INDUSTRY EVENTS

All industry talks are included with our "Films + Talks" festival pass. On sale now for £20

Saturday 17th Oct

Virtual Meet Up

LIVE @ 11:00am Saturday 17th Oct

A chance to meet up with fellow film-makers, producers, writers, crew and industry delegates. LIVE breakout rooms on Zoom and a lot of chit chat. 

Festival Formula

LIVE @ 1:00pm Saturday 17th Oct

Festival Formula will guide you through how best to prepare for the festival circuit talking about different levels of festivals, budget, niches to pick out, submission materials, and how to navigate through festivals in these COVID times.

Ruth Madeley

LIVE @ 5:00pm Saturday 17th Oct

Bolton born actress Ruth Madeley joins us to share her thoughts and memories on her amazing career so far. Never one to shy away from voicing her opinions this session offers an insightful look at the actress who’s changing the way disabled characters are portrayed on screen.

Sunday 18th Oct

The Perfect

Pitchdeck

LIVE @ 1:00pm Oct 18th

Whether you’re pitching to directors, producers, distributors or investors, a pitch deck is the first asset you will be using to introduce your project. In this session, we will be covering what a pitch deck is and what to include when creating it, and general advice to help you avoid the pitfalls. Our guest speaker is Jasmin Morrison; founder of film and television consultancy Soul Cognition and a finance expert with experience in financing over 100 features.

Virtual Networking

LIVE 8:00pm Oct 18th

Our second networking session offers film-makers on a different time zone an opportunity to join local filmmakers. 
Whether it's networking with those who live local or those abroad, form new connections for future collaborations in a series of online breakout rooms hosted on Zoom.

 

 

Short Film - the do's and don'ts 

LIVE @ 3:00pm Oct 18th

Join Rob Speranza a programmer at Aesthetica Film Festival, a juror at Bolton Film Festival and the organiser of South Yorkshire Film Network for his "do's and don'ts" of the short film. 

My Big Break

LIVE @ 5:00pm Oct 18th

Directors Ashley Francis Roy, Charlie Watts, D.O.P Esther Vardy and other industry guests discuss how they got their "Big Break" into the industry. How do they suggest others do the same? Tops tips, advise and insights to getting your foot through the door.

Monday 19th Oct

BFI Doc Society 1:2:1

Film-makers Surgery

12:00pm - 4:00pm Mon 19th Oct

If you have an idea for a documentary short or feature film, pressing questions about production budgets & scheduling or you just want to find out more about BFI Doc Society and how we work with documentary filmmakers: book a free 15 minute 1-2-1 surgery with BFI Doc Society Fund Production Manager Hannah Bush Bailey on Monday 19th October. 

BFI Doc Society Showcase film-maker Q&A

LIVE 5:00pm Mon 19th Oct

Doc Society join us to premiere two short documentary films they have recently supported. The films "Blackthorn" and "Northern Ballers"will be followed by Q&A's with the film-makers. 

 

"Blackthorn"Dir. Dom Bush | Prod. Helen Lawrie, Rebecca DayLand & Sky Media | 8 mins

 

"Northern Ballers"Dir. Rhys Lewis | Prod. Rebecca Mark-LawsonTyke Films | 19 mins 17 seconds

Multi Media Journalism - right tool for the job

12:00pm  Mon 19th Oct

Dave Clark covered the recent Hong Kong riots with a tool kit including an SLR, Go Pro, Mobile Phone and a 360 camera. The material he shot was used in various forms, not least his 360 film "Battleground Poly U" which picked up the World Press Photo award for best immersive film (also playing in competition here at Bolton Film Festival). 

Paddy Wivell - real people, real stories

LIVE 7:00pm Mon 19th Oct

A double BAFTA awarded documentary Director for fifteen years across BBC & Channel 4 and a recent Grierson winner Paddy Wivell's films sit regularly within our television schedules. His films are uniquely personal and authentic, his latest "Corona Street" involved meeting & talking to members of his community, framed by the window of his front room.

 

Join our host Rebecca Mark-Lawson and Paddy for a journey through his work and some insights to his approach.

Meet the sales agents

and distributors

LIVE 3:00pm Mon 19th Oct

Join a panel of distributors and sales agents including Sadhbh Murphy (Network Ireland TV), Wouter Jansen (Square Eyes Films) and Sydney Neter (SND Films) to learn what they look for in films and how they represent the films on your behalf. Katie McCullough from Festival Formula (Festival Strategy and Film Management) will be picking their brains and you can too! Join our LIVE zoom to join the conversation. 

Tuesday 20th Oct

D.O.P Masterclass

12:00pm Oct 20th

Mike Staniforth is a British director of photography who has shot many short films and to date, three feature films. Mike’s most recent short, ‘The Road To Gehenna’, was influenced by Caravaggio, The Flagellation of Christ and many other religious undertones and has won multiple awards in the cinematography category in 2020. "Underwater" also by Michael Keogh is playing at Bolton Film Festival. Mike shares insights to his methods and influences in this masterclass. 

Script to Screen

LIVE @ 4:00pm Oct 20th

Producer Gary Paton, Producer/Line Producer Deborah Aston and Director (t.b.c) join our host Stephanie Clark from Creative England for a look at the preparation required to bring a script to the screen. The audience will watch a LIVE script breakdown of a short script the panel are seeing for the first time. Armed with their own copy of the script audience members will see first hand the creative discussions and considerations required to bring a Western shot in the deserts of Spain to life. 

