BAFTA, Film London and NFM to connect producers and sales agents

Don’t miss Breakthrough, A Guide to International Film Sales at the Baltic in Gateshead on Tuesday 31 Jan.

Limited bursaries are available for the cost of the ticket (£40) and also the travel bursary if you live 50 miles away from them venue and within the English regions (up to £50).

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Breakthrough: A Guide to…  is a one-day conference stemming from the annual film export event London UK Film Focus (LUFF). Breakthrough is a popular strand in LUFF’s and offers emerging British filmmakers a platform to showcase their work to international buyers and programmers of prominent international film festivals.

The event will cover the role of international sales companies, how filmmakers can best utilise the festival circuit to form a global film festival strategy and guidance on presenting projects to the international marketplace.

Speakers at the events will include Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales and Marketing at Bankside Films and Chair of Film Export UK, Carey Fitzgerald, Managing Director of High Point Media Group, Natalie Brenner, EVP, International Sales at Ealing Metro International, Julia Short, Head of Acquisitions at the Works Film Group, Rebecca Hawkes, Managing Director of Schedule 2, Nicola Kettlewood, Edinburgh Film Festival, and Mia Bays, producer and Sales/Distribution Consultant.

Breakthrough: A Guide to International Film Sales & Distribution is supported by Kodak and Creative England.

“Supporting grass roots talent is central to Film London’s objectives and in order for the UK to sustain a healthy domestic industry and capitalise on the strength of our talent, we – together with our partners – believe it is important to support film-makers through the complexities of exhibition and distribution,” said Adrian Wootton, Film London and the British Film Commission’s chief executive.

“LUFF plays an important role in promoting British talent internationally and I am especially delighted that the Breakthrough strand has gone from strength to strength, successfully showcasing work from new film-makers that consistently sparks the interest of the international buyers,” said Helena Mackenzie, head of inward investment & business development at Film London.

“These events are a natural progression in our aim to support even more film-makers as well as increase the number of British films which reach an international audience.”

“This partnership with Film London and BAFTA will connect the North East’s top talent with leading agents,” added Agnes Wilkie, Northern Film & Media’s creative director.

“The event will offer an unrivalled opportunity to build relationships with key gatekeepers from the sharp end of film sales and a chance to gain latest commercial insights.”

Breakthrough: A Guide to… in London will take place at BAFTA on Tuesday 24 January 2012. In Gateshead, it will run at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts on Tuesday 31 January 2012 (12.30pm - 5.30pm, with netowrking drinks and the chance to talk to the panelists in a relaxed setting afterwards).

Tickets are available here priced £40 (inc. VAT), though, as noted above, some ticket and travel bursaries are still available.

More information, including a schedule for the day, is attached below.

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