Director Edgar Wright (BABY DRIVER, HOT FUZZ) will deliver the closing Hot Spot on Sunday 23 February at the 13th BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL, the UK’s film industry festival for young filmmakers aged 16-25 years old. Other guest speakers include directors Jessica Hausner (LITTLE JOE) and Henry Blake (COUNTY LINES) as well as producer of the award-winning THE CROWN, Suzanne Mackie.
The Festival returns to BFI Southbank from 20-23 February 2020 with a rich programme of events, masterclasses, workshops and screenings, which all offer a range of perspectives and voices from across the industry. The Festival kicks off on Thursday 20 February with the Festival award ceremony, hosted by Ali Plumb, BBC Radio 1’s film critic.
THE HOT SPOT
These sessions offer emerging young filmmakers a chance to get up close and personal with top industry talent. Friday and Saturday’s sessions to be announced soon.
Sunday 23 February, 16.30 Edgar Wright
Growing up in the UK, Edgar Wright began crafting his distinct visual style directing super 8 films starring his school friends. Ever the cinephile, he continued directing and submitting films to festivals until he caught the eye of the UK TV comedy community. Moving to television, this phase of Wright’s career culminated in his directing the show SPACED for Channel 4. It was here that Wright began his iconic collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. SPACED served as a launching pad for the 2004 film SHAUN OF THE DEAD which starred both actors and became a sleeper box office hit. The trio would make two more films together: HOT FUZZ and THE WORLD’S END. These became known as the THREE FLAVORS CORNETTO TRILOGY, of which all were co-written by Wright and Pegg. In-between HOT FUZZ and THE WORLD’S END, Wright co-wrote and directed the acclaimed SCOTT PILGRIM V. THE WORLD. Wright has also collaborated with many acclaimed filmmakers: he co-wrote THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN for director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. As an executive producer, Wright has championed Joe Cornish’s ATTACK THE BLOCK and Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS. Wright’s 2017 film, BABY DRIVER, starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, grossed over $220 million worldwide at the box office and went on to receive three Academy Award nominations as well as two BAFTA nominations, of which it won for Best Editing. Wright’s latest film, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, recently completed principal photography in London and is currently in post-production along with his first documentary film covering the entire 50 year legacy of Ron and Russell Mael of California pop band Sparks.
Each day of the Festival starts with a Keynote speech with some of the most dynamic and emerging creatives in the business.
Saturday 22 February, 10.30am
Theresa’s debut feature film ROCKS, directed by Sarah Gavron, premiered at TIFF. She is the winner of the George Devine Award for her debut play GIRLS (Soho Theatre / Talawa / Hightide) – which was also an Alfred Fagon Award winner and a Verity Bargate Finalist. Theresa is under commission with the National Theatre, Royal Court and Bush – and her TV commissions include projects with Clerkenwell/BBC, House, Lookout Point, Studio Lambert/BBC and Mammoth. Theresa Ikoko studied psychology at undergrad and a masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has had a variety of roles in prisons, secure settings and social inclusion/community engagement projects. She now works in gangs and serious youth violence.
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Young people aged 25 and under can buy last minute tickets for just £3, 45 minutes before the start of screenings and events, subject to availability – http://www.bfi.org.uk/25-and-under.
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