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BFI London Announces Industry Programme, Keynote By Harvey Weinstein

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2012 at 12:21PM

The 56th BFI London Film Festival's Industry Programme includes a keynote address by Harvey Weinstein and a conversation with director Roger Michell. Panels and talks range from the challenges and opportunities of digital platforms, how film culture affects the film industry, film piracy and the insights into the script-to-screen- to-market process.
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Harvey Weinstein

The 56th BFI London Film Festival's Industry Programme includes a keynote address by Harvey Weinstein and a conversation with director Roger Michell. Panels and talks range from the challenges and opportunities of digital platforms, how film culture affects the film industry, film piracy and the insights into the script-to-screen- to-market process.

Weinstein states:

"Year after year the festival maintains such a high level of films and filmmakers, and I am really excited to see what the BFI and Clare Stewart are putting together for this year.”

Check out the full slate of programming below:

Keynote  from Harvey Weinstein

The keynote address at this year’s Festival, supported by Creative Skillset, is from world-renowned, multi Oscar®-winning producer, Harvey Weinstein, who has to date achieved an astonishing 303 Oscar® nominations and won 75 Academy Awards. Weinstein, a Fellow of the BFI, is a tireless champion of independent filmmaking from across the world and in 2004 received a CBE in recognition of his contributions to the British film industry. He will share insights and anecdotes from his career on Thursday 11 October.

Roger Michell In Conversation with Directors

UK 
Acclaimed British director, Roger Michell, whose latest film Hyde Park on Hudson is the Festival’s Centrepiece Gala supported by the Mayor of London, will discuss his work and career in an intimate In Conversation event on Friday 19 October.

Industry Screenings

The industry screenings, which feature 41 titles from the festival programme seeking UK distribution, are held over four days at the Curzon Soho, Monday 15 to Thursday 18 October. The screenings programme includes a number of networking events and the ever-popular Meet the Buyer session for international sales agents and UK buyers on Tuesday 16 October. This year's screenings and attendant events will be once again overseen by the Festival's Buyers & Sellers facilitator, Mary Davies.

Meet the BFI Film Fund


The BFI’s five year plan, Film Forever, announced in full at the beginning of October, sets out a host of exciting initiatives to support films and filmmakers across the UK. Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, Senior Executives Lizzie Francke, Natascha Wharton, Chris Collins and Head of International, Isabel Davis will discuss the BFI’s production and development plans, what these mean and how they will work to support filmmakers in a Q&A session led by Stuart Kemp of The Hollywood Reporter on Friday 12 October.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.