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October Film Fun

With the leaves starting to fall and the air getting crisper already it’s time to embrace the comfy seats of the cinema for a fresh bout of festivals, special screenings and events for the first wave of autumn.

With the leaves
starting to fall and the air getting crisper already it’s time to embrace the
comfy seats of the cinema for a fresh bout of festivals, special screenings and
events for the first wave of autumn.

The cinematic event for not just the month but the year is
the 2012 London Independent Film
We’ve already slipped you the highlights HERE but organisers have recently announced that on top of a
promising programme of premieres, panels and some of the best offerings from
this year’s international festivals, the London event will be hosting its first
ever dedicated family section.

Part of this family friendly thread will include 15 free
screenings, talks and workshops designed for small to big. Animations Ernest and Celestine (Main Picture), Wolf Children and Zarafa for smaller audiences, whilst the 15+ programme includes the
latest from Michel Gondry with The We and the I, a tale of teenage
alienation, Michael Winterbottom’s
about four children separated from their father and After Lucia, Michael Franco’s account of a bullied girl that won him the Un
Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Festival. For the full programme and
details of the films and events included visit the BFI site HERE

After a blinding summer of sport, particularly cycling a new
British icon, or two, in the sideburns of Bradley
, an ideal way to keep the flame alive is at Barbican for their
annual Bicycle Film Festival. From
lycra shorts to cinematic shorts, the programme this year includes Boy, the
short film directed by Justin Chadwick
and starring Timothy Spall that was
made especially to be shown at the Olympics. Hit ‘Em in the Mouth premieres on the 6th of October. Erin O’Kay’s documentary on the origins
of Seattle bike polo follows the sport, which is the origin of the today’s
game, from its birth right through to the contemporary scene through interviews
and footage of its key players. Claiming a different trophy altogether, the
critically acclaimed Kid With a Bike,
which will be showing on the 7th won the Grand Prix at the Cannes
film festival for its sombre story directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc

The festival runs
from the 5th to the 7th of October; you can find all the
details HERE

Keeping in the spirit of the great outdoors, the London Surf Film Festival is back for
its second year in the very unsurfy Hammersmith. The independent film festival
showcases some of the best international surfing films as well as Q&As,
talks and workshops, live music, galleries and performances. Features include
the UK premiere of the award winning documentary Boardroom: Legends of
Surfboard directed by Markus Davids
who will be talking after the film, Dear
by Kai Neville documenting
cutting footage of the sport in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indo and The
Caribbean and Inge Wegge & Jørn Nyseth Ranum’s
isolated account of surfing off the coast of Northern-Norway. Find out more HERE

Budding screenwriters can pick up their pens for a weekend
of learning as the annual London Screenwriter’s Festival. From the 26th
to the 28th of October at the London school of Film, Media and
Performance a host of speakers, sessions and script labs will be held to
inspire and encourage writers. Mike Leigh
headlines the guest speakers for the weekend, sharing his insights into his
renowned career in British filmmaking which includes such films as Secrets and Lies and Another Year. The King’s Speech
producer Gareth Unwin will be
appearing as well as Harry Potter director David
and Mad Men producer and
writer Lisa Albert. BAFTA winner Noel Clarke will be appearing to
discuss his success in British film making, and Skins screenwriter Chris Hill will be discussing writing
for a teen series.

Sessions include Dynamic Dialogue, where you can learn how
to add a little panache to Hollywood writing, Stayin’ Alive – 50 Screenwriter
Survival Tips and Dramatic Tension…How to Crank It Up. Starting off the events
and back by popular demand is Pitching Thursday, a chance for the nervous and
doubtful pitcher to improve on their selling technique with a panel of industry
experts. You can find out more about the events and book tickets at the
festival homepage HERE:

Beth Webb - Events Editor

I aim to bring you a round up of the best film events in the UK, no matter where you are or what your preference. For live coverage of events across London, follow @FilmJuice

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