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Film London at LFF

Date posted: 04.09.2018


The line-up for the UK’s greatest celebration of film – the BFI London Film Festival – has been revealed, and Film London is proud to be involved in this year’s star-studded event.

Big news is the first of Film London’s new six-strong Microwave slate is due to make its first cinematic splash. Mari, the debut feature from writer/director Georgia Parris, sees Charlotte (played by acclaimed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith) mid-rehearsal when she learns that her beloved grandmother is dying. The film explores identity and familial relationships, punctuating the drama with stunning moments of modern dance. The film screens on Thursday 19 and Sunday 21 October – you can buy tickets here.

For those who prefer their filmic treats in bit-size chunks, this year’s London Calling programme promises eight sizzling shorts from some of the capital’s brightest new and emerging filmmakers. Screening on 18 and 20 October, the line-up includes Naptha (featuring some of the filmmakers behind 2016 winner of the Crystal Bear Balcony), Little Miss Sumo, Jerk, Holy Beef, Fly, Haircut, Night Out and Alien Culture. Elsewhere, another London Calling title – The Field by director Sandhya Suri and producer Balthazar De Ganay – has been nominated for the Festival’s Short Film Award, and will be screening in the ‘Lust To Love And In Between’ programme.

As well as supporting London-based filmmakers bring their first shorts and features to life, Film London is also backing some more established talent via its annual support for the Mayor of London’s Gala. This year’s title is A Private War, Matthew Heineman’s taut biopic of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosemund Pike).

Alongside first-class cinematic spectacles, Film London will be working behind the scenes to support the business side of the global film industry. This year’s Production Finance Market (PFM) takes place from 16-17 October, and will give producers the chance to meet with global financiers to kickstart new productions. As part of this, the New Talent strand, supported by Creative Skillset, will offer support and training to new and emerging filmmakers to ensure they have a competitive edge when it comes to pitching their ideas to potential funders. This also includes Market Place Live, a unique panel event featuring industry experts tracing the path of a fictional feature project from conception, development, financing and sales, to exploring the film’s production setbacks on the road to its release.

At the opposite end of the production lifecycle, Film Hub London will be hosting a special exhibitors’ breakfast for members of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). This will give FAN members across the UK the chance to network, share information and hear from their peers about innovative ways for getting people in to see an exciting range of films.

Beyond Film London’s own activity, there are of course a stunning array of productions that have tapped into the capital’s locations, studios, talent and facilities. Such titles include Peter Strickland’s eerie In Fabric, the Michaela Cole-starring music Been So Long and a special presentation of the first two episodes of The Little Drummer Girl – Park Chan Wook’s eagerly-awaited John le Carré adaptation.

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