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Short & Sweet 3D

SHORT & SWEET LAUNCHES THE VERY FIRST 3D SHORT FILM NIGHT IN LONDON We would like to officially call for entries to Short & Sweet 3D, a night of stereoscopic short films at The Barbican in London, July 16, 2010. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2010. Short & Sweet 3D is an exciting new step for us celebrating independent, maverick, cutting-edge filmmaking in the growing stereoscopic medium. Entries can be anywhere under 15 minutes in length. We are excited to screen a wide variety of content including fiction, documentary, music videos, live action and animation, so send it all in!


We are proud to announce an official call for entries for Short & Sweet 3D.Short & Sweet (the regular, 2D kind) has been London's only weekly short film festival for four years running. Every Monday night, we screen a selection of the finest short films, music videos and short animations from around the globe: old films, new films, from established directors to filmmakers that are completely undiscovered. The idea is to inspire all who attend, expose the best talent and ultimately celebr...

Crystal Palace International Film Festival

Crystal Palace International Film Festival is London's coolest film festival, each night is held in a funky venue with great food and drink served and often with a running theme. It has proved to be a very popular format as last year all nights were completely sold out! CPIFF aims to promote and showcase only the best quality independent films from all over the world so if you are selected you know your film is up there with the best.

The CPIFF programme always includes a giant selection of shorts and features plus between screenings, we’ll be welcoming many filmmakers to engage with their audience hosting Q&A sessions and socialising.

The festival culminates in an awards evening held at a fabulous location with CPIFF Awards given for Best in Category.

The Judges

Johnny Vegas is one of the UK's best known comedians, his CV as a performer, writer and producer is long, from starring in countless TV and radio shows to acting alongside Johnny Depp.

Neville Astley Creator of the world wide phenomenon Peppa Pig

Mark Steel A familiar face on TV: 'Have I got news for you', 'What the papers say', 'The Mark Steel lectures', Q. I. A regular on BBC Radio 4 including his own series 'Mark Steel's in Town', author of several books and a weekly columnist for the Independent newspaper. Mark has also hosted the last two CPIFF Awards Nights.

Beverly Dixon MD of Woolyback Productions, producer and executive producer of many TV and radio programs.

Martin Tempia Martin has produced TV for over 25 years working for the likes of Celador, Hat Trick Productions and Polygram. He currently has his own projects in development with Channel 4 and the BBC.


Dirty Step Upstage

Director: Amber Moelter.
SupaNova yearns for fame and fortune. Tommy claims he can get it for her. Brad covertly follows the pair of them. And Amber is filming everything. Against the glamorous background of Cannes, a young singer's attempt to carve out stardom descends into a maze of anger and violence. Catching everything on camera, Amber looks on as scores are settled and events spin dangerously out of control. But the drama unfolding before the lens will change her in ways she can't imagine.

London Film Festival Official Vodcast Day 11

Highlights from yesterday include; Footage from the Wallace & Gromit's 20th Anniversary featuring interview with Nick Park. Interview with Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas directors of American: The Bill Hicks Story at the Filmmakers Afternoon Tea. David Morrissey interview at the premiere of his film “Don’t Worry About Me” also featuring interviews with Helen Elizabeth & James Brough A Prophet premiere featuring interviews with the director Jacques Audiard and writer Abdel Raouf Dafri ...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast Day 10

Highlights from Friday include; Footage from the Archive Gala featuring an intro with Robin Baker the Head Curator at BFI National Archive Bunny And The Bull Premiere featuring interviews with Paul King, Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt Interview with Gabourey Sidibe, star of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 10 - kewego Catch up with the events from Day 10 of The Times BFI 53rd London Fil...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast Day 8

The Boys Are Back Gala premiere, featuring interview with Clive Owen, Geroge Mackay and director Scott Hicks Footage from the “Snipping Away at the Celluloid Ceiling” event - A panel of brilliant filmmaking talent discuss the notion of a female aesthetic in their work and explore the reality of how women operate in today's film world. Interview with Michael Haneke director of White Ribbon The Scouting Book For Boys premiere, featuring interviews with the director Tom Harper & Thomas Turg...

London Fest afternoon tea at the Mayfair - so lovely British!!

One real gem at the festival is the tea ceremony. A few afternoons, members of the press gather with filmmakers and actors to chat and have tea. It's a very inspiring and just lovely event and a great opportunity to meet in a more relaxed setting. Today I had the pleasure to indulge in scones and tea with Danish filmmaker Martin Pieter Zandvliet. His film "Applause" is a dark, heartfelt, but also hopeful story about a mother who is recovering from alcoholism and desperat...

London Film Fest Video podcast day 3

Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 3 - kewego Catch up with all the action from Day 3 from The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. ...

Milk Man

Director: James Rumsey.
Brian is a neurotic voyeur, trapped by fear in a routine existence. Fuelled by milk, each night he logs activities from outside his flat using a home-styled CCTV suite. His neighbour, Marina, likes Brian. She sees beyond his neurosis, to a man she’d like to know better. Brian likes her too, but is rendered dumb during routine doorstep encounters and so can never accept her hopeful invitations to share a cup of tea. Late on this night, Brian runs out of milk and must break his routine to venture out and get more. We join Brian the morning after, dishevelled, tired and with red stains on his usually pristine shirt. Flashes of what happened show Brian attacking a woman for the last of the milk.... A detective questions him.... No, a reporter.... With this reveal the night’s events are retold: a pregnant woman knocks some pasta sauce off a shelf as her contractions start and she doubles over in pain; she stumbles into Brian and drags him to the floor; in his struggle to get away from her Brian backs up into the sauce and it ends up staining his shirt. Brian, in a brave new world well outside his comfort zone, wants to run but chooses to stay and help the woman deliver her baby. In turn he gains a new, broader view of himself. The CCTV suite is turned off and he finally manages to stammers his way to accepting one of Marina’s invites for a cup of tea.

