Kicking off with a revealing case study of festival experience from an award-winning producer, this interactive event offers insider understanding of festivals and how they work, as well as tips on researching which are best for you and how to campaign for your film!
Tickets £3. Check back for more details on the speakers.
The Festival Strategy event is designed for film students of film at 18+ but is open to any interested audience to attend.
GAVIN HUMPHRIES has run Quark Films since it was founded in 2006 when he completed the Producing MA at the UK’s National Film and Television School.
Recent work includes the BAFTA nominated / Cannes winning THE CURSE for Film4 & the BFI and interactive storytelling project THIS EXQUISITE FOREST with Google and Tate Modern.
He’s produced documentaries for both Channel 4 and the BBC including BOY CHEERLEADERS, seen by two million viewers in the UK and sold to over 60 countries. Quark also has extensive experience in crowd sourcing and crowd funding with feature documentaries THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS (SXSW 2010) and THE REAL SOCIAL NETWORK.
Gavin’s produced several short films selected for festivals such as Sundance (three times), Encounters and London (four times) as well as twice being shortlisted for the Oscars © and nominated by the Royal Television Society.
In addition to producing, Gavin has spoken on panels for BAFTA, the British Film Institute, British Council, Creative Skillset, Channel 4, Film London and at Cambridge & Oxford Universities.
James Mulligan was appointed Creative Director, Cork Film Festival, in May 2013.
He remains Contributing Editor for VODO, Cinovate and Rich Pickings, and producer of Marketing and Distribution for the Sleep Paralysis Project. Most recently James was Chief Executive Officer of Transmedia Next, and in 2011 he directed the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Prior to that he was Creative Director of Shooting People and the producer of RESFEST’s UK, Irish and Australian tours. James serves on the Boards of Encounters Short Film and Animation, Sheffield DocFest and the London Short Film festivals.
Rachel Robey leads on feature film support and British Council Film’s relationship with film festivals, and oversees our work in the Middle East and North Africa, sub Saharan Africa. She is a producer herself, having formed Wellington Films in 2000 with her producing partner Alastair Clark. Their debut feature film production was Paul Andrew Williams’ BAFTA nominated London to Brighton which was awarded the Best Achievement In Production at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards. Their subsequent productions and co-productions have screened worldwide at festivals including Cannes Critics Week, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, South By Southwest and Berlin, and have won numerous awards included Best Film at BAFTA Scotland for Justin Molotnikov’s Crying With Laughter in 2010. Rachel’s latest production is A Man’s Story, which chronicles twelve years in the life of superstar fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, which is released in 2012.
Philip Ilson has been working as a film and event programmer since the mid nineties, when he founded The Halloween Society multi-media club night. Since then he has worked as a programmer for the Curzon Soho and the East End Film Festival, and has worked on larger scale music and film programming for Latitude Festival and the Branchage Jersey International Film Festival. In 2004 he founded the London Short Film Festival, now in its 11th year. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival.
Anna MacDonald, LFA Joint Principal