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In 2015, the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) shone a spotlight on London by making it the focus of the year's City to City programme

During this special London-focused edition of TIFF, the British Film Commission, Film London and the GREAT campaign set up a special venue called London House, enhancing London and the UK's presence at the Festival. 

With a range of panel discussions, Q&As and press events over six days, London House showcased an enormous breadth of voices. Catch up with these short videos:

"British films have the best value for money"


In partnership with Screen International, this panel discussed what motivates international buyers, giving insight into what they are looking for to successfully sell a film internationally and tips to UK producers on how to export their films.

Panellists:

  • Stephen Kelliher, Director and Head of Sales, Bankside Films
  • Gianluca Chakra, MD Front Row Films Entertainment
  • Gareth Unwin, Producer Bedlam Films (The King’s Speech, Kilo Two Bravo)
  • Chair: Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor, Screen International and Film Programme Manager, British Council

"The reaction last night was beyond my wildest dreams"


A look at some of the brightest most exciting talent working in the UK, we spoke with the directors, producers, actors and writers who were at TIFF with their latest projects.

Panellists:

"We shot Carnegie Hall in the Apollo Hammersmith"


Hear from the director of
The Program – which had its world premiere at TIFF – not to mention Dangerous Liaisons, Philomena, The Queen and more – as he talks about his 40­-year career, with a focus on making films in the UK.

"I like fish and chips as opposed to... a burger"


The producer of UK-shot High-Rise which was selected for the year's TIFF discusses his career – including such renowned and influential films as The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast and Crash – along with shooting films in the UK and building international finance on a range of projects.

"It's the best in the world."

A panel of experts share their experiences of financing projects, finding resources, discovering locations and more across the UK.

  • Roy Boulter, Producer, Hurricane Films (Sunset Song)
  • Phil Hunt, Managing Director, Executive Producer and Financier, Head Gear Films and Bankside Films
  • Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission
  • Chair: Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor, Screen International and Film Programme Manager, British Council

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