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Laurie Anderson, Guy Maddin, Chris Milk Join London Film Festival Events

Writer, director, visual artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson, filmmaker and artist Guy Maddin, and genre-bending virtual reality maestro Chris Milk have been added to the lineup of LFF Connects, which is part of the London Film Festival’s industry program.

As previously announced, filmmaker Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean will also take part in LFF Connects, which is a series of “thought-provoking high-impact talks exploring the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries.”

The industry program also includes the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Global Symposium, addressing “gender equality in film and empowering women and girls through film. Keynote speakers include founder and chair of GDI, Geena Davis, chair of Women in Film and Television in the U.K. and “Carol” producer Elizabeth Karlsen, and British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill.

Another key industry event is the Film London Production Finance Market, a two-day event that focuses on “facilitating over 800 face-to-face meetings between producers and financiers from the international marketplace, to foster relationships and source financing for specific projects.”

Also running is the Film London Micro Market, a micro-budget finance market providing 25 filmmaking teams with a day of dedicated meetings with financiers looking to source projects.

The festival is also partnering with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a panel event to highlight its support of the global filmmaking industry, and discuss the process of submitting a film to the Oscar foreign-language film category. Mark Johnson, Oscar-winning producer and the chairman of the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee, will join filmmakers and Academy leaders in a conversation about the award category and its impact.

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