London Film Festival debates digital

Event plans three day forum

LONDON — The BFI Times London Film Festival is going digital.

Fest is holding three-day confab “Power to the Pixel: the Digital Distribution and Film Innovation Forum” to discuss how the digital switchover is affecting the film biz.

Key events include the launching of “Project Forum” on Oct. 23, which brings together creative talent and producers with financiers to explore ways in which the traditional theatrical model can be bypassed in favor of online, mobile and interactive distribution models.

A number of projects will be presented at the forum, including Yomi Ayeni’s “Breathe,” Arin Crumley’s “As the Dust Settles,” Jamie King’s “Dark Fiber” and Lance Weiler’s “Him.”

Other panels during the “Power to the Pixel” program include “The Latest Financing and Distribution Models,” “Audience Behavior” and “How to Build Online Audiences and Fan-bases.”

Speakers include Tribeca Institute prexy Brian Newman, YouTube manager of film and animation Sara Pollack, and the U.K. Film Council’s head of distribution and exhibition Pete Buckingham.

“Power to the Pixel” takes place Oct. 22-24.

London film fest unspools Oct. 15-30.

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