Some of the major players in short film distribution give you the inside track on getting your film seen. Representatives from London Film Festival, Random Acts and Sheffield Doc/Fest as well as BAFTA-nominated filmmakers share insights on navigating the festival circuit, developing your film festival strategy and bridging the gap from shorts to feature.
10.30 - Welcome
10.40 - The Festival Circuit - What do festival programmers and look for in a short film and how can you make the most of your festival experience? A panel of short film festival directors and programmers advise on navigating the festival circuit.
Philip Ilson, Artistic Director (London Short Film Festival) and Short Film Programmer (BFI London Film Festival)
Sarah Dawson, Film Programme Manager, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Gaia Meucci, Short Film Programmer, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
Hosted by Joanna Duncombe, Film Programme Manager, British Council
11.40 - Coffee break
12.00 - Festival Favourites screening - Sit back and enjoy a selection of UK shorts currently enjoying success on the UK and international festival circuit
13.00 - Break
13.45 - Fireside Chat
Geraint Huw Reynolds, BAFTA Cymru-winning director (Helfa’r Heli)
Jayisha Patel, Director (Notes to My Father, Circle)
14.45 - Delivering and Marketing your film - A succinct session on how best to present and package your short film. What are festival programmers and talent scouts looking for? We explore the do's and don'ts of the submissions process.
Alice Whittemore, BFI Welsh Talent Network Manager
15.10 - Break
15.30 - Beyond the Festival Circuit - How can your short reach audiences, beyond the festival circuit? We talk to experts in VOD, and curated cinema exhibition about finding audiences for your short film.
Isobel Moir, Film Programmer, Independent Cinema Office (ICO)
Gavin Humphries, Managing Editor (Nowness)
Colm McAuliffe, Film Programmer
Hosted by Joanna Duncombe
16.30 - Developing Your Talent - Moving from Shorts to Features - So you’ve made your short film - what next? We welcome a panel of debut directors and producers to discuss their journey, with input from funders, talent agents, distributors and sales agents on the hunt for new talent.
Rowan Woods, Film Programme Manager, British Council
Jonathan Schey, Director (The Entertainer)
Kimberley Warner, Head of Creative Business, Ffilm Cymru
Hosted by Alice Cabanas, BFI NETWORK Talent Executive (South West Hub)
17.30 - Networking drinks - Round off the day’s events with a spot of networking and a drink (or two!) on us.
Further speakers to be announced
Public tickets available via Chapter.
We have a limited allocation of free tickets for BAFTA Cymru members. Please email Vicki to reserve your place.