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2018 Speakers

Red Lion Hotel – Basing Room
2018 Judges
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Emma Duffy  13:15 - 14:15


Emma has taken part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, DocFest, London Calling Plus and Birds Eye View Filmonomics scheme. As well as producing her own projects she is also the Drama and Film Executive for Wellcome Trust, bringing writers, researchers and ideas together.

Emma started her career assisting directors and producing commercials, music videos and shorts. Her first feature film Mari, a dance/drama hybrid written and directed by Georgia Parris, was commissioned as part of Film London's Microwave scheme in 2017. Backed by the BFI and BBC Mari will premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival this October. It stars world-renowned dancer Bobbi Jene Smith and features original choreography from Punchdrunk's Maxine Doyle.


Emma has previously taken part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, the Mini Meet Market at DocFest, London Calling Plus and Birds Eye View Filmonomics scheme. As well as producing her own projects she is also the Drama and Film Executive for Wellcome, bringing writers, researchers and ideas together.

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Ian Bignell & Katie McCullough  14:30 - 15:30

Festival Formula Ltd


Katie McCullough is the founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company focusing on filmmakers covering festival strategy. She is a graduate of Bournemouth Media School and Royal Court Theatre (London) and after a writing career based in theatre she decided to focus on helping filmmakers. With over 14 years+ experience she’s hosted workshops and seminars for a broad range of audiences including: Encounters Film Festival, Shooting People, East End Film Festival, Independent Cinema Office, Cork Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, BFI Flare, Glasgow Short Film Festival, LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, FilmFest Dresden, and many training events at the BFI Southbank.

After an extensive career in retail Ian made the transition to the film industry in 2017 by joining Festival Formula; a consultancy company that helps filmmakers on the festival circuit. Ian’s role as Submissions Coordinator sees him handle the festival submissions for all of the current slate as well arrange the deliverables to the circuit worldwide – he is the point of contact for all festivals once a film gets selected.


Ian has also joined Katie on the festival and education circuit by delivering talks and masterclasses on how best to prepare yourself for the festival journey. With his wide knowledge of submission materials and exhibition files he is an asset to the Festival Formula family.


Christian Parton 15:45 - 16:45

Genera Films


Genera is a London based company providing filmmakers worldwide an alternative way to fund their short films. Main funding rounds and shorter snap rounds are open 365 days a year. Entrants can also get access to free & discounted Camera kit hire, and deals and discounts from their 60+ partners.

Christian Parton says ‘Funding is a common challenge for filmmakers and we don’t want it to be. That’s why we’ve come up with a much simpler solution that actually serves filmmakers’.

It only takes a matter of minutes to apply to the main rounds and submissions are accepted at any point during the 3 month round. You can also amend and update your application at any time up until the final day. Once you’ve set up a profile you can add multiple projects. Genera has four rounds a year so that straightforward funding is always available.

Genera is keen to help those producing short films no matter the stage of the project, so accepts projects in development through to Festival run.

If your project gets awarded funding all the creative control remains firmly in your hands. Unlike other funding platforms Genera wants you to stay in charge of every aspect of your short film, this is no strings attached funding.

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2018 Judges

2018 Judge

Best Film

Burn Gorman


Burn is an experienced film, television and theatre actor born in LA but raised in London.


Since making his debut in CORONATION STREET, he's not looked back, starring in a host of blockbuster films including THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and the PACIFIC RIM series. 


Burn also has extensive high-end television credits such as THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, WASHINGTON SPIES, JAMESTOWN and GAME OF THRONES - not to mention his breakout roles in BLEAK HOUSE and TORCHWOOD.


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