L A U N C H PA D FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS
6 th & 7 th N O V E M B E R
S c h ool of Crea t ive S t u d ies an d M e d ia B A N G O R u niversi t y
B F I N E T.W O R K The BFI NET.WORK is a new UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers. The BFI is committed to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmaking talent; the Talent NET.WORK is delivered by its national partners, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen, as well as Film London. NET.WORK executives across the UK will work collaboratively and maintain close liaison with BFI colleagues. For Welsh born and/or resident talent, BFI NET.WORK Wales offers opportunities such as: • Specialist labs and masterclasses • Surgeries and preparatory market sessions • Short film schemes and sector partnerships • Improved talent networks & peer to peer support • Bespoke mentoring and development funding for talent and projects • Talent showcasing, script reading and networking
FFILM CYMRU WALES Established in 2006 and formerly known as the Film Agency for Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales has a remit to help to develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. We aim to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues. We also promote the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.
SCHEDULE F R I D A Y 6 th N O V E M B E R 10:15 Registration and coffee 11:00 Shorts To Features: Director Masterclass with Mat Kirkby 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Stories for an International Audience: Producer Ivana MacKinnon 15:00 Tea break 15:30 Stories for an International Audience 17:00 Pitching Hour With S4C Drama Commissioner Gwawr Martha Lloyd, BFI NET.WORK Manager Tracy Spottiswoode, producers Ivana MacKinnon & Catrin Cooper 18:30 Supper and networking drinks 20:00 Screening - Orion
S A T U R D A Y 7 th N O V E M B E R 10:00 Documentary feature filmmaking Case study of Orion with producers Dewi Gregory & Al Morrow, and Dave Evans 11:00 Coffee break 11:30 Shorts & web series to features. With writer-director Cecile Emeke 12:30 Lunch 14:00 Sales & Distribution: Eduardo Panizzo, Coffee and Cigarettes 15:00 Tea break 15:30 Funding overview 16:00 Breaking the Language Barrier - Welsh and other â€™foreignâ€™ language films reaching a wider audience Tina Gharavi, writer-director of BAFTA-nominated I Am Nasrine 17:00 Networking and light bites 18:30 Screening - The Passing / Yr Ymadawiad
SPEAKERS C AT R I N C O O P E R Producer and entrepreneur Catrin Cooper helped close finance on Honeytrap, the debut feature of Rebecca Johnson (BFI London, SXSW, 2015); Alfred and Jakobine, PBS International (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI, 2014); Street Kids United (Berlinale, 2011). Catrin’s early background was in production on studio features including Warner Bros’ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Sony’s Casino Royale. Since, she has become alumni of Creative Business of Entrepreneurs and Executives, NFTS, the Rotterdam Producers Lab, and Guiding Lights, mentored by producer Tim Bevan. Catrin is passionate about amplifying the voices of women across the creative industries.
C ecile E meke Cecile Emeke is a filmmaker from London, most known for her online docuseries Strolling and her short film turned series Ackee & Saltfish. Her work has been featured everywhere from The New York Times to The Tribeca Film Festival, and she is currently developing her Ackee & Saltfish series with the BBC.
SPEAKERS DAVE EVANS As a director his credits include Daddy’s Girl, BAFTA Wales best film 2007, Crash (BBC), Mind to Kill (Channel 5/S4C) the award wining series Y Pris (S4C - best regional drama Prix d’Europe 2008) and feature drama Tir, nominated for best drama Celtic Media Festival 2014. His film Pretty Village won the jury prize for best documentary at BHFF Film Festival 2015 in New York. His feature project, My Grandfather The Spy has been successful pitched at Trieste, The Edinburgh International Film Festival and Prizren Doku Fest where it received a special mention from the jury.
TINA GHARAVI Born in Tehran, Gharavi is a Sundance/BAFTA-nominated screenwriter/director initially trained as a painter in the US later studying cinema in France. Fearless in her approach to storytelling, Gharavi is noted for innovative cross-platform work, often about outsiders, rebels and misfits. Sir Ben Kingsley commenting on her BAFTA-nominated feature, I Am Nasrine, it “a life enhancing film... An important and much needed film” while Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) gave it 4 stars. Movie Scope magazine, named her one to watch and she has a development deal for her next movie, The Good Iranian, via Film4/BFI, a tale set in France and Iran, as well as a feature documentary about the US prison system and it’s link to slavery. Gharavi resides in the North of England and Paris and is an associate professor of filmmaking at Newcastle University, lectures worldwide and recently made her first after-dinner speech. She often dreams of beekeeping in Iran. Gharavi is represented by Roxana Adle at Independent Talent Group.
