The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express announces today a refreshed industry events programme creating new opportunities for UK and international filmmakers and film professionals to share their knowledge and experiences, and push forward priorities for developing UK film creatively and commercially as set out in the BFI’s five-year plan Film Forever.
The new programme creates enhanced pathways for emerging UK filmmaking talent to meet and benefit from exposure to international filmmakers and film professionals.
Clare Stewart, Festival Director, BFI London Film Festival, says:
The industry programme is a vital part of the LFF, offering film professionals a range of valuable opportunities to acquire knowledge, make new connections and develop partnerships, supporting them in growing their business and expertise.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, whose office supports the Festival industry programme and the Centrepiece Gala in recognition of the Festival’s role in facilitating business as well as audience opportunities says:
The BFI London Film Festival brings together the powerhouse of talent that drives the British film industry with key overseas players in order to forge creative collaborations in a way that can only enhance the capital’s world-leading reputation for cinema.
The new industry events programme is structured into four strands: In Conversation, Talking Points, Meet the Commissioners and New Talent.
◦LFF Industry Keynote Conversation with Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO and Co-founder, to celebrate 20th anniversary of the animation powerhouse
◦Industry events include Meet the Commissioners, Talking Points and In Conversation sessions with filmmakers, financiers and industry professionals including Clio Barnard, Nick Fenton, Stephen Frears, Sisse Graum Jørgenson, Sam Haillay, Debbie Isitt, James Kent, Kristian Levring, Bruna Papandrea, Ira Sachs, Celine Sciamma, Peter Strickland, Susanna White, Jon Wright and many more
◦Major new talent events with Creative England, the British Council, the Casting Society and Screen International
◦Returning partnerships with Power to the Pixel’s Cross Media Forum and the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM)
◦LFF press and industry screening programme with special Buyers and Sellers selection, new delegate centre and online viewing library