Christopher Nolan (Inception) will headline a new series of industry talks launched by the BFI London Film Festival titled LFF Connects. The events will aim to explore the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries such as TV, music, art and games. Artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale FILM at the Tate Modern, will join the Batman Begins director for the new series, which launches with a conversation event on October 9 at London’s BFI Southbank. Nolan and Dean promise to explore the importance of seeing films projected on screen as part of our cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards to secure film’s future.

“As an artist who makes and exhibits film, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema,” commented Dean. “Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it.”

Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz’s epic tragedy La Novia (The Bride).  The film world premieres in the Zabaltegi Section of the upcoming San Sebastian international film festival. La Novia is based on the acclaimed Spanish writer Federico García Lorca’s play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). Sales will commence at the Venice international film festival.

Sky Italia and FremantleMedia have inked a deal that extends the broadcaster’s rights to X Factor and Italia’s Got Talent until 2018. The deal means Sky will broadcast three more X Factor series, in addition to the new season which premieres September 10. There will be two new series of Italia’s Got Talent, in addition to the next season which is due to start in March next year.