An up-to-date feed of online training tools from NETWORK and our partners
Friday 23 October, 4.30pm (London), Join BFI NETWORK for a conversation about the future of independent cinema with legendary independent producer, Ted Hope and writer/director Benjamin Bee. They will discuss the challenges involved and opportunities of the current industry landscape. Ted Hope is one of the most respected voices in independent film. His 65-plus films includes many highlights and breakthroughs in independent cinema, including The Ice Storm, American Splendor, 21 Grams, Happiness, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Adventureland. Benjamin Bee is a multi-award-winning writer and director currently developing a number of TV and Film projects including, Getting Mortal, a ground breaking series for BBC Studios and Scattered Pictures.
Monday 5 October, 1pm (London), join BFI NETWORK and NFTS for a webinar where Jon Wardle (Director of the NFTS) and Annalise Davis (Head of Production, NFTS) reveal how they have been working with the new Covid guidelines to prepare and shoot short films with filmmaking teams. Jess Loveland hosts the discussion and will speak to Jon and Annalise about their experience of approaching Covid-safe production and working with students to shoot their full 2020 slate of graduation films. We will meet some of the NFTS and BFI NETWORK teams who have recently shot their films in line with the Covid guidance who will talk about their experiences and what they've learnt along the way.
Wednesday 16 September, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Wales, Ffilm Cymru and BBC Wales for a celebration of the broadcast of Beacons short films selection with a filmmaker Q&A. They will be joined by some of the writer/directors to delve into how their films were successfully pitched, the commissioning process and the experience of making a funded short. The event is aimed at aspiring and early career filmmakers as well as those with an interest in short film. Confirmed for the Q&A so far are Clare Sturges, writer-director of The Arborist; Efa Blosse-Mason, writer-director of Cwch Deilen (Leaf Boat); Sion Thomas, writer-director of Dirt Ash Meat and Hannah Daniel and Georgia Lee, writer-directors of Burial.
Wednesday 9 September, 8.30pm (London), join BFI NETWORK and Encounters Film Festival who have teamed up with Verve Pictures and Watershed to bring you this conversation between actor/writer/director/producer Aki Omoshaybi and Bristol based writer/historian and member of Come the Revolution curating collective Dr Edson Burton. They will be discussing amongst other things Aki’s journey to make his debut feature film, Real and the wider context of REAL’s representations in the current cultural climate.
Thursday 27 August, 7pm (London), join BFI NETWORK and Polymath PR for a moderated panel discussion to inform independent filmmakers on the basics of PR, how to develop their social media voice and the importance of utilising what's available to you in order to boost your release and your profile. This conversation will be hosted by Tom Brumpton of Polymath PR and will feature Hannah Maria (Polymath PR – Digital Marketing Expert), Catherine Lyn Scott (London Flair PR – Public Relations Expert), Michelle Koshman (AMB Publicity – Public Relations Expert), Manori Ravindran (Variety – International Editor) and Tom Paton (Mosley Studios – Director/Writer).
Wednesday 26 August, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK x Film Hub North for a webinar around how you can get the most out of your distribution strategy, with experienced film producer, Rachel Robey. Rachel, who co-founded the company Wellington Films (The Levelling), will examine how to pitch your movie at the right financial level in the context of changing audience behaviour and squeezed revenue projections. Should your budget be lower or higher? How should you approach comparable titles? Who exactly is your audience, and how will your film reach them? These are essential questions that every film producer should be asking themselves, and this session will run the numbers using case studies of recent UK indie titles and box office data.
Monday 24 August, 1pm (London), join BFI NETWORK for a conversation around storytelling without limits with filmmakers David Proud and Aurora Fearnley. They will discuss their career journeys, how to not limit yourselves when telling stories and the importance of focus when being multi-disciplined. They will explain why you need to establish each discipline and work out how they can interconnect to make you a stronger storyteller. They will explore the benefits that this brings for long term career sustainability, and also the problems of taking on too much.
Thursday 20 August, 11am (London), join BFI NETWORK for a conversation with award recipients from the Young Audiences Content Fund, Kim Tserkezie and Emma-Rosa Dias. They will be discussing their careers and giving out crucial advice, utilising their experience of successfully applying to the Young Audiences Content Fund. Kim Tserkezie is the Creative and Managing Director of Scattered Pictures and has worked in broadcast media for twenty-five years, with a career spanning comedy, drama and documentary. Emma-Rosa Dias is the Managing Director of Belfast based indie Afro-Mic Productions. She founded the company in 2014 and has over twenty years industry experience both in front and behind the camera.
