Wed, 12 Jul|
Online Webinar, via Zoom
Developing Your Film Festival Strategy with Festival Formula
WFTV members are invited to join Festival Formula in this online discussion as they shed light onto the current film festival circuit.
Time & Location
12 Jul 2023, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
Online Webinar, via Zoom
About the Event
WFTV members are invited to join Festival Formula in this online discussion as they shed light onto the current film festival circuit. Founder and film strategist Katie Bignell and film strategist Ian Bignell will explore current trends they’re noticing in the industry, along with strategic advice on getting your film seen by the right people.
Festival Formula has nineteen plus years experience behind it after spotting a gap in the festival knowledge of filmmakers. Providing strategy and submissions support to filmmakers world-wide, they are a leading light and a trusted company. They're active members of the Short Film Conference and the Film Festival Alliance. Founder, Katie Bignell, is also a key spokesperson on festival issues with coverage in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily regarding suspect and fraudulent film festivals.
18:25: Please join the webinar waiting room
18:30: Panel talk with Katie and Ian from Festival Formula
19:15: Audience Q&A
Katie graduated from Bournemouth Media School with a degree in Scriptwriting for Film & TV and is also a graduate of the London Royal Court Young Writer’s and Invitation Only Groups. For 19 years and counting she has provided strategy and submissions support to filmmakers worldwide, resulting in creating the consultancy brand Festival Formula in 2014. As an active member of the Short Film Conference and the Film Festival Alliance, Katie is also a key spokesperson on festival issues with coverage in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily regarding suspect and fraudulent film festivals. During the pandemic she co-created the Filmmaker Lounge in partnership with Film Festival Alliance – an online space for programmers and filmmakers to discuss their roles. Previous guests include: Tribeca, Slamdance, PÖFF Shorts, and many more. Previous speaking engagements include: HollyShorts, Heartland Film Festival, BFI Flare, Encounters Film Festival, Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW and many more. Selected prior jury service include: Cleveland International, Heartland International, St. Louis International, DC shorts.
Ian is a Film Festival Strategist at Festival Formula. He watches films that come into the company, providing impartial feedback on how they best fit into the worldwide film festival circuit. Drawing on his wisdom as the companies previous Submissions Coordinator, he has expert insight into the circuit and uses it to create bespoke festival strategies. Behind the scenes, he is the companies go-to nerd for technical help on anything from codecs to subtitles. Away from the desk, you will often find him at film festivals worldwide as an industry guest, sharing his expertise and giving honest advice. Previous speaking engagements include: HollyShorts, Heartland Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival, Bolton International Film Festival, Norwich Film Festival, Manchester International Film Festival and many more. Selected prior jury service includes: DC shorts, Indy Shorts.
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