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Short Sighted: London

Saturday, 5 November 2016 - 10:00am
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly
BAFTA and British Council Film present the annual all-day event on marketing and distributing 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 with representatives from Sundance Film Festival and We Are Colony and the makers of BAFTA-winning short Edmond sharing insights on navigating the festival circuit, developing off-line audiences and making a sale.

Full programme:

09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome from Jemma Desai, Film Programme Manager at British Council Film

10.10 In Conversation with Jordan McGarry

Jordan McGarry, Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London and former Director of Curation at Vimeo, gives her perspective on short film commissioning and distribution and the exciting opportunities for short film today.

10.40 Meet the Festival Programmers

A panel of UK and international short film festival directors, producers and programmers advise on navigating the festival circuit. What do festival programmers look for in a short film and what’s involved in the programming process?

Speakers include:

Katie Metcalfe, Shorts Programmer at Sundance Film Festival
Anna Bogutskaya, Festival Producer, Underwire Film Festival
Johanna Brooks, Producer, London Short Film Festival 

Hosted by Will Massa, Senior Programme Manager at British Council Film

11.40 Coffee Break

12:00 Filmmaker Spotlight

The filmmakers behind BAFTA-winning animation Edmond and Iris prize-winning drama, Balcony discuss their journey and share advice on getting maximum exposure of your film.


Nina Gantz,  director of Edmond
Emilie Jouffrey, producer of Edmond
Toby Fell-Holden, director, Balcony
Ali Mansuri, producer, Balcony

Hosted by Briony Hanson, Director at British Council Film

13:00 Lunch break

13.45 Anatomy of a Sale

We’ll demystify the role of the sales agent, quizzing our panel on contracts, fees and tactics to get you and your work noticed by the right people.

Speakers include:

Chris Tidman, Vice President of Global Acquisitions at Shorts International
Emma Simpson, Company Manager, Journeyman Pictures
Rebecca Wolff, Producer, Grasp the Nettle Films
Hosted by Will Massa, Senior Programme Manager at British Council Film

14.30 Digital

Online exhibition has revolutionised short film distribution, allowing filmmakers to reach a wider audience than ever before but it’s also an over-saturated space. So when and where should you put your short online and what does the future hold for online distribution?

Speakers include:

Sarah Tierney, Founder and CEO of We Are Colony
Gavin Humphries, Executive Producer at NOWNESS

Hosted by Jemma Desai, Film Programme Manager at British Council Film

15.15 Break

15.35 Shorts in Cinemas

Case studies of two short films that have seen success beyond the festival circuit and theatrical screenings across the UK.

Speakers include:

Afolabi Kuti, Producer, Home
Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Directors, Notes on Blindness

Hosted by Jemma Desai, Film Programme Manager, British Council Film

16.20 Firm Favourites

A selection of UK shorts that are currently enjoying success on the festival circuit and beyond.

17.30 Networking Drinks

A chance to relax and digest the day’s events with a drink (or two!) on us.

BAFTA & 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 outlining your interest in the day along with your full name, details and reason for applying.