Wednesday 28 February

10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Sales and Distribution - Jezz Vernon, Port Royal
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Jezz Vernon, Distribution and Sales Consultant at Port Royal. Discuss your projects and get advice from an industry professional. Each slot lasts just 15 minutes, so we recommend that you prepare your questions for him in advance. 

Jezz Vernon is a London based distribution, sales and production executive with 15 years of experience within the film industry. He has been a member of the Film London board since 2015 and now holds active stakes in two production outfits – Urban Edge Films and Old Grog Films, as well as consulting on distribution and sales for several producers.

After graduating film school in 1998 he started working across editorial and marketing for a range of magazine publishers, including a tenure at the New Musical Express, before returning to the film world in 2002 as Marketing Director at the film company Revolver. He joined distributor Metrodome in 2005 and became Managing Director in 2012, launching a production slate the same year and expanding the group into international sales. Jezz was also the company’s supervising producer on their film and doc slate, latterly funded in conjunction with equity investment fund Moli Films. Metrodome’s releases under Jezz included The Secret in Their Eyes, I Am Love, Frances Ha, The Falling and Sunset Song. Jezz has also produced, co-produced and executive produced a highly profitable slate of films ranging from documentaries to acclaimed narrative features. 

Please register your interest in this meeting by emailing with ‘121 Jezz Vernon’ in the subject headline and a short biography.


10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Talent Agent - Rob Kraitt, Casarotto Ramsay
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Rob Kraitt, Talent Agent at Casarotto Ramsay Associates Ltd. Discuss your projects and get advice from an industry professional. Each slot lasts just 15 minutes, so we recommend that you prepare your questions for him in advance.

Rob Kraitt has wide ranging experience representing writing and directing talent; and selling books for film & television adaptation.  

Rob started his career as a script editor and consultant for many top film production companies in the UK including Working Title, Focus, Pathé Productions, Miramax and Ruby Films as well as the European Media Development Agency. Prior to joining Casarotto in February 2011, he was Head of Media and Associate Director of A P Watt Literary Film & Television Agency.

Please register your interest in this meeting by emailing with ‘121 Rob Kraitt’ in the subject headline and a short biography.


10.30 - 13.30
EDN and Creative Europe: Media and Society - European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape
CCA Club Room

European Documentary Network is a global network for professionals working with documentary film and TV with close to 1000 members ranging from newcomers to established filmmakers from around the world.

During 2017 and 2018 EDN is engaging with the documentary community across Europe on Media and Society – European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape, a study assessing the state of the documentary industry leading to the formulation of policies to ensure the ongoing health of the sector.

At GFF EDN, Creative Europe and GFF will gather documentary professionals from across the industry to discuss the issues facing the sector and to contribute to EDN’s research. The session will be attended by representatives from Creative Scotland, SDI, BBC Scotland, exhibitors, distributors and producers and we have places available for GFF Industry Focus attendees. The event will be followed by a networking lunch.

If you’d like to join and lend your voice to the discussion please register your interest at Spaces for the event are limited and due to the nature of the discussion more experienced practitioners will be prioritised to join the event. The deadline to register your interest is 16 February 2018.


10.45 - 12.00
Alternative Careers in Film
CCA Theatre

Are you interested in a career in film beyond traditional avenues such as direction or production? Ever wondered how to get started in a career in festival programming, distribution, or VFX?

Primarily aimed at students and those at the early stages of their careers, this panel will look at the ways in which young professionals can gain entry into areas of the film industry not always discussed. Including EIFF Shorts Programmer Lydia Beilby, Curzon Home Cinema’s Heather McIntosh, VFX producer Will Adams of Once Were Farmers, and GFF Marketing Manager and freelance film journalist Paul Gallagher, our guests will offer their expertise and advice on how to make your mark in these alternative areas of the film industry that are often overlooked. The event will be hosted by Dr. Inge Sorensen from the University of Glasgow.

13.30 - 14.45
WFTV: Time's Up - Putting an end to bullying and harassment in film and television
CCA Theatre

In the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ever-widening pool of revelations about bullying and sexual harassment in the industry, Kate Kinninmont, CEO of Women in Film and Television (UK) chairs a panel to explore the problem and discuss the remedies, in particular the new guidelines drawn up by major players across the industry, including BFI, BAFTA,  Equity, Directors UK  and WFTV.

Panellists include Lisa Campbell, Director of the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Cinematographer Nicola Daley and Casting Director Simone Pereira Hind.

Discussion will be open to the audience, but questions  - or experiences - may be submitted anonymously in advance by email to


15.15 - 16.30
New Finance
CCA Theatre

The landscape for film financing has changed rapidly in recent years. Branded content, crowd funding (and more recently, crew funding) as well as the emergence of powerful digital platforms have all provided storytellers with tantalising new funding possibilities. However, unlocking these opportunities is not always straightforward and questions persist about how their effectiveness for independent features and if they are a replacement for more traditional mechanisms, including public funding.

Join our expert panellists, Ben Roberts, Director of BFI Film Fund, Maria Tanjala, Founder of Big Couch, and Digital Director and Consultant Jen Topping as we journey to the cutting edge of new finance, providing practical advice for storytellers as we consider what these developments auger for the future of the industry. The event is hosted by Alex Stolz.

17.00 - 18.00
Case Studies: Kissing Candice - From Script to Screen
CCA Theatre

We welcome Writer/Director Aoife McArdle as she talks about making her first feature Kissing Candice, which screens in the GFF programme as part of the Ireland: The Near Shore strand. Aoife will discuss the process of writing and developing the film, securing funding, and finally going through the production of Kissing Candice, as well as festival strategies and marketing. Join us for a candid look at the ins and outs of the filmmaking process in Ireland. The event will be hosted by Producer Lila Rawlings.

The Festival screenings of Kissing Candice take place on 1 & 2 March.

18.00 - 19.00
GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by FOCUS
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.

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


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