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AMPAS, BAFTA Heads, See-Saw Films, Disney Animation Exec Jennifer Lee Headline London Film Festival Industry Talks

The 2023 BFI London Film Festival has unveiled its industry program, featuring a wide array of conversations and panel discussions with leading figures from across the international film and TV worlds.

Among those taking part in LFF Spotlight conversations are Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative office Jennifer Lee, who co-directed the Frozen films, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Helen Gregory of See-Saw Films, behind films such as The Power of the Dog and TV shows including Heartbreaker and Slow Horses, and Carole Barton, head of French sales company Charades.

Elsewhere, both AMPAS boss Bill Kramer and BAFTA head Jane Millichip will speak in conversation with BFI CEO Ben Roberts.

Among the panel discussions, participants will include writers, directors and creative talent such as Giancarlo Nasi, Emily Morgan, Mahalia Belo, Shaheen Baig, Leah Clarke, Naqqash Khalid, Nabhaan Rizwan, Mary Burke and Tasha Back.

The Hollywood Reporter is sponsoring a panel entitled “Fade In. Emerging Writers in Conversation” that will feature writers from across the U.K. including Emily Burnett, Lisa Clarkson, Karim Khan, Caleb J. Roberts, Sufiyaan Salam, Rashida Seriki, Charlie Tidmas and Temi Wilkey.

“We’re excited to be welcoming European, international and UK talents to this year’s Industry Forum,” said festival director Kristy Matheson. “In sharing their expertise, experience and ideas, we all have the opportunity to learn with each other which is more vital than ever in this fast-evolving landscape. We’re looking forward to welcoming colleagues to our Industry Forum to gain insights and build contacts.” 

The BFI London Film Festival runs Oct. 4-15 and will launch with the European premiere of Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn.

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