the art has, as it were, died out, its function replaced by photography and, more recently, videos of departed loved ones. Reynolds decided to continue the tradition, using a mixture of the old materials and modern technology - plaster of Paris and alginate moulds. "I really like doing it," says Reynolds, over a plate of sea bass in a Clerkenwell cafe. "I get a great deal of pleasure in giving something to someone that is a memory of the person. They're not forgotten, not underground, not in a jar full of ashes."

His first subject was George "Taters" Chatham, once the best-known thief in Britain and a man with a big gambling habit; if he ran out of money during a poker game in the West End, he would ask to be excused for half an hour, slip up the drainpipe of a nearby Mayfair house and return with enough jewellery to stay in the game. Chatham's sister had initially not wanted a death mask done but finally agreed because Taters, a notoriously grumpy individual, died with a sweet smile on his face. "It was due to gravity, to be honest," says Reynolds. "The weight of his cheeks made it look like he was smiling."

Others have followed: Pat Castange, the composer of the national anthem of Trinidad and Tobago ; a veteran UN official; and, most recently, Lord Jago Elliot, the performance artist, surfer and all-round good guy who was a friend of Reynolds and who died last year after suffering an epileptic fit.

"In most cases, the people I've done have been dead for a while and they have about as much personality as a bit of clingfilmed chicken on the cold counter at Sainsburys', so generally I can detach myself," says Reynolds. "But in the case of Jago, it was tragic because he was so young - he was only 40 - and a friend of mine. He had told a friend that, if he was to die, he wanted a cast made of his body which would be taken to all the places in the world he never got to see."

Reynolds has seen quite a few places in his life. As a boy, when his father was on the run and living under an assumed name, the family hid out for a while in Mexico and young Reynolds went to school there. Life in the Royal Navy then took him with the Falklands taskforce to the south Atlantic in 1982, and a few other seas besides. Anyway, he was happy to go to Texas to make a death mask of Amador.

"They didn't let me meet him, but he spoke to me by phone from what they call the hospitality room just before they executed him," says Reynolds, "and he was saying that having a death mask made was a real honour because it was something normally reserved for kings and people like that. He was really up for it. I've looked into his case and I really do believe he is innocent, and that the odds were stacked against him because he was black and Hispanic. He told me in that conversation just before he died that it's called capital punishment because it's for people with no capital - there are no rich people on death row."

After they had finished chatting, and less than an hour after the US Supreme Court had predictably turned down his appeal, Amador was spread-eagled on a gurney and given the last rites and a lethal injection. He made his fi nal statement: "God forgive them, for they know not what they do. After all these years, our people are still lost in hatred and anger. Give them peace, God, for people seeking revenge toward me." To which he added, as he slipped away: "Freedom ... I'm ready," and, finally, "Wow."

The Baroness, who is 41, sat with the family watching him as he died. Her title, by the way, has a connection with the last tsar of Russia, who made her grandfather an honorary general for helping the allied forces in the first world war; her grandfather was 80 when her father was born, and the family changed its name to Richards because Germanic names were not a good idea in Britain at the time: thus Carrie Richards. Her connection with death row goes back to a small ad she saw in the Big Issue in 2000 that asked for pen pals for blokes awaiting execution. Her first pen pal, Luis Ramirez, who has also been executed, had put her in touch with Amador.

"It is very hard to put into words what it's like," she says of the execution. "It is totally surreal. You have to try to smile for them and he was trying to smile for us. It's very hard and it took him nine minutes to die, but when he said 'Wow', he was looking so serene, it was as if he was looking at the angels."

The version of his last words that appeared in the local press included the phrase, "God forgive me" which, says the Baroness, was inaccurate. Reynolds says that Amador's family "were really angry because it made it look like he was finally saying he was guilty, which he never did". He was the 402nd person to be executed in Texas since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1982.

Once Amador had been certified dead, his body was taken to the local undertakers, but they were not too receptive to the idea of a cadaverous Englishman making a death mask on their premises, despite the wishes of the family. "They were dead against it," says Reynolds. "They thought we were freaks, twisted. Also, there's a law there that you can't be near a body unless it's been embalmed."

So Reynolds and the family carried the still warm body out and placed it in the back of a hired car for a one-hour trip to the woods near a town called Livingston, where Amador's widow, Linda, had a small cabin. "We just put him on the back seat, unzipped the body-bag and took his arm out so that his wife could hold his hand," says Reynolds.

