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58th BFI London Film Festival

Date posted: 03.09.2014

Film London, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, is once again supporting the BFI London Film Festival (LFF). Film London funding will support the Centrepiece Gala supported by the Mayor of London, as well as boost the Festival’s industry programme and facilities, providing access to services for film professionals and unique training opportunities.

This year’s Gala is the premiere of Testament of Youth, an adaptation of the coming-of-age memoir by British writer, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain. Set in the First World War, the film features a raft of British talent including Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West, with emerging star Alicia Vikander in the title role.

“With filmmakers from all over the world in London for the Festival, we have the opportunity to showcase the capital as a premiere film city” says Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. “The Festival is an excellent platform for our world-class talent and infrastructure.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The London Film Festival is hugely important for the capital and underpins our city's status as one of the world's top centres for film and filmmaking. Last year saw more feature films being shot in the capital than ever before, whilst the new television tax relief brought £395m of production into the UK in its first year. With Film London we will continue to work hard to support production and talent in front of and behind the camera and to ensure the capital continues to be a global hub for film.”

Industry support

Film London funding will strengthen connections with the capital's film and media sector, and will also boost the festival's industry programme at the LFF Industry Office. Throughout the festival, the Industry Office offers a unique range of services and activities including seminars, screenings and networking events to UK and international film professionals.

Market Place Live is back for another entertaining panel event to demystify the film value chain and reveal the complex process of taking a film from concept to sales. Yet again, the industry luminaries will be tasked with financing, producing and exhibiting a hypothetical film to reveal a rare and candid insider’s view into independent film production.

Wootton commented “our activity enables the international film industry to do business, which is vital, and the industry programme – including some of our own events – is a great chance for the city’s emerging filmmaking talent, to learn, make connections and build their skills and careers.”

Bringing professionals together

Continuing to build London's reputation as a global film business hub, Film London will host the eighth edition of its Production Finance Market (PFM) on 15-16 October. Dedicated to connecting producers with financiers, PFM encourages and stimulates new global film financing relationships, with over 800 face-to-face meetings and a further 300 financier-to-financier meetings over two days.

Film London Micro Market (15-16 October) returns alongside the PFM following a successful pilot last year. This market connects filmmakers with financiers seeking micro and low budgeted features, as well as providing crucial training.

This year, Film London will hold a special national edition of Film Hub London’s Exhibitors’ Breakfast (9 October). This event will be a unique opportunity for cinemas, festivals and film clubs to come together, as well as representatives from across the BFI Film Audience Network.

Showcasing talent

As well as linking the capital's producers with the rest of the world, Film London will showcase the best of the capital's new filmmaking talent through the London Calling programme on 16 October. An audience favourite, the event showcases a selection of the best new talent supported by Film London’s short film schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus, and this year includes the directorial debut of actor Riz Ahmed.

This year, FLAMIN Productions, Film London’s artists’ moving image commissioning fund, screens two world premieres in the festival’s Experimenta strand by acclaimed London-based artists; Gail Pickering’s Dirty Pictures Mirror Speech and Hilary Koob-Sassen’s Transcalar Investment Vehicles.

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