I attended BAFTA’s recent Film Question Time, a wise choice as it proved to be a brilliantly insightful and really quite challenging event, with an often intense discussion covering such topics as European Union film funding, the rights and wrongs of offering UK tax breaks to US film companies, how to get the best from the never-ending stream of film festivals that are now popping up and the impact that the increasingly popular trend for crowd-funding can have on getting your micro-budget production off the ground.
The event was chaired by Ian Hayden-Smith, editor of Curzon Magazine and had a panel of industry experts that consisted of Amma Asante, BAFTA award-winning writer / director, Isabel Davis, Head of International at the British Film Institute, producer Atif Ghani and Kate Muir, Chief Film Critic for The Times.
The BAFTA members bar is a veritable shrine to the great and good of British film. Almost every square inch of wall space is adorned by impressive black and white portraits of some of the country’s greatest screen legends. The greatest of them all, at least in my opinion, is the incomparable film director, David Lean.
After the event I popped into the David Lean Room on the first floor, an inspirational place for a meeting with a media rights lawyer. While I was there I took a picture of Lean’s portrait, positioned, shrine like, facing you as you enter the room.
Thanks to BAFTA Guru for another great event, and another networking opportunity in the bar afterwards!