That's a wrap on another incredible BFI London Film Festival! Film London were as busy as always during this year's Festival, and we thought we'd take a look back over the past 2 weeks, to highlight some of our favourite moments.
On Saturday 15th October, Film London presented Chinonye Chukwu's breath-taking film Till, at the Mayor of London's Gala. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opened the Gala screening by emphasising the perennial importance of the story and its relevancy today in the fight against racism. The Mayor was then followed on stage by the cast of the film who spoke about their experiences behind and in-front of the camera during production.
The film retells the story of the horrific lynching of Emmet Till in 1955, and Mamie Till-Mobley's inspirational fight for justice thereafter. With a stunning performance from Danielle Deadwyler, the film captivated the entire audience at Royal Festival Hall.
Before the screening, we were delighted to host a reception for Film London's partners, key industry figures and the talented cast and crew of Till. Special guests included Deputy Mayor for Culture Justine Simons OBE, the cast of Till including lead actress Danielle Deadwyler, director Chinonye Chukwu, and legendary film producer Barbara Broccoli.
During the Gala, Film London's CEO Adrian Wootton reunited with Director of the BFI London Film Festival and close friend, Tricia Tuttle. During Film London's pre-screening reception, Adrian took a moment to address the room and emphasise his gratitude for Tricia's work over the past 5 years as Festival Director.
As well as the Gala, we held two other industry events during the Festival.
Film London's Production Finance Market returned this year for an in-person event at the Institute of Directors in central London. You can read all about the event, including the keynote speech by BFI CEO Ben Roberts, on our website here.
We were also excited to host the London Film Festival edition of Film Hub London's Exhibitor's Breakfast. To find out more about the event and the launch of BFI FAN's Guide to Working With Young People, click here.