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Katzenberg, Strickland, Sachs and More Lead London Film Fest Industry Program

Katzenberg, Strickland, Sachs and More Lead London Film Fest Industry Program

The 58th BFI London Film Festival has announced its 2014 industry program to bridge the gap between UK and international filmmakers, and for film professionals to share their knowledge and experiences.

The new industry events program is structured into four strands. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of DreamWorks Animation, will headline the 2014 Industry events program in a keynote conversation with festival director Clare Stewart. Previous keynote speakers have included James Schamus, Ken Loach, Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein CBE. 

Revered director Stephen Frears (“My Beautiful Launderette,” “Philomena,” “The Queen”) will join Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety and one of the festival’s competition jurors, to discuss his career.

“Wild” producer and “Gone Girl” executive producer Bruna Papandrea will talk what it takes to thrive as a leading producer working out of Australia, London, NY and LA.

Brit filmmaker Peter Strickland — who follows up his “Berberian Sound Studio” (2012) with the very strange “Duke of Burgundy” and “Bjork: Biophilia Live” this year — will be joined by “Biophilia” co-director Nick Fenton to discuss the making of the live concert film. 

A roundtable session hosted by Ed Vaizey, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, with producers, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors will discuss the challenges and opportunities of broadening diversity in the UK  film industry.

The art of making a family film will be discussed by directors working successfully in the genre: Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”), Debbie Isitt, Jon Wright and Peter Lord (co-founder, Aardman Animations) will be joined by the BFI’s Ben Roberts and the BFI’s young audiences specialist Justin Johnson.

Susanna White, director of films such as “Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang” and TV series “Parade’s End” and “Boardwalk Empire,” will talk with James Kent and other London Film Festival filmmakers to discuss working between both film and television.

Festival Director Clare Stewart and more expert guests will discuss how to craft an awards season run and build a successful awards campaign, presented with The Hollywood Reporter.

In the Meet the Commissioners section, Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke from the BFI, Joe Oppenheimer from BBC Films and Anna Higgs from Film4 will be talking to filmmakers including Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood”) and Ira Sachs (“Love Is Strange”).

More info on the industry events at LFF here.

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