Jeffrey Katzenberg to Headline London Film Festival Industry Program

LONDON — Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, will headline the industry events program at the BFI London Film Festival in a keynote conversation with fest director Clare Stewart.

Another onstage interview in the program will be with director Stephen Frears, who will be joined by Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety, and one of the festival’s Official Competition jurors. They will discuss Frears’ career and approach to directing. The event is presented in association with Variety.

Other interviewees include Bruna Papandrea, producer of “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and executive producer of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” and British filmmaker Peter Strickland, who has two films in the festival, “Bjork Live: Biophilia” and “The Duke of Burgundy,” and will be joined by his “Biophilia” co-director Nick Fenton.

The festival will bring filmmakers and industry delegates together for a series of debates.

A roundtable session hosted by Ed Vaizey, minister of state at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, with producers, distributors, sales agents and exhibitors, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of broadening diversity in the U.K. film industry.

The art of making a family film will be discussed by directors Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”), Debbie Isitt (the “Nativity” trilogy) and Jon Wright (“Robot Overlords”), as well as Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations, who will be joined by the Roberts and the BFI’s young audiences specialist Justin Johnson.

Susanna White, director of films such as “Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang” and the upcoming “Our Kind of Traitor,” as well as the TV series “Parade’s End,” “Generation Kill” and “Boardwalk Empire” will talk with James Kent (“Testament of Youth”) about what a director needs to know to maintain a successful career working across features, high-end TV, music promos and commercials.

U.S. casting directors Deborah Aquila (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Jeanne McCarthy (“Foxcatcher”) and Susan Shopmaker (“Listen Up Philip”) will join with their U.K. counterparts, including Gary Davey (“Walking on Sunshine”), to talk about the role they play in discovering new international talent and the art of matching them with the world’s leading producers and directors.

Stewart, Carola Ash, the director of Europe at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, leading awards consultant Liz Miller from Premier, and further expert guests will discuss how to craft a pitch-perfect awards season run, including the role festivals play in creating critical buzz.

The different ways to put together a U.K.-European co-production will be showcased in case studies of two films. Producer Samm Haillay will talk to international finance consultant Angus Finney at the Film London Production Finance Market about working with Sweden’s Film I Vast, the Torino Film Lab, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Germany’s The Match Factory to make “Bypass,” while Danish producer and director team Sisse Graum Joergensen and Kristian Levring will reveal the journey from page to screen of “The Salvation,” the English-language Western, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.

The festival will be launching rising talent initiative NET.WORK@LFF at the LFF. Emerging British talent will participate in masterclasses, private screenings, facilitated networking and one-to-ones over three days with festival visitors Teddy Schwartzman (“The Imitation Game”), writer/director David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”), UTA talent agent Bec Smith (“Son of a Gun”), director Susanne Bier (“A Second Chance,” “Serena”), financier Claudia Bluemhuber (“Silver Reel Partners”) and producer Sisse Graum Joergensen (“A Second Chance,” “The Salvation”).

The festival is also welcoming back Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum and the Production Finance Market with Film London. The Power to the Pixel Cross-Media Forum will open this year with a keynote address from John S. Johnson, the co-founder of Buzzfeed, which has announced a dedicated feature film division, and executive director of the Harmony Institute, a world-leading research organization analyzing the impact of entertainment media on society. The event comprises a conference, The Pixel Market, and the annual Think Tank. The Forum will play host to over 500 international delegates including key decision-makers from some of the world’s leading finance and production organizations, who will present, discover and discuss new projects.

The Production Finance Market returns for an eighth year. Over two days international producers and financiers meet to build relationships and source financing for specific projects. The Film London Market Place Live confronts an experienced industry panel with the challenge of getting a fictional feature project to market and the innovative Micro Market will provide 25 filmmaking teams with a day of dedicated meetings with financiers.

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