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Business of Film Panels

Across the two days of the Finance Forum we have a series of talks focusing on producing and financing. Day 1 is aimed at newer filmmakers looking to learn more about producing with Day 2 discussing major issues of funding in Scotland, international co production and funding opportunities for women.

Talks are open to all Industry Focus pass holders.  You can purchase your pass here.

Building Audiences with Hot Tap Media

Theatre Royal / Thursday 23 February 10:15 - 11:15

Rebecca Thompson has worked for several years in Scotland as a crowdfunding consultant and publicist for independent film, and is the founder of Hot Tap Media and Social Screen - an innovative free platform that allows film-makers to build their audience, raise funds, and distribute their films. Rebecca will talk about how the relationship between film makers and film fans is changing, and about how you can use that shift to take control of all aspects of funding and selling your film using audience development, crowdfunding, and digital distribution.

Building Audiences is delivered in partnership with Hot Tap Media.

What Does a Producer Actually Do?

Theatre Royal / Thursday 23 February 11:45 - 12:45

Of all the roles in filmmaking the producers is the one that is most misunderstood. What do they actually do all day? Why do I need one? And what makes a good one? Come and hear from members of Independent Producers Scotland who’ll explain how a producer gets films developed, funded, made and released.

What Does a Producer Actually Do is delivered in partnership with Independent Producers Scotland.

Festivals, Your Film and You

Theatre Royal / Thursday 23 February 14:00 - 15:00

There is currently around 3,000 active film festivals across the globe ranging from 1 day screenings of independent shorts to the international behemoths of Cannes and Sundance. Choosing which ones to submit to and which ones to go to can be a real head scratcher to we’re joined by the directors of 2 festivals; Glasgow Short Film Festival and Underwire Film Festival who will be discussing how they programme their festivals, what they look for in films and explaining how their festivals and others can help you.

Working with Canada 

Theatre Royal / Thursday 23 February 15:30-16:30 

Over the past few years the UK and Ireland has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Canada with recent Oscar nominees Room and Brooklyn developing out of coproduction between the regions. In this session we discuss how UK filmmakers can collaborate with Canadian producers, how the funding system in Canada operates and hear from case studies of Canadian international coproduction.

Women & Film Funding: Where are the women in film?

Theatre Royal / Friday 24 February 11:30 - 12:30

Women in Film & TV (WFTV) CEO Kate Kinninmont chairs a panel of local, national and international film fund representatives exploring practical measures to address the under-representation of women in film. With a flurry of research published in 2016 chartering the continued under-representation of women both on and offscreen at national and international level, and Creative Scotland’s Equality Matters:  A Review of EDI in Scotland’s Screen Sector due for publication in January 2017, join our panel of decision-makers who will discuss methods to address inequalities of opportunity, participation and progression for women in film. The panelists include Natalie Usher (Creative Scotland), Lizzie Francke (BFI Film Fund), Yaba Holst (Swedish Film Insitute), Claudia Yusef (Scottish Film Talent Network) and Ian Davies (Boudica).

Women & Film Funding is delivered in partnership with WFTV.


Working with Scandinavia

Theatre Royal / Friday 24 February 12:45 - 13:45

The Scandinavian region is rich in filmmaking talent with a consistent output of exceptional films in the past few years including many that have been coproductions with outside of the Nordic countries including White God, Eisenstein in Guanajuato and Everything Will be Fine. Of the UK coproductions in the past 2 years all of them have been with Scottish productions. So how do filmmakers go about working with the Nordic countries and what is required to be eligible for Nordic funding? We’re joined by the Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute and Creative Europe Desk UK to discuss Scandinavia, international coproduction and inevitably, Brexit. 

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