Cohort of UK Black and global majority producers attending Berlin EFM thanks to BFI support

These experienced UK producers will attend the European Film Market to connect with and forge partnerships with international partners to further new co-production projects.

15 February 2024

Clockwise from top left: Tolu Stedford, Lorine Plagnol, Luke Oliveira-Davies and Carol Harding

The BFI is supporting four experienced and entrepreneurial UK Black and global majority producers to attend this year’s European Film Market (EFM) and to also participate in its Equity & Inclusion Pathways. Carol Harding, Luke Oliveira-Davies, Lorine Plagnol and Tolu Stedford, who are actively seeking partners for current projects, are seeking to develop European and international networks, to establish and grow collaborations which will push their co-productions forward.  

Following an open application process, the four producers have been selected to attend EFM, one of the industry’s leading gatherings of international film professionals which attracts around 10,000 representatives to Berlin to network, exchange ideas and do business.  

The cohort will engage with EFM’s Equity & Inclusion Pathway, and EFM’s wider offer of conferences, workshops and screenings, plus a series of networking opportunities. The programme builds on the successful participation in the 2023 Berlinale; it is made possible thanks to the BFI National Lottery International Connections Fund, with a programme coordinated by the BFI Inclusion team and cohort will also be supported by producer Pamela Drameh.  

“We are thrilled to be offering this opportunity to these four brilliant producers, giving them the tools to build creative and financial partnerships to develop their slates and their businesses,” said Miranda Gower-Qian, BFI’s Inclusion Partner.  

She continued: “As one of the most important meeting places for the international industry, this is a chance for them to engage with everything the EFM offers. In supporting a diverse UK indie industry, this is part of our work to help ensure underrepresented talent have the necessary pathways to effectively grow their networks, make connections, learn from their peers and further their careers.”