By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz September 9, 2011 at 2:30AM
The British film industry will be well represented at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In addition to 30 hotly anticipated British features and shorts in the program, a large number of British industry delegates will be attending the Festival to do business. Supporting them will be a dedicated UK Film Centre, delivered for the first time by Film Export UK in partnership with Film London.
Amadeus Entertainment, Bankside Films, Content Media, Ealing Metro International, Exclusive Films International, Intandem Pictures, Kaleidoscope Film Distribution and Stealth Media Group.
Stephen Kelliher, Chair of Film Export UK said "Film Export UK is delighted to be one of the leading partners bringing the UK Film Centre to the Toronto Film Festival this year. With so many British films in official selection, support for the centre has been widespread and the impressive range of participants we have attracted truly represents the vitality of the British film industry today."
Producers based at the UK Film Centre include:
Altered Image Films, Blue Horizon Productions, Crowfoot Films, F&ME, February Films, Fly Film Co, Headline Pictures, Ipso Facto, Miraj Films, Rainy Day Films, Red Sun Pictures, Rough Sea Productions and Wellington Films
The BFI’s Film Fund, headed up by Tanya Seghatchian, will be attending TIFF. As well as supporting the 12 films at the festival which have been financed by the Film Fund with National Lottery money through the UK Film Council and the BFI, including Steve McQueen’s Shame, Fernando Meirelles' 360, Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, the team will be talking to producers, financiers and film-makers about potential future projects.
The UK Film Centre will be based at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 8-15 September. It has been created in response to demand from the British industry and brings together public bodies, national agencies, producers and sales companies with an aim to generate business with international markets and investors and promote the UK films and talent being showcased at TIFF.
Over 70 new British films are on offer from sales companies attending the Festival including many from the eight UK-based sales companies based in the Toronto UK Film Centre. This is the third year UK Trade & Investment are supporting a UK presence at TIFF, providing vital grants to UK exporters, ensuring they can attend this important Festival. There is also similar support for the Office provided by Westminster Council for the first time.
The U.K. Film Office has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Film Commission, the BFI, Creative Scotland, Film London, The Film Agency for Wales, Wales Screen Commission and the British Council. The agencies will use the Office to promote the very best of the UK industry, including locations, facilities, talent and funding opportunities.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London & the British Film Commission said: “The significance of Toronto in the international film calendar – both in terms of its film programme and as a place to do business – is steadily growing. Therefore it is so important that our UK agencies, sales companies and producers have collaborated to deliver the Toronto UK Film Centre which gives the international film community a centralised point to do business with the British while in Toronto. We hope to replicate this kind of unified approach, working in partnership to ensure the UK is well represented and promoted at all the major film festivals and markets across the globe.”
While in Toronto the British Film Commission will also be hosting a networking event with Film London, UKTI, Screen International and Scottish Development International for UK film-makers and inward investment clients. The event is by invitation only.
UK Film Centre in Toronto
Festival Room, 9th Floor, Hyatt Regency Hotel
370 King Street West,
Toronto ON M5V 1J9
Telephone: +1 416 343 1234 Fax: +1 416 924 1778
For further press information, please contact:
T: +44 (0) 20 7613 7680
M: +44 (0) 7917 437 699
E: colette.geraghty AT filmlondon.org.uk
Charlie Bloye in Toronto
M: +44 (0)7775 521 656
E: cbloye AT filmexportuk.com
About Film Export UK
Film Export UK is the trade body for companies with UK offices selling, marketing & distributing independent feature films around the world.
About Film London
Film London, as the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city’s new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Skillset.
Film London’s activities include:
• Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
• Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East’s position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
• Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
• Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital’s film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
• Maximising access to the capital’s film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
• Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
• Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital’s film industry and culture
An independent evaluation of Film London concluded that for every £1 invested in the agency, £4 comes back to the city.
<>About the British Film Commission
The British Film Commission (BFC) is the national body in charge of attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality.
The British Film Commission is managed by Film London through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.
About Westminster Council
In 2011 London’s creative industries have received an extra £350,000 in funding from Westminster Council to help boost the capital’s economy.
Despite strong competition from overseas, fashion, film, TV, radio and publishing, companies in Westminster generate nearly £15bn a year for the economy and employ almost 70,000 people.