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Film London at Sundance Film Festival: London

Date posted: 05.06.2018

Film London was delighted to support Sundance Film Festival: London, which took place at Picturehouse Central last week. 

Our packed agenda of activity kicked off on Thursday afternoon where Jordan McGarry, Head of Talent Development and Production for Film London, was in discussion with filmmaker and programmer Mike Plante to chat about what makes a short film Sundance-ready. Mike discussed the importance of volunteering at festivals to understand audiences, and not being afraid to start small; a five-minute short film has opportunity to play at multiple festivals and make a strong first impression. We were joined by the teams behind Film London shorts Wren Boys and White Riot: London who gave some valuable nuggets of advice to the budding filmmakers in the room. 

On Friday morning Film Hub London hosted a special Exhibitors' Brunch with two fantastic panel discussions. Anthony Andrews (We Are Parable) chaired a panel with Reece Brown (Block Party Cinema), Pierre Godson-Amamoo (Liberty Mount - Your Cinema), Akua Gyamfi (The British Blacklist) and Charmaine Simpson (Black History Studies) in an engaging discussion around reaching BAME audiences, which focussed on the importance of working as a collective.

Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London, then hosted a panel with Claire Binns (Picturehouse) and John Cooper, David Courier and Kim Yutani from Sundance Film Festival to discuss all things programming. With 58% of films in Sundance Film Festival: London directed by women, and the quality and range of independent film being higher than ever, this was a positive panel encouraging filmmakers and programmers to continue to raise the bar in the industry.

On Friday afternoon Jordan McGarry, Film London was involved in The Big Culture Shift, a panel examining how to create a more inclusive film culture both in the UK and worldwide. In line with the festival's #WhatNext theme, this panel was a productive and engaging discussion to encourage positive change in the industry.

On Friday evening we were thrilled to co-host the Film London Gala UK Premiere of Idris Elba's Directorial debut Yardie. The coming-of-age, gangster film Yardie features a huge amount of London talent in front of and behind the camera and shot on Location in and around London with Film London support with location filming. A fantastic end to our Sundance Film Festival: London activity!

Click here to find out more about Sundance Film Festival: London.

See you there next year!