The BFI’s professional development programme for exciting UK-based writers and directors will be focused on supporting BAME filmmakers for its 2016 edition.

13 July 2016
NETWORK @ LFF is an internationally focused professional development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival.
For the third year in a row, BFI NETWORK in conjunction with the London Film Festival will provide a unique opportunity for up to 15 UK writers and directors to participate in masterclasses, screenings, events and one to one meetings with industry professionals. This year the initiative will align with the BFI’s Black Star Blockbuster, and in celebration of that will have a BAME focus. Applications will be open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic filmmakers who must have already built an exciting body of professional work that is garnering positive attention.
The intensive 3.5-day event combines masterclasses, private screenings, facilitated networking and one-to-ones with exclusive opportunities to meet and interact with leading international filmmakers and industry executives drawn from the Festival’s programme. Participants receive accreditation for the entire duration of the BFI London Film Festival. The programme is aimed at emerging filmmakers from across the UK who have the creative ambition and desire to tell stories that will resonate with both a British and international cinema audience. Additional NETWORK filmmakers from across the UK will also have special access to select events in the Festival’s industry programme.

Applications are now closed

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“I think the most useful thing was being in rooms with really interesting producers who’ve had amazing careers, and having them be so open and honest about their careers, their working processes, and what they look for from writers.”
Jennifer Majka, Writer
The 2015 edition took place from 9-12 October and speakers included: producers Christine Vachon ('Carol'), Jan Chapman ('The Daughter'), Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ('He Named Me Malala'), writer/directors László Nemes ('Son of Saul'), Sean Baker ('Tangerine') and Lucile Hadžihalilović ('Evolution'), and further industry guests Hengameh Panahi (Celluloid Dreams), Naima Abed (Memento Films), Bec Smith (United Talent Agency) and Robert Walak (Universal Pictures).
NETWORK is supported with National Lottery funds, through the BFI Film Fund.