BritWeek 2009 will kick off on April 21 with a gala dinner honouring former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in support of the charity Malaria No More.

The programme for the third annual networking and fundraising event includes a film-makers forum for Los Angeles and London-based creatives.

'We Brits love Los Angeles and we believe in it,' BritWeek co-founder Nigel Lythgoe said. 'Times are tough but we are here to stay and in a big way. BritWeek carries a serious message wrapped in a wonderful celebration'.

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