On Monday in Park City, the BFI joined the British Film Commission and the British Consulate-General Los Angeles to host a reception for UK film talent and international industry figures at Sundance.
The event celebrated Sundance’s nine features (including three with BFI Film Fund investment) that have UK involvement. Those include James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, Jon Wright’s Grabbers, Stephen Frears’ Lay The Favorite, Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil, and Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man.
Also to be celebrated was the BFC’s work in attracting major features to shoot in the UK, such as recent productions World War Z, Prometheus and Skyfall.
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI said: “It’s been an exciting start to the year for the UK film industry, with a strong showing at Sundance, recent success at the Golden Globes, high hopes for the BAFTAs and Oscars and British films currently topping the UK box office. Congratulations must go to all the UK films and talent in the international spotlight at the festival. Supporting the Britain’s film industry internationally is a priority for the BFI and, alongside our partners at the BFC and the British Consulate-General, we’re delighted to be here in Sundance flying the flag for UK film.”
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London & the British Film Commission added: “I am delighted to be here at Sundance representing the British Film Commission with my partners and colleagues from the BFI. It has been widely reported recently that the British film industry is enjoying a “golden age” and while I’m proud of our achievements and those of our wonderfully talented filmmakers, I realise that we need to capitalise on this success and continue to grow and drive our industry forward. From a British Film Commission point of view, that means ensuring the UK retains its global competitiveness, and is a top choice for ambitious, big budget productions from all over the world.”
All photos by Justin Hackworth.