We were delighted to welcome over 60 speakers to take part in TWU16 on 29 & 30 November. You can read more about them and their organisations below…
Tuesday 29 November
10:00-10:15 – Opening Introductions (GFT 1)
Gillian Easson, Director, Creative Dundee
Gillian Easson is co-founding Director of Creative Dundee, which she started as a blog in 2008 and is now a network which connects and amplifies the city’s creativity. It has played a big part in raising the profile of Dundee’s creative scene, revive local pride and help change opinions of the city along the way!
Over the years before this, Gillian has worked with cultural organisations and creative businesses of all shapes and sizes, both in Scotland and elsewhere. She is particularly fascinated by how creative communities bring content and technologies together to capture and inspire imaginations. @GillianEasson @Creative_Dundee
Jaki McDougall, CEO, Glasgow Film
Jaki McDougall joined GFT in May 1999. Since then she has been responsible for founding Glasgow Film Festival in 2005 and has led a brilliant team in making GFT the busiest cultural cinema in the UK outside London, elevating the cinema’s work with children and young people to an internationally recognised (and award winning) standard, and putting Glasgow Film Festival on the map as one of the top three film festivals in the UK. Glasgow Film is also recognised for its work in equality, diversity and inclusion, as acknowledged by the judges who awarded GFT Cinema of the Year at the Screen Awards 2015.
Jaki is also active in developing cinema across the whole of Scotland as a founding Director and current Chair of Scottish Film who operate Film Hub Scotland (part of the BFI Film Audience Network) – which provides support mechanisms to develop access to cinema in every community across the country – and Scottish Film Education who are delivering the BFI 5-19 programme in partnership with Creative Scotland and Into Film in Scotland. @glasgowfilm @glasgowfilmfest
Natalie Usher, Director of Screen, Creative Scotland
Natalie Usher leads on Creative Scotland’s work across the screen sector. Until joining Creative Scotland in May 2014, Natalie was a partner in the Film and TV Group at Lee & Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Media and Entertainment law firms, where she represented producers and financiers and specialised in the financing, production and distribution of film and TV programmes. She has extensive experience of working in the film and TV sectors in Scotland, the UK and internationally. @creativescots
10:15-11:30 – Keynotes (GFT 1)
Bobby Allen, VP of Content, MUBI
Bobby Allen is the Vice President of Content for MUBI, a curated online cinema hosting cult, classic, independent and award-winning movies. Available in over 200 countries around the globe and on multiple devices, a subscription to MUBI is a passport to the world of cinema. Bobby was previously Vice President of Acquisitions at Celluloid Dreams, Head of Production at MTV Films Europe and Head of Acquisitions at Film Four Ltd. @BobbyAAllen @mubi
Johanna Koljonen, CEO, Participation | Design | Agency
Johanna Koljonen is a writer, broadcaster and participation designer consulting on experience design with museums, the public sector and media companies. She is an authority on designing for safety and trust in participation, and lectures on analog experience design, Nordic Larp and changes in the media landscape. She is the editor of the Nostradamus Project, a project by the Nordic Film Market/Göteborg Film Festival that charts and predicts the close future of the screen industries. In 2011, she received the Swedish Grand Journalism Award in the Innovator of the Year category. @jocxy
Dawn Walton, Founder/Artistic Director, Eclipse Theatre Company
Dawn Walton is Founder/Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company – the UK’s principal Black-led national touring company. Dawn began her directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, and was previously acting Head of Studio at National Theatre.
Recent Productions for Eclipse Theatre include A Raisin in the Sun, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show and The Hounding of David Oluwale (TMA: Best Director nomination).
Dawn developed, produced and directed ‘10by10’, a series of 10 short film dramas each set in a different UK city. Originally developed for The Space (ACE/BBC) this unique collection can now be found on Digital Theatre Plus.
With Eclipse Dawn recently launched Revolution Mix which will culminate in the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres with original radio dramas and a number of short films with the aim of provoking major change, tackling inequality and creating a lasting legacy. @eclipsetcl
11:50-13:00 – The Problem with Abundance (GFT 1)
Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager, British Council
Wendy Mitchell is a Film Programme Manager at the British Council, where she looks after various film programmes as well as running the festival selector screening series in London for the world’s top festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and many more. She is also a contributing editor at Screen International and ScreenDaily.com, the global film business publications headquartered in London. Prior to joining the British Council in January 2015, she was editor of Screen International. Mitchell previously worked as staff news editor for Entertainment Weekly in New York and as Managing Editor at indieWIRE. @indiewendy @British_Film
Bobby Allen, VP of Content, MUBI (see above for bio).
Allison Gardner, Programme Director, Glasgow Film
Allison Gardner is Programme Director at Glasgow Film, which encompasses:
Glasgow Film Theatre, a year-round screening programme of the classics of world cinema and contemporary art house films. The GFT’s Learning programme aims to teach and cultivate an understanding of the moving image – in all its diversity.
Glasgow Film Festival which screens the best of international, Hollywood and Scottish cinema and is the fastest growing film event in the UK the 2015 edition saw over 40,000 admissions and a 7% increase in the screen average
Glasgow Youth Film Festival presents outstanding international films and popular workshops geared for families, school groups and young people.
Glasgow Short Film Festival – Scotland’s largest showcase of emerging film talent, an annual competitive event bringing together local and international filmmakers with the Glasgow audience.
Additionally Allison is a director of CinéFile a distribution company that releases widely different titles ranging from classic thriller, costume drama, youthful escapism, family comedy to documentary films. @glasgowfilm @glasgowfilmfest
Ben Luxford, Head of UK Audiences, BFI
Ben Luxford has worked in the UK independent distribution sector for 10 years, releasing commercial, crossover and specialised titles (all of them great) into the UK market for companies such as Optimum Releasing (now Studiocanal UK), Artificial Eye and Koch Media. He has worked on over 200 titles including selling films such as This is England, Son of Rambow, Pan’s Labyrinth and We Need to Talk About Kevin into UK cinemas as well as overseeing all aspects of distribution for films including All This Mayhem, Amour, The Selfish Giant, The Great Beauty, Blue is the Warmest Colour and Le Week-end. @bluxford @BFI
Jason Wood, Artistic Director, HOME
Formerly Director of Programming at Curzon, Jason Wood has over 22 years experience in the independent sector. A board member of the Film and Video Umbrella, he has had his writing published in numerous periodicals and is the author of 10 works on cinema, the most recent of which is Faber’s New British Cinema. @jwoodfilm HOME_mcr
11:45- 12:45 – The Medium and the Message (GFT 2)
Tara Judah, Writer, programmer & broadcaster, tarajudah.com
Tara Judah is an Australian critic, broadcaster and programmer based in the UK. Director at 20th Century Flicks video shop, Curator and Online Editor for Cinema Rediscovered, Coordinator for Bristol Scalarama and Trustee on the Board of Directors for Curzon Cinema & Arts, Tara is passionate about cinema-going, independent and repertory cinema and photochemical film. She is also a regular contributor to Monocle24’s Arts Review and Cinema Show, Senses of Cinema, Desist Film, The Big Issue and a Contributing Editor at Metro magazine. Her work has appeared in various other online and print publications and she has participated in a number of international film festival juries. @midnightmovies
David Boyd, Chief Technician, Centre for the Moving Image
David Boyd has worked at Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (both part of the Centre for the Moving Image) since 2007. David has worked in theatre and cinema for many years and was part of the BFI’s London Digital Test Bed which trialled various kinds of equipment and played its part in establishing an industry standard for digital projection. Knowledgeable about theatre lighting and sound as well as extensive experience in film and video technology, David has worked in Edinburgh’s Playhouse and Festival theatres as well as London’s Ritzy Cinema and the National Film Theatre. @Filmhouse
Mark Jenkin, Filmmaker, markjenkin.co.uk
Mark is an artist and filmmaker based in Newlyn, Cornwall. His latest film Broncho’s House was self-distributed earlier this year to great acclaim. He is currently in pre-production with his new film Bait, with principle photography beginning in late spring 2016. He is also writing a biopic of St. Ives artist (and great, great, great Grandfather) Alfred Wallis, having been the recipient of The Nick Drake Award for Writing in October 2014. He is an associate lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and is the author of the Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto which promotes the aesthetic and practical benefits of handmade celluloid work. @mark_jenkin
Richard Marples, Director of Sales & Business Development, Barco
Richard Marples is responsible for Sales & Business Development for Barco Escape in the EMEA and APAC regions.
Richard started his career in 1988 at Philips Lighting in the UK. After various roles and responsibilities, he joined Barco in 2005 as Asia Pacific Sales Manager for the company’s Rental & Staging Division. He took on responsibility for the other Entertainment Division product portfolios including Digital Cinema, and established strong Barco sales with key accounts in the region. From 2010 to 2012 Richard spent a brief time developing the Entertainment businesses in Latin America where he helped to establish the strong Barco presence in Digital Cinema there, living in Buenos Aires. In 2012 Richard moved back to Asia and joined the Strategic Marketing team of the Entertainment Division. In July 2015 Richard moved back to Europe to join the head quarters and take up responsibility for the newly formed business of Escape.
Richard has international experience in Rental & Staging, Audio Visual, Digital Cinema and Entertainment markets and he is currently based in Belgium. @Barco
Kathryn Penny, Film Business Manager, National Media Museum
Kathryn Penny is Film Business Manager at National Media Museum, Bradford and the Director of the Widescreen Weekend Film Festival. The Widescreen Weekend celebrates large format film and showcases the museum’s world-class projection facilities including 70mm and 3 strip Cinerama. Kathryn also oversees Cine North, a network of 50 predominantly rural community cinema venues. @z1ggyp1ggy
11:50-13:00 – Rural Pathways (GFT 3)
Karina Aveyard, Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia
Karina Aveyard is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. She has been researching and writing about rural and community cinema since 2008. Her book, The Lure of the Big Screen: Cinema in Rural Australia and the United Kingdom, was published in 2015. @uniofeastanglia
Robert Livingston, Director, Regional Screen Scotland
Robert Livingston has been CEO of Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) since July 2015, having set the agency up eight years earlier during his 20 year tenure as Director of HI-Arts, the Highlands and Islands cultural development agency. Born and educated in Glasgow, Robert has worked for BBC Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council, Dundee Rep, and the University of St Andrews. In 2013 he set up his freelance consultancy, Kirkhill Associates, which has worked for the Arts Council of Wales, Scottish Borders Council, Campbeltown Picture House and Voluntary Arts Scotland, among others. RSS operates the Screen Machine mobile cinema, and works to enable communities to experience the highest quality of screen experiences. @regional_screen
Claire Marshall, Project Manager, Carn to Cove
Claire Marshall started her career at the BBC’s News Information department researching archive news stories for TV and radio programmes across the Corporation’s network. After 3 years, she relocated from London to Manchester to work on the nightly regional news programme North West Tonight as a Production Assistant in the live gallery, and from there moved to a range of different types of programmes including live magazine shows, documentaries and music programmes. She moved back home to Cornwall in 2003 and worked for the marketing department of University College Falmouth, before moving to Carn to Cove in 2006. In the last 10 years she has worked with Tim Smithies to ensure that Carn to Cove is one of the most interesting and exciting rural touring schemes in the network. In 2013 they started a pilot project to create a network of community film clubs along side the live events promoted by Carn to Cove. This has grown to a healthy network of 18 clubs screening around 150 films per year. @carn2cove
Alice Morelli, Community Cinema Manager, Creative Arts East
Alice Morelli manages Creative Arts East’s rural touring community cinema scheme Village Screen, as part of the wider Norfolk-based charity’s support of community development through the creative use of the arts. She has overseen the growth and development of this network of volunteer-led community cinema venues over the last ten years, increasing venues, audiences and programme choices in this rural county. Working with volunteers, local authorities, the BFI, and other organisations and funders, she has involved the scheme in many local and national project opportunities. @alicemorelli @CreativArtsEast
13:00-14:00 – Lunch Session: Producers Unite! (Theatre Royal)
Phil Foxwood, Co-Director, Cinema Nation
Phil Foxwood has been working in film and cinema for over 12 years and is co-director of Cinema Nation, a research and development agency based in London and Liverpool. Previously, Phil co-founded Roxy Bar & Screen, a bar-cinema concept in London Bridge that hosted festivals and VJs alongside new and classic films, and was called “…probably the coolest cinema venue in London, if not the UK” (Urban Life Magazine). Operating since 2006, Roxy was the main hub of a collaborative film season called Scala Forever in 2011, an inclusive film event with over 30 partners. After the Roxy was sold in 2013, Phil and business partner Michael Pierce continued the season as Scalarama, now taking place across the UK each September and involving over 500 different cinema venues. Under the name Cinema Nation Phil and Michael have worked variously on projects across research, evaluation and project management, including speaking at conferences and training courses organised by Europa Cinemas, This Way Up, Independent Cinema Office, Cinema For All, Film London and most recently the Network of Arab Alternative Screens. Research partners have included BFI, This Way Up, Film Hub South East, Film London and Curzon Cinemas. Phil currently works 4 days a week as Project Manager on the BFI’s Britain on Film project. @cinemanation
Michael Pierce, Cinema Nation, Scalarama, Food for Real Film Festival
Before setting up Cinema Nation, a research and development agency that supports and champions cinema in all its form, Michael worked for the BFI London Film Festival, Phoenix Cinema and Curzon Cinemas in roles across marketing, events, training and digital development. Completing an MA in Film Curation at the London Consortium/London Film School in 2011, Michael joined with Phil Foxwood to create Cinema Nation after they worked together on a tribute to the Scala Cinema. The season has now developed into Scalarama, a global movement to unite all film exhibitors each September in celebrating the cinema experience. Cinema Nation has conducted research for BFI, Film Hub London, Film Hub South East and Curzon Cinemas, and spoken at conferences and training events for Cinema For All, ICO, Europa Cinemas and Network of Arab Alternative Screens. Moving to Liverpool in 2015, Michael has since worked as Project Manager on This Way Up, volunteers at Liverpool Small Cinema, was NW coordinator for the grassroots promotion of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake and currently produces the Food for Real Film Festival, Liverpool. @cinemanation @scalarama @foodforrealfest @SmallCinemaLpl
Shona Thomson, Curator & Producer, A Kind of Seeing
Shona initiates cultural participation projects across cinema, live music and sound art under the banner of A Kind of Seeing. With a focus on shared heritage, A Kind of Seeing projects are collaborations with clients, artists and communities reaching audiences across Scotland and internationally. @UrbanTwitcher
13:00–14:00 – Lunch Session: Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness (Theatre Royal)
Melanie Iredale, Deputy Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Melanie Iredale was appointed Deputy Director in 2014, having previously worked in a freelance capacity with Doc/Fest as Development Consultant since 2010. Melanie came to Sheffield from Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, where she was Director & Curator, commissioning works by artists as diverse as Field Music, Ben Russell and Vicki Bennett which went on to tour to festivals and galleries across the world. @Melanie_Iredale @sheffdocfest
14:20-15:30 – The Editorialists (GFT 1)
Kate Taylor, Film Programmer, BFI London Film Festival
Kate Taylor is a Film Programmer at the BFI London Film Festival. Prior to this she worked as exhibition and distribution officer for the Independent Cinema Office, programming for several arthouse cinemas across the UK and distributing independent films. Having co-founded and directed the London Short Film Festival from 2003-2009, she went on to work as Festival Director for the Abandon Normal Devices festival of new cinema and digital culture, and present the city-wide art programme for FutureEverything in Manchester, UK. Her freelance activities have included curating Project: New Cinephilia, a partnership with MUBI and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kate also curates screenings and film culture discussion events as She Shark Industries, dedicated to switching audiences on with eclectic independent film programming. Everyone to the cinema. @sheshark
David Hudson, Keyframe Daily on Fandor
David Hudson, once branded in Film Comment as a “new kind of editor-as-aggregator (call him a criticism jockey)” has been covering cinema news and trends since 2003, first for GreenCine, then IFC, MUBI, and since 2012, Fandor.
