Julie Buckland selected for Film Nation’s Lodestars Initiative

Congratulations to Julie Buckland who has been selected for this year’s Lodestars Initiative by Film Nation.

For a second year running, Film London is celebrating the brightest upcoming talent in the industry with its Lodestars initiative.

Designed to champion the work of up and coming figures in film, Lodestars recognises creativity in cinema and gaming, and acts as a bellwether for those set to go on to do big things.

Last year’s Lodestars included director Koby Adom, whose short film Haircut has since been picked up by Film4, and Emma Duffy who has gone on to serve as executive producer on Wildfire, which is presently in post production.

Thirty creatives from across London are recognised in the list this year, including directors, writers, producers, performers and behind-the-scenes crew. All have been selected from more than 1,000 contenders.

This year the jury includes the likes of producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Head of UK Audience at BFI Ben Luxford and film critic Hannah Flint.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “I’m thrilled to congratulate the 2020 Lodestars, who have been selected from such a high calibre of talent that reflects the diverse communities of London and our commitments to inclusion in our industry.

“Film London Lodestars is proving to be a true marker of industry talent in the capital. We’ve seen our 2019 alumni achieve mainstream distribution and critical recognition for their work and we’re extremely excited by the opportunities that await the 2020 Lodestars over the course of the year and beyond.”

Jury panellist and Head of Arts at Little Dot Studios Catherine Bray said: “Some of this year’s Lodestars are talents I’ve been aware of for a couple of years now, so I’m thrilled for them to be recognised. But even more excitingly, there are so many new names being honoured here who I’m encountering for the first time, and whose work is just so impressive – which is exactly why profile-raising awards like this are so useful.”

The 2020 Lodestars will be recognised with a ceremony on February 13.

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