Art and Experience: The BFI London Film Festival, which launches Wednesday, has added several events to its film industry program, including one that will look at the consequences of the U.K.’s decision to leave theEuropean Union.
The panel for the debate, titled “Business as Usual: The U.K. After the E.U. Referendum,” includes Peter Dinges, director general of Germany’s national film funding body, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA); producer Gail Egan from Potboiler Productions; Alex Hope, managing director of Double Negative; Stan McCoy, the MPAA’s chief in Europe; Dimitra Tsingou, chief operating officer of Protagonist Pictures; and British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill. The meeting will be chaired by the BFI’s head of international, Isabel Davis.
Another discussion will center on the topic of diversity. The panel for the debate, titled “Driving Diversity: Towards an Inclusive Film Industry,” will include representatives from some of the U.K.’s key public funding agencies, including Ben Roberts from the BFI and Joe Oppenheimer from BBC Films. It will be moderated by Briony Hanson, director of film at the British Council.
Another event looks at virtual-reality content. The debate, titled “A Filmmaker’s Guide to Virtual Reality,” examines how filmmakers can get to grips with VR technology. Speakers include producer Mike Jones from Marshmallow Laser Feast; immersive artist and director Lynette Wallworth; filmmaker Peter Middleton (co-director of “Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness”); Karl Woolley, the head of VR Studio, Framestore London; and Martin Field, art manager at nDreams. It will be chaired by Liz Rosenthal, CEO of Power to the Pixel.
Another panel, “The Road to the Documentary Oscar,” centers on the submissions process for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary feature award. Speakers include AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson, Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn and AMPAS membership and awards manager Tom Oyer.
A series of lunchtime conversations titled “The Greenlighters” will feature leading film executives discussing a film they love from the festival program with the director. This will include Daniel Battsek of Film 4, who talks to William Oldroyd about “Lady Macbeth,” and Lizzie Francke of the BFI, who talks to Julia Ducournau about “Raw.”