British Industry will have UK Film Centre at Toronto Film Festival
Date posted: 07.09.2011
The British film industry will be well represented at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In addition to 30 hotly anticipated British features and shorts in the programme, a large number of British industry delegates will be attending the Festival to do business.
The British contingent in Toronto this year will be supported by a dedicated UK Film Centre, based at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 8-15 September, delivered for the first time by Film Export UK in partnership with Film London.
TIFF has become an important launch pad for international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is widely recognised as one of the world's most important film festivals, screening over 300 films from more than 60 countries.
TIFF also has a packed industry programme, offering extensive networking opportunities and events with key industry decision makers.
The UK Film Centre in Toronto brings together public bodies, national agencies, producers and sales companies with an aim to generate business with international markets and investors, promote the UK films and talent at this year's TIFF and showcase the entire UK offer.
Stephen Kelliher, Chair of Film Export UK said "Film Export UK is delighted to be one of the leading partners bringing the UK Film Centre to the Toronto Film Festival this year". Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission added that the "Toronto UK Film Centre gives the international film community a centralised point to do business with the British while in Toronto."
Over 70 new British films are being sold by UK-based sales companies at this year's TIFF, with the majority represented by the eight sales companies based at the Toronto UK Film Centre, who are supported by UK Trade & Investment.
Westminster Council is also supporting the UK offering in Toronto, as part of an initiative which has seen the borough provide London's creative industries with an additional £350,000 to help boost the capital's economy.
Independent producers from across the UK will also be using the Film Centre to get new British projects off the ground. London producers at the Festival include Stewart Mackinnon, Andrew Bendel and Mike Downey.
Also represented in the UK Office is the British Film Commission, the BFI, Creative Scotland, Film London, The Film Agency for Wales, Wales Screen Commission and the British Council. The agencies will be in Toronto promoting the very best of the UK industry, including locations, facilities, talent and funding opportunities.
The BFI's Film Fund, headed up by Tanya Seghatchian, will be attending TIFF to support the 12 films at the Festival which have been financed by the Film Fund with National Lottery money through the UK Film Council and the BFI, including Steve McQueen's Shame, Fernando Meirelles' 360, Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea and Michael Winterbottom's Trishna.
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