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17/05/2005

Film London appoints head of new 'micro feature' fund

Maggie Ellis, Film London’s highly respected Production Executive, has been appointed as the first Head of Production at the capital’s media agency.
The Head of Production is a new post tasked with running an ambitious, new Micro Budget Digital Feature Film Fund, which will open for applications from September 2005.
The post also oversees the established and highly successful PULSE Digital Shorts scheme for young filmmakers, in partnership with the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund; Film London’s involvement with local borough film funds; and the London Artists’ Film & Video moving image network run in association with the Arts Council England London.
Ellis is well known as a champion of new talent in the industry and has worked across film and television as a producer and consultant to a number of major organisations including Channel Four, BBC, ITV, Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and the National Film and Television School.
Ellis has helped launch the careers of some of London’s most talented filmmakers and artists through a variety of commercial and public production schemes including the renowned London Production Fund and animate!
Directors such as Shona Auerbach, Juliet McKoen and Yousaf Ali Khan have all benefited from Ellis’ direct involvement with their early projects.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, said: “This is a great appointment for Film London. Maggie brings an enormous wealth of experience and huge energy to this exciting new post, which will have a direct impact on London’s emerging film-making talent.”
Ellis said: “I am delighted to be tackling this exciting new role. The digital feature film fund is an amazing opportunity for London film-makers to develop their skills and showcase their creativity on a full length project, and I am thrilled to be a part of this.”
Conrad Bodman, Senior Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council England, said: “Maggie brings a wealth of experience to this challenging new position and we look forward to working with her to develop artists' moving image practice in London.”
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