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14 Islands, 14 Filmmakers, 14 Days, £14,000 prize

The 1st October sees the launch of The 14 Islands Film Challenge, a nationwide search to find "the UK’s most talented professional or aspiring filmmakers." The competition will give fourteen lucky filmmakers a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks on an idyllic island in The Bahamas and the chance to compete for a £14,000 cash prize.

How To Show the Media Whose Boss

What a world of difference there is in the way organizations handle problems when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

While usually relatively minor, from a national media standpoint, almost every organization encounters major or minor problems each year as they have “run-ins” with the media. This is especially true today where citizen journalists can blast camphone videos or 140 character Tweets around the globe in the bat of an eye.

"World's Smallest Cinema" Hits the Road

Measuring just 126cm by 130cm, the "world’s smallest cinema" was unveiled today in London to mark the Virgin Media Shorts Awards.

Vancouver Launches Film Festival Programme

I don't know if it was the fact that Vancouver was under a deluge this morning, or there's just fewer journalists around these days, but the Vancouver International Film Festival media conference seemed less busy than in previous years.

Vancouver Film Festival: Green Filmmakers See Red

The 16-day Vancouver International Film Festival gets underway on 1st October. If previous years are anything to go by, you can expect a programme bursting at the seams with world cinema, documentary, music and arthouse work from across the globe. In particular, with the Earth Summit in Copenhagen coming in December, expect festival artistic director Alan Franey to field a strand of hard-hitting environmental documentaries when the full VIFF programme goes live on 12th September.

Charlie Kaufman Lined Up For Vancouver Trade Forum

Vancouver, Canada – The programme for the 24th Vancouver Film & TV Forum (29 Sept - 2 Oct, 2009) along with New Filmmakers’ Day on 3 Oct, has been announced. Among the highlights of the five day industry and educational event will be a masterclass with non-linear Hollywood scribe Charlie Kaufman.

Review: Adobe Production Premium CS4

There's been big changes in video since Adobe announced the release, two years ago, of Creative Suite 3 (CS3). Even in the months since Adobe released its moving-image editing suite Production Premium CS4, things have moved along apace in videoland. High resolution video has become ubiquitous across the web, from Old Media newspaper web sites to bedroom vloggers.

Strong Line-up for Edinburgh Film Festival 2009

The 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival, kicking off at Cineworld on 17 June with Sam Mendes comedy Away We Go, will showcase 135 features from 33 countries over ten days to 28 June.

What does 2009 hold?

Few years that started with everyone feeling as apparently miserable as we do now. But for a moment let's forget the gloom and doom, the stock market crashes, the housing debacle, the horrendous unemployment figures. After all, most independent filmmakers have been here before, when the times were supposed to be good. It's part of the job description.

Adobe Premiere Elements 7 and Photoshop Elements 7 Review

A review of the latest version of the consumer video-photo editing software bundle.

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