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'Extreme' Exposure As Filmmaker Picks Up Top Award

'Soft', Simon Ellis’s critically acclaimed short film, commissioned by Film4 and the UK Film Council with The Bureau for Cinema Extreme, has put Ellis on the international film industry’s radar.
It won Best Live Action Short at the Toronto Short Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award and a ‘Special Mention’ at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.
The Cinema Extreme programme, which enables new filmmakers to prepare for feature films by making a professional short film, has bred a number of multi award-winning British directors.
Cinema Extreme is now on the hunt for the next big name in British filmmaking. Up to four projects will be selected and funded at the end of the call for applications which runs until 7 September 2007.
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Cinema Extreme is managed by London-based production company The Bureau for the UK Film Council and Film4. Lifesize manages all of the UK Film Council’s short film schemes. So far 19 films have been commissioned through Cinema Extreme, and have gone on to be screened at festivals around the world and win awards.
Duane Hopkins has just completed his first feature length film, which will be screening at major festivals later this year. 'Get the Picture' director Rupert Wyatt and producer Adrian Sturges are in post-production on the Lottery funded feature 'The Escapist'.
In addition, 'A Changed Man' director Jens Jonsson went on to direct 'God Morgon Alla Barn'. 'The Bypass' producer Trevor Ingman is producing feature documentary 'The Meerkats'. 'Dog’s Mercury' director Martin Raddich and producer Jane Hooks are in production on 'Crack Willow'. Simon Ellis and producer Jane Hooks are in post-production on 'Dogging: A Love Story'.
Lenny Crooks, Head of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, said: “The Cinema Extreme scheme forms an integral part of our overall aim, to find distinctive new filmmaking talents and support them, building their work into the UK film industry. Cinema Extreme has a fantastic track record, with major new talents producing stunning work and gaining deserved success. We look forward to welcoming applicants in 2007.”
Rebecca Mark Lawson, Executive Producer, Lifesize Pictures commented: “Cinema Extreme is now internationally recognised as being the place to make your mark as a filmmaker.”
Matthieu de Braconier, Executive Producer for The Bureau, says, “Beyond the opportunity to get a commission, Cinema Extreme is an opportunity for filmmakers to make us aware of their voice. Film4, the UK Film Council and The Bureau all share a track record in supporting up and coming talent. It is our job to find some of those who will re-invent the face of tomorrow’s cinema. Help us; apply.”
Peter Carlton, Senior Commissioning Executive for Film4 said: "Cinema Extreme is unique in that we can give the responsibility of feature film logistics and pressures, but squeezed into a short film, which in turn enables a director the opportunity to prove they are ready to make a feature film and allow us to see their true potential.”

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