The 59th BFI London Film Festival has announced LFF Connects – a brand new series of thought-provoking talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring both the future of film itself and how film engages with other creative
industries including television, music, art, games and creative technology.
British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, internationally acclaimed for some of the most original, compelling and successful films in
contemporary cinema (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight,” “Memento”), and Tacita Dean,
lauded for her art work in film (and whose grand-scale Tate Modern exhibition FILM transfixed audiences), will launch the new series of high
profile talks on Friday October 9 at the BFI Southbank with a conversation that reframes the future of film.
and Tacita Dean are both passionate advocates within their fields for film – not simply as a technology – but as a medium that offers
intrinsically rich and unique qualities needed by artists and filmmakers, as well as a hugely engaging experience for audiences. In the LFF Connects Film conversation moderated by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart whose work in cultural programming is
bringing new audiences and creative collaborators to film, Nolan and Dean will also explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as an
essential part of our cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future, and why
the debate around film needs to change.
They will also be joined in the discussion by Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austrian Film
Museum who has written and spoken extensively about the importance of showing film as film and preservation, asking how can any cultural heritage remain
intelligible when handed down to future generations without attention to its medium?
says, “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what
it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to
its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep
the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”
Trailblazers from other creative fields who are having an impact on how we make and think about films will be announced in the coming weeks as LFF Connects
Clare Stewart, Festival Director, BFI London Film Festival,
says: “This year we launch a new direction for the BFI London Film Festival’s industry engagement program – building on the
position of London as one of the world’s leading creative cities – with LFF Connects, a series of events designed to look at the future of film and its
intersection with the wider creative industries. We could not hope to have a more dynamic, impactful launch than to bring together Christopher Nolan and
Tacita Dean, two of the greatest creators working in film and art to discuss the future of film as a medium.”
This year’s LFF program will be announcing further events imminently that offer unique opportunities for industry professionals to engage in debate,
explore important areas of policy key to growth, share knowledge, generate business opportunities and showcase talent.