Film London heads to Mumbai conference


Production Guild company affiliate Film London will be strongly represented at this year’s FICCI-FRAMES conference in Mumbai, India to celebrate 2017’s UK India Year of Culture and explore new business opportunities between the two regions.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission and Helena Mackenzie, Head of Inward Investment & Business Development will both be in attendance at the global media and entertainment convention to engage with key Indian decision-makers, champion the UK capital’s world-class screen industries and spread the word that London is very much open for business.

As part of this work, Film London will be contributing to two forward-thinking panels. The first, taking place on 21 March will address sustainable, environmentally-friendly  filmmaking solutions. The second takes place on 22 March and forms part of the 2017 India Year of Culture, examining upcoming UK-India co-production The Hungry. This contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is being delivered by Film London and Cinestaan Film Company, using the former’s Microwave filmmaking scheme as its model. The film, directed by Bornila Chatterjee, brings together filmmaking talent from India and the UK, key to which was a rigorous selection and training programme funded by The British Council. The panel’s audience will get an exclusive look at work-in-progress scenes from The Hungry, as well as cast interviews including Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra and Sayani Gupta.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “London is a hugely popular destination for Indian filmmakers, and we’re extremely keen to foster greater creative and collaborative opportunities between our two regions – as evidenced by our partnership work with Cinestaan Film Company on The Hungry. FICCI-FRAMES provides the perfect platform for meeting the Indian industry’s key players, and given that we’re currently celebrating the UK India Year of Culture I can’t think of a better time to bring our two industries even closer together.”