Wednesday 19th August, 11am (London), join BFI NETWORK for an introduction to the Young Audiences Content Fund team! This is the perfect opportunity to hear about their work, the objectives of the fund and how you can apply for funding. The team will take you on a journey of what a good application may look like, in development or production. Each member of the team will discuss their part in the process, the things that they look out for, best practice, what to avoid, things to think about and finally, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A.
Friday 14th August, 2pm (London), join BFI NETWORK x Doc Society for a webinar discussing what makes for an eye-opening creative short documentary in these tumultuous times? Hear directly from filmmakers who have had short form non-fiction work commissioned by the BFI Doc Society Made of Truth Short Film Fund (delivered as part of BFI NETWORK), in discussion with fund production manager Hannah Bush Bailey. Filmmakers Lanre Malaolu, Dorothy Allen Pickard and producer Elizabeth Benjamin will share their experiences and creative pathways, and there will be practical tips on how to apply to pick up along the way.
Tuesday 11th August, 2pm (London) join BFI NETWORK x Film Hub North for an online event exploring behind the scenes at the streaming giant, Netflix. We’ll hear guest speakers Chris Sussman, Director of Original Series, and Sophie Klein, Manager of UK Original Series, talk about their work and how new writers, directors and producers can engage with Netflix. Our host is Manchester-based producer Loran Dunn, who will ask Chris and Sophie about how they find new talent and stories and what it takes to get on their radar.
Thursday 6th August, 10.30am (London), join BFI NETWORK x Film Hub North for a online session with Beth McCann from Scriptwriting North, to equip Northern filmmakers with the tools you need to hammer your idea into shape and form a one-pager that really gets to the heart of the story, putting you in a great position to share with possible collaborators and funders.
Monday 3rd August, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for an interactive Q&A with Senior Shorts Programmer at Sundance, Mike Plante. Mike will be in conversation with Caragh Davison (Talent Programme Manager at BFI NETWORK) to discuss his role at Sundance and an insight into the world of Short Film Programming. Mike Plante is the Senior Programmer for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001. He also writes about film and does interviews for Cinemad Magazine and makes documentary films.
Wednesday 29th July, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK and Film Hub North for a deep dive into the world of genre filmmaking and a celebration of cinema's ability to conjure brave new worlds, other dimensions, imagined futures and altered realities. This will be a conversation between Anna Levine, Senior Manager at Gunpowder & Sky (home of sci-fi brand DUST), and Film4 Development and Production Executive David Kimbangi, hosted by film writer and broadcaster Beth Webb. They will discuss the genre landscape in the UK and how filmmakers can make their sci-fi dream projects a reality.
Tuesday 28th July, 11am (London), join BFI NETWORK and British Council for the More Films For Freedom Webinar! The unique programme, More Films for Freedom, commissions three short films with an LGBTIQ+ theme from collaborative teams from the Middle East, African continent, and the UK. At this webinar, you’ll meet the team behind The Men Who Speak Gayle – a touching, upbeat, and funny story about a secret gay language – made as a collaboration between UK-based producers Georgie Paget and Thembisa Cochrane (Caspian Films), and South African-based director Andrew Brukman and performer Nathan Kennedy. You will also hear more about how to apply for More Films Round 2, led by Jessica Loveland (Head of BFI Network) and Briony Hanson (Director of Film, British Council) before the application deadline on 16 August.
Thursday 23rd July, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub South East for a conversation with cinematographer Deepa Keshvala and director Hector Dockrill. They will discuss how they got started in the industry, their recent work on the BFI NETWORK-funded, BAFTA-nominated short Goldfish and their advice for aspiring filmmakers.
Wednesday 15th July, 5pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Film Hub London for the launch of a new series of webinars, Under the Influence, pairing up-and-coming talent with their biggest professional inspirations, starting with this incredible duo—producers Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor and Christine Vachon. Christine is one of the most creative producers working today, and her company Killer Films is responsible producing the likes of Boys Don't Cry (1996), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and Carol (2015). After producing her award-winning BFI NETWORK-funded short Hair Cut (2018), Joy's first theatrically released feature Blue Story (2019) came out to high acclaim. Joy and Christine will discuss creative producing, collaboration, and tracing the trajectory of queer cinemas throughout Killer Films' oeuvre from the 90s to today.
