Boosting British film at the London Screenings export market
Date posted: 19.05.2015
This June, the cream of the international sales industry will be descending on the capital for four days of films, meetings and networking at our annual London Screenings event.
Taking place 22-25 June at BFI Southbank, this event is the only UK export market dedicated to supporting British films and companies and welcomes hundreds of top international and domestic buyers every year.
"Every year, London Screenings gives us a chance to showcase the immense talent and ingenuity of UK filmmakers to the international marketplace," Film London Chief Executive Adrian Wootton commented. "This year's programme is no exception, and is sure to set the market buzzing with packed screenings and deals being made."
A first look
This year's delegates will have a sneak peek at some of UK cinema's most exciting up and coming titles. Among them will be the premieres of:
- Despite the Falling Snow (6 Sales), a Cold War drama starring Charles Dance
- Urban Hymn (Metro International), a redemptive coming-of-age story directed by Michael Caton Jones
- The ReZort (Umedia, formerly Generation Z), a zombie thriller with Dougray Scott
As well as premiering completed features, London Screenings will also provide a glimpse at sales companies' work-in-progress titles, with highlights including a glimpse of upcoming BFI-funded films that have not previously been screened.
Supporting emerging talent
London Screenings' annual Breakthrough strand again provides a crucial platform for emerging British filmmakers to showcase their work to the international marketplace.
Breakthrough films this year include:
- Social Suicide, a teen thriller directed by Bruce Webb, whose The Be All and End All was also a Breakthrough title
- AfterDeath, a mystery horror which follows five young people who wake up dead
- Lapse of Honour, a gritty urban drama base around Moss Side
- Follow the Money, a documentary tracking the journey of a 10 dollar bill across the US in 30 days
- Dartmoor Killing, a psychological thriller and graduate of our Build Your Audience and Micro Market initiatives
The strand has an impressive track record, with five of last year's eight titles picked up for sales representation.
Developed and led by Film London, London Screenings 2015 is supported by the BFI, Mayor of London, Film Export UK and UK Trade & Investment.