Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is to deliver this year’s industry keynote address at the 56th BFI London Film Festival.
The producer will share his “insights and anecdotes from his career” on October 11, as part of the organizers’ industry program.
Weinstein is a fellow of the British Film Institute, the highest accolade the organization bestows.
Securing Weinstein for the industry keynote is a coup for new BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart and her team who is overseeing the festivalfor the first time.
Weinstein said: “Year after year the festival maintains such a high level of films and filmmakers, and I am really excited to see what the BFI and Clare Stewart are putting together for this year.”
Stewart said: “The industry program is central to the festival offer, providing real support for the breadth and vitality of the UK film business and tangible opportunities for international colleagues to engage with the U.K. in smart and inventive ways.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “One of the most exciting showcases of cinema anywhere, the festival also puts the spotlight on an important industry, which supports over 117,000 jobs and delivers billions of pounds for our economy. I am proud we are backing a rich and varied programme that also focuses on business and talent development.”
The address is supported by the government-backed training body Creative Skillset.