Festival reveals Industry Program lineup

LONDON — Harvey Weinstein will deliver the keynote address at the start of the 56th BFI London Film Festival Industry Program, it was announced Monday.

The program mixes events, screenings and services for U.K. and international film professionals, including the sixth edition of Power to the Pixel, a cross-media forum; the Film London Production Finance Market, also now in its sixth year; and the week-long talent development program, Think-Shoot-Distribute.

The program will also include an in-conversation event with British helmer Roger Michell on Oct. 19. His “Hyde Park on Hudson” is the fest’s centerpiece gala screening on Oct. 16.

“The industry program is central to the festival offer, providing real support for the breadth and vitality of the U.K. film business, and tangible opportunities for international colleagues to engage with the U.K.,” said fest director and BFI head of exhibition Clare Stewart.

Weinstein, a fellow of the BFI, will deliver his keynote address on Thursday sharing insights and anecdotes from his career.

“Year after year the London Film Festival maintains such a high level of films and filmmakers,” said Weinstein. “I am really excited about giving the industry keynote and to see what the BFI and Clare Stewart are putting together for this year.”

Returning event The Conference brings together international speakers to share their knowledge and experience in developing businesses and projects, and this year features a keynote address from novelist and co-creator of cross-media story worlds around “The Dark Knight” franchise, Sean Stewart.

Other events include a chance for filmmakers to meet the senior executives of the BFI Film Fund, including its director, Ben Roberts, and head of international, Isabel Davis, in a Q&A session; a discussion with casting director Debbie McWilliams; a discussion of the role of the script editor with U.K. script editor Kate Leys; and a variety of panel events looking at distribution windows, piracy, script development and other key areas of the industry.

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