London festival ups industry profile

Event introduces new, expanded initiatives

LONDON — The London Film Festival is ramping up its industry activities with a number of new and expanded initiatives.

Some of the events include confabs on the recently inked U.K.-India co-production treaty, the rise of regional film production and a look at the relationship between European pubcaster coin and film production funding.

Film London’s two-day Production Finance Market also returns for its second year. The event, which takes place Oct. 20-21, brings British producers together with international financiers, including private equity firms, hedge funds, banks active in film financing, as well as public funding bodies, broadcasters and sales companies.

Last year’s event successfully launched a number of projects, including producer Norma Heyman’s Lee Miller biopic, which has since received development coin from the U.K. Film Council.

London fest will also link up again with training org Skillset for the fifth annual “Think-Shoot-Distribute” program, which brings together 25 emerging producers, screenwriters and directors with leading film execs for a five-day workshop and mentoring scheme.

Other events about digital filmmaking, co-productions as well as keynote speech from producer Duncan Kenworthy (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) are also planned.

Fest will increase the number of industry screenings at this year’s edition, which unspools Oct. 15-30.

“Over the last few years, the festival has developed a strong industry presence,” said London film fest artistic director Sandra Hebron. “We are pleased to present our most extensive range of industry activities to date.”