SPEAKERS DEWI GREGORY Dewi Gregory is a documentary film producer. His first feature film as producer is Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and he currently has a slate of feature documentaries in various stages of development and production. He started his career as a researcher for arts programmes at BBC Cymru Wales in the 90’s and has been working as a producer and director in TV in London and Cardiff since then. His production company Truth Department also produces TV programmes, art projects and has published books.
M AT K I R K B Y Mat Kirkby won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Short Film for The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, which he directed, produced and co-wrote. He grew up near Mold in North Wales and has spent the last 15 years making music videos and commercials at Ridley Scott Associates in London. His music video canon include award-winning clips for Adele, Basement Jaxx, Jamiroquai and Muse. His music videos have received over 100 million hits on Youtube. He also set the Guiness World Record for ‘Most Consecutive Bikini Waxes’ for his Fatboy Slim music video ‘Bushes’. He spends most of his time writing screenplays and eating cake.
SPEAKERS IVANA MaCKINNON Joining Celador Films in 2002, Ivana was in charge of development for seven years, and was Associate Producer on The Descent, Eden Lake and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2008 Ivana produced two features, The Descent 2 (released by Pathe in the UK and Lionsgate in the US); and The Scouting Book for Boys, which won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the London Film Festival, and was released in the UK in 2010. Joining Cloud Eight as Head of Creative Affairs in 2009, Ivana served as Associate Producer on Neil Marshall’s Centurion. In March 2011, Ivana left C8 to set up Stray Bear Productions. In 2012 Ivana Executive Produced five shorts for C4’s Random Acts, and produced Kibwe Tavares’ Jonah, a hugely ambitious live action/VFX short shot in Zanzibar, which premiered at Sundance 2013 and has won multiple international awards as well as being nominated for a BIFA. In summer 2013 Ivana Exec Produced War Book, a Jack Thorne-penned and Tom Harper-helmed political thriller starring Sophie Okenedo and Antony Sher. Stray Bear Productions received a BFI Vision Award in 2013 and we are developing a slate of film projects, focussing on unique voices and female-led stories. In April 2016 we will commence production on Beast, Michael Pearce’s debut feature, backed by BFI/Film4. Ivana is also a freelance script consultant and mentor for, among others, Screen Yorkshire, Archer’s Mark, EIFF and NFM, whose board she also sits on.
AL MORROW Al is an award-winning producer and Head of Documentary at Met Film Production. Her most recent feature documentary How To Change The World (Sky, BFI, Impact Partners, Netflix) directed by Jerry Rothwell premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and won the World Jury Editing Award. How To Change The World was released theatrically in the UK and US through Picture House entertainment, in Australia through Madman and in Germany through NFP. Al’s producing credits include Jeanie Finlay’s Pantomime (BBC Storyville); The Great Hip Hop Hoax (BBC, Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland) which premiered at SXSW and was nominated for a 2014 Grierson and 2013 BIFA Award; BAFTA winner Sarah Gavron’s Village At The End of The World which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2012; Jerry Rothwell’s critically acclaimed theatrical documentary Town of Runners (Britdoc C4 Film Fund, PBS, Arte) which premiered at Tribeca FF; the Grierson Nominated Films Donor Unknown (Arte, More 4, VPRO) winner of the Tribeca (online) Audience Award and Sync or Swim aka Men Who Swim (BBC, ZDF/Arte, VPRO, SVT, PBS); Deep Water (Pathe, UKFC, FilmFour, IFC) directed by Jerry Rothwell and Louise Osmond, winner of the Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary and Best Documentary at Rome Film Festival; and Jerry Rothwell’s Heavy Load (BBC Storyville, IFCtv, ITVS). Al is in production on Sour Grapes directed by Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas for Netflix and Arte.
SPEAKERS E D U A R D O PA N I Z Z O Eduardo Panizzo is the co-founder of Coffee & Cigarettes, a unique company acting as a producersâ€™ rep, a boutique marketing and distribution consultancy as well as being a full service creative design agency offering all the creative services required to fully deliver and release a title. A core aim when setting up the company was to help producers find the best route to market for their films, whether that is by packaging and brokering the best distribution and sales deals available in the marketplace, or by offering producers the means to self distribute their titles themselves.
TRACY SPOTtISWOODE Tracy oversees Talent Development for the BFI NET.WORK and joined Ffilm Cymru Wales in 2010 having established a career as an award-winning writer, director and animator, as well as professional script editing and creative writing consultancies. Her theatre work has toured internationally and she has had numerous plays broadcast on R4 & RWales. Screen work includes commissions from BBC Films, S4C and indies such as Fiction Factory and Red Planet. Her animations picked up Gold in Chicago, First in BAF, plus 3 BAFTA Cymru & 2 Celtic Film Festival awards. Tracy continues to develop her own projects and is passionate about identifying and nurturing Welsh film making talent in both languages.
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