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New Opportunity for Emerging British Producers

Date posted: 13.12.2011

Film London has joined forces with BAFTA, and associate partner Northern Film & Media, to deliver events in London and Gateshead in January 2012 to guide emerging producers in the UK through the role of sales companies and distributors.

Breakthrough: A Guide to International Film Sales & Distribution
, also supported by Kodak and Creative England, aims to boost both domestic distribution and the international export of British independent films. Breakthrough: A Guide to... is from the organisers of the annual London UK Film Focus (LUFF), the UK's premier film export event.

is LUFF's popular strand, which offers emerging British film-makers a unique and vital platform to showcase their work to international buyers and programmers of prominent international film festivals.

Topics at Breakthrough: A Guide to... will range from acquisitions and distribution, festivals and markets, the role of delivery agents as well as a session where sales companies pitch their service to producers so they better understand the sales agent's role in the value chain. Both events will be followed by networking drinks.

Speakers at the events will include Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales and Marketing at Bankside Films and Chair of Film Export UK, Carey Fitzgerald, Managing Director of High Point Media Group, Natalie Brenner, EVP, International Sales at Ealing Metro International, Julia Short, Head of Acquisitions at the Works Film Group, Rebecca Hawkes, Managing Director of Schedule 2, Nicola Kettlewood, Edinburgh Film Festival, and Mia Bays, producer and Sales/Distribution Consultant.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission explained it was "important to support film-makers through the complexities of exhibition and distribution" which is why Film London were hosting the events. Helena Mackenzie, Head of Inward Investment & Business Development at Film London continued that "our aim is to support even more film-makers as well as increase the number of British films which reach an international audience".

The events also aim to boost entries to LUFF's Breakthrough strand, which will launch a call for submissions in January 2012.

Breakthrough: A Guide to... in London will take place at BAFTA on Tuesday 24 January 2012, in Newcastle it will run at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Early bird tickets available now at, priced at £30 (VAT inclusive).

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