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London Screenings to Host 120 International Buyers

LONDON — Some 120 international buyers are to be invited to the 12th edition of London Screenings, a market dedicated to U.K. films and film companies.

The event, which is organized by Film London, runs from June 22-25. Around 50 new British pics will be screened at London’s BFI Southbank. The invite-only event, which saw waiting lists last year, is supported by the Mayor of London, Film Export U.K. and U.K. Trade & Investment.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “With the U.K. film industry being such a phenomenal hotbed of talent, it’s no wonder that overseas buyers make a beeline for London Screenings.

“Every year the event sees global players sealing deals and acquiring new British features for international audiences, so it’s no surprise London Screenings is now viewed as a key event in the B2B calendar, and one that forms an important part of the country’s wider film export strategy.”

Applications are now open for London Screenings’ Breakthrough strand, which provides an opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to get their features seen by sales companies. Five of last year’s eight Breakthrough titles went on to attract sales representation: “Narcopolis” (Altitude), “Secret Sharer” (Moviehouse) and “The Hoarder” (Genesis). The deadline for applications is March 25.

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