At one point, the three-car convoy was stopped by the police for speeding, but fortunately, the car they examined was not the one with the corpse on its back seat.

At the cabin, Reynolds set to work. "It only took about two hours because we were paranoid that the police would arrive and ask what we were doing with the body," he says. "So there we were, hiding out in this little wooden bungalow in the middle of the woods, like a Friday the 13th movie. I don't normally talk to the bodies, but I did on this occasion. He looked so young because, although he was 30, he had hardly been outside for the past 12 years."

The journey to the woods was not the last trip Amador - or at least his death mask - would take. The Baroness brought the mask home with her and placed it on top of a specially designed and decorated truck, the Tiki Love Truck, with "In memoriam JJ Amador" in lettering down the side - which was duly entered in last week's inaugural Art Car Parade in Manchester.

"Ash knew what we were going to do with it," the Baroness says, "and he was very pleased because he said that he used to feel he was real trash, but having a death mask made him feel he was somebody." The spectacular truck drove off with one of the main prizes. It was quite possibly the first time that a vehicle with the death mask of a recently executed Texan had been driven down a Manchester thoroughfare.

The mask will get further exposure in an exhibition planned for the new year in London's East End. It will sit alongside those of Chatham and the others, a s well as some of Reynolds' masks of the living, including a rogues' gallery of villains such as "Mad" Frank Fraser, Freddie Foreman, Peter Scott, and his father, Bruce, plus that of Andy McNab, the bestselling author of Bravo Two Zero. The exhibition will be called - in light of the numbers of those executed in Texas - 402 and Rising. Reynolds' company, Memorial Casts, is also off ering anyone a chance to have their loved ones cast in bronze, and will throw the ashes into the mould if requested.

That's not all Amador has waiting for him. The Alabama 3, who found fame when Woke Up This Morning was chosen for the opening sequence of The Sopranos, as Tony Soprano cruises through New Jersey with murder in his heart, have taken a big interest both in miscarriages of justice and the death penalty. So there will be a song about Amador and death row on their next CD.

"We have a lot of Alabama 3 fans on death row in Texas and they are sending us lyrics of the songs they have written," says Larry Love, who writes some of the band's songs, although he is from Merthyr Tydfil rather than Alabama. They have just released a new album , called MOR. "We have one song [on it] called Locked Down and Loaded but I Love You, which is written from the point of view of a spouse," says Love. "In fact, Woke Up This Morning was written after I read about the case of Sara Thornton and how she had killed her husband. It was meant to be about female empowerment, and it ends up becoming a gangster anthem. "

From Mary, Queen of Scots' beheading in 1587 to John Joe Amador's lethal injection in 2007: the styles in execution may have changed, but the death mask, it seems, lives on.

visionOntv is a Creative Commons based project

BeyondTv-1 Giant leap with filmmaker Ben Cole

BeyondTv festival is coming up on us..november 22 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Get your films seen

Short films of any style and genre: drama, experimental, videoart,
documentaries, music clips, animation, etc. below 20 minutes for
Rotoreliefs, a free networking screenings every month
at Vibe (Brick Lane)
and Roxy (London Bridge) in London.

To submit your work for the selection process please go to: => 'Contact' and download the Submission Form.

Rotoreliefs is a free networking platform oriented to emerging and
upcoming talents in the independent art and film industries. Through
regular events it renders a different concept of short films and video-art
screenings that focuses on providing a serious and accessible alternative
to an increasing demand for valid networking events in the industry.

At our events the artists showcasing their works, representatives of
companies and professionals collaborating with us, they all have a chance
to talk to the audience and share their experiences behind the scenes,
their view of the industry, upcoming projects, needs, passions...
Altogether Rotoreliefs is a live experience of the industrys heart and
soul in a relaxed and professional environment.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Non violent resistance in Palestine

Tuesday, 4th November 2008 at 6.30pm
Committee Room 10, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A (Via St. Stephen's
Entrance) - Nearest Underground: Westminster

All Welcome (on first come, first seated basis)

