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GSA Reid Auditorium / Wednesday 22 February 10:30-17:30

Narrative is a one-day conference discussing the craft of storytelling on screen in partnership with Directors UK. 

Narrative will be a celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about the craft of telling stories on screen. We’ll hear presentations from storytelling experts and mentors along with taking deep dives in to aspect of films from within the Glasgow Film Festival programme. Come along to Narrative and you’ll leave inspired and excited to be making films. 

10:30-11:15 Simon Phillips - Directing Keynote 

Simon Phillips has built an international reputation as a direction consultant and trainer for feature film & high level TV directors. Academy Award and EMMY winning writers, directors have worked with his innovative methods and tools. 

11:30-12:15 Hazel Marshall - Storytelling: from Joy to Despair and Back Again 

Every story is different but they all go through four key stages - and so does the storyteller. Hazel will show how every stage of a story has different requirements, what to do when you get stuck and what every storyteller needs to do to keep their creative energy high throughout the process. 

12:15-12:45 Halfway - Producer Jonny Paterson in conversation with Allan Hunter 

Halfway is Jonny’s feature debut working with a first time feature director tackling race relations in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town. Jonny discusses what drew him to the subject, working with first time talent and filmmaking from the producers point of view. 

12:45-13:45 Lunch - GSA Assembly Hall 

13:45-14:15 Bodkin Ras - Director Kaweh Modiri in conversation with Scottish Documentary Institute 

Bodkin Ras blurs the line between fiction and documentary creating a portrait of the Scottish town of Forres and an existential tale of a man escaping his past. Kaweh Modiri explains how this hybrid film toes the line between fact and fiction in the script, on the shoot and in the edit. 

14:15-14:45 The Demons - Director Philippe Lesage 

Blending reality with fantasy, Philippe Lesage’s study of childhood deals in the insecurities of his 10 year old protagonist to discerning effect. Lesage discusses his documentary background, working with the cast of child actors and how his own experiences informed the narrative. 

15:00-15:30 In Between - Director Maysaloun Hamoud in conversation with Simran Hans 

Featuring Palestinian women growing up in Israel, In Between is a portrayal of sexuality, family,, relationships and growing up. Here Maysaloun discusses her representation of female characters and the lives of people in Palestine. 

15:30-16:15 Gabriella Apicella - Low Budget: High Concept 

Ideas that excite audiences are often ingeniously simple, and can produce high returns for investors. This presentation outlines the key elements that filmmakers must have a strategic understanding of in order to develop quality must-see features on a restricted budget.

16:30-17:30 BAFTA Scotland In Conversation with Colm McCarthy at GFF

BAFTA Scotland is thrilled to welcome Edinburgh-born director Colm McCarthy for an In Conversation event as part of the GFF Industry Focus programme. Colm will be on hand to discuss his career progression, offer industry tips and tricks and talk through his experiences working on high-end TV Drama including Murphy’s Law, Ripper Street, Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders and Sherlock.

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