Speakers will include Stephen Kelliher [pictured], Natalie Brenner and Mia Bays.

Film London, BAFTA and Northern Film & Media are working together to create a new series of events to help the UK’s emerging producers to learn more about sales and distribution.

The initiative, called Breakthrough: A Guide To International Film Sales & Distribution, is also supported by Kodak and Creative England.

Events will be held in London and at the BALTIC center in Gateshead.

The talks will involve both UK distribution and international export of British indie films.

This scheme will build on Film London’s London UK Film Focus, which has a Breakthrough Strand to introduce UK films to foreign buyers.

Speakers lined up include Stephen Kelliher [pictured], Head of Sales and Marketing at Bankside Films and Chair of Film Export UK; Carey Fitzgerald, Managing Director of High Point Media Group; Natalie Brenner, EVP, International Sales at Ealing Metro International; Julia Short, Head of Acquisitions at the Works Film Group; Rebecca Hawkes, Managing Director of Schedule 2; Nicola Kettlewood, Edinburgh Film Festival; and Mia Bays, producer and Sales/Distribution Consultant.

Helena Mackenzie, Head of Inward Investment & Business Development at Film London said: “LUFF plays an important role in promoting British talent internationally and I am especially delighted that the Breakthrough strand has gone from strength to strength, successfully showcasing work from new film-makers that consistently sparks the interest of the international buyers. These events are a natural progression in our aim to support even more film-makers as well as increase the number of British films which reach an international audience.”

The London event will be held at BAFTA on Jan 24, with the BALTIC event in Gateshead on Jan 31. More information and tickets are available at www.filmlondon.org.uk/breakthroughevents.