Film London’s Export Market returns for a successful 11th edition.
Date posted: 02.07.2014
Over 218 buyers headed to the capital last week for the successful 11th edition of London Screenings (formerly London UK Film Focus) at BFI Southbank.
"Renamed and with a decade already under its belt, the London Screenings has proven to be an essential industry event, contributing to strong British film sales and the development of British cinema. " – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
This year the packed four-day screening programme of new British films, was enhanced, offering three main strands alongside invite-only screenings:
- Showcase featuring UK films with sales representation
- Coming Soon offering sales agents the opportunity to present exclusive trailers and footage of upcoming projects
- Breakthrough our hugely successful platform for emerging British filmmakers without sales representation.
In addition, the printed programme now lists films available for pre-sale - presenting international buyers with projects they haven't encountered before, and offering a more comprehensive overview into what the UK Film industry has to offer.
Showcasing UK cinema
This year saw 47 screenings, 14 Premieres, 8 Breakthrough titles and 3 Coming Soon sessions. Standout films include
- Musical film God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian
- A big screen version of Michael Winterbottom's television hit The Trip to Italy, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon
- Jon Wright's eagerly-awaited Robot Overlords starring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson
- Cannes hit Catch Me Daddy, the debut feature of writer-director Daniel Wolfe
Highlights from the breakthrough strand included Sean Spencer's neo-noir Panic; Secret Sharer, inspired by a Joseph Conrad novella; dark Brighton-based thriller The Sleeping Room and Narcopolis, set in a near future where all drugs have been legalised.
Coming Soon from the BFI Film Fund showcased a number of titles including Brooklyn, London Road, Testament of Youth, Thomas Quick, Bill, Get Santa, Bypass, directed by Duane Hopkins and the latest film from acclaimed director Terence Davies, Sunset Song.
About London Screenings
"London Screenings is a vital part of our national industry, consistently securing millions of dollars in international sales deals." – Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and British Film Commission
London Screenings is the only export market which supports new UK films and UK film companies, and forms a key contribution to the UK's film export strategy. Backed by the BFI and the Mayor of London, with support from UK Trade & Investment and Film Export UK, London Screenings plays an important role in bringing valuable film business to the capital through UK sales agents, the majority of which are based in London.
This year the 218 buyers in London for the event represented countries including:
- USA: TLA (Raymond Murray), Tribeca (Alison Diviney) and Mongrel Media (Andrew Frank)
- France: Diaphana (Karin Beyens) and Wild Bunch (Marie-Pierre Valle)
- Germany: Ascot Elite (Stephan Giger) and Prokino (Ira Von Gienanth) from Germany
- Italy: Eagle Pictures (Maria Grazia Vaira).