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Workshop: Make a Film the Market Wants - with Samantha Horley

Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 10:00am
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

What’s the point of writing a script that will never get financed or making a film that will never be seen? Give yourself the commercial advantage and a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and distributed in this one day workshop. We'll cover all genres and how to mould your ideas to fit what the market wants; worldwide distribution and what buyers and festivals are looking for; you’ll learn positioning, pitching and presenting skills; and get the chance to pitch an idea. 

Samantha Horley has twenty years' experience in international film sales (her many credits include Memento, The Big Lebowski, The Blair Witch Project and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), she is a specialist in worldwide markets and audiences and an expert in assessing the commercial viability of scripts and packaged projects. Now, as a scriptwriter represented by United Agents, she puts it all into practice herself.


This full day event is aimed at any level of feature directors, writers and producers or those looking to move into features from another discipline be it commercials, music videos or TV. Samantha will look at positioning and presentation including submitting and pitching skills, “the two line pitch” and writing synopses and taglines. In the afternoon you will delve deeply into every known genre, unravelling which are the most and least attractive to distributors and audiences, and talk about how to develop your ideas to fit. At the end of the day you will get a chance to pitch an idea you’ve come up with on the day to a group of your peers.

The workshop will run from 10:00 to 16:00 and light refreshments will be provided.

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BAFTA Cymru members: £40

Public: £50

Any filmmaker starting out would be mad not to take advantage of Sam's years of experience in the industry." Jen Handorf, producer Prevenge. 

Sam's passion and knowledge of film at all stages of production, marketing and distribution shines through.  Listen and learn, you are far more likely to get your film made after one of her seminars." Beryl Richards, director and former chair of Directors UK.