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GFF Industry Happy Hour

On select days of the festival, and in association with our partners, join us for Industry Happy Hour, where you’ll get a chance to meet other industry delegates and festival guests, to network over a few drinks in a casual setting.

Friday 23 February

17.30 - 19.30 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by Hit the Ground Running in association with BECTU and Creative Skillset
CitizenM Hotel

Celebrating its 10th year, Hit the Ground Running’s 2-day Runner Training Course is a sought after intensive and interactive induction for Film & TV Drama Runners in Scotland.

Do you hire or work with runners in film & tv? Join us for informal introductions to HTGR course participants and get stocked up with CVs for the year ahead.

Open to all GFF Industry Focus passholders, and additional Industry practitioners via the HTGR Guest List - contact

Monday 26 February

18.00 - 19.00 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by Young Films Foundation 
Saramago Terrace Bar

The Young Films Foundation is an exciting new not-for-profit company created by Young Films to develop new Scottish writing, directing and production talent for feature film, TV drama and comedy. Supported by Film4, Channel 4, MG Alba, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Torabhaig Distillery.

Taking inspiration from schemes like the Sundance Feature Film Programme the YFF aim is to develop new Scottish work by bringing new talent to Skye where they will receive first class guidance as well as the freedom to focus on the creative development of their projects. We look forward to announcing the six successful candidates for our first residence at this event.

Tuesday 27 February

18.00 - 19.00 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by Directors UK
Saramago Terrace Bar

Directors UK is the professional association for screen directors in the UK, working to ensure that directors, and their work, are recognised at every level.  With almost 6,500 members and growing, we represent directors’ creative, economic and contractual interests.  Providing services and benefits from collecting and distributing rights payments, to campaigning for inclusivity, equality and directors’ rights within the workplace, to legal advice and support, and commercial negotiations.  

Members have access to our drop-in working lounge space in our central London offices, as well as exclusive events, workshops and clinics held throughout the year across the nations and regions, and opportunities for skills and career development.  

Wednesday 28 February

18.00 - 19.00 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by FOCUS
Saramago Terrace Bar

FOCUS is a two-year pilot project that provides expert sector specific business support to screen production companies working in Scotland. FOCUS is delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute, and funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, and the participating companies themselves. Participating companies can expect to access bespoke, sector-specific business support to accelerate their company growth. Applications are now open for ambitious Scottish companies producing film, TV or animation, for broadcast or distribution, to take part in FOCUS. Interested companies should visit

Thursday 1 March

18.00 - 19.00 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by WFTV & The Scottish Creative Media Network
Saramago Terrace Bar

On select days of the festival, and in association with our partners, join us for Industry Happy Hour, where you’ll get a chance to meet other industry delegates and festival guests, to network over a few drinks in a casual setting.

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women. Members of our organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative-media industry.

WFTV host a variety of events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run a mid-career mentoring programme for women. WFTV also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests.

The Scottish Creative Media Network is a new collaboration between Scotland’s Universities and Colleges that deliver courses and degree qualifications in film, broadcast and digital media. The network offers a learning and skills infrastructure that aims to ensure there is a continuing talent pipeline into Scotland’s screen, broadcast and digital industry.

Working closely with the new Screen Unit and supported by the Scottish Funding Council the network includes: Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Edinburgh, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Fife College, Glasgow Clyde College, Perth College UHI, West College and City of Glasgow College.

Come along and meet representatives from the network and hear more about the network's plans for working with the creative industries in Scotland and beyond.

Friday 2 March

19.00 - 21.00 GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by NFTS Scotland

Based in Glasgow, NFTS Scotland is a hub of the world leading National Film and Television School and will significantly enhance vital skills provision arising from the expected growth in film and television production in the country. The School is open for applications now with students enrolling from April 2018.

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