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The future for UK Film

Morning, Monday, 29th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will look at how to tackle the potential tests that lie ahead for the film industry in the UK  - with discussion on the current state of play, priorities for sector recovery, future financing models, and addressing skills deficits, as well as the wider challenge of realising the international potential of the UK’s film sector.                                                                      

It will be a timely opportunity to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector and measures designed to help recovery - such as the Film & TV Production restart scheme and wider Government initiatives for cultural recovery, alongside measures outlined by the UK Cinema Association and the BFI.

We are very pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution on priorities for driving recovery in the UK’s film industries from Ben Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, British Film Institute.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; and the Department for International Trade. Also due to attend are representatives from Affectiva; British Screen Forum; Falmouth University; Planispheres; St Mary's University, Twickenham; The Film and TV Charity; University of the West of England; University of York and Winding Snake Productions.

Overall, we expect those taking part in this conference to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, together with film studios, production and post-production companies, independent production companies, distribution companies, other media businesses, their suppliers and their advisors, OTT content services and digital streaming services, cinemas, associations and industry trade bodies, television and online advertising organisations, universities and other education institutions, digital and social media platforms, members of the creative and craft workforce, talent agencies, investment companies, organisations and individuals representing the views of audiences and other consumers, consultancies, academics and commentators, entertainment and intellectual property lawyers and reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Julie Baines

Founder, Dan Films; and Co-Chair, Film Producers Group, PACT

Adrian Wootton

Chief Executive, Film London, and Chief Executive Officer, British Film Commission

Ben Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, British Film Institute


Dean Russell MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Film and Broader Screen

Nick Smith MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Film and Broader Screen


Thomas Benski

CEO and Co-founder, Pulse Films

Phil Clapp

Chief Executive, UK Cinema Association

John Giwa-Amu

Film Producer, Red & Black Films; and Director, Good Gate Media

Senior speaker confirmed from Wiggin

Cara Sheppard

Managing Director, Twickenham Film Studios

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Head of Film and Animation, ScreenSkills

Professor Ian Christie

Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck, University of London