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Mia Bays, Matt Brodlie, Graeme Mason join Cannes 2022 UK Pavilion programme (exclusive) | News


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Mia Bays, Matt Brodlie, Graeme Mason, Eve Gabereau and Ed Guiney are among the industry speakers taking part in the UK Pavilion industry programme at Cannes, previously known as the UK Film Centre, which will run from May 19 to May 24.

The series of industry events will be open to festival and market delegates as well as press attending the festival. It includes a series of Talent Talks with filmmakers with films making their world premiere in the festival.

The industry talks include an exploration of how producers and funders across English-speaking territories can adapt to the changing face of a streamer-led marketplace. British Film Institute (BFI) Film Fund director Mia Bays will moderate the discussion, with a panel including René Bourdages, vice president, Cultural Portfolio Management, Telefilm Canada; Matt Brodlie, co-president, Upgrade Productions; Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa; and Graeme Mason, CEO Screen Australia. 

There is a chance to learn more about the UK Global Screen Fund, a discussion about the benefits of diversity initiatives, and an exploration of how to make the most out of international co-productions.

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Further talks include a discussion on how to navigate Cannes and make the most out of festivals and markets, featuring Giona Nazzaro, artistic director of Locarno Film Festival; Eve Gabereau, CEO/founder of Modern Films; Joanna Solecka, film marketing and social media strategist at Alphapanda; and filmmaker Victoria Thomas. It is moderated by Screen International contributing editor and Nordic correspondent, Wendy Mitchell.

There will also be discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing European producers looking to work together, post the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Emu Films’ Mike Elliott, Komplizen Film’s Janine Jackowski, Quiddity Films’ Emily Morgan and Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney will take part. Screen editor Matt Mueller will moderate. 

Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men is set to have its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight. Jenkin will discuss his film alongside its producer Denzil Monk and star Mary Woodvine, while writer-director Charlotte Wells will unpack her feature debut Aftersun, which premieres in Critics’ Week, alongside producers Amy Jackson and Adele Romanski.

The UK Pavilion will be based at the Cannes Marché International Village, and will offer a meeting space for delegates and information resources about working with the UK. It is supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, in partnership with the British Council, British Film Commission (BFC), Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Scotland, ScreenSkills under the marketing banner of We Are UK Film.

Additional Talent Talks will be added in the coming days. 

UK Film Centre Cannes 2022 industry events:

Mia Bays

Thursday 19 May

Cannes do’s and don’ts – How to navigate Cannes and live to tell the tale
Speakers: Giona Nazzaro, artistic Director of Locarno Film Festival; Eve Gabereau, CEO/founder of Modern Films; Joanna Solecka, film marketing and social media strategist, Alphapanda; and filmmaker Victoria Thomas. Moderated by Wendy Mitchell. (14:00-15:00)

Friday 20 May

Insights into changing markets
Speakers: René Bourdages, vice president, Cultural Portfolio Management, Telefilm Canada; Matt Brodlie, co-president, Upgrade Productions; Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa; and Graeme Mason, CEO Screen Australia. Moderated by Mia Bays, director of the BFI Film Fund. (11:00-12:00)

Not lost in translation
Speakers: Géraldine Bajard, writer/director; Philippe Barrière, script editor and consultant; Matthieu Darras, CEO, Tatino Films; Nadja Dumouchel, script writer and consultant; Biljana Tutorov, producer-writer-director; and Romas Zabarauskas, writer/director. Moderated by Suzy Gillett, UK Pavilion events curator and script consultant. (16:00-17:00)

Saturday 21 May

Ambition and beyond: UK shorts focus
Speakers: Olive Nwosu, director, Egúngún/Masquerade, 2021; John Ogunmuyiwa, director, Mandem, Precious Hair & Beauty; Caragh Davison, talent programme manager, BFI Network; and Jo Duncombe, Film Consultant/New Talent Lead, British Council. (11:00-12:00)

Sparking an idea – accessing IP
Speakers: Anne Beresford, producer, Artemisia Films; Anwen Griffiths, Partner Lee & Thompson; and Chris Young, producer, Young Films. Moderated by Isabel Davis, executive director, Screen Scotland. (14:00-15:00)

Passport to Europe
Speakers: Mike Elliott, Emu Films (Benediction, Dirty God); Janine Jackowski, Komplizen Film (Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman); Emily Morgan, Quiddity Films (I Am Not A Witch, Supernova); and Ed Guiney, Element Pictures (The Souvenir: Part II, The Favourite). Moderated by Matt Mueller, editor, Screen International. (16:00-17:00)

Sunday 22 May

Talent Talk: Enys Men
Speakers: writer/director Mark Jenkin, producer Denzil Monk and actor Mary Woodvine in conversation with critic/film programmer Kaleem Aftab. (11:00-12.00)

Just another diversity scheme?
Speakers: Yolonda Brinkley, founder/executive director, Diversity in Cannes; Tamara Dawit, vice president, inclusion and growth, Canada Media Fund; Marcello Paolillo, project manager, Stepin & U3, Locarno Film Festival; Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO/ director of the European Film Academy; and Tamara Tatshvili, head of training, Medici. Moderated by Melanie Hoyes, head of inclusion, BFI. (14:00-15:00)

Monday 23 May

Co-producing with the UK – Meet the UK Global Screen Fund
Speakers: Sigrid Dyekjaer, Red Lava; Lizzie Gillett, Passion Pictures; Sonja Henrici, Sonja Henrici Creates; Shantelle Rochester, Ida Rose; Eva Weber, Mountainfilm; and Jackie Motsepe, CEO KwaZulu-Natal Film. Moderated by Denitsa Yordanova, Head of the UK Global Screen Fund, BFI. (11:00-12:00)

Talent Talk: Aftersun
Speakers: writer/director Charlotte Wells and producers Amy Jackson and Adele Romanski in conversation with Lizzie Francke, BFI Film Fund Editor-at-Large. (14:00-15:00)

Talent talk: Scale
Speakers: Director and animator Joseph Pierce, producers Hélène Mitjavile, Chris Hees and Jiři Konečny, moderated by Phoebe Sutherland, development executive at the BFI. (16:00-17:00)

Tuesday 24 May

Nowhere special – collaboration and co-production cross-border
Speakers: Ursula Devine, development executive, Northern Ireland Screen; Uberto Pasolini, writer/director, Nowhere Special; and Cristina Priarone, president, Italia Film Commissions/General Manager, Roma Lazio Film Commission. Moderated by Adrian Wootton, CEO Film London/BFC. (11:00-12:00)





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