Friday 1 March

10.15 - 12.15

29 Oyster Bar

121 Surgeries - Sales and Distribution - Jezz Vernon, Port Royal

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. He has been a member of the Film London board since 2015 and for the last two years has run two companies – Old Grog Films (Production and Consultancy), and Incanta Media Ltd (UK Distribution). He has lectured at NFTS, Bath Spa University, Met Film School, Middlesex Uni, Herts and Norwich University of the Arts.

After graduating film school in 1998 Jezz 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 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 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. He left Metrodome in 2016 to establish his own company. Throughout his career he has worked in close collaboration with film makers and actors including Terence Davies, Tllda Swinton, Noah Baumbach, Bruce Weber, Lukas Moodysson and Julie Christie.

Please register your interest in this meeting by emailing with ‘121 Jezz Vernon’ in the subject headline and a short biography. Please note delegates are only eligible to attend a maximum of three 121 meetings - please specify your preference with your submission.

10:15 - 12:15

29 Oyster Bar

121 Surgeries - Talent Agent - Georgina Carrigan, United Agents

Please note Georgina Carrigan's meeting schedule and waiting list are now full. 

Sign up for a one to one slot with Georgina Carrigan, Talent Agent at United Agents. Discuss your projects and get advice from an industry professional. Each slot lasts just 15 minutes, so we recommend that you prepare your questions in advance.

Georgina Carrigan is an agent at leading talent agency United Agents in London. She represents a varied roster of writers and directors for film and TV, including Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve 2), Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries, Emma), Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1984), Keith Boak (Turn, Krypton) and Ole Bornedal (1864, Nightwatch).

Please register your interest in this meeting by emailing with ‘121 Georgina Carrigan’ in the subject headline and a short biography. Please note delegates are only eligible to attend a maximum of three 121 meetings - please specify your preference with your submission.

09:30 - 10:45

Club 29

Taking Action: From Policy to Practice with the University of Glasgow  

18 months after #MeToo, this roundtable discusses the British and Scandinavian policies and industry initiatives put in place to tackle harassment in the screen industries. From withholding funding and promoting equality in the industry, to safeguarding filming, our panellists will share their experiences of interventions that effectively tackle discrimination, inequality and harassment on set and ensure best practice in the screen industries.
The panellists are: the Head of the Swedish regional screen commission and funder Film i Väst, Mikael Fellenius; Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Coordinator on productions like Sex Education and author of 'Intimacy on Set' guidelines for best practice when working with intimacy, simulated sex scenes, and nudity on film sets; and Hope Dickson Leach, filmmaker and CEO of Raising Films. The panel is chaired by Dr Inge Sørensen from Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow. 

10:00 - 11:30

Apartment 29

Managing your Film Finances with Fearless Financials

Join Gillian Caughey from Fearless Financials for tailor-made financial advice for filmmakers. This session is divided into two with limited places available for part two’s workshop.

Part 1: Ask An Accountant (10 – 10:30am)
The first part of this session is open to all those within the industry who run their own businesses or are responsible for ‘the numbers’ side of things. 
Covering all the essentials, you need to know as well as helping you understand available tax reliefs, Gillian will also be giving out top tips designed to help you face your financial fears. 
The session will be based on questions submitted in advance in order to enable a straight-talking, tailored session focused upon your needs. To make the most of this please submit your questions to me by February 22nd to

Part 2: Making The Most Of Your Money (10:30 – 11:30am)
The second part is a workshop focused on improving budgeting skills and exploring techniques for:
• Identifying how much money you need.
• Working out when you need it.
• Identifying risks in advance so you can manage them.
• Keeping control of your budget.
This hands-on workshop is for up to six participants only; to enable participants to get feedback on your budget/forecasts and provide you with opportunities to raise individual concerns or challenges. Therefore this workshop is best suited for those who want help preparing or improving a budget or cashflow forecast for a specific project/funding application/ business. 

To apply, please email by Monday February 25th - stating your reasons for wanting to participate; what you hope to get out of it and confirming where you are with your budget or forecast (completed draft/ in development/ not yet started). 

10:45 - 12:45

29 Supper Club

Making Films and Paying Bills - Film Finance Roundtables

Getting enough financial support for a project is as important as it can be difficult. Participants of this event will have the opportunity to join roundtable discussions to receive more information about hot to use different kinds of financing systems in order to finance a project. The topics for each table are: crowdfunding, crewfunding/blockchain, alternative film funds, public funding, and a case study.

Roundtable 1 - Crowdfunding with Tim Wright of Twintangibles

Roundtable 2 - Crewfunding/blockchain with Maria Tanjala of Big Couch

Roundtable 3 - Alternative Film Funds with Paul Williams of Lush, and Elisabeth Hopper of Bumble

Roundtable 4 - Public Funding with Ross McKenzie of Screen Scotland

Roundtable 5  - Case Study on Anna and the Apocalypse with Nic Crum of Blazing Griffin and Ian Davies of Boudica

Each roundtable will last 20 minutes - delegates can sign up to a maximum of 5 slots (1 slot per roundtable)

Sign up now HERE

11:15 - 13:00

Club 29

Girls on Film Podcast with Anna Smith

Girls On Film is a ground-breaking film podcast from a female perspective. Hosted by leading critic and broadcaster Anna Smith, it features fresh, funny film reviews and chat with female experts and A-listers. This live recording of Episode 7 will feature witty and intelligent debate with guests including Allison Gardner, journalist Simran Hans, and acclaimed director of Dirty God Sacha Polak, and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The panel will review films that are on current release and showing at GFF.

Episodes 1-5 of Girls On Film are available on iTunes now.

13:30 - 14:45

Club 29

2020 Visions: The Future of Scottish Film 

It’s an exciting time for Filmmakers in Scotland as high profile releases are being picked up by streaming platforms and new studios are being proposed. But what is the reality of being a filmmaker in Scotland trying to make a name for yourself? This event unpicks the long-term prospects of choosing a film career in Scotland, including authentic representation, development of new voices beyond the film school system and sustainability in the industry. Guests include producer Carina Birrell and screenwriter and director Raisah Ahmed.

14:00 - 16:00

29 Supper Club

Careers Behind the Scenes in Film & TV Drama with BECTU Vision This event, aimed at people new to the industry, will give an overview of different roles and departments across the film business:

-          Production, Locations & ADs

-          Camera and Sound

-          Hair and Make up and Costume

-          Art Department & Props

-          Post Production

This ‘careers fair’ event set up will allow delegates to meet each department and speak to industry professionals about the roles available and how to achieve finding their perfect job.

Whether you’re already focused on working in a specific department or if you’re still wondering where your skills fit best, this informal information event provides a rare opportunity to meet and chat with film & tv drama professionals.  Experienced practitioners from a range of departments will be stationed at bases around the room and you can move around at your own pace picking up their advice and insight.

15:00 - 16:30

Club 29

The Actor Director Relationship with Sacha Polak and Vicky Knight from Dirty God

Director Sacha Polak and rising star Vicky Knight talk us through the highs and lows, pitfalls and triumphs in a fascinating event appealing to directors from any discipline.

17:00 - 18:30

29 Supper Club

Industry Spotlight: Amma Asante

Join the BAFTA-winning director of films including A Way of LifeBelle and A United Kingdom as she discusses her career behind the camera. Hosted by Screen International and sponsored by NFTS Scotland.

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