Film London and The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (B3) strengthen creative collaboration

Latest 18 Oct 2023

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B3 Biennial of the Moving Image festival kicked off on Saturday (14 October) and Film London is delighted to partner on a number of events and screenings, profiling UK filmmakers and industry opportunities.

Since 2012, B3 Biennial of the Moving Image has been stimulating cross-genre discourse on trends and developments in film, art and games. As a cross-media moving image festival with film screenings, exhibitions and competition formats, the event takes place from Saturday 14 October to Sunday 22 October.

At this year’s festival, the B3 Honorary Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Sir Stephen Frears. Film London Chief Executive Adrian Wootton spoke at the ceremony and hosted a Masterclass with Sir Stephen Frears on Saturday.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:

“Film London is excited to showcase London and its dynamic and diverse screen industries at this year’s festival, strengthening our commitment to creative collaboration with B3. We look forward working with Frankfurt throughout the year ahead to exchange invaluable industry know-how and cross-promote some of the world’s most exciting and original talent, sharing bold and diverse stories that have the potential to be turned into world-class film, TV and thought-provoking artist moving image.

“This year’s festival will see presentations, illustrated talks and screenings from Film London. I was delighted to host a keynote conversation with B3 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Laureate 2023, Sir Stephen Frears, after speaking at the award ceremony. I have admired Stephen‘s work for over 40 years and have known him as a patron of Film London and a friend, presenting his work all over UK and Internationally. Stephen has been involved with Film London from its inception, mentoring some of our first cohort of filmmakers, working with the London Filming Partnership and particpating in various panels and events over the years, so it is my absolute pleasure celebrate his work in this way.“

Also during the festival Helena Mackenzie, Film London’s Head of Inward Investment & Business Development, presented UPstream: Film London’s innovative IP Market, where delegates learnt more about the Market.

Film London’s UPstream is an innovative IP Market that facilitates pitches and meetings between IP holders presenting new and exciting IP projects and UK Film and TV production companies, sales agents, distributors and publishers.

Over 15 Film London Artists’ Moving Image (FLAMIN) associated films will be screened during the festival, including work from Film London Jarman Award shortlists, FLAMIN Animations and FLAMIN Fellowships filmmakers.

Events take place on the two year anniversary of Film London and B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (B3) signing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in Frankfurt to recognise and enhance the ongoing spirit of collaboration between the two cities, helping to support and cross-promote respective IP and artist filmmaking projects.

Over the last five years Film London and B3 have participated together in a series of cultural exchanges, panel sessions, talent showcasing and industry market intelligence. Building upon this existing creative collaboration, the MOU engages in particular with Film London’s IP Market UPstream, and works with Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), scoping out opportunities for cross-promotion and pooling knowledge.