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december 2020 events
WFTV SOME LIKE IT SHORT: WORKING WITH DIRECTORS AND ACTORS
Amara Karan | Actor
Virginia Gilbert | Director
Keira Malik | Director & Producer
For the fourth event in this strand, actor Amara Karan and director Virginia Gilbert will be joining our host Keira Malik to discuss the importance of a good working relationship between actors, directors and producers to achieve a creative vision.
They will cover casting, pre-production and how to work well with one another on set. From both the director’s and actor’s perspective they will each reveal the skills that they have learned along the way to get the most out of the creative process, the important of a director’s vision and how each of their roles on set work together to achieve this.
WFTV Writers’ Group: Writing for Children’s Television
Hannah Rodger | Senior Development Producer in the Scripted Development Team, BBC Children’s
Esther Jackson-Burton | Assistant Script Editor in the Scripted Development Team, BBC Children’s
Christina Pickworth | Agent, Imagine Talent
Christina is an agent for writers and directors at a small, bespoke agency Imagine Talent, with a list that focuses on emerging talent and female voices. Christina has written feature films, consulted for production companies and financiers, and freelanced at United Agents, as well as spending several years working in film development finance for a fund that invested in 300 British film projects over 3 years.
Christina has previously sat on the selection committee for the BAFTA Rocliffe screenwriting competitions. She was the assistant chair for the Fremantle UK New Talent Award, as part of the Women in Film & Television Awards 2012 and has been a mentor for First Light.
Sky Christmas Special Roald & Beatrix, The Tail of The Curious Mouse
Jessica Hynes | Actress
Abi Wilson | Writer
Elaine Cameron | Executive Producer
Emma Cox | Journalist
Join us to hear from some of the team behind Sky’s Christmas original Roald & Beatrix, The Tail of the Curious Mouse. Actress Jessica Hynes, Writer Abi Wilson and Executive Producer Elaine Cameron (Hartswood films) with host Emma Cox will be talking about how they made the film and manage to shoot it during the pandemic their experiences and being able to successfully shoot over August during the pandemic.
Airing on Sky One at 20:15 on Christmas Eve 2020 and streaming service NOW TV, this film is inspired by the true story of a six-year-old Roald Dahl meeting his idol Beatrix Potter. The film brings together live action camera work, stop-frame animation and puppetry to bring to life the vivid imaginations and fictional worlds of the two children’s authors.
WHAT'S DISTRIBUTION GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Soleta Rogan | Managing Director, Rogan Productions
Hannah Demidowicz | Consultant, PBS International
In this event, chaired by Suz McKenna, Commercial Director, Unscripted, BBC Studios, the panel will explore the current landscape and why these are challenging times for producers and distributors. They will also discuss why producers now often need to appoint distributors much earlier in the process and how the role of a distributor is changing.
Joining Suz on the panel will be Lilla Hurst, Joint Managing Director, Drive; Soleta Rogan, Managing Director, Rogan Productions and Hannah Demidowicz, Consultant, PBS International and formally Commissioning Editor, TCB Media and BBCSD.
Suz McKenna | Commercial Director, Unscripted, BBC Studios
Lilla Hurst | Joint Managing Director, Drive
WFTV Some Like It Short: Festivals and Distribution
Jayne Chard | Producer at Hummingbird Films
Rebekah Louise Smith | Film Festival Doctor
Beatrice Neumann | Distribution Consultant
The last in the WFTV series Some Like It Short. Hosted by Jayne Chard, this session will consider how to get your film noticed in a crowded marketplace.
The marketing of most short films starts with the all-important festival exposure. Festival Doctor Rebekah Louise Smith will be giving advice on how to develop a cohesive festival strategy – how to choose which festivals to approach and how to approach them. Distribution Consultant Bea Neuman will be talking about the online opportunities for short films in terms of channels and platforms and how to develop an outreach strategy.