British Film Institute Delegation Visiting Brazil on Trade Mission

A dozen U.K. reps from the film and TV industries will attend the Rio Film Festival as the British industry has identified the country as a "priority territory."

LONDON – The British Film Institute will take a delegation of U.K. movie and TV industry representatives to Brazil this weekend.

The news comes after the BFI put the BRIC member country on its map as a "priority territory" for the U.K., citing opportunities "across co-production, export, cultural exchange and production services."

Among the names on the plane attending the Rio Film Festival, which opened on Thursday, are producers Damian Jones (Belle), Mike Downey (Children of the Revolution) and Dominic Buchanan (Gimme the Loot), indie distributor Soda Pictures' Ed Fletcher and Altitude Entertainment sales chief Mike Runagall.

Also on hand in Rio outside of the BFI delegation will be Kris Thykier, who is currently producing Stephen Daldry's Trash, the Rooney Mara- and Martin Sheen-starrer penned by Richard Curtis for Working Title Films, backed by Universal.

The BFI's move to take a British delegation to Rio follows a co-production treaty signed between the U.K. and Brazilian governments to allow film and television productions from both countries access to tax incentives and public funds.

The Rio Film Festival runs through Oct. 10.