Portobello Film Festival

The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe Portobello Film Festival : 3-20 September 2009

This september the Portobello Film Festival returns to Notting Hill for its 14th year, and will showcase more than 700 independent films all for FREE.

Started in 1996, by festival director Jonathan Barnett, as a reaction to the declining state of the British film industry, Portobello Film Festival aims to provide a forum for new film-makers and give exposure to movies on different formats.

Taking place over 3 weeks from 3rd to 20th September; Portobello Film Festival 2009 will once again will

LIDF - The London International Documentary Festival

Murgia Karst Phenomenon

Since 2007 the LIDF has worked to ensure that London is host to exciting, diverse, challenging and inspiring films from every corner of the world. The LIDF is committed to providing a platform for international documentaries and their directors. It does this by working with globally recognised partners and venues, such as the British Museum, the Barbican Centre, and the Royal Society of the Arts on a year-round programme of screenings and other events that includes the 10-day London International Documentary Festival.

The LIDF’s ongoing commitment to what it calls ‘Conversations in Film’ creates a unique kind of film festival. The films within LIDF are the starting point for a series of programmed ‘conversations’ – panel discussions and workshops – that bring diverse audiences together to go beyond the films themselves in order to engage with social, cultural and political issues in the company of policy makers, academics, journalists and other cultural commentators

Having celebrated its third year the LIDF is now looking forward to working with new partners and presenting another feast of film and debate in April / May 2010.

World premiere of FANTASTIC MR. FOX to open London Festival

The Times BFI London Film Festival is proud to announce that this year's Festival will open on Wednesday 14 October with the world premiere of FANTASTIC MR. FOX, from visionary director Wes Anderson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE DARJEELING LIMITED).   Anderson's first animated film, which he co-wrote with Noah Baumbach, uses classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children's book by British author Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate...


Director: Maya Puig.
Sirenata tells the story of a mermaid who, fascinated by the human world, falls in love with a street musician and his melancholic music. When her deepest wish to become part of his world becomes reality, her quest to find him begins. When they finally meet, everything falls into place but with only a few hours together, she finds that ultimately she must choose between her world and his.

Renderyard Short Film Festival

 Renderyard Short Film Festival we are pleased to announce we are now accepting films that are between 1 min and 12 min in length for the festival. Submit your film to this years festival to be in with a chance of winning prizes worth $1000.

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London Film Festival Launch event, Interview with Sandra Hebron

Strange as it may seem, one of the things that's almost as enjoyable as selecting the films for our programme, and almost as argued over, is the annual decision as to what the design of the Festival's marketing materials should be. As you'll see, this year we've shamelessly hijacked a series of quotes from some of our favourite filmmakers - Festival alumni, each of whom seemed to us to suggest something of the essence of the Festival.

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution Trailer

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution: 3 Day Internet Film Screening on Rethos & Alternitive Channel 31st July / 2nd Aug 2008          What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a documentary about the people building a new Venezuela.

Now The People Have Awoken Exploring Venezuela's Revolution

What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a documentary about the people building a new Venezuela. Watch this amazing documentary in full during an exclusive 3 day screening from the 31st July - 2nd Aug only with Renderyard in association with Rethos and the Alternative Channel. To find out more please go to



Photos from London Festival week end

Photos from more Festival highlights including The Last Lear, Closing the Ring and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Alina Ferrara Amitabh Bachchan Julian Schnabel Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough and Pete Postlethwaite  Naomi Watts Wei Tang and Ang Lee James Marsden Amy Adams Patrick Dempsey Chris Chase, Barry Josephson, Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams, James Marsden, Alan Menken and Kevin Lima Nadav Shirmam ...

Julian Schnabel talks about his inspirations and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

The director Julian Schnabel talks about films that inspired him and the challenges he faced in adapting the script for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.Let's start from your new new film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I've read somewhere that it took about 200,000 of Bauby's blinks to write the whole book and writing down each word took approximately 2 minutes. What were your first thoughts when you decided to adapt the script? Well, I didn’t know all those facts, but I know that once...

Love, drugs and alcohol in All is Forgiven

A debut feature from the Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Mia Hansen-Løve.  Twenty-something Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Mia Hansen-Løve, makes her feature debut with All Is Forgiven – the film, which depicts the disintegration and restoration of family relationships through snapshots of everyday and past incidents. Lounging would-be writer Victor lives in Vienna with his partner Annette and their six year old daughter Pamela.  Despite being a happy and loving family, there are cracks in its mak...

London Fest opening gala photos

Opening Gala photosEnjoy our gallery from the opening night gala of Eastern Promises.   BFI Chairman Anthony Minghella and Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron Livia Guigglioli, Colin Firth David Cronenberg Naomi Watts  Elle MacPherson Sam Taylor-Wood and Jay Jopling Naomi Watts, David Cronenberg, Vincent Cassel Stephen Frears Terry Gilliam Vincent Cassel...

An interview with the director of Hannah Takes the Stairs, Joe Swanberg

At a time when vast sums of cash are being hurled at production companies, all too often for the production of rather dull films, the low-budget Hannah Takes the Stairs is a shining gem of a film by Joe Swanberg. Lauded as an example of the new wave of American indie film-making it is refreshing for its raw visual quality and honestly portrayed subject matter. Greta Gerwig plays Hannah, an attractive post-graduate who is starting out in the big world. As the heat of summer intensifies, Hannah fa...


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