Friday 10th July, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub Midlands for a Q&A with writer/director Fyzal Boulifa and filmmaker and curator, Denyce Blackman. Fyzal will discuss his career and his journey making his debut feature LYNN + LUCY, which was recently released on BFI Player.
Tuesday 7th July, 1pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub South West for a film marketing masterclass from Film Marketing & Distribution Specialist, Jo Taylor. Jo will be exploring different approaches to marketing your short or feature film online or via grassroots campaigns, with advice on how to build your online marketing presence and develop a brand for your film and engage with relevant communities. Jo will also discuss how to think outside the box when it comes to marketing your film and new creative methods of marketing the distribution of your film online in the context of COVID-19. Jo has led on regional grassroots and outreach campaigns for films such as Loving Vincent, Moonlight & I, Daniel Blake.
Tuesday 30th June, 5pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film London for a writing and storytelling Q&A with writer/director Dionne Edwards. She will be discussing her career to date and her creative process offering insights into the industry including her stint as 2nd unit director on the recent Top Boy. Dionne made her award winning BFI NETWORK short We Love Moses in 2014, then went on to direct longer form work for C4 and BBC and is currently developing her debut feature film Pretty Red Dress with the BFI and BBC Films.
Thursday 25th June, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub South West for a complex discussion on the changing landscape of online short film distribution in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Alix Taylor, will be joined by Rob Munday from Short of the Week, Fran Carr from the British Council, as well as emerging UK filmmakers Kate Cox and Rhys Marc Jones, who both recently screened shorts online with SXSW Film Festival with further distribution through Amazon Prime.
Tuesday 23rd June, 2pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub Midlands for a webinar on short film strategies with Katie McCullough, the founder of Festival Formula. Katie will share her festival strategy insights and industry knowledge on what the short film circuit might look like post COVID19 and how to assess your films place within it.
Thursday 18th June, 4.30 (London), join Film Hub South East and Reel Connections for this Q&A with BAFTA-winning filmmaker John Maclean. These sessions are designed to give our Young Film Programmers and others the opportunity to talk directly to people working in the film exhibition sector and related professions, find out more about what their work involves and their career paths so far. John will discuss his career path from music promo videos and short films, to being awarded the 'World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic' at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for his debut feature Slow West starring Michael Fassbender.
Tuesday 16th June, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub North for a discussion on developing horror with Oliver Kassman, producer of festival hit and much-hyped UK horror Saint Maud, and writer/director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow Prano Bailey-Bond. We'll hear Oliver and Prano chat about their work with host Anna Bogutskaya, the horror films that scare them and how filmmakers in the UK might develop their own voice within the genre.
Thursday 4th June, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a #Shortitout Filmmaker Front Room Q&A with animator and illustrator, Åsa Lucander, hosted by Helen Brunsden, Director of the British Animation Awards (BAA). Åsa will be discussing her work directing short films and the recently released music video for Coldplay’s song 'Daddy' which was produced by Aardman Animations.
Tuesday 2nd June, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK and Film Hub North for a conversation with one of the UK's leading comedy filmmakers, Edgar Wright. We will discuss the most apocalyptic of the his films - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, the so called 'Cornetto trilogy' - in this rare opportunity to hear from one of the most distinctive voices working today.
Thursday 28th May, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a #Shortitout Filmmaker Front Room Q&A with multi-award-winning independent writer and director Ben Wheatley, hosted by film programmer, Anna Bogutskaya. Ben's impressive feature film back catalogue has a cult-like following, best-known works include the psychological horror films Kill List (2011) and A Field in England (2013), adaptation High-Rise (2015), and the action comedy Free Fire (2016). Now working on blockbuster Tomb Raider 2, we’ll chat with him about his DIY approach and how this informs the way he works on large scale productions.
Thursday 28th May, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live and Film Hub North for a discussion on developing screen comedy, with Jon Petrie (Commissioning Editor for comedy at Channel 4) and Meghan Cruz (Development Executive at Baby Cow Productions), hosted by Newcastle-based comedian Hal Branson. They will share valuable insider insight and take a deeper look at how to to write, pitch and produce comedy for different platforms. They'll chat about what the industry is looking for right now and offer advice on how to make your comedy work stand out from the crowd.
