BFI London Film Festival Outlines Major Industry Events

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The upcoming shindig will include a keynote address from producer Alison Owen, who mounted the event's closing film, "Saving Mr. Banks," starring Tom Hanks.

LONDON – U.K.-based indie producer Alison Owen, whose résumé boasts Saving Mr. Banks and Jane Eyre, will give this year's industry keynote address during the BFI London Film Festival.

Owen, the managing director of Ruby Film and Television, will use her keynote to examine whether cinema is under threat thanks to fierce competition from games and online, and will explore what in her view makes the form of the two-hour movie experience so unique.

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She will follow previous industry keynote names that to date have included Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus and Ken Loach at the festival.

Other industry events include the return of the Cross-Media Forum, run in partnership with Power to the Pixel, the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM), and project development scheme Think-Shoot-Distribute.

And Oscar- and BAFTA-winning actor Colin Firth will lend star power to an industry panel discussion entitled "Focus on Sustainability" to look at what the British industry can do to grow.

Other events include "A Piracy & Distribution Workshop:," in which the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and industry professionals will discuss piracy.

The festival runs Oct. 9-20 and closes with Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks.