Thursday 1 March

10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Financier - Emma Dutton, Sharp House
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Emma Dutton, film financier at Sharp House. 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 her in advance.

Emma co-founded Sharp House in 2016. Sharp House are producers and financiers of independent film and TV, based in London. Previously Emma worked at Head Gear Films and Bankside Films, managing a portfolio of investments and administrating finance to features. She worked on titles including John McDonagh's War on Everyone, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld and Chris Smith’s Detour.

Emma spent her former life as a military officer working in Engineering and Intelligence fields. She served five tours of Afghanistan and was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her services. To date, she has found the skills she gained negotiating with the Taliban very useful in her film career.

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


10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Documentary Funder - Lynn Nwokorie, Doc Society
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Lynn Nwokorie, Film Officer at Doc Society. 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 her in advance.

Formerly a Script Supervisor for film and business in both the US and UK, Lynn moved into film exhibition, cinema programming for national audiences and UK distribution with various national festivals and organisations including the British Film Institute and the Independent Cinema Office. Now her focus is on cultivating socially impactful documentary filmmaking at the London and New York-based Doc Society (formerly BRITDOC), the documentary foundation committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally.

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


10.30 - 11.45
Original Visions: Finding Your Voice in Film
CCA Theatre

This session will explore how emerging filmmakers can develop an original voice for cinema.

Hosted by award-winning filmmaker, academic and director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, Professor Nick Higgins, a panel of filmmakers and academic practitioners will discuss and present approaches to nurturing original stories in original ways to create the filmmakers of tomorrow.

Each panellist will show examples from either their own work or productions they have been involved in that demonstrate the development of distinctive voices in the fields of fiction, documentary and experimental cinema.

Speakers include Paul Welsh (producer and development executive of the Scottish Film Talent Network), Noe Mendelle/Flore Cosquer (Scottish Documentary Institute) and Sam Firth (filmmaker and MA Filmmaking lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland).


12.00 - 13.00
Working with the Baltics
CCA Cinema

As we celebrate the Baltic centenaries in the GFF programme with the Pure Baltic strand, the Industry Focus are joined by funders and producers from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to discuss the co-production and funding opportunities available in the region. As filmmaking is on the rise in the Baltics, join us to hear about how their systems operate- could your film be the next UK - Baltic co-production?


13.00 - 14.15
Case Studies: Journey of a First Genre Feature
CCA Theatre

Join Olivier Kaempfer, Production Executive at Film London, as he discusses the development journeys of two genre films by first time feature filmmakers. What are the biggest pitfalls and barriers on the road to getting your first film made? What are the best tips to getting your film financed? Olivier is joined by the team behind the thriller Zero, which has recently been made through Film London’s Microwave feature filmmaking scheme, as well the team developing their Scottish horror, Out There, through the European Genre Forum.


14.00 - 16.00
GFF Industry Workshop: Paul Fraser - Screenwriting
CCA Cinema

Do you know your story? How do you clearly express your idea? How do you identify problems in your story? How do you resolve issues?

The workshop explores project ideas, voices, and structures. It's an inclusive / practical session that gives a practitioner’s perspective on developing stories - from how we first express an idea to how we begin to shape the idea into a screenplay, as well as exploring key components to giving voice and drama to characters. 

Paul is a screenwriter and director represented by Casarotto. In collaboration with Shane Meadows he wrote 24/7, A Room for Romeo Brass and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Somers Town and Dead Man’s Shoes. The two continue to develop a number of projects together.

14.45 - 16.00
Film Disruptors Podcast: Distribution 2.0
CCA Theatre

With audiences increasingly overwhelmed by a vast proliferation of content, from short form to box sets, the challenge to capture attention and engagement for anything but the biggest blockbusters is ever increasing. Yet with these changes also come the opportunity to target consumers with much higher accuracy and to reach them directly, potentially at much lower cost. What do these trends mean for independent film and how should storytellers approach distribution in 2018? Find answers here with the audience behaviour and digital technology experts who have developed the tools, strategies and techniques to help cut through the noise and help independent film find its audience. 

The event guests will be Ben Johnson, CEO of Gruvi, Ian Cartwright, Director of Ourscreen, and Anna Higgs, former Film4 and Ink Factory Executive.

This session is brought to you in partnership with Film Disruptors, the podcast on the new entrepreneurs, trailblazers and troublemakers rewriting the rules of storytelling. Available on iTunes and  


16.30 - 18.00
Market Place Live - Glasgow
CCA Theatre

Market Place Live (MPL) is Film London's innovative 'live' panel experience developed in partnership with Film Export UK and Glasgow Film Office. MPL is designed to showcase the Film Value Chain through the use of a hypothetical film project which is developed, produced, sold and distributed all within 90 minutes. Market Place Live goes above and beyond the regular panel format: Panellists are confronted with a hypothetical film project and have to react 'live’; Each member of the panel takes on a 'role' akin to their real life professional position. A moderator controls the flow of the event by guiding the panel as well as revealing (and withholding) information in order to illustrate the issues involved in getting a film to market and finding an audience. As the story unfolds the panel will have no prior warning of the scenarios which will be presented to them.

MPL Glasgow’s panel includes Jezz Vernon (Distribution and Sales Consultant - Port Royal), Jenifer Handorf (Producer - Prevenge); Robbie Allen (Public Funder - Creative Scotland); Beatrice Neumann (International Sales - BeA Film); Emma Dutton (Private Financier - Sharp House) and Heather McIntosh (Home Cinema and VOD - Curzon)

Market Place Live: 90 minutes. No safety net.


18.00 - 19.00
GFF Industry Happy Hour - Sponsored by WFTV and 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.


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