31st Oct 2023

Summit on Development Challenges in the UK Independent Feature Film Sector

On:   Tuesday 31 October 2023 from 9.00am – 5.00pm

At:     Central London Location (SE1 postcode)

For:   British Screen Forum Members, Associate Members, and Invited Guests

British Screen Forum is pleased to announce the first event dedicated entirely to project development issues in the UK’s independent feature film sector. The Summit is intended as a follow-up to British Screen Forum’s Hell & High Water – A Study on Project Development in the UK Screen Sectors, released in March 2023.

For the first Summit of this kind, British Screen Forum has chosen to focus entirely on development challenges as they affect the UK’s beleaguered independent film sector. Whilst the acute issues faced by the sector have been well documented in the past few years, most of the research and public debate has tended to focus on production alone, with development often the poor relative. The ambition of the Summit is to help correct this imbalance and create an open discussion space for the industry and the public sector to dare imagine new innovative solutions to the challenge of chronic underinvestment in this vital part of films’ life cycle.

Summit speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Mia Bays, Director, BFI Film Fund
  • Joy Gharoro Akpojotor, Producer, Joi Productions
  • Erica Motley-Dupuis, Partner, ImpactX Studio
  • Michael Franklin, Lecturer, Goldsmith Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Isabel Davis, Executive Director Screen Scotland
  • Imre Jele, CEO, Bossa Studios
  • Claudia Yusef, Senior Commissioner, BBC Films
  • Hakan Kousetta, CEO Sixty/Forty Films
  • Chris Auty, Director, London Film School
  • Loran Dunn, Producer, Delaval Films
  • Anne Sheehan, Head of Media Finance, MBK Productions
  • Martin Smith, Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London and Consultant to Ingenious Media
  • Jérémie Kessler, Head of International, French National Centre for Cinema & the Moving Image
  • Reno Antoniades, Partner Film & TV, Lee & Thompson
  • Bertrand Moullier, NARVAL Media Ltd

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