LONDON — Helmer Ken Loach will deliver a keynote address at the BFI London Film Festival, the event announced Friday.
The Oct. 14 speech will be part of the fest’s industry program, which is being organized in association with U.K. training org Skillset, the office of the mayor of London, Film London and the London Development Agency.
Loach’s “Route Irish” screens in the Film on the Square section of the fest.
Festival artistic director, Sandra Hebron, said: “Ken has a unique voice and place in British film culture, and since making a name for himself with ‘Cathy Come Home’ in the mid-1960s has continued to make films that are as engaging as they are thought provoking.”
There are three additions to the industry program this year.
The first is an event titled “Greening the Screen — How to Go Green without Going into the Red,” which will discuss cost-effective ways to reduce the carbon footprint of production, distribution and screenings.
The second is “The Audience Is Out There,” which will look at the most effective ways of distributing foreign-language films via video on demand.
Finally, there is a one-day forum called “3D-360°,” which will look at what the growth in 3D filmmaking means for the production community.
Returning events include: industry screenings at the Curzon Soho from Oct. 18-21; the Meet the Buyer session on Oct. 19; and professional development program “Think-Shoot-Distribute” at the Hospital Club Oct. 18-22.
Also returning is Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum, from Oct. 12 to 15, which explores new ways of creating, financing and distributing films across multiple platforms. Keynote speakers are Mike Monello (“The Blair Witch Project”), Michel Reilhac, executive director of Arte France Cinema, and helmer-producer Tommy Pallotta. An addition to this event is The Pixel Market, a two-day marketplace for international cross-media projects. Eighteen projects have been selected.
Another returning event is Working Your Future, which is aimed at young filmmakers. The keynote address is by Peter Carlton, head of Warp Films — Europe.
Together with film agency Film London, the fest is also staging the fourth edition of its Production Finance Market, which aims to connect producers with financiers. This runs Oct. 20-21.