Film London is 10!
Date posted: 08.05.2014
Film lovers from across the capital braved the rain and flocked to the Gherkin this morning to celebrate a decade of Film London. Chairman of Film London David Parfitt introduced a morning celebrating our achievements over the last 10 years, and looking to our exciting future. He was joined by Shifty star Riz Ahmed, the Oscar-winning creator of Downton Abbey, Lord Julian Fellowes, director Stephen Frears and BFI Deputy Chair Lisbeth Savill.
Packed with messages of support from filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, Working Title's Eric Fellner, 10-time Oscar winner Lord Puttnam and the inimitable Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the event marked London's transformation into a global production hub.
Reflecting on the day, Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "I am personally incredibly proud to be here celebrating 10 years of success and announcing such exciting initiatives for our future."
Investing in the city's future
By investing the city's budding talent and helping grow a diverse, thriving film culture, Film London has been central to the city's booming production industry. Filming in the capital has doubled since our launch in 2003.
To reflect our new and enhanced role in the wider content industries, we also today revealed our vibrant new brand.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Congratulations to Film London, which for 10 years has helped transform our city into one of the world's greatest filmmaking centres."
He continued: "From Jack Bauer fighting terrorists in 24: Live Another Day to an invasion of Jedi knights and storm troopers as Star Wars 7 lands, London is at the heart of a thriving sector that generates billions for our economy.
Investment for London and Games
As further proof of the city's reputation as a world class production centre, we today announced that AMC, the US network behind Mad Men and Breaking Bad, are to shoot a pilot for London-set Knifeman, starring Tim Roth.
On the back of our success growing the film and television industries, Film London now looks to enhance the digital content industries.
As Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "We've conquered film, we're working on television and animation - the next goal is ensuring we have the world's best games industry too."
Capitalising on the latest tax relief for games, we will work to establish London as the games capital of the world. In partnership with UK Interactive Entertainment (UKie), the Mayor of London and London & Partners, Film London is exploring a range of activities including a new international trade strategy for games and a major B2B games event in the capital in 2015.
Announcing this new direction, Chairman of Film London David Parfitt commented "In the face of a rapidly-changing media landscape, now could not be a more exciting time to expand and work with the wider content industries to ensure this great city continues to lead the way in driving forward creativity, innovation and originality on screen."
Looking forward - key activity in 2014
The new work with the games industry will be rolled out alongside our existing activities supporting London's screen industries.
The London Screenings (formerly known as the London UK Film Focus) takes place 23-26 June, bringing international buyers to London to view new British films.
Training programmes covering distribution, the film value chain and pitching and packaging projects will continue throughout the year, as will shorts schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus as part of the BFI NET.WORK.
Film London Production Finance Market, is back for an eighth year, held in association with the BFI London Film Festival in October
Film London Jarman Award takes place in December this year. An annual celebration of moving image art, the event is central to our year round support of artists working with moving image, supported by Arts Council England.