Tues 1st Oct Industry Talks

Northern Docs

Mike Todd / Hannah Blackwell

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
 


 

Northern Docs was established to nurture new voices and improve the documentary ecosystem across the North of England. As well as working with the BBC, Northern Docs is also supported by the Channel 4 Nations and Regions team.

 

The talent scheme aims to provide real hands-on insight, extensive support and mentoring and aims to address the systemic lack of representation within the UK film and television industry through its diverse activities, co-production scheme and distribution support.

Join Mike Todd of Northern Docs  and film-maker Hannah Blackwell to watch her film and learn more about the scheme.

 

 

Venue : Light Cinema (Screen 6)
Capacity 138

Networking in the Creative Industries

Rob Speranza

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Everyone tells you to "get out and network" but for many this is easier said than done. Where do you find the right events to attend? When you are alone in the room how do you approach people when everyone else seems to know each other? How does the internet and social media fit into the networking equation?

Rob Speranza of the South Yorkshire Film Network offers practical advice and tips that you can act on.

A producer and line producer himself Rob regularly finds networking is the key to building good crews and finding that vital contact for his upcoming projects. 

A must attend session for those starting out in the industry.

Venue : Neo Art Gallery, Market Place
Capacity 40

Awkward Questions

Richard Macer

12.30pm - 1:30 pm




 Richard Macer is a documentary film-maker who has made over 50 films in a career spanning 20 years, along the way he has won six RTS awards and a Grierson Award. His subjects cover diverse subjects such as Dyslexia, Sean Rider, national parks, fashion design and Morris dancing. This session looks back at some of his films to reveal some of his methods in achieving documentaries that ask subtly sharp questions about not only the people in the films but also about the man who's asking them.

Venue : Light Cinema (Screen 6)
Capacity 138

Can be bought as part of

the Day pass (£15)

or Full Festival Pass (£30)

Script to Screen

Creative England

1:00 pm - 2 pm 
 


Producer Hannah Stevenson, Director Jason Wingard, VFX supervisor Richard Jones and D.O.P Mike Staniforth join our host Stephanie Clark from Creative England for an insightful and creative look at the preparation required to bring a script to the screen. The audience will see how the panel set about approaching a short script they 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 World War One short film to the screen.

Venue : Albert Halls

Capacity 120

Breaking into the

Creative Industries

Panel - 2.30pm - 3.30 pm
 

 

Producer Garry Paton, Nicole Pott (Director), D.O.P Mike Staniforth and VFX specialist Adam Jackson offer tips and insights about breaking into the creative industries and developing rewarding relationships. They will share their experiences and offer insights into the lessons they have learned along the way.

 

 

Host Colin Pons (Producer)

Venue : Albert Halls

Capacity 120

Included as part of

the Day pass (£15)

or Full Festival Pass (£30)

1:2:1's with Doc Society 

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Book a One-to-One Filmmaker Surgery with the BFI Doc Society

If you have an idea for a documentary short or feature film, pressing questions about production budgets and 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 Tuesday 1st October. 

 

There’s no criteria to sign up for a session: whether you’re an emerging or established doc filmmaker, a fiction-maker steering towards docs or simply doc-curious, we’re interested in hearing your story. 

 

Meeting point: The Green Room

@ Light Cinema Bolton​

The Perfect Pitch 

Panel

4pm - 5pm

 

Directors Kelly Holmes, Jason Wingard and Producer/Director Keith Farrell sit alongside  Garry Paton (Producer) for this session. From developing your initial idea to creating a production package that can engage potential funders. How do you bring your idea to life in a pitch? How do you pitch the idea to your fellow creatives as well as on-screen talent? What are the dos and don'ts of "The Perfect Pitch"?


Host : Maggie Ellis (Film London)

 

 

 

 

Venue : Albert Halls

Capacity 120

Spring Films

Richard Melman

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


 

Spring Films is a twice Oscar nominated, Emmy, BAFTA, Peabody, Grierson and RTS award winning factual production company based in London. Richard Melman the Executive Producer was once a former cameraman, director, producer and channel controller who launched 14 TV channels (all but one still on air !). Passionate about all forms of factual programming, from short to long form and online to theatrical release Richard will reveal his approach to identifying compelling subjects, securing commissions and producing distinctive and award winning films.

Venue : Light Cinema 

Capacity 138

Included as part of

the Day pass (£15)

or Full Festival Pass (£30)

Doc Society: Made of Truth

Never Actually Lost + Q&A

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
 

 

In this session, we dig deep with director Rowan Woods about her Glasgow-shot experimental archive film Never Actually Lost (funded by the Made of Truth BFI Doc Soc Shorts Fund).

 

Drawn to exploring memory, trauma and female experience, Never Actually Lost, considers these themes through a portrait of Rowan’s own Grandmother's dementia and death. How do we show the loss and recollection of memory? We explore Rowan’s creative process, how she approached a bounty of archival footage and how the truth... is in the storytelling. 

 

 

Venue : Light Cinema

Capacity 138

Can be bought as part of

the Day pass (£15)

or Full Festival Pass (£30)