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UK Film Summit at BFI 2013

Screen_International_BFI_Summit I'm excited today to be at Screen International's launch of the 2013 UK Film Summit in association with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Today is a one day industry conference at BFI Southbank's NFT1, which is expecting to see more than 300 industry attendees. The Summit will primarily focus on the UK film industry and its place within the worlds market, looking at opportunities for the industry in the future.

Many experts and keynote speakers will be taking part in todays event, including British Film Commission's Iain Smith (Wanted, The Mission, The Killing Fields) and Slate Films' Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland, A Most Wanted Man) - who we had pleasure in creating the title sequence for their latest film 'Half of a Yellow Sun', which is due for release next year.

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Ben Roberts (BFI Film Fund) and DJ Films' Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle) also join the impressive list of panellists, addressing the challenges in film finance; development of audiences in the UK and how distributors and exhibitors can adapt to the digital world; the UKs place in the global market, amongst many other areas to conclude on how the film world can benefit from convergence in our multi-platform world.

The day is looking to be very interesting as well as a good opportunity to discuss and share views with other film professionals.

For those that are coming, I look forward to seeing you there.

Shareman Identity for Half of a Yellow Sun

Ahead of next weeks BFI London Film Festival (9-20 October 2013) screening of Biyi Bandele's new film 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. This is the on-screen ident we developed for Shareman Media, who together with the BFI are presenting the Slate Films / Potboiler feature in association with Ealing Metro International, Kachifo Limited and Lipsync Productions.

Fresh back with great reviews from TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival - The ident presents before the film for which we also created the title sequences.

The film is out on main release later this year.

We hope you enjoy...

http://youtu.be/tuqs5nuelcY

57th BFI London Film Festival

57th BFI London Film Festival The programme for the 57th BFI London Festival launched today with exciting news of the films screening this year and those that are running in competition. With a number of films featuring which are fresh from both the Toronto and Venice festivals, having already wowed audiences and gained glowing reviews. This years event is already looking like it's going to be a great feast of viewing splendor.

Having created the title sequence for one of those films 'Half of a Yellow Sun', we are delighted to see Biyi Bandele's new film screen back here in London as part of the BFI's Strands and Pathways 'Dare' category. And my dear friend Stephen Frears' film 'Philomena' starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan screen as part of the Sponsored Galas. The festival programme is again organised into focused categories that are formed around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family. An approach designed to help festival goers to find the films they want to see and also expose to new audiences.

Half of a Yellow Sun and Philomena

The festival will screen a whopping total of 234 features, combined of both fiction and documentary films. Which include 22 World Premiere's, 16 International Premiere's and 29 European premiere's. London's film festival has never had it so good... with Director Paul Greengrass' new film 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks opening the festival, and who commented at the official launch saying "The British film industry has never been better, with the best filmmaking talent in the world now regularly coming to London to make movies".

He's right too... now is a great time for movie making, not just for the British film industry, but filmmakers all around the world. And the timing for the BFI's annual event couldn't be any better.

Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips Tom Hanks

Venues across the capital, from the West End Cinemas to the central London venues, including the Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square; which recently we attended for the World Premiere of Morgan Spurlock's One Direction film 'This Is Us', Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumière and this years new addition the Cineworld Haymarket, will be screening all of the films during the 12 day event. And we can't wait for it to get going.

In addition to all the film screenings. Special Events, Screen Talks and Master Classes will take place during the festival. With attendances to Gala Screenings by key talent such as: Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barry Ackroyd, John Lee Hancock, Emma Thompson, Alison Owen, Stephen Frears, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen, Chiwetol Ejiofor, Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Sandra Bullock, Joel & Ethan Coen, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Ralph Fiennes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Lea Seydoux, Adele Excharchopoulos, Alain Guiraudie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Payne, Lukas Moodysson.

The final show will be the European Premiere of Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, which will close the festival continuing the initiative from last year with the Closing Night Red Carpet event and screening being screened simultaneously to cinemas across the UK.

Saving Mr Banks

Hope you can all make it, and we look forward very much to seeing you there.

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My Higher Learning Master Class at TIFF

TIFF Higher Learning Back in November last year, I was invited to join a select group of previous guests including Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Douglas Trumbull, to give a Master Class in Toronto to an audience of university and college students and faculty at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox, as part of their Higher Learning event.

Tim Burton David Cronenberg Douglas Trumbull

TIFF (Toronto's equivalent to the BFI - British Film Institute) is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Higher Learning is their free ongoing programme that provides Canadian students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.

Rae Ann Fera

As part of TIFF's launch of their Higher Learning website, my Master Class has been featured and we are really pleased to be able to share with you via this link: http://tiff.net/higherlearning/events/morrison.

Here is the video from the event for you all to see and enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYmyGnqfJYU&feature=youtu.be

Frankenweenie screens tonight

Frankenweenie Logo The 56th BFI London Film Festival gets underway today with 'Frankenweenie' screening at the Odeon Leicester Square and Imax cinema, as part of tonight's Opening Night Gala.

The film is officially being released nationwide in the UK next Wednesday 17th October. But for those that were lucky enough to get ticket's for tonight's special screenings as part of the festival, will get the chance to see Tim Burton's latest creation.

Frankenweenie Frames

We are very pleased to see our titles we created for the film to finally get their first UK showing. For those that are attending, we hope you enjoy.