BFI London Film Festival Partners With On-Demand Service Festival Scope for First Time

1:00 AM PST 09/30/2011 by Stuart Kemp
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London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron

The venture between both parties means "key titles" from some of the festival sections will be made available internationally.

LONDON – The BFI London Film Festival is hooking up to work with Festival Scope, the global on demand service for movie professionals for the first time during this year’s event.

The partnership between the festival and the on demand service is one of several key industry links to unfold during this year’s British capital set shindig.

The venture between the LFF and Festival Scope will mean “key titles” from the festival’s British and Experimenta sections will be made available to buyers and programmers from around the globe.

Festival Scope CEO and founder Alessandro Raja said: "We are very proud to have been chosen by the BFI London Film Festival to contribute actively to the promotion of new British cinema and cutting-edge films among film professionals worldwide."

Other industry links during the festival include a panel event in association with agent asset Spotlight with a host of casting directors set to discuss the movie casting process.

Other topics up for discussion on the special one-off panel include finding actors, working with directors, how actors can promote themselves, what differentiates acting styles in the U.S. and the U.K., and recommendations for auditions and self-taping.

And LFF industry office organizers also said there is a one-day symposium planned towards the end of the festival on research and policy making for film.

Industry plans this year will also see an effort by the Festival organizers to work closely with the British Council Film Department to bring in more key overseas festivals programmers to meet new and established British filmmakers and view the latest U.K. films at BFI London Film Festival’s Industry Screenings.

Also returning to the party is the regular Power to the Pixel and the Film London Production Finance Market events.

The Industry Office has partnered with a myriad organizations to up the business end of proceedings during the largely public festival including Skillset (Sector Skills Council for Creative Media), Women in Film and Television, the National Film and Television School, London Film School, Film London and Advanced Films.

And for the first time, the BFI London Film Festival Industry Program enjoys the financial backing of the Mayor of London. 

LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron said the industry events program "enriches the BFI London Film Festival, making it an incubator for exciting new filmmaking talent, cutting edge cross-media collaboration, and providing all the right conditions to foster relationships between the international market and British producers.”

For Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, his office’s support for the industry efforts reflect the lure of the festival for “key financiers and producers.”

Said Johnson: “Our own film industry makes a vital contribution to the city's economy, last year generating approximately £866 million ($1.35 million) in feature film production spend alone.”

The LFF runs Oct. 12 through 27.

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