Full programme announced for Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Focus Event

The full programme has been announced for the fourth annual Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus event, which will run from 27 February to 1 March 2019.

Highlights across the three day event - which takes innovation and new voices as its theme - include:

Industry Spotlight: Amma Asante
Join the BAFTA-winning director of films including A Way of Life, Belle and A United Kingdom as she discusses her career behind the camera. Hosted by Screen International and sponsored by NFTS Scotland. Asante comments: “I'm delighted to have been asked to participate in the Industry programme at this year's Glasgow Film Festival. I'm looking forward to being in conversation, and excited to be a part of a wonderful celebration of film.”

The Actor Director Relationship with Sacha Polak and Vicky Knight from Dirty God
Director Sacha Polak and rising star Vicky Knight talk us through the highs and lows, pitfalls and triumphs in a fascinating event appealing to directors from any discipline.

Girls on Film
The recently launched Girls on Film podcast - the all-female review show presented by film journalist Anna Smith - will record a live podcast at GFF including lively debate, interviews and film reviews.

VOD - The End of Cinema?
A discussion on the future of VOD and film, from Netflix dominating headlines and awards ceremonies to the opportunities for more localised and tailored digital offerings. Are there platforms and strategies that enable producers and filmmakers to more effectively profile their work in the VOD space and to launch and sustain their careers? Join Alex Stolz from the Film Disruptors Podcast as he chats about one of the hottest topics in the industry with producer Rachel Robey, Andreas Wildfang of EYZ Media and Lee Shelton from Curzon.

Women in Film & TV: Adapting For Screen
Join producer Claire Mundell, The Cry writer Helen FitzGerald and Andrea Gibb (who is currently adapting the hit novel Elizabeth is Missing for STV) in a conversation with Hazel Marshall as they discuss taking fiction to the big screen, and the benefits and pitfalls of audience expectations in adaptation.

Pure Dead Brilliant
A look at the changing attitudes of audiences and industry alike to horror cinema with leading indie stars including director and actor Alice Lowe (Prevenge), director John MacPhail (Anna and the Apocalypse), Olivia Howe from The Final Girls Collective and Sarah Daly from Hex Studios.

Directors UK Workshop: David Keating
A full-day workshop focusing on persuasive ways to present and pitch film and television projects led by director and screenwriter David Keating. An opportunity to fine-tune your soft skills and get feedback on your pitch within a protected, supportive environment.

Pitches - Channel 4 Random Acts with Catherine Bray
A unique opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their projects 1:1 to Catherine Bray, Editor for Random Acts at Channel 4.

Funding Documentary Features with Aconite, SDI Productions and BBC Storyville
Featuring two documentaries from the GFF19 programme - Freedom Fields and Aquarela - the filmmakers will address topics including adapting your funding strategy depending on the project, mastering the art of international co-productions, funding a project made by a first time filmmaker and funding relating to sensitivity of the topic. With guests including Aimara Reques from Aconite Productions and Flore Cosquer from SDI Productions.

Focus on Documentary - Case Study of Living the Light - Robby Müller with Claire Pijman
Claire Pijman will discuss her latest work, the documentary Living the Light which portrays late cinematographer Robby Müller, using pictures and clips from his personal archive and interviews with some of his former colleagues such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier. Claire Pijman will talk about Müller’s influence on her works with a focus on cinematography but also how the process of the whole movie took place in general. She will be accompanied by Robby’s wife Andrea Müller, who has supported her greatly during the making of the movie.

121 surgeries with top professionals answering your burning questions, from personal talent development with Caroline Cooper-Charles (director and Talent Development Executive) and talent acquisition with agent Georgina Carrigan via how to finance your project with Eoin O’Faolain (Head of Development and Acquisition, Sharp House) and crewfunding and blockchain with production manager and director Maria Tanjala.

Taking Action: From Policy to Practice
The recent publicity storm surrounding gender imbalance in the creative industries has been long overdue. Now that the problem is at the forefront of everyone’s mind we must begin to think about long-term solutions. So what’s the plan? Hosted by Professor Inge Sorenson of University of Glasgow, we’ll hear from a host of industry visionaries who are putting words into action including award-winning filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach, intimacy co-ordinator and movement director Ita O’Brien and Mikael Fellenius, CEO of Sweden’s Film i Väst.

Making Films and Paying Bills
A practical round-table discussion on the varied means of funding your feature, from crowdfunding to public funds via private equity. Speakers include Nic Crum from Blazing Griffin, Elizabeth Hopper from Bumble and Tim Wright from Twintangibles.

2020 Visions: The Future of Scottish Film
It’s an exciting time for Filmmakers in Scotland as high profile releases are being picked up by streaming platforms and new studios are being proposed. But what is the reality of being a filmmaker in Scotland trying to make a name for yourself? This event unpicks the long-term prospects of choosing a film career in Scotland, including authentic representation, development of new voices beyond the film school system and sustainability. Guests include producer and performer Carina Birrell and screenwriter and director Raisah Ahmed.

Careers Behind the Scenes in Film & TV Drama with BECTU Vision
An unmissable event for industry newcomers, this is a jargon-free overview of different roles and departments across the film business from hair, make-up and costume to locations and post-production.

Passes for the event are on sale now at £40 concession / £80 full. Concessions apply to full-time students, over-60s, Jobseekers Allowance or Income Support recipients, and registered disabled people. Please produce proof of eligibility when collecting your pass. If you have any questions about the industry programme or buying passes please email the Industry Team at industry@glasgowfilm.org.

Allison Gardner, Co-director Glasgow Film Festival, said: “I am delighted that this year's Industry Focus event features a wealth of female talent, making waves both behind and in front of the camera. From established major players like Amma Asante to a host of innovative new voices, this is an ideal chance for everyone in the industry to come together for three days of rich and rewarding conversation and ideas.”

The 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 20 February to 3 March. Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). GFF is made possible by support from Glasgow Life, Screen Scotland, the British Film Institute (using funds from The National Lottery) and EventScotland.

Photo credit: Stuart Crawford

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