At the launch of The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme, itwas clearthat the festival is looking to a higher industry profile, with the introduction this year of the Production Finance Market (PFM).
The event, managed by Angus Finney (formerly joint-managing director ofRenaissance Films), takes place at the Tower Bridge Marriott on Oct 22 - 23.
Artistic director Sandra Hebron expressed hope that some projects from the market will eventually screen at the LFF.
'It (the PFM) is something that we are very much looking forward to,' Hebron said, 'It is something that Film London is taking the lead on it and we are happy to be taking part in it.'
1000 industry delegates - including sales agents, distributors, producers, tv acquisition executives and film students - are expected at the LFF and The London Development Agency has provided funds to invite 15 sales agents.
Industry screenings will be held at the Curzon Soho (22-25 Oct) where around40 features without UK distributors are to be showcased.
At the packed launch, Hebron detailed a main programme of 184 features with 7 World, 29 European and 128 UK premieres.
The festival, which opens with David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises on Oct 17 and closes with Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited on Nov 1, is expecting to attract high-profile guests such as Robert Redford (globally premiering his latest feature Lions For Lambs), Ange Lee, Michael Moore and Sean Penn.
Hebron announced an unusual collaboration in the LFF history - revered director David Lynch and 60s folk/rock singer Donovan sharing a stage to discuss meditation, consciousness and creativity.
'They have designed this event where David Lynch talks and Donovan sings songs,' Hebron said.
'I don't think they are going to be doing the two things together. I don't think we are going to hear David Lynch singing. Until I have seen the event played out, I am as much in the dark as you,' said Hebron.'David Lynch obviously feels there is a nice fit between Donovan's music and the idea he is promoting around meditation and creativity.'