67th BFI London Film Festival’s Industry Forum Unveils Star-Studded Lineup
London, September 20, 2023 – The 67th BFI London Film Festival’s highly anticipated annual industry forum has drawn together a constellation of cinema heavyweights for a series of engaging conversations, panels, and events. Running in parallel with the festival from October 4th to 15th, this year’s industry forum promises insightful discussions and networking opportunities for film professionals and enthusiasts alike.
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Star-Studded Kickoff Conversation
The forum’s opening event, set to ignite the stage, will feature a captivating conversation between industry leaders. Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive, will join forces to explore the dynamic landscape of the film industry.
The industry forum boasts three spotlight conversations that delve into the creative minds and achievements of prominent figures in the film world.
1. Jennifer Lee: Crafting Disney Magic
Jennifer Lee, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, will engage in a compelling dialogue with Tricia Tuttle, Head of Directing Fiction at the National Film and Television School. Lee will share insights into her illustrious career, her time shaping Disney’s creative vision, and her involvement in the upcoming animated musical comedy adventure “Wish,” which she co-wrote and executive produced.
2. Carole Baraton: Navigating Disruptive Markets
Carole Baraton, Co-founder and CEO of French sales company Charades, will discuss the challenges of making editorial choices and maintaining relationships with talent in an ever-evolving market. She will be in conversation with Isabel Davis, Executive Director of Screen Scotland, to explore Charades’ innovative approach to adapting to market disruptions.
3. See-Saw Films: A Journey Through Cinema
Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Helen Gregory, the minds behind See-Saw Films, will take the stage to reflect on their careers, collaborations with leading talent, insights into the international market, and a closer look at their three featured films at this year’s festival: “One Life,” “The Royal Hotel,” and “Foe.” Clare Stewart, Managing Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, will guide this illuminating discussion.
Diverse Industry Panels
The forum will also offer a series of industry panels exploring emerging writers, the impact of artificial intelligence on filmmaking, and the world of international co-productions. In collaboration with Variety, a panel discussion will feature Mahalia Belo, whose directorial debut, supported by the BFI Filmmaking Fund, adapts Megan Hunter’s novel, “The End We Start From.” The panel, moderated by Leo Barraclough, Director of International Features at Variety, will delve into the creative process, financing challenges, and the star-studded cast, including Jodie Comer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, and Mark Strong.
U.K. Talent Days
The festival’s U.K. Talent Days, in partnership with the British Council, will showcase works in progress, host networking opportunities for both U.K. and international delegates, and provide masterclasses for emerging U.K.-based writers, directors, and producers. Additionally, an event tailored for international sales agents will facilitate one-to-one meetings with U.K. buyers in a speed-dating-style format.
The LFF industry program extends its reach with the two-day Film London Production Finance Market and various networking events in collaboration with Apple TV+, BFI Network, the British Council, Directors U.K., Focus, Glasgow Film Festival, Sunbelt Rental, and Reddit.
The 67th BFI London Film Festival’s industry forum is set to be a hub of knowledge, creativity, and collaboration, reaffirming its position as a vital platform for the global film industry. Film enthusiasts, professionals, and cinephiles alike can look forward to the wealth of opportunities and insights this year’s forum promises to deliver.