Saturday 23rd May, 2pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with sisters Jeanie Finlay and Claire Finlay-Thompson as they reflect on a career in film and TV, hosted by Film Hub Midlands Manager Eleanor Thornley. Jeanie Finlay (Game of Thrones: The Last Watch) is an award-winning feature documentary maker based at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham and Claire Finlay-Thompson (Official Secrets) is an acclaimed costume designer. Along with discussing work on their recent productions, they will also explain how their film careers came as a shock to their parents and how their creative work has changed during lockdown.
Thursday 21st May, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a #Shortitout Q&A with BAFTA nominated producer Farah Abushwesha (who created the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition) and playwright and screenwriter Hannah Patterson. We’ll be discussing Farah’s approach to low budget filmmaking and how to think creatively when faced with limitations. We’ll chat about how to avoid writers block during lockdown, the best set-up for writing from home and ways to help stay feeling connected when writing in isolation.
Tuesday 19th May, 10am (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a Q&A with script editor and writer Andrew Ellard. Andrew will be chatting about what makes a great comedy idea and what it takes to develop those ideas into original comedy scripts. Andrew has worked on every kind of comedy, from Detectorists and Chewing Gum to Red Dwarf and Miranda. In 2020, with Expectation Entertainment he helped develop In My Skin, Intelligence and Alma’s Not Normal to the screen.
Monday 18th May, 5pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with Jason Sondhi, founder of Short Of The Week, one of the biggest platforms showcasing and promoting the new wave of emerging filmmakers creating innovative stories for online audiences. We’ll be talking to Jason about how the pandemic has affected short films online and best practices for filmmakers who want to punch through and find an audience.
Friday 15th May, 2pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with Oscar-nominated composer, Gary Yershon (Peterloo, Mr. Turner) and emerging composer, Roma Yagnik (Metroland, Obsession) about his career and the advice they would give to filmmakers.
Thursday 14th May, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a #ShortitOut Filmmaker Front Room Q&A with the dynamic indie writer, director and actor Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), hosted by Rowan Woods, Film Programmer at British Council Film & BFI, in partnership with BAFTA. Jim will talk us through his whirlwind experience and what it has taught him about making the most out of opportunities, not letting money hold you back and keeping motivated.
Thursday 7th May, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a #Shortitout Filmmaker Front Room Q&A with award winning writer and director Rachel Tillotson, as she discusses her career in film, hosted by filmmaker and lecturer, Freya Billington.
Wednesday 6th May, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with sound designer Anna Bertmark and writer-director William McGregor, as they discuss the importance of sound design and take an in-depth look at how they developed the soundscape for Gwen.
Tuesday 5th May, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with Oscar-nominated editor Christopher Tellefsen (Moneyball) as he discusses his indie filmmaking career with experienced assistant editor, Rachel Durance. Christopher will be giving advice to emerging editors and filmmakers generally about the role of the editor and how they work with producers and directors.
Thursday 30th April, 6pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a filmmaker Q&A with Desiree Akhavan to discuss her filmmaking journey, hosted by Alix Taylor.
Wednesday 29th April, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Blue Story) and writer/director Koby Adom (Noughts + Crosses) as they discuss the transition from making shorts to features and TV.
Tuesday 28th April, 4pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for a conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Clio Barnard, hosted by Lizzie Francke. Clio will be discussing her filmmaking career and interest in the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar.
The Northern Exposure: Short Film Script Lab is back in online form.
Thursday 23rd April, 4.30pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for this webinar as we speak to Charlotte Regan, as part of a focus on working class filmmakers.
Monday 20th April, 3pm (London), join BFI NETWORK Live for this live conversation with filmmaker Aneil Karia and cinematographer Stuart Bentley BSC as they discuss the director-cinematographer relationship and take a look at some of their recent work together.
Film Hub North is excited to introduce Online Filmmaker Roundtables: a new series of free events giving local writers, directors and producers the opportunity to connect with our Talent Development team remotely.
BFI NETWORK x Film Hub Midlands is providing Midlands based film producers, directors and screenwriters the opportunity to spend 60 minutes talking with an industry professional to give you advice on your latest project and/or creative practice.