The film industry is facing unprecedented change in these uncertain times. A lively combination of industry and artist guests dive into the complexities of the current independent filmmaking landscape, reimagining what the future of film can and should look like, and examining everything from rapidly evolving viewing patterns to paths forward in improving equitable practices industry-wide. Jeff Deutchman (EVP of acquisitions and production, NEON) and Julia Oh (senior commissioning executive, Film4) are joined by Mathieu Ajan (BFI NETWORK executive and founder of Bounce Cinema), Andrea Riseborough, and Lena Waithe. Moderated by Tabitha Jackson, Director, Sundance Film Festival.


This panel was part of the Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London.

Actress and producer Andrea Riseborough continues to captivate audiences and earn critical acclaim for her gripping performances and dedication to bringing female narratives to the screen. Upcoming, she will star in Brandon Cronenberg’s thriller POSSESSOR and Zeina Durra’s drama LUXOR, both of which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize – World Cinema (Dramatic). more...
Jeff Deutchman is the EVP of acquisitions and production for NEON and has previously held senior positions at IFC Films and Paramount Pictures. Throughout his career, he has championed and acquired culturally indelible films including PARASITE, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, THE LOBSTER, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, and AMAZING GRACE. more...
Julia Oh is a senior commissioning executive at Film4 in London. She runs a slate of features there that include projects from Steve McQueen, Will Sharpe, Julia Ducournau, and Yann Demange. Prior to joining Film4, Julia was a New York City–based independent producer. She co-produced AMERICAN HONEY (Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival) and produced NASTY BABY (Teddy Award at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival). more...
Writer, Producer, Actor
Lena Waithe is a multiple-award-winning creator from Chicago who currently resides in Los Angeles. Through her production company, Hillman Grad Productions, as well as partnerships with others, she is dedicated to giving marginalized storytellers the chance to let their voices be heard. more...
Mathieu is a BFI NETWORK talent executive and the founder of Bounce Cinema, a pop-up cinema dedicated to bringing communities together and celebrating exciting new filmmaking talent. As a director, producer and photographer Mathieu is also well versed in the creative, technical and development aspects of filmmaking. Mathieu is passionate about championing new talent and has supported many filmmakers in the early stages of their careers. more...
Moderator
Tabitha Jackson assumed the role of Sundance Film Festival Director in February of 2020. Serving as the Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute since 2013, she and her team encouraged the diverse exchange of ideas by artists with a mission to champion the power of artful cinema in the culture and to support a more expansive set of makers and forms. more...

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