About the book:
In A Quiet Revolution, King presents the remarkable and previously untold account of
the first intifada as a massive non-violent social mobilization. The Palestinians’
deliberately chosen methods for resisting the Israeli occupation effectively debunk
the widely held notion of the first intifada as violent. A decades-long spread of
knowledge about non-violent strategies throughout Palestinian society shaped the
uprising, which was years in the making, not a spontaneous rebellion as press
accounts led many to believe. Joint Israeli-Palestinian committees were the earliest
harbingers of a political evolution underway, and stood in contrast to the PLO's
military doctrine of “all means of struggle.” Once under way, the intifada’s ability
to continue despite harsh reprisals relied on thousands of “popular committees,”
often started and run by women, to sustain communities under curfew or on strike.
From the 1987 uprising would emerge the most cogent pressure to date to create a
Palestinian state alongside Israel, with implied acceptance of the latter’s

Drawing on the history of non-violent movements―from the strategies of the U.S.
civil rights leaders in the American South to the Czech and Slovaks’ velvet
revolution to the Serbian activists who brought down Slobodan Milošević―King argues
that through the use of non-violent strategies, Palestinians and Israelis can
achieve peace.

About the author:Mary Elizabeth King worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. (no
relation) as a student. Now professor of peace and conflict studies at the
UN-affiliated University for Peace, and senior associate fellow, Rothermere American
Institute, University of Oxford, King is author of Freedom Song: A Personal Story of
the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, which won her a 1988 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Book Award, and Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr: The Power of Non-violent
Action. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Oxford, UK.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Digital Film Archive Fund

Digital Film Archive Fund
As part of Screen WM's ongoing commitment to West Midlands' rich
and vibrant moving image heritage, the agency is proud to
announce the launch of the Digital Film Archive Fund. The fund,
set up by the UK Film Council aims to help increase public access
to regional screen heritage. Screen WM has £138,000 of funding
for projects per year over the next 2 years to support innovative
projects that offer wider access to the UK's screen heritage. The
Digital Film Archive Fund will launch on 26th September.
Information on how to apply can be found by visiting the Screen
WM website. (

Thursday, October 16, 2008

BFI talent

"The BFI is now taking submissions for the November edition of it's
emerging talent strand - Upshot.

Your short film should be:
- Up to 15 minutes in length
- On any subject
- On DVD, Digibeta, 35mm or 16mm only (no computer files please) - Sent by
November 6th with a self addressed stamped envelope to: Claire Geddie
UPSHOT Submission
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road

Successful applicants will have their work screened at BFI Southbank on
November 27th. Following the Times BFI London Film Festival, the panel
theme on the evening will be festivals - what do they want and how do they
programme? We will shortly be announcing the participants taking place.

dan le sac VS scroobius pip

I went to see these guys last night..superb!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Women Film makers wanted

It may seem like a long way off, but our friends at Birds Eye View are
already accepting submission for their festival in 2009 - the deadline is
1 November: that's just two and a half weeks!
From BEV:
"We are seeking innovative and inspirational shorts, features,
documentaries, music videos and animations from women directors around the
globe for the 2009 Birds Eye View Film Festival.

2008 saw the 4th BEV festival - our biggest yet - welcome 10,000 visitors
to 80 events across 8 days at the BFI Southbank, Institute of Contemporary
Arts, Curzon Soho and other London venues. Screenings were accompanied by
inspiring Q&A's, masterclasses, special cross-arts events, parties, a
whole new innovation strand, a retrospective of silent film with special
live music commissions, and a programme of workshops and masterclasses for
emerging talent."

For all further information please check:

Deadline for UK submissions - Saturday November 1st 2008
Deadline for International submissions - Monday November 10th 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

On the Push updates

Thanks for your support over the last year & to everyone who's come to the On the Push film screenings so far. We've had lots of great feedback & Helen's currently working on some changes based on what's been said.

Our next screening's this Saturday at the Mariners Pub, Nolton Haven in
Pembrokshire. Screening starts at 7.30 and there'll be a bit of a party after with
Dubwizer playing. Be good to see you.

Screening schedule:

Saturday 18th October- Mariners Pub, Nolton Haven, Pembrokeshire

Sunday 26th October- Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cinema

Sunday 23rd November- BeyondTV Festival, Waterfront Museum. Swansea

More details

Refuge in Films 2009 Call for films

Refuge in Films is calling for films produced between January 2006 and
April 2009, on the subjects of Immigration, Refuge and Displacement. The
call is open to national and international filmmakers from all
backgrounds. The festival will run during Refugee Week 2009 in mid-June.

The deadline is 30th April, 2009.
Please send your film in DVD format, with two stills in JPEG format, and a
short synopsis.

