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Short Sighted: London

shortsighted stillTough / BAFTA-nominated director/writer, Jennifer Zheng
Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 10:00am
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London
BAFTA and British Council Film present Short Sighted, an annual all-day event dedicated to maximising the impact of your short film, in association with Shooting People.

Some of the major players in short film distribution give you the inside track on getting your film seen. Representatives from London Short Film Festival, BFI Flare and the makers of BAFTA-nominated short Tough share insights on navigating the festival circuit, developing your film festival strategy and crowdfunding your way to success.

Full programme:

09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome from Katie Campbell (Skills Development Manager, BAFTA)

10.10  Keynote

Matimba Kabalika (Talent Development Manager, BFI NETWORK) gives her perspective on short film commissioning and tracking emerging talent in the UK

10.40 The Festival Circuit

What do festival programmers look for in a short film and how can you make the most of your festival experience? A panel of short film festival directors, producers and programmers advise on navigating the festival circuit.

Confirmed speakers:

Niels Ketelaars, Shorts Programmer, Go Short International Short Film Festival

Laurence Avis, Shorts Programmer, Open City Documentary Festival

11.40 Break

12.00 Festival favourites

Sit back and enjoy a selection of UK shorts currently enjoying success on the UK and international festival circuit.

13.00 Lunch break

13.45 Fireside Chat

Two filmmakers whose work has shown at top international festivals talk us through their work in short film, including how to make the most of your festival journey and top tips on gaining the maximum exposure for your film.

Confirmed speakers:

BAFTA-nominated Jennifer Zheng, Writer/Director (Tough)

Rubika Shah, Writer/Director (White Riot: London)

14.45 Deliverables

Your film’s been selected for a festival - what now? Some of the most esteemed festival programmers and directors provide their top tips on what a filmmaker needs to stand out from the crowd and how to market your film successfully.

15.10 Coffee Break

15.30 Crowdfunding your way to success!

Looking to top up your production pot or even raise your entire budget through crowdfunding? Meet two filmmakers who have raised nearly £30,000 between them by building a passionate online fanbase before going on to see success on the festival circuit. You’ll hear about the do’s and don’t of crowdfunding as well as advice on reaching a wide online audience with a unique story.

Confirmed speakers:

Christopher Manning, Director (Isha)

Jonathan Schey, Director (The Entertainer)

Jodie Brown, Producer (The Entertainer)

16.30 Taking the plunge: shorts to features

So you’ve made your short film - what next? A panel of debut filmmakers discuss their journey, from award-winning short films to making their debut features, and the lessons they’ve learnt along the way.

Confirmed speakers:

BAFTA-nominated Gavin Humphries, Producer (Pin Cushion)

BAFTA-nominated Michael Pearce, Director (Beast)

17.30 Networking Drinks

Round off the day’s events with a spot of networking and a drink (or two!) on us.

British Council Short Support Scheme, BAFTA and Shooting People Members - £25
Public - £35

A limited number of bursaries will be available to students or individuals currently on work placement in the industry. To apply, please ask your placement manager/or teaching establishment to email [email protected] outlining your interest in the day along with your full name, details and reason for applying.

Member tickets go onsale Wednesday 4 October, 09.30

Public tickets go onsale Friday 6 October 12.30

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