Nick James, Editor, Sight & Sound
Nick James has been the Editor of Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute’s long-running film magazine, since 1997. Nick has written on film, literature and art for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Vogue, Time Out, The London Review of Books and The Literary Review. He has published a book on Michael Mann’s Heat and presented the BBC documentary British Cinema: The End of the Affair. In 2010 the French government made him Chevalier de L’ordre des arts et des lettres. Currently he curates twice-yearly ‘Deep Focus’ programmes at BFI Southbank. In 2015 his essay Signs and Mythologies – The Significance of Roland Barthes was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. @filmnickjames @SightSoundmag
Hannah McGill, Freelance writer
Hannah McGill is a film critic, writer and broadcaster based in Edinburgh. She writes a monthly cinema column for Sight & Sound magazine, covers arts and current affairs for numerous other outlets, and is a regular contributor to review programmes on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4. She also writes fiction, and lectures in film history and film journalism. Between 2006 and 2010 she was the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, during which time she was awarded Women in Film and TV UK’s New Talent Award and named one of Variety’s top 50 women to watch in the worldwide entertainment industry. @HannahJMcGill
14:10-15:15 – Building Audiences: Stories from the Frontlines (GFT 2)
Catharine Des Forges, Director, Independent Cinema Office (ICO)
Catharine Des Forges is the Director of the ICO, the UK’s national support organisation for film exhibitors and an organisation she founded in 2003. ICO’s activities include offering programming advice and booking services to a network of cinemas and festivals, national and international training programmes and a national calendar of events for exhibitors including the indispensable Screening Days programme. Catharine has spent over 20 years working in the exhibition sector for a variety of organisations including the BFI, National Film Theatre and Arts Council England. She has worked as a freelance programmer and arts consultant and programmed for festivals and cinemas both in the UK and internationally. She has lectured on film at a number of UK universities, is a regular contributor to industry events and sits on the Film Skills Council at Creative Skillset advising on the training and development needs of the independent exhibition sector. @MsCdes_forges @ICOtweets
Jessie Moroney, Submissions Coordinator, Filmhouse & Edinburgh International Film Festival
Jessie Moroney is an Associate Programmer for Filmhouse, and she also serves on the short film viewing team for Edinburgh International Film Festival. She has previously worked as part of the Programme Planning department for both Filmhouse and EIFF. Jessie is currently programming a monthly screening strand at Filmhouse called “Growing Pains”, which shows classic and contemporary films dealing with some of the more complex aspects of childhood.
Catherine Mugonyi, Director, Aunty Social CIC
Catherine Mugonyi is director and founder of Aunty Social CIC which provides accessible, affordable and participatory arts activities. The organisation is run by volunteers and has developed a number of projects including: Knittaz with Attitude, subversive knitting group; altBlackpool, arts and culture website; Charabanc, shop selling products from local artists; and Sand, Sea & Spray urban art festival. Catherine leads on Aunty’s Pop-up Picturehouse which provides screenings of specialised film for community organisations and neighbourhood audiences. She is also currently working on the Winter Gardens Film Festival (black and white film). And she is Equality Officer at Blackpool Council, making sure that the needs of local diverse communities are considered at both service and strategic levels. @Microwavedrama @_AuntySocial_
Catherine O’Sullivan, Dreamland Cinema
Catherine O’Sullivan is the co-founder and marketing manager of Dreamland Cinema. She runs the volunteer programme for the Brighton film festival, as well as working for an art gallery and a young people’s creative writing charity.
