Portobello Wall Public Art Installation: New commission

Previous Portobello Wall Art by Albert Kueh

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is announcing the next commission for the Portobello Road North Wall public art project. The theme for the commission is Moving Image, Film and North Kensington.

By way of general guidance only, this link gives an idea of the richness of the film history in the area:

http://www.wlfn.org/history-west-london-films/

The new commission will be installed in June 2017 and remain in situ for 12 months

The work must address six key elements listed below. It must be:

1. New work, as a unified composition or with a linked theme
2. Striking and impactful to pedestrians who are traversing the road
3. Site specific
4. Inspired by the local area
5. Suitable for an outdoor site
6. Temporary

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by Friday, 10 February 2017

Further information and full details on how to apply can be found here:
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/culture/portobello-road-arts-project

East End Film Festival 2016 starts June 23rd

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Founded in 2000, the East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals and the 2016 Festival starts on Thursday June 23rd. The Festival is an annual multi-platform extravaganza with a diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events.

The EEFF’s mission is to discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences.

Committed to the work of first and second time directors, the annual EEFF showcases more than fifty feature film screenings, several short film programmes, and a variety of cross-arts events and industry activities across the festival.

The EEFF’s established awards system includes: Best Feature (reserved for first and second time directors); Best Documentary; Best UK Short Film; and the EEFF Short Film Audience Award.

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The Portobello Film Festival 2016 wants your films!

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Dates for the 2016 Portobello Film Festival – the 21st edition of this entirely free extravaganza – have been confirmed as Thursday September 1st to Friday 16th September.

The Festival is now accepting entries, which are free. The deadline for entries is Wednesday June 1st 2016. For a printable entry form, click here. The entry form plus a copy of your film on DVD must be sent to Portobello Film Festival, ACAVA, 54 Blechynden Street, London W10 6RJ.

Earls Court Film Festival 2016: Four £1,500 grants available

Following on from the success of the Earl’s Court Short Film Festival in November 2015, four grants of £1,500 for short film makers and screen writers will be available in 2016. Grants will be paid at the end of March 2016. Filming should happen in the spring and summer 2016 to be ready for screening by the beginning of November 2016.

earls courtThe only requirement is that you shoot a large part of the short film in Earls Court, using the streets and squares as backgrounds to your storyline. Also, it would be great if you would consider using part of the redevelopment in Earls Court as a background and Brompton Cemetery too.

The shorts will be screened in Earl’s Court in early November 2016 and in Covent Garden at a date to be agreed in 2016.

The short films can be a thriller, documentary or love story although the Film Festival is open to all your ideas. The short film must be filmed in Earls Court in the main but other locations can be used too. Please note that Earls Court has a colourful, diverse and vibrant history which you can tune into.

APPLYING
Send a CV and project outline/script by FRIDAY 4TH MARCH 2016 to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at earlsshorts@gmail.com.

The Film Festival can assist with:
• Office space in Earls Court which can be used on filming dates
• Audition and rehearsal space
• Support with locations
• Venue and audience in both Earls Court and Covent Garden

New £1 million BFI Diversity Fund

Diversity is a core part of the work that the BFI does and the BFI Diversity Fund is designed to reach out to a wider audience. The new BFI Diversity Standards apply to all applications made for Lottery funding at the Film Fund, and also apply to the BFI Diversity Fund.

The Diversity Fund focuses on specific groups that are currently under-represented within the film industry. We would like to fund film projects or activities that focus on under-representation in the following areas:

Race
Disability
Gender
Sexual orientation
Low socio-economic status
Activity outside of London

BFIdiversityThe Fund exists to meet the BFI’s core aim of recognising and acknowledging the value and quality of difference. It will support people and projects that are highly likely to have an impact on the diversity of the British film industry; these can be one-off, short-term or time-limited, or take place over a longer period of time.

The BFI Diversity Fund closes in March 2017. There are no deadlines for applications to this Fund.

The minimum amount an applicant can apply for is £1,000. The maximum amount for an individual is £10,000. For an organisation, the maximum amount is £30,000. The total amount available for the fund is £1 million.

For more information about the Diversity Fund and how to make applications, visit the BFI website.

Residential course for young film makers

NFTSThe National Film and Television School (NFTS) is looking for filmmakers and film fans aged 16 to 19 to join its BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.

If you’re aged 16-19 and you are committed to working in the film industry, then this is the opportunity for you. NFTS is looking for 66 of the nation’s most promising young filmmakers to take part in a two-week film academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films.

You will also have master classes with top auteur and commercial filmmakers and learn a craft specialism, such as directing or sound. The academy is open to those who enrol in one of the regional film academies and to others who have the necessary talent and enthusiasm.

The residential will take place from Monday 28th March to Friday 8th April 2016 at the NFTS in Beaconsfield and at Lane End Conference Centre in High Wycombe. There will also be a weekend residential of activities on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016 at the same venues, so if you want to take part you must be available on all those dates.

Candidates for Screenwriting have an earlier application deadline, because they will be writing the scripts for the short films and will additionally attend a weekend course at the NFTS on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015.

The craft residential costs £99 and you will have to pay your own travel expenses. Bursaries to cover costs will be available on application to invited applicants who cannot afford the fee and/or travel costs.

To apply for this one-off opportunity you should:
– Be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the academy programme.
– Be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration
– Have a passion or talent for filmmaking
– Have evidence of this talent in scripts, treatments or online material, such as videos which you have made or to which you have contributed.
– Be free on the relevant dates.
– Be committed to a career in the film industry
– Have someone who knows your work and is prepared to write a supporting reference (e.g. a teacher, industry professional or leader of one of the network film academies)

For full details about the residential course and how to apply, visit the NFTS website.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SUNDAY JANUARY 24TH 2016

600 superb cinematic treats at the Portobello Film Festival

PFF3Ladies and gentlemen: a selection of 600 superb cinematic treats await your delighted delectation at this year’s 20th Portobello Film Festival AND – it’s all free!

