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Film London Invests £135k In New Projects

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Film London has invested £135,000 production funding for four new moving image projects by London-based artists through its Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).
Mark Leckey, Simon Martin, Gail Pickering and Grace Schwindt have all been commissioned through FLAMIN Productions; a production fund that seeks to facilitate the creation of "ambitious and original moving image works".
Supported by Arts Council England, FLAMIN Productions funds single screen works that "represent a significant step forward in an artist's practice".
The scheme has already produced a range of internationally successful artworks, including Ben Rivers' award-winning feature length Two Years at Sea, Elizabeth Price's West Hinder, which was part of the exhibition that won the Turner Prize in 2012 and Hilary Koob-Sassen's Transcalar Investment Vehicles which won the European Media Arts Festival Award in 2012.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "Central to Film London's strategy is to ensure we continue to discover and nurture London's film-making talent. Through FLAMIN, with crucial funding from Arts Council England, we support artist film-makers to develop and produce interesting works which also progresses them in their careers. I'm delighted FLAMIN Productions continues to build a strong reputation of commissioning projects that impress both the film and art worlds as well as find audiences and look forward to seeing these four new pieces."
Peter Heslip, Director Visual Arts, Arts Council England, added: "Supporting artists at key stages of their careers lies at the heart of what the Arts Council does and these new commissions will give artists working in moving image the opportunity to create work that matches their artistic ambitions. We are proud to support FLAMIN Productions through the inclusion of Film London in our National Portfolio and we look forward to seeing this work come to fruition over the next few years. The scheme has an impressive list of alumni whose commissioned works have been screened internationally and received prestigious awards; we look forward to seeing this year's artists emulate their success."
Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists' Moving Image at Film London, said: "FLAMIN Productions represents a unique opportunity, offering substantial financial investment alongside a generous raft of practical support from development through to exhibition. The four selected projects continue the rich tradition of experimental cinema in the UK, challenging established codes, pushing the boundaries of the medium and working without compromise. This diverse slate of work looks set to repeat the fantastic success of FLAMIN Productions and I look forward to seeing the artists and their projects realise their tremendous potential."
The fifth round of FLAMIN Productions funding will open for applications at the end of 2013. Further announcements will be made over the coming months.
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