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07/10/2013

BFI London Film Fest. Reveals Lineup

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The 57th BFI London Film Festival has announced the line-up of events, screenings and services for this year's event.
The industry programme will feature screenings in central London's Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as a range of film industry events.
Clare Stewart, the BFI's Head of Cinemas and Festival Director of the BFI London Film Festival, comments: "The industry programme is at the heart of the LFF and we're thrilled to present events and screenings that will support film professionals at every level, from those beginning their careers through to established players looking to grow their business and engage directly with industry colleagues and policy-makers.
"UK Film is riding high – the LFF film programme is a great showcase for the singular creativity and expert craftsmanship evident in British film. Our wide-ranging industry programme, with its growing links to the BFI's strategic leadership role, provides opportunities for UK and international industry to connect, share knowledge and forge creative and commercial collaborations for the future."
In 2013, the festival will welcome back events such as the Cross-Media Forum with Power to the Pixel; the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM), which helps to foster financing relationships between UK industry professionals and their international counterparts; and LFF's feature film talent and project development scheme, Think-Shoot-Distribute.
Cineworld Shaftsbury Avenue will host dedicated and centralised press and industry screenings of films from the festival programme from 9am to 5pm, 10-16 October.
Running simultaneously will be four days of Buyer and Seller screenings from 12-15 October, with a focus on titles seeking UK distribution.
This will culminate in the Meet the Buyer event on Tuesday 15 October overseen by the Festival's Buyers & Sellers facilitator, Mary Davies.
Headlining the LFF Industry events programme will be the keynote address from leading UK producer, Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks, Jane Eyre).
In her keynote, The Power of the Story, Alison will examine how cinema can withstand fierce competition from games and online.
Alison Owen, Producer and Managing Director of Ruby Film and Television, said: "Stories have been used to order and explain our existence since cavemen told stories around the fire. But the movies are under threat. Surrounded by alternative forms of entertainment encroaching on every side, from NetFlix to YouTube to Facebook to Grand Theft Auto, can the form of the two-hour dramatic experience as we know it survive, or is it destined for the archives and museums?"
This year, the LFF will also seek to align itself to Film Forever, the BFI's five year plan, developed in partnership with the film industry.
Events will include:
  • the launch of the BFI International Strategy, led by Head of International Isabel Davis
  • a Focus on Sustainability event from the BFI and BAFTA with Oscar-winning actor, Colin Firth and creative director of Eco-Age, Livia Firth
  • the BFI Distribution Fund present Remodelling the Release: Insights from the BFI New Models scheme
  • It All Starts With the Audience…exploring how audiences across Europe are choosing to watch film and the implications for film business models
  • UK MEDIA Desk presents Developing films for an international market, featuring a panel of seasoned European producers who will share their tips for developing films with international appeal.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "The BFI London Film Festival is more than just a fabulous opportunity to enjoy an eclectic array of films from around the world. It also brings together key players in a hugely important sector for the capital's economy. Working with Film London, my goal is to ensure London remains one of the world's top cities for film, which is why it is so important to support the festival’s industry office and events like the Production Finance Market."
The BFI London Film Festival Industry Programme is supported by Creative Skillset.
Dan Simmons, Head of Film, Creative Skillset, said: "I'm delighted that Creative Skillset is once again a main partner of the industry programme at the BFI London Film Festival. We have supported Think-Shoot-Distribute since its inception many years ago, we are continuing to partner on the 4th Annual Industry Keynote Lecture, and it's fantastic to see one of our UK powerhouse female producers delivering the lecture this year, and we are also once again supporting Power to the Pixel, and the Production Finance Market. One year on since Film Forever was launched there is a wide range of high calibre training and development being delivered for UK filmmakers, and we are proud to be supporting some of these flagship initiatives at the festival."
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