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GYFF: Short Circuit: How to Build Your Network (N/C 15+)

18 September

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


A strong network is essential for anyone aiming to work in film. During this panel, a range of professionals working in the Scottish film industry will share their insights on how to network efficiently and effectively. The panellists will include writer/director Ben Sharrock (Limbo), writer/director Abid Khan (Granada Nights), producer Lauren Lamarr (Anna and the Apocalypse) and Alex Colta from the Scottish Documentary Institute.

This is a free but ticketed event. You must be 15 or over to attend.

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Ben Sharrock @BASharrock

Ben Sharrock is an award winning writer and director known for his unique sense of cinematic style and voice. His work has been described as visually striking, quirky and intelligent. Amidst the Covid 19 global pandemic, Ben’s sophomore feature film Limbo, was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection 2020 label before having its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a European Premiere at San Sebastian IFF where it won the TCM Youth Jury Award.

Abid Khan @Granada_Nights

Abid Khan is an award winning writer-director with a vast exposure of international productions. He has made shorts in NYC, London, Berlin and Montreal and his debut feature film Granada Nights was shot entirely in Granada, Spain. Granada Nights was selected for Breakthrough by Film London Screenings and won numerous festival awards including Head of Film 4 announcing it as Best Film at the Barnes Film Festival and was released in cinemas in this year. He’s also the sole director of the Adobe UK and Guardian Labs Creative Change campaign. He formed Eyefive Films to continue to tell self-discovery, coming-of-age stories, with a particular focus on diverse characters and cultures.

Lauren Lamarr @BlazingGriffin

Lauren graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Theory with Production from the University of the West of Scotland in 2005. Since then she has worked and trained extensively within the Independent film community in Scotland, producing numerous short films and micro-budget feature films. Lauren has also worked within the mainstream industry in production teams for noted companies such as The Comedy Unit, Shed Media, Minnow Films, The Foundation TV, and STV Creative. Lauren currently works as part of the Producing team at Glasgow based Production company Blazing Griffin Pictures and has worked across many of their exciting projects, such as feature films Anna and the Apocalypse, Runrig: There Must Be A Place!, and Book of Love.

Alex Colta @ScottishDocInst

Alexandra joined the SDI team in 2019 to work on distribution and festival submissions. She is also coordinating the New Voices career development mentorship programme for women and non-binary filmmakers and the programme of events and masterclasses. She has previous experience in film curation, programming films and events for Document Human Rights Film Festival and the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Film Series in Glasgow. Alexandra recently completed her PhD project on politics and programming practices at human rights film festivals.

Prior to that, she worked as a Marketing and Distribution Co-ordinator for a production company in Bucharest, Romania, where she helped short and feature films reach international audiences. Alexandra is passionate about creative documentaries that stimulate critical thinking and debate.

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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