BFI NETWORK LIVE: Let’s talk openly about making ends meet for filmmakers

Join Producer Natalie Chan and an excellent panel of speakers as we talk openly about the reality of establishing and sustaining in filmmaking and wider creative industries

16 February 2021

Wednesday 24 February from 1-2:30pm
It can be difficult starting out in a freelance creative career and trying to make ends meet, particularly in the middle of a pandemic. This webinar aims to demystify some of the obstacles through sharing of personal journeys of juggling multiple jobs and income streams. We will touch on how the panelists schedule their working week, manage relationships with their employers, and find work that accommodates their creativity, all around having a work-life balance. But it’s safe to say, we all feel it and want to send solidarity to fellow filmmakers.

This is a Q&A session for filmmakers of all levels, but will be particularly helpful for individuals just starting out or for those managing multiple jobs during this uncertain time. 

This project is supported by Eastside's Females in Film programme.

Natalie Chan is a producer and has worked across the UK and Hong Kong and with a background in theatre and cultural events. Her first short film as Producer, Judgement, producing on behalf of The Ace Effect Ltd, was funded by Croydon Council Youth Arts Fund. She is a recipient of the Film and TV Charity’s Community Grant and also an awardee of the Going Places Fund. For theatre, she produced Dumbledore Is So Gay which won an Off West End Commendation Award and VAULT Festival’s Origins Award. She trained as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503, worked as Box Office Deputy Manager for Pleasance Theatre and is now heads up the Fundraising and Operations team at Creative Youth Charity alongside freelance producing.

Loran Dunn is 2017 Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow, British Screen Forum Future Leader, BFI Vision Award winning and BIFA Longlisted Breakthrough Producer, with a track record of international success at festivals including Sundance and London, and winning the Best Producer Award at BAFTA accredited Underwire Film Festival. Loran’s first feature A Deal With The Universe was released in UK cinemas nationwide in 2019 to critical acclaim. In 2017 Loran was selected for the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme, and mentored by Elizabeth Karlson of Number 9 Films, and in 2020 Loran was selected for the Rotterdam Producers Lab, and Cannes Producers Network. She is also a Lecturer in Filmmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Executive Producer for British Council and BFI’s initiative More Films For Freedom, a development mentor at BBC New Creatives, and previously a Development Mentor at Channel 4’s Random Acts North, and Producer for ShortFLIX – Sky Arts, National Youth Theatre and Creative England’s new talent scheme. Loran is a co-founder of the UK Producer’s Roundtable campaigning for better accessibility and sustainability in the British Film Industry.

Unique Clarke is an English with Film Graduate from Kings College London. She’s worked as an assistant script-writer, runner, editor, producer, and curator for film, theatre and anthologies. Previously she has participated in ‘emerging’ arts schemes with the National Theatre and Young Vic. Recently, she has curated a Black History Month exhibition for John Lewis & Partners, the first of its kind in the company’s 150-year history. Her interest lays particularly in producing for theatre, film and TV. 

Luke Davies is a Creative Producer and the Founder of Polari, a creative company which champions stories and artists that honour the boundlessness of LGBTQ+ lives. He was chosen as part of the BFI x Film Hub North Creative Producers School (2019), and nominated for an RTS Futures Award (2020) for his 48hr short film 'Tomorrow'. His first feature-length documentary, ‘OTHER’ (Polari/Whipped Sea) is currently in production, and he has a number of projects at various stages of development


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