Some highlights at the Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens), programmes from 6.30.

The Devils – Uncut
Friday 4th September
The Portobello Film Festival 2015 will start with its customary controversy by screening a seldom seen uncensored version of Ken Russell’s masterpiece The Devils with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell’s daughter Vicky and Georgina Hale, who acted in the film, will introduce the screening.

Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
Friday 4th September
A film from 1960s psychedelic Portobello featuring Pink Floyd, the Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road and Caroline Coon of Release. Director Joe Gannon went on to have a highly successful TV career in the USA.

More Hot For No 5
A film by Barlby Road Primary School children and digital:works (2015, 40 minutes)
Saturday 5th September
History of Notting Dale and around featuring Joe Rush, Frestonia, and John Christie. The film was made by Year 5 pupils from Barlby Primary School with support from community group digital:works. The oral history of a unique inner city neighbourhood in the voices of the people who lived the story.

The Mask You Live In
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2015, 97 minutes)
Thursday 10th September
Society’s narrow definition of what it means to be a man is having a host of unintended consequences, ranging from substance abuse to violence to rape. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom has said “We as a society are failing our boys and I wanted to delve into the concept of how do we create a culture that doesn’t leave them so lonely, isolated and in pain?”

Peter Green – Man of the World
Directed by Steve Graham (90 minutes)
Friday 11th September
Carlos Santana, Mick Fleetwood, John Mayall, Noel Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer all appear in this documentary about the extraordinary Peter Green. His three short years leading Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac saw the band established as one of the biggest-selling groups of the 1960s until mental illness blighted his life.

And not forgetting…
A basketful of new independent films from London at the Pop Up. PLUS films from France, Belgium, Spain Romania, The USA, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Iraq, Israel, Ireland, Austria at the Video Cafe in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.

Editors’ notes
The Portobello Film Festival launched in 1996 as a reaction to the
moribund state of the British film industry, to provide an outlet for new
filmmakers. Many of our previously out-on-a-limb directors have since been recognised by the big fish in the industry. Portobello Film Festival shows tomorrow’s films today.

‘The wild side of Brit Film.’ Metro.
‘The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.’ Independent. ‘London’s biggest filmic free-for-all.’ Time Out.’

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Portobello Film Festival 2015 Launch Party

PFF2Your invitation to the Portobello Film Festival 2015 Launch Party

When: 6.30 to 10.30 PM, Friday September 4th
Where: The Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)

FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The Portobello Film Festival (Friday 4th to Sunday 18th September) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, so we’re having a special launch party at the legendary Pop Up Cinema under the Westway. Come along for a drink on us (arrive early for that), a selection of superb films and the usual relaxed, boho Portobello atmosphere that the Festival is famous for.

What’s on at the launch?
A fantastic night of cinematic treats:

The Devils (Uncut)
Directed by Ken Russell, starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave (1971, 117 minutes)
This version of the hugely controversial Ken Russell film includes the sections that they censors insisted on cutting when it was released. The film will be introduced by Russell’s daughter Vicki and she’s available for interview – email Ken Macdonald for details.

Ken Russell started his career in the Portobello Road area as a stills photographer and made a short film entitled ‘A House in Bayswater’.

My Fare Lady
Directed by Saloum N’Jie, starring Sean Brosnan (2015, 8 minutes)
Saloum collaborated on the first Portobello Film Festival in 1995. He has since worked with Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Guy Ritchie. He will speak about how he broke into the film world with the help of the Portobello Film Festival.

Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
A film from 1960s psychedelic Portobello featuring Pink Floyd, the Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road and Caroline Coon of Release. Director Joe Gannon went on to have a highly successful TV career in the USA.

The Swing the Hole and the Lie
Directed by Barry Adamson (2014, 11 minutes)
In this film, billed as a ‘golf-noir’ thriller, Jane’s fragile world teeters on the brink of madness as she seeks to uncover whether boyfriend Samir is up to no good with her best friend and golfing buddy Julie. With an introduction from director Barry Adamson.

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Portobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!

lucysparrowPortobello Film Festival 2015 – 20th Glorious Year!
ADMISSION FREE

WHEN
Friday 4th to Sunday 20th September 2015
Every evening from 6 to 10.30pm

WHERE
1) Portobello Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)

2) The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.

600 new films
The Festival will be screening 600 new independent films this year at its two venues, the Portobello Pop Up Cinema and the Muse Gallery. The programme includes the Independent London Film Festival and a mini Spanish Film Festival.

As always, the focus of the Festival is to showcase new film makers working outside the dreary constraints of mainstream media. The Portobello Film Festival exists to celebrate the individual, eccentric, nonconformist film making that produces the household names of tomorrow.

Lucy Sparrow
Renowned artist Lucy Sparrow, whose hand-sewn ‘The Cornershop’ caused a sensation in 2014, has designed this year’s cover art, which appears above. Lucy’s website.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME AVAILABLE SOON.

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Short Horror Film Competition

thefear1Could you create a short horror film that can terrify an entire cinema audience?

The Fear wants to hear from you!

Studio Lambert, the makers of BAFTA-award winning Gogglebox, is making a new series for BBC3 and your short horror film can be part of it.

We are looking for the best short homemade horror films (under 4 minutes) to show to a cinema audience, who will vote for the scariest. The lucky winner will receive funding towards their next film project.

For more information please email: thefear@studiolambert.com

Closing Date: 24th July 2015

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