Full programme announced for Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus


We are delighted to announce the full programme for Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus 2 - 6 March 2020

Expanded across five days, the fifth annual event will feature events, workshops and networking opportunities for professionals at every stage of their careers. Guests include Saudi Arabia’s first female feature film director Haifaa al-Mansour and leading documentary maker Jeanie Finlay.

Hot topics including sustainability, working practice and mental health. The latest developments in distribution and increasing access to the industry will all be discussed, and we're excited to announce a new Talent Mentorship Scheme for emerging filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Industry Focus strand at Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) will return for 2020 with its largest programme to date.

The fifth edition of GFF’s Industry Focus programme will see the event expanded over five packed days. From Monday 2 to Friday 6 March, Glasgow Film Festival will host leading industry speakers, unique networking opportunities, topical panel discussions and diverse professional development opportunities. The event is suitable for those at all stages of their career, from students eager to make their first steps into the industry, to seasoned professionals wanting to stay fresh on the latest developments, networking and best practices.

Some of the areas of focus in 2020 will be sustainability in production, working practice and mental health, positive actions being taken with accessibility, distribution, and music in film and television, with increased opportunities for young people to hear directly from a variety of experts on ways to enter the industry.

Industry Focus 2020 highlights include:

  • A significant focus on distribution, reflecting the continual shifts in our industry regarding the various avenues of distribution available now to filmmakers, to suit the ever-changing patterns of content consumption by audiences. Birds Eye View’s Future Leaders in Distribution will host a session on the female perspective on distribution;  CEO and Co-Founder of Usheru, Oliver Fegan, and senior executive and founder of Film Disruptors podcast and Future of Film Summit, Alex Stolz, will run the workshop ‘Hack Your Audience: Tech Marketing for Producers’; a Live Pitch Session with FOCUS for filmmakers who have had their films on the festival circuit and want to look at the future path for their film; and for those new to distribution, Debbie Rowland of NFTS Scotland will host an invaluable Distribution and Marketing 101 session.
  •  An Industry Spotlight talk with Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour.
  • A panel on sustainability in film production, featuring Katy Murdoch of Sustainability Sense, and Scottish representative for Albert, the authority on environmental sustainability for film and TV. Panelists for this session also include Ben Twist of Creative Carbon Scotland, and Izzie Johnston of Zero Waste Scotland.
  • A panel on the Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking, exploring the various ways in which ethics can be compromised through the documentary filmmaking process and how to document real people and events in an ethical and legal manner. Panelists include award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and Game of Thrones: The Last Watch), and documentary producer and founder of Film in Mind, Rebecca Day.
  • A final day focus on events aimed at those starting out in their careers, including Skills Development Scotland looking at the gaps in education and training, and how institutions and teaching organisations can better prepare young people to enter the industry; GMAC hosting a session on the movement No Wrong Path, demonstrating the massive variety in pathways to get into the film industry; and BECTU return for another Career’s Fair, after their hugely popular event at Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Focus in 2019.
  •  The festival’s new Talent Mentorship scheme will provide practical support and training for emerging professionals over a period of six months. Successful applicants will receive support to either develop a particular film project or receive advice on career development from mentors, who include writer/director Campbell X (Stud Life, DES!RE), producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Blue Story) and documentary filmmaker Naziha Arebi (Freedom Fields). The mentorship is open to people of colour, LGBTQIA+ and people from economically disadvantaged households who live in Scotland and are not in full-time education. There will be an information day taking place at the festival on Friday 28 February; applications open 17 February 2020 on the GFF website.

Located at the Glasgow Film Festival Hub at DoubleTree, Industry Focus 2020 is sponsored for the first time by CVP, one of the UK’s leading production solutions providers who will be showcasing their latest equipment available for purchase and hire. Along with access to all industry programme of events, delegates will also receive rush queue tickets to all public screenings, subject to availability, and a delegate discount on Festival Tickets.

Each day concludes with the GFF Industry Happy Hour hosted by various sponsors - join press, filmmakers, industry guests, and the festival team for a drink and a chance to mingle and network with new connections and friends alike.

Industry Focus Passes are on sale now until 18.00hrs on 26 February from www.glasgowfilm.org. The standard price is £120, with £75 Concession rate. Concessions apply to full-time students, over-60s, Universal Credit recipients, and registered disabled people. Please produce proof of eligibility when collecting your pass.

If you have any questions about Industry Focus please email industry@glasgowfilm.org

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said:

“This year’s Industry Focus programme explores the positive changes happening in the sector, both in the UK and abroad. Since launching our Industry programme five years ago we have focused on developing events which support the filmmaking community, providing the space and opportunity for them to get practical advice and network, all in a fun, inclusive and accessible setting. I am excited by the massive wealth of female film talent joining us, particularly Haifaa al-Mansour who will be discussing her career to date. We are honoured to have such a trailblazer with us at Glasgow Film Festival.”

Jennifer Armitage from Screen Scotland said:

“We are looking forward to GFF’s Industry Programme for 2020, which tackles some of the most pressing issues facing the industry, from the ever-changing distribution landscape, to the industry’s impact on the environment. Importantly, the programme offers events and panels that will provide insights into accessing and sustaining a career in screen.”

John Fry, CVP Director of Sales said:

“CVP, one of the UK’s leading production solutions providers, is proud to be the flagship sponsor of the Industry Focus event at Glasgow Film Festival.  

“For the festival, the team has created a showcase of the latest production equipment from leading manufacturers to provide visitors with the opportunity to explore and test the latest gear.”


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