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Disney’s Jennifer Lee, AMPAS CEO Bill Kramer to Headline BFI London Film Festival Industry Forum

Jennifer Lee, Bill Kramer Headline BFI Festival Forum

The 67th BFI London Film Festival is gearing up for a jam-packed industry forum, promising a bevvy of illuminating conversations and panels. Kicking off the proceedings will be a high-calibre discussion featuring Bill Kramer from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jane Millichip of BAFTA, and BFI’s own Ben Roberts.

Disney’s creative powerhouse, Jennifer Lee, is slated to be in the limelight during the first of three key conversations. She’ll be sharing insights into her storied career and upcoming Disney project, “Wish,” in a talk with Tricia Tuttle, an expert from the National Film and Television School.

Carole Baraton, the strategic mind behind the French sales company Charades, is on the agenda for a compelling discussion with Isabel Davis from Screen Scotland. They’ll tackle topics such as market dynamics and talent relations. Additionally, the masterminds at See-Saw Films will offer a behind-the-scenes look into their career trajectories and festival entries this year, including “One Life,” “The Royal Hotel,” and “Foe.”

Beyond these conversations, attendees can look forward to specialized panels covering a range of topics from the role of AI in the industry to the intricacies of international co-productions. In a unique collaboration with Variety, debutant director Mahalia Belo will join Leah Clarke and Shaheen Baig to dissect her film, “The End We Start From,” which is backed by the BFI Filmmaking Fund.

The forum will also serve as a launchpad for emerging British talents, offering a suite of activities like masterclasses and networking events, co-hosted with the British Council. The Film London Production Finance Market will further offer a specialized venue for industry discussions, and numerous networking events will be staged in partnership with powerhouses such as Apple TV+ and Reddit.

In summary, this year’s industry forum at the BFI London Film Festival is shaping up to be an invaluable resource, teeming with expertise, opportunities, and groundbreaking discussions for those in the film industry. Source

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