I'm GUEST SPEAKING AT BRADFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
I will be a talking at the 20th BRADFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as a part of the FILMMAKERS WEEKEND about film festivals with former Northern Film School festival coordinator Dave Turner, on the 30th of March. The Filmmakers Weekend hosts various workshops, masterclasses etc. for filmmakers and acts as a sort of quick film school. As well as generalities for festival strategy, we will be discussing my own experiences with two short films I directed: A FILM BY ABIGAIL and MARS-II. They are two very different types of film, one is a documentary and the other a science fiction. We're aiming the session to be conversational and not feel too formal, sharing our points of view and also digging into the admistrative side of submitting to festivals too. I am not the absolute authority on festivals (!) but ideally this talk will aid a fellow filmmaker who has a film to submit places and needs a starting point. As well, I will be talking at a lecture in The Northern Film School in Leeds on the 31st of March, where I studied for my MA.
This is the first time I'm speaking at something like this (or... anything really!) so I'm unsure if I'm actually looking forward to it... however it should be fun to be there a few days and to be a part of a big festival like this. I'll be behind the curtain, so to speak. The festival is a major destination for UK film, ran by the National Media Museum, funded by the BFI and Bradford itself is the first UNESCO 'City of Film' too. At present, the biggest news from the BIFF are the awards going to SALLY POTTER (BIFF Fellowship) and the man who created Wolverine BRIAN COX (Lifetime Achievement Award) - I couldn't resist.
Thanks for reading and maybe see you at the festival?! (Also, just check out how amazing the posters and programmes are; illustrated by David Doran. Wonderful colours and designs evoking a soft nostalgia for cinema. You can see more of the work in the BIFF ident in the player below)