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Wednesday 8 March

Networking Coffee Morning

Sponsored by BFI Doc Society & Scottish Documentary Institute

09:00 – 11:00 | GFF Industry Hub (Clubroom, CitizenM)

BFI Doc Society and Scottish Documentary Institute invite you to a friendly morning gathering as part of Glasgow Film Festival. Let’s get together and exchange news and views over a hot cuppa, explore support for doc filmmakers from those in the field and meet with fellow storytellers (and potential future collaborators).

We’ll also be celebrating documentary work featured across the festival programme, including the premiere of BFI Doc Society and Screen Scotland-supported HK Mixtape (dir. San Young, prod. Nikki Parrott) and raising a toast (or some toast!) to women and female-identifying creatives on what is, of course, International Women’s Day.

My SMASH Media Pitching Workshop

11:00 – 13:00 | Clyde Suite, 8th Floor, Hilton DoubleTree

My Smash Media host a 2-hour intensive workshop for 8 selected delegates to perfect their pitch with co-founders and producers Fiona Gillies and Christine Hartland. This workshop will help them work through their pitches together and build their confidence to better prepare them for their live pitch on Thurs 9 March.


12:00 - 13:00 | Robert Burns Suite, Hilton DoubleTree

This International Women’s Day, we’ll be joined by Birds’ Eye View – a charity championing women & non-binary led perspectives in cinema, connecting with audiences through community building and conversation.

Celebrating 20 years since Birds’ Eye View started out as a women’s film festival each March, the charity’s work has grown to become a year-round and UK-wide project, reaching audiences through its network of 20+ cinemas, including GFT, as part of its call to action: #ReclaimTheFrame. With female-led UK releases taking a dip last year, its mission continues: advocating for equity in all film spaces.

Moderated by GFF programmer Tomiwa Folorunso, we’ll be joined by Director Melanie Iredale and Xuanlin Tham, Impact Producer for Scotland, to talk about their plans for Reclaim The Frame going forwards.

Distribution & International Sales: An Introduction

13:30 - 15:30 | Clyde Suite, 8th Floor, Hilton DoubleTree

You’ve made a movie, now what? This short introduction to distribution and international sales will cover studio and independent business models, the basics of domestic and foreign film distribution, and the stakeholders involved in each section of the traditional and digital value chains. It will also break down the various types of rights and revenue streams you are likely to find in a royalty report and give you the confidence you need to discuss a project with distribution executives.

This workshop is aimed at producers and filmmakers who want to understand the options available to release a movie and for those considering a career in the business side of film.

Areas covered will include:

  • Industry overview – studios v indies
  • Traditional and digital distribution
  • Rights categories
  • Current distribution trends
  • Understanding a licensing deal
  • Reading a royalty report

Please note: due to a limited number of spaces, this event is sign-up only. Please email to secure your spot.

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New and Emerging Documentary Talent Roundtables

Sponsored by BFI Doc Society & Scottish Documentary Institute

14:00 – 16:30 | GFF Industry Hub (Clubroom, CitizenM)

Whether you’re already working on short documentaries, are a doc-curious creative or are embarking on a feature project, join Scottish Documentary Institute and BFI Doc Society alongside industry allies and fellow filmmakers to hear about opportunities and advice for new and emerging filmmakers in the non-fiction field. Bring along all of your burning questions on developing stories, accessing funding, career sustainability and strategies to help you bring your work to life. Session hosts include: Alexandra Colta and Flore Cosquer (Scottish Documentary Institute), Hannah Bush-Bailey (BFI Doc Society), Directors Paul Sng, San San F Young, Producers Nikki Parrott, Mark Thomas (Screen Scotland), Ged Fitzsimmons (Cosmic Cat) and Wilma Smith (GMAC/Little Pictures).

If you would like to book in a 121 with any of our hosts, please fill out our form here.

Women in Animation

14:15 – 15:30 | Robert Burns Suite, Hilton DoubleTree

The animation industry is booming and is predicted to grow exponentially over the next 9 years but how will this success translate into improved gender balance across the sector? Our Women in Animation panelists, Lauren Castro (Netflix), Helen Argo (Aardman) and Isabel Barfod, will discuss this question whilst also providing insights into their own expertise within the sector and their hopes for animation in the future. Moderated by journalist & writer, Hanna Flint.


16:00 - 17:00 | Robert Burns Suite, Hilton DoubleTree

Every year, Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus invites a major industry figure to discuss their work and careers in an in-depth interview and take questions from our incredibly informed and passionate audience. Previous guests include Andrew Macdonald, Amma Asante and Kate Dickie. This year’s Industry Spotlight will be announced shortly, so please keep your eye out for updates!

Evening Networking Reception

Sponsored by Women in Film & TV

17:30 - 19:30 | GFF Industry Hub (Clubroom, CitizenM)

Join your fellow delegates to discuss the events of the day and forge new connections.

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