Refuge in Films 2009
357-359 Kennington Lane
SE11 5QY

For more information please contact Beatriz Villate at: or (+44) 07903494703.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Filming Music videos

This is me filming Alabama3 acoustic unplugged at Cwmamanon music festival a few weeks ago. A very lively band.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Travel film festival

DestinAsian: Maritime - The annual film festival
A journey into Film, Music & Performance

at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10

Entry Criteria :

Address themes of the festival - journeys, migration and South Asian

Address South Asian people's concerns and experiences from around the

Investigate the history - present and future - of the entire Indian

Explore the genres of South Asian cinema and Bollywood cinema;

Are by filmmakers of all ethnicities, nationalities and experience; and
are from any genre provided they address the criteria above;

Are by South Asian filmmakers (or those of South Asian descent) on any


Film length should be up to 20 minutes approx for the SHORT FILM SECTION
and 70 Minutes approx for the FEATURE LENGTH SECTION, on DVD PAL format

Extended Deadline: 15th October 2008

For all the further information and the application form, visit -

Undercurrents screening poster

Saturday, October 04, 2008

TV agent

Undercurrents films are sold to TV by World renowned News & Documentary Distributor Journeyman Pictures. For the first time, making its vast catalogue of documentaries available to search, browse and enjoy in full resolution online.

The 250+ catalogue of feature documentaries from many of the worlds most
respected film-makers, can be previewed, individual films rented or the
entire catalogue unlocked for streaming from 2.50 a day.

Journeyman's Founder & Journalist Mark Stucke:
"We've been supplying the broadcast industry with quality documentaries
and news features for 20 years now, but we wanted to find a way to make
our library available online that still protected the rights and revenues
of our independent journalists some of whom are risking their lives to
film these reports.. and in the BooServer platform we think we've found
something that fits the bill.."

The documentaries are released on the new BooServer - Boolean Media
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Friday, October 03, 2008

Undercurrents Solar powered cinema in the making

This is Jo Furlong making The Sol Cinema- expect to see it at the festivals in 2009 showing undercurrents films and loads more.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


The British Thunderclap Award was set up to find and publicly recognise the director who, as voted by you the British film audience, is producing the most innovative or interesting work in British independent film.

Our vote is Franny Armstrong
Her enormously ambitious drama-documentary-animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching "archive" footage from 2007 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?

Franny’s first documentary, McLibel (1997, 2005), told the inside story of the infamous McDonald’s libel trial. Her second feature doc, Drowned Out (2002), followed an Indian family who chose to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada Dam.

John Pilger talks

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Filming in public?

Music and Videos

HUMFEST is an exciting opportunity for film makers and music makers to work
together on

Simply by posting your short film (or part thereof) in search of music on, you'll be eligible to win a $1,000/444/556 prize to finish
your short film! And the best music posted for your short film will be
eligible to win $1,000/444/556

Your film can be of any length and at any stage of development, but
between 30 seconds and 10 minutes of footage must be uploaded to

The film can be of any genre, but it must need music! The footage can be a
rough cut from your film, but the footage must be shot by your team for the
short film project.

Any film uploaded between the now - 1 January 2009 will qualify.

Further information can be found at - connecting music makers and content creators

Funding for Science docos

The Wellcome Trust and Sheffield Doc/Fest have joined forces to bring an
exciting new pitching event to this year's festival: the Wellcome Trust
Broadcast Development Awards Pitch, part of Science Saturday on 8th

Film makers are offered the chance to pitch a science idea (documentary,
online or games formats) to a panel of Wellcome Executives and Science
Commissioning Editors, for a 10k grant.

Wellcome's Broadcast Development Awards support the development of
broadcast proposals in any genre that engages the audience with issues
around biomedical science in an innovative, entertaining and accessible
way. The funding will enable these ideas to be developed into high impact,
well-researched proposals to be utilised in securing a broadcast platform
and/or further funding.

This event is a special round of Wellcome's Broadcast Development Awards,
and every idea will be considered for funding on its own merits; funding
will not necessarily be limited to one idea. So there could be more than
one winner!

Winners will be announced at the evening drinks event on Science Saturday,
8 November, at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

For more information about applying to take part in this year's pitch and
to download an application form, please go to Wellcome's website: or email Tom Ziessen:

For general information about Sheffield Doc/Fest go to

Closing date for applications is 10th October 2008.