Magazine article Screen International

UK Industry Figures Offer Brexit Reassurance at TIFF

Magazine article Screen International

UK Industry Figures Offer Brexit Reassurance at TIFF

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Opening this year's Industry Conference at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18), a panel of UK experts moved to calm fears over the British public's decision to leave the European union. BFI head of international Isabel Davis, Creative Scotland senior executive Robbie Allen, the British Film Commission's evp, US productions, Kattie Kotok, and producer Paul Webster of Shoebox Films were all present to disclose their opinions on the looming spectre of Brexit.

Screen International US editor Jeremy Kay, moderating the panel, set the scene by stating that "we are in unknown territory": "With Article 50 yet to be triggered, we are still at least two to three years away from leaving the EU", noted Kay.

Davies revealed that the BFI has put together a bespoke taskforce featuring key figures from the film, television and videogames sectors. "Everyone is pulling in the same direction, coalescing over the same few issues," she stated, adding that it was "going to take a long time to untangle, it's a complicated process".

"Stability is very important to the creative industries, it's a volatile market," said Allen, before arguing that "the EU is a political and financial institution, not a cultural one," suggesting that focus could be placed elsewhere. …

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