2017 Events Calendar

Friday 26th

13.00 - 14.00

The Palm Dog Awards

Thursday 18th

14.00 - 15.00

Films without Borders (screening)

A showcase of films from young people living in challenging circumstances  around the globe.
Films Without Borders is a charitable foundation which builds bridges and creates a dialogue, whilst simultaneously educating youth.

Tales From Lebanon (Lebanon)
The story of four teenagers on a journey to discover some of Lebanon's hidden past and to see if their traditions are still being kept alive. They also meet some upcoming Lebanese stars who are reaching out to the world today.

Being Maasai (Amboseli, Kenya)
A hard-hitting film made by and through the eyes of girls who are torn between the love for their Maasai tribe, and their determination to put an end to outdated traditions. 
For the first time ever, the girls agreed to share their tales of running away from female genital mutilation, early arranged marriages, and rape.

Friday 19th

11.00 - 12.00

Brexit Briefing

The UK isn’t leaving Europe, but it has started the process of leaving the European Union.  Isabel Davis, head of international, BFI and Sunniva Hansson, solicitor, Wiggin, talk you through the key issues and what we know so far.

13.00 - 14.00

Talent Talk: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Film4’s Sam Lavender and Element Films’ Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe discuss working together to develop Yorgos Lanthimos’ biggest film to date and Competition title, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.

Chair: Damon Wise, contributing editor, Empire magazine

15.30 - 17.00

Feels Like The First Time:
How to get your first feature on the international festival circuit

(In association with British Council)

How hard is it for international filmmakers to get a first feature shown at film festivals? When you are selected, how can you make the most of festival experiences? International producers and some of the world's top film festival programmers will share insights and give advice.

Speakers:Katja Adomeit, producer (Wolf and Sheep; co-producer The Square); John Cooper, director, Sundance Film Festival; Pietro Greppi, producer (Departure), Giona A. Nazzaro, general delegate of the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week

Chair: Wendy Mitchell, film programme manager, British Council

Saturday 20th

11.00 - 12.30

UK & Brazil:
The future of collaboration

Following the ratification of the new Film and TV co-production agreement between the UK and Brazil, leading industry figures from both countries will discuss how filmmakers can best work together, financially and creatively.

Speakers: Ana Julia Cury Cabral, head of international affairs, ANCINE; Katie Ellen, Senior Manager, Audiences and Distribution, BFI; Mauricio Kinoshita, executive manager, Cinema do Brasil; Kris Thykier, producer, Archery Pictures

Chair: Isabel Davis, head of international, BFI

14.00 - 15.00

The Power of Film:
The role of storytellers as cultural diplomats

As political and social discourse across the western world becomes more polarised and populist in tone, leading international filmmakers come together to discuss the responsibilities of filmmakers and the role narrative films can play in creating empathy and encouraging tolerance. How can we harness the power of film, our dominant cultural force, to inspire and effect change?

Speakers: Rosie Alison, producer at Heyday Films (Paddington, Paddington 2) and Jonathan King, head of narrative film, Participant Media

Chair: Gaylene Gould, head of cinema and events, BFI Southbank

15.30 - 16.30

Talent Talk: Sea Sorrow

Director Vanessa Redgrave and producer Carlo Nero talk about their feature documentary Sea Sorrow, playing in the Special Screenings section.

Chair: Briony Hanson, director of film, British Council

17.00 - 18.00

Talent Talk: How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Director John Cameron Mitchell, US producer Howard Gertler of Little Punk, Amy Jackson, head of production at See Saw Films and writer Philippa Goslett reveal how they brought How To Talk To Girls At Parties to the screen.

Chair: Caroline Cooper Charles, film executive

Sunday 21st

10.30 - 11.30

Talent Talk: A Prayer Before Dawn

Writer Nick Saltrese and producer Sol Papadopoulos of the UK’s Hurricane Films come together with Billy Moore and actor Joe Cole to talk about the challenges and opportunities of adapting real events. Moore was incarcerated in a Thai prison and was forced to become a Muay Thai boxing champion to survive.  

Chair: Kaleem Aftab, film correspondent for The Independent and The I.

14.30 - 15.30

Star Power:
How to develop film projects to attract world-class talent

(In association with Screen International)

The boom in high-end TV means the creative talent is moving to where the money is and finds itself in very great demand. A group of leading talent agents will discuss how international producers can build effective relationships with agents to better understand their clients' needs and ensure producers are developing feature work that appeals to the very best actors, writers and directors.

Speakers: David Flynn, agent, UTA, Nish Panchal, film and TV agent, Curtis Brown and Rhodri Thomas, president, production, The Ink Factory. Further speakers to be confirmed.

Chair: Matt Mueller, editor, Screen International

16.00 - 17.00

Beyond 25%: maximising the UK tax credit

(In association with the British Film Commission)

International independent  producers discuss how they have taken advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity of the UK tax credit to base their post-production and VFX in the UK and combine with other international incentives.

Speakers: Tristan Goligher (producer, Lean On Pete); Matthew Metcalfe (producer, 6 Days), Balázs Zachar, head of business affairs, Pioneer Stillking Films

Chair: Adrian Wootton, chief executive, British Film Commission

Monday 22nd

10.00 - 11.00

The Practical Guide to Closing your Film

(In association with European Film Bonds)

For UK and non-UK producers alike, moving from your first national film to a multi-party co-production can be a daunting prospect.  Spend an hour with the experts who will guide you through how to make the process of closing as painless as possible using practical examples.

Speakers: Clare Coulter, business affairs manager, BFI; David Grumbach, producer, BAC films; Kai May, Unverzagt von Have; Peter La Terriere, managing director, European Film Bonds

Chair: Isabel Davis, head of international, BFI

15.00 - 16.00

Hunt for the younger people:
How to capture the 16-30 year-old audience

This is the elusive demographic that helped spur the success of recent indie breakouts including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Moonlight, The Eagle Huntress and My Scientology Movie. International distribution and marketing experts will discuss the release and marketing strategies behind these and other films, and look at what we can learn from China, a market driven by the youth audience.

Speakers: Ed Caffrey, head of acquisitions, Vertigo Releasing, Wei Han, CEO, Bliss Media and Paul Wiegard, managing director, Madman Entertainment

Chair: Sophie Monks Kaufman, contributing editor, Little White Lies

Tuesday 23rd

14.00 - 15.00

Talent Talk: I Am Not A Witch

Producers Juliette Grandmont and Emily Morgan reveal how they made Rungano Nyoni's debut feature as a France-UK-Zambia co-production. It makes its world premiere in Directors' Fortnight.

Chair: Matimba Kabalika, NETWORK Manager, BFI

Thursday 25th

15.00 - 17.00

ShortsTV ‘The Pitch’ Live Final

ShortsTV once again host ‘The Pitch’. The competition gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to an expert jury panel for the chance to win 5000 Euros towards the film’s production and broadcast of the finished film on ShortsTV around the world.


Friday 26th

13.00 - 14.00

The Palm Dog Awards

The 17th Palm Dog Awards will be celebrating dogs as part of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Over seven decades dogs have played their part - on and off screen – bringing good humour, grit and glamour to La Croisette.