Film Financing (Pt 1)

LIVE at 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 20th

Part one of a two part course.
Soul Cognition’s "Introduction to Film Finance Course" is designed to give filmmakers a basic understanding of film finance, sales and distribution. The aim of the course is to provide filmmakers with a toolkit of knowledge to help prepare them for conversations with financiers, sales agents and distributors to help get their project made. Topics covered in the course include but are not limited to: introduction to types of finance (e.g. development, debt, equity), understanding a finance plan, recoupment waterfalls and types of distribution.

Wednesday 21st Oct

Virtual Coffee Meet Up 

LIVE @ 12:00pm Oct 21st

A chance to meet up with fellow film-makers, producers, writers, crew and industry delegates. LIVE breakout rooms on Zoom and a lot of chit chat. 

BFI Showcase + Q&A

LIVE 6:00pm Oct 21st

Join the Film Hub North talent team for some of the most exciting short form work to come from BFI NETWORK funded filmmakers. Following the screening there will be a filmmaker Q&A and an opportunity to put questions to the BFI NETWORK representatives about the support available to filmmakers in the North. 

FilmHub North - 1:2:1 Surgery for film-makers

2:00pm - 5:00pm Oct 21st

If you have a short film or feature film you’d like to discuss or just want to find out more about what the BFI NETWORK does, then there’s an opportunity for you to book a free 30-minute 1-2-1 surgery with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Amy O’Hara.

For Film-makers based in the Film Hub North region only.

Sound Design Masterclass

LIVE 4:00pm Oct 21st

Enos is a Finnish/Canadian sound designer & supervising sound editor based in London, UK working on projects ranging from smaller arthouse indie films all the way through to higher budget features, TV series and commercials.  Learn how every sonic detail can tell a story, and get advice on how to break into the audio post production industry.

Thursday 22nd Oct

Producing Animation

LIVE @ 2:00pm Oct 22nd

Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce an animated film? Producer Aaron Wood of Slurpy Animation Studio will take us through the process that makes animated films come to life. Looking at the same questions experienced by producers when setting up a new project: How to cast for a great team? Is it possible to foresee challenges in a production? Why is it pivotal to break the script down? 

Here/Not Here

LIVE @ 2:00pm Oct 22nd

HERE/NOT HERE is a new British hip hop drama exploring British Sign Language, Krump street dance, football and Visual Vernacular – the choreographed and poetic form of sign language.  To complement its screening at Bolton, join key creators, cast and crew for special insight and participation sessions.

Film Financing (Pt 2)

LIVE 6:00pm Oct 22nd

Part two of a two part course.

Soul Cognition’s "Introduction to Film Finance Course" is designed to give filmmakers a basic understanding of film finance, sales and distribution. The aim of the course is to provide filmmakers with a toolkit of knowledge to help prepare them for conversations with financiers, sales agents and distributors to help get their project made. Topics covered in the course include but are not limited to: introduction to types of finance (e.g. development, debt, equity), understanding a finance plan, recoupment waterfalls and types of distribution.

Friday 23rd Oct

Realtime Animation

LIVE @ 2:00pm Oct 23rd

Tom Box of Blue Zoo Animation takes us through the world of realtime animation and how he sees this new advancement in technology and workflow affecting the future of the industry. He'll explain how this new advancement can help aspiring film makers further their careers.

 

 

 

Marketing your film

LIVE 4:00pm Oct 23rd

The marketing budget for a film is often greater than the production costs. Learn from our panel of experts why marketing is something you should be aware of from the start.  From concept artwork, to sizzle reels, to pitch decks, to storyboarding, to poster art or social media campaigns - artwork and marketing is central to the success of any film, whether it's a short or a feature. Join our panel to pick up new skills, advice and tips.

Friday 22nd October

Saturday 24th Oct

Networking Session

LIVE 11:00am Oct 24th

The last chance to meet up with fellow film-makers, producers, writers and industry delegates at Bolton Film Festival. 

Award Ceremony

LIVE 7:00pm Oct 24th

Join us for the finale of Bolton Film Festival, the announces of the awards at the closing ceremony. Over 20 categories including drama, documentary, animation, fashion, dance, music, experimental, student and VR.  
 

Editing Masterclass

LIVE 1:00pm Oct 24th

Tommaso Gallone is a film editor for feature films, documentaries and short films. His credits include the Darkest Hour, The Woman in Gold, This must be the place, Without Mercy, Frames of Life and many more. 

In this masterclass Tommaso will cover the production pipeline, looking at early creative conversations between directors, sound designers and editors that lead to exciting conclusions in the post production stage. 

Writers Masterclass

LIVE 3:00pm Oct 24th

The Clarkson Twins – Michael and Paul – are writers and directors from Bolton who have worked for both UK and US television. Their credits include HIS DARK MATERIALS (BBC), THE WHEEL OF TIME (Amazon), THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (Netflix) which premieres on Netflix October 9th. Their original series RED ROSE (BBC) will shoot next year – the thriller show is set in Bolton. They went to Thornleigh school. 

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