Iain Smith

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.

BAFTA, What next for the UK Film Industry?

BAFTA - What Next For The UK Film Industry Tomorrow night I will be joining the question time at the Princess Anne Theatre - BAFTA, as part of the conversation to quiz some of the industry's brightest thinkers about the ups and downs and highs and lows for UK films in 2012, and to see where we're heading this year and beyond.

On the panel along with Kate O'Connor - Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Creative Skillset and Wendy Mitchell - Editor of Screen International and Screendaily.com, will be Iain Smith - Chair of the British Film Commission and Producer of such films as 'Wanted' and 'Children of Men'.

I first met Iain back in 1984 on 'The Killing Fieldsworking with Roland Joffé who directed the film, and then a couple of years later in 1986 on Roland's next film 'The Mission' starring Robert De Niro. The following year I had the great pleasure again as we teamed-up for 'Seven Years in Tibet', which was the first film I did for Jean-Jacques Annaud, who later I went on and created the titles for 'Enemy at the Gates' and 'Two Brothers'.

Titles sequences done for Producer Iain Smith

Joining Iain will also be James Watkins - Director and Screenwriter, with credits including 'Woman in Black' and 'Eden Lake'. Plus Xavier Marchand - Managing Director of Momentum Pictures and President of International Distribution of Alliance Films. Xavier's recent films include 'Welcome to the Punch' - which we also created the title sequences for.

It will be good to catch-up with Iain and to see what insights the panel can share on key issues affecting UK film.