London Film Festival unveils industry program

Includes Film London’s production finance market

LONDON -- The BFI London Film Festival revealed its schedule of events for the U.K. film industry Monday -- a lineup that includes debates, talent development projects and the second Film London production finance market.

Scheduled events for 2008 include "India: The Shape of Things to Come," exploring the implications of the recent U.K.-India co-production treaty.

"The Risk Business" will examine the relationship between European public broadcasters and film production funding, while a U.K.-centric panel will discuss "Cross Country: Does Regional Production Now Carry the Baton for British Film?"

Film London's production finance market, the only event of its kind in the U.K., runs Oct. 20-21.

"Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2007, which attracted more than $800 million of production value, the event will once again bring together producers and major financiers from the international marketplace to encourage and foster new financing relationships," festival organizers said.

The fifth annual "Think-Shoot-Distribute" program brings together 25 emerging producers, screenwriters and directors with leading international film professionals for a five-day development program.

"Power to the Pixel: The Digital Distribution and Film Innovation Forum" brings together pioneering visionaries, filmmakers and entrepreneurs who are changing the way independent films are financed, created and distributed.

Other events include "Stop the Sky Falling (Business Models for U.K. Producers)," a European production seminar in association with ACE (Ateliers du Cinema European), in addition to a co-production event with the New Producers Alliance.