Friday 2 March

10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Education & Training - Alison Goring, NFTS Scotland
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Alison Goring, head of NFTS Scotland. 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.

Alison Goring is the newly appointed head of NFTS Scotland. Prior to working in drama training, she worked for many years as an assistant director in television and feature films in the UK and abroad. Her credits include The Awakening, Cloud Atlas, Mad Dogs, This is England '86.

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


10.15 - 12.15
121 Surgeries - Talent Development - Kevin Dolan, Film London
Saramago Cafe Bar

Sign up for a one to one slot with Kevin Dolan from Film London. 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.

Kevin’s role at Film London is Talent Development Manager - responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating training projects, and developing partnerships and funding to deliver talent development and training to the industry in London. Since 2005 Kevin has established Bursary Programmes, Festivals support schemes (supporting film-makers to attend festivals abroad), and company internships to grow the industry in London.

He currently manages Film London’s Micro Market (the unique financing market for feature films budgeted at 1m Euro’s and under), partnering projects with financiers as part of the Production Finance Market; and Build Your Audience, a 3 month programme for feature filmmakers wanting to connect with audiences and construct their own distribution and marketing strategies.

In addition Kevin oversees Film London’s Microschool International projects. To date Film London has delivered film training in Sweden, Georgia, Indonesia, and Malta.

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


10.30 - 13.30
BellRock Pitches
CCA Club Room

BellRock is a screenwriting workshop backed by Creative Scotland and run by Producer Olivia Stewart.  Hosted at Hospitalfield, it offers writer-directors a series of residential workshops comprising one-to-one script sessions, masterclasses and group discussions.

For the second year, six projects by Scottish-based emerging screenwriting talent will be presented to Industry Professionals with the aim to take the production to the next level of development.


Alasdair Bayne – PUBLIC
Declan Dineen – WE MIGHT BE STARS
Sara Jane Kirkwood – DAMNED DOLLS
Catriona MacInnes – GIFT FROM GOD


11.30 - 13.00
First Steps in Film & TV Drama
CCA Cinema

Want a career behind the scenes in film and TV drama but don’t know where to start?

Want to know what jobs are available as part of a drama film crew and how to get them?

Join Linda Fraser (Hit the Ground Running) and Amy Shaw (Outlander Training Programme) to hear about:

  • What jobs make up a film crew and what is available at entry level

  • What it’s like to work as part of a professional film crew

  • What employers are looking from your CV and how to make yours stand out from the crowd

  • What to do next? Practical advice on choosing your next steps


14.00 - 15.15
BAFTA Scotland Question Time: Why Now? Redressing the gender imbalance in Film & TV
CCA Theatre

We are at a seminal moment in Film and Television history; the industry has taken a more vocal stance against sexual harassment, inequality and intolerance than ever before.

Join BAFTA Scotland’s panellists, who through their work, their voice or their activism have furthered the conversation on gender equality.  They will debate the wider issues along with your questions and examine practical solutions that could help improve access, career development and equal on screen representation in the Film and TV industries.

The discussion will be led by Director Karen Kelly, who will be joined by guests Sarah Asante, Comedy Commissioner at the BBC, Writer/Director Rachel Tunnard, Actor Deirdre Mullins, and Screenwriter Dan Sefton.

Audience members will be asked to submit a question on arrival.  If you cannot make it to the session you can also take part in the debate by using the hashtag #whynow


15.45 - 17.00
Industry Spotlight: Kerry Barden
CCA Theatre

Casting Director Kerry Barden has cast over 200 films, including, most notably Spotlight, Still Alice, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help, Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho, The Pitch Perfect franchise, House of Mirth and four films for director John Waters.

Kerry joins GFF Industry Focus to talk about his immense career and experiences casting for Oscar-winning Hollywood films as well as American Indies, including Winter’s Bone which gave Jennifer Lawrence her big break in the industry. The event is hosted by Wendy Mitchell, contributing editor of Screen International.


17.45 - 19.00
Industry Spotlight: Andrew Macdonald
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Stevenson Hall

National Film and Television School (NFTS) Director, Jon Wardle hosts a session with BAFTA-winning Producer, CEO of DNA Films and NFTS board member, Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, Ex Machina, 28 Days Later). Jon will discuss a number of key topics with Andrew including DNA’s contribution to British and particularly Scottish cinema as well as the state of the industry and the future of independent film. Andrew and Jon will also discuss the opportunities that NFTS Scotland will provide for local talent and its role in supplying a pipeline of career ready graduates for the expected growth in Scottish productions.

Access: Industry passholders will be required to book a ticket via the GFF box office prior to the event. There is an allowance of one ticket per Industry passholder, however there is also a small allocation of tickets on sale to the public. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.


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

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. 

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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