Local film means business
The business potential of filmmaking will be in the limelight this week at the 11th Belfast Film Festival begins.
Invest NI is supporting a two-day programme, Northern Exposure = Deal Closure, all about Northern Ireland's filmmaking abilities.
The programme is funded by Northern Ireland Screen and includes panel sessions plus one-to-one meetings.
Screen International editor Mike Goodridge will delve into the business of film with the help of industry figures like Robin Gutch of digital 'studio' Warp X and representatives of Verve Pictures, Optimum Releasing and Pathe Distribution.
Richard Williams, the chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said: "Through our worldwide contacts in the screen industry, we hope to be able to run this as an annual event with the festival and we thank them for readily agreeing to co-host this programme with us."