Jude Lister in Film & TV

09/10/2015

​NET.WORK@LFF announces emerging talent, filmmakers and industry executives at LFF

Over the coming weekend, internationally-flavoured professional development programme NET.WORK@LFF will welcome 15 emerging writers, directors, writer-directors and producers for exclusive masterclasses, private screenings, facilitated networking and one-to-one sessions. 

This rare opportunity will expose upcoming UK film talent to filmmakers and industry executives from across the globe, at the heart of the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

Taking place from 9-12 October 2015, NET.WORK@LFF is managed and delivered by Creative England with support from Creative Skillset, on behalf of the BFI, the BFI London Film Festival and other BFI NET.WORK partners (Creative ScotlandFfilm Cymru WalesNorthern Ireland Screen and Film London). Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.

The 15 NET.WORK@LFF participants include BAFTA winner and Oscar®-nominated writer Jennifer Majka ('The Bigger Picture'; Anna Griffin, who is co-producing 'The Levelling', funded through the Creative England’ iFeatures scheme; writer-directors Sebastian Godwin and Faye Gilbert whose debut features were both recently greenlit through Film London’s Microwave scheme. 

The full NET.WORK@LFF talent group this year comprises: 

  • Writer-directors: Ben Sharrock, Claire Oakley, Faye Gilbert, Mustapha Kseibati, Özgür Uyanık, Richard Fenwick, Sebastian Godwin
  • Writers: Daniel Brierley, Jennifer Majka, Nico Mensinga 
  • Producers: Anna Griffin, Sarah Brocklehurst, Sophie Venner, Stephen Spence, Yaw Basoah   

Find out more about them here. Filmmakers and executives attending this year’s LFF and contributing to the NET.WORK@LFF programme include: 

  • International producers Carlotta Calori ('Youth', dir. Paolo Sorrentino); Jan Chapman ('The Daughter', dir. Simon Stone, Australia); Christine Vachon ('Carol', dir. Todd Haynes, UK/USA/France); Gabor Sipos ('Son of Saul', dir.László Memes); Jay Van Hoy ('The Witch', dir. Robert Eggers, USA/Canada); and Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ('He Named Me Malala', dir. Davis Guggenheim, USA). 
  • Writer-director László Nemes, whose first feature 'Son of Saul' (Hungary) won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year; Jerzy Skolimowski, whose '11 Minutes' is in competition at the LFF; Trey Edward Shults whose 'Krisha' was nominated for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize and the Camera d’Or; and Hani Abu Asad ('The Idol').
  • Hengameh Panahi from French sales company Celluloid Dreams, US casting director Laura Rosenthal, Bec Smith from United Talent Agency, Robert Walak from The Weinstein Company, Dominic Buchanan from Bold UK,  Carlo Chatrian from the Locarno Film Festival, Inge de Leeuw from the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Naima Abed from sales company and financier Memento and casting directors David Rubin ('Trumbo') and Monika Mikkelsen ('Halloween') will be just some of the further industry professionals in attendance. 

There will be private screenings and Q&A sessions for 'Evolution' (dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović, France) and 'Tangerine' (dir. Sean Baker, USA) which been attracting industry buzz since its Sundance premiere around both its iPhone-shot footage and transgender casting.   

Celine Haddad, Senior Film Executive at Creative England, said 

“We’re thrilled to have such an exciting range of filmmakers and industry experts speak to our NET.WORK@LFF participants. The programme is designed to give our selected filmmakers the skills they need to reach international heights within the film industry – and who better to offer guidance than speakers who have experienced it recently themselves? We have a wonderful group this year and I’m sure they will go on to have incredibly successful careers and make great films.”

Lizzie Francke, Senior Production Executive for the BFI, added: 

“NET.WORK@LFF has created a perfect synergy, supported by the BFI NET.WORK, the LFF and Creative Skillset in bringing together most exciting and distinctive filmmakers from across the UK with leading international filmmakers and executives all of whom are  generous in sharing their time and experience. ”  

The BFI NET.WORK nurtures writers, directors and producers who have yet to have a feature film produced and/or released, through a hands-on approach that is tailored to the needs of the filmmaker. This includes funding for feature film development, short films and pilots as well as bespoke editorial and professional development support. NET.WORK partners also host regular masterclasses, workshops and other talent development programmes across the country. 

The BFI NET.WORK is central to the BFI’s strategy to discover and support the next generation of feature filmmaking talent, no matter where they live in the UK.


For more information on Creative England’s support for new and emerging filmmakers in England click here.

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