Glasgow Film Festival 2018 Announces Industry Focus Strand

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 Announces Industry Focus Strand (28 February – 2 March)

Passes on sale now for three day event packed with curated panel discussions with industry experts, creative workshops, pitching and networking opportunities. Industry Focus 2018 is open to anyone working in filmmaking from established professionals to students.

Glasgow Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of its popular Industry Focus strand for the 2018 festival.

Highlights for Industry Focus 2018 will include a topical and necessary discussion on harassment in the workplace led by Women in Film and TV plus Alex Stolz hosting a live episode of his hit podcast Film Disruptors, looking at the players shaking up the way film is created, distributed and consumed. Alongside this will be creative workshops, the chance to pitch ideas to influential industry leaders and informal networking. The full Industry Focus programme is announced in January 2018.

For the first time, NFTS Scotland (a hub of the world leading National Film and Television School (NFTS) due to open in April 2018) will partner the three day event, which runs from Wednesday 28 February to Friday 2 March. The School will host a number of exciting events in the festival, including an Industry Spotlight event with special guests in conversation with NFTS Director Jon Wardle. Other partners for the Industry Strand include BAFTA Scotland, Film London, the Glasgow Film Office and Director's UK.

The Industry Focus strand is open to anyone working in any aspect of filmmaking - from screenwriters to producers – with events tailored to industry audiences at all levels. Previous guests have included legendary Hollywood producer Christine Vachon and The Inbetweeners producer Chris Young. 

Maija Hietala, Industry Coordinator Glasgow Film Festival:

“We are excited to see the Industry Focus grow and to again be hosting a series of industry events on the most relevant topics currently being discussed in the film industry. We’re also thrilled to be offering filmmakers the opportunity to take part in workshops led by industry veterans, one-to-one meetings with leading industry experts, as well as various networking opportunities. With most events taking place at the CCA we want to bring our industry partners, delegates and guests together under one roof to socialise, network, and build connections all in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with a good dose of Scottish hospitality!”

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director:

“We are delighted to be partners for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, especially as Glasgow is the home of our new base in Scotland, which is due to open in April this year. We have an exciting programme lined up for the festival (details to be announced), which will focus on the projected growth of the screen sector in Scotland and the plethora of opportunities that this will provide.”

“Our new NFTS Scotland hub based at BBC Scotland’s studios in Glasgow and Dumbarton Studios is designed to directly cater to this opportunity and lead the way in ensuring there is sufficient local talent available to meet industry needs through practical, job focused training.”

Event passes cost £75 full price / £30 for students and are on sale now.

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