Kate Wood, Programmer, Dreamland Cinema
Kate Wood is the programmer and co-founder of Dreamland Cinema, a small-scale film strand based in Brighton. Hosting monthly events in various venues across the city, the strand’s programme consists of rarely-screened dreamy or nightmarish rep titles. Since launching in 2015, Dreamland Cinema have hosted thirteen screenings; been the happy recipients of funding from Film Hub South East and the BFI’s Neighbourhood Cinema Fund; taken part in Scalarama; and successfully collaborated with a number of film exhibitors also based in the South East. Kate is also currently working for Cine-city, the Brighton film festival. @dreamlandcine
14:20-15:30 – Postcards from the Future (GFT 3)
Yann Seznec, Musician and artist, yannseznec.com
Yann Seznec is a musician and artist living in Edinburgh. His work focuses on interaction, physical sound and unusual approaches to musical software and hardware. Recently he has built custom instruments for Lau, Matthew Herbert and Kronos Quartet, made an abstract documentary for a blindfolded audience aboard a canal boat, and created a series of sonic visualisations made from recordings of war planes for a residency at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. In December 2015 he received a British Composer Award for Sonic Art for his 2014 work “Currents”. @yannseznec
Shola Amoo, Filmmaker, sholaamoo.com
Shola Amoo’s debut feature is multimedia film A Moving Image. It had its World Premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2016, where is was in competition for the World Fiction Award, and it received the Special Recognition Award at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. The film had its European Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016.
Shola was recently commissioned by the British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called Dear Mr Shakespeare. It was written by visual artist Phoebe Boswell as part of “Shakespeare Lives” and was released on The Guardian’s website. Shola is currently developing more feature projects and works at the National Film and Television School. @SholaAmoo
Lisa Brook, Director, Live Cinema UK
Lisa Brook is Director of Live Cinema UK, the UK’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema experiences. Lisa recently completed the world’s first industry research funded by Arts Council England into live cinema, which culminated at the first Live Cinema Conference in 2016. Live Cinema UK is a lead organisation for the Live Cinema Network, a group of representatives from industry, advocacy groups, exhibitor networks, academics and creatives working within, seeking to access or researching this emergent field. Live Cinema UK commission, consult and produce with organisations and partners across the UK and internationally. Their collaborating artists include DJ Yoda, Asian Dub Foundation and Norman Jay MBE. Project partners include the BFI Film Audience Network, Alamo Drafthouse, Sneaky Experience, Motovun Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, New Horizons Film Festival Wroclaw, Bradford City of Film and the National Media Museum.
Lisa is currently developing “The Unfilmables”: a unique project which rescues abandoned film ideas and recreates them through newly commissioned live soundtracks and artists’ (re)interpretations, part funded through This Way Up’s 2015 Exhibition Innovation Fund. @livecinemauk
14:30-17:00 – Cinema Know How workshop (CitizenM)
Andy Young, Creative Director, Snook
Andy Young is a design and innovation consultant, an ideas person with a passion for start ups and entrepreneurship. He works across the private, public and third sector, designing for customer experience and has a particular interest in making things happen at the intersection point between service design and technology. Andy’s expertise as a service designer, prototyper and his background in product design mean his capabilities extend across the full spectrum of design. He believes in asking difficult questions and challenging why things are the way they are. Andy listens to people with great sensitivity and skill and makes it simple for them to tell stories about the challenges and issues they are facing in their life and work. Andy’s flair is in how he works with people to turn their challenges into solutions – be that with individuals, or multinational organisations. @_andyyoung @wearesnook
Andy Rae, Coordinator, Film Hub Central East
Andy Rae is Coordinator for Film Hub Central East, led by Broadway Nottingham as part of the BFI Film Audience Network. He is the project manager for Cinema Know How scheme – service design for cinemas.
15:50-17:00 – RE/Mixing it: Film, Archive, Music (GFT 1)
Gary Thomas, Film Programme Manager, British Council
Gary Thomas works in the film team at the British Council, the UK’s cultural relations organisation. He oversees film activities in East Asia, and is the team lead on animation and experimental work. He also works as a creative producer and curator, and is co-founder and director of Animate Projects, developing projects at the intersection of film, animation and art. @British_Film
Virginia Heath, Writer and Director, Faction North Ltd
Virginia Heath is a multi award-winning writer and director working in Edinburgh. She recently directed the BAFTA Scotland nominated archive and music documentary feature From Scotland With Love. The film was reviewed as “hypnotic” The Independent; “hugely affecting” The Guardian; and “spellbinding” The Radio Times. It has screened at film festivals such as Vancouver, New Zealand, Dublin, Chicago, Edinburgh International Festival and is distributed in the UK and USA by Arts Alliance/Park Circus. Virginia has just directed We Are All Migrants, a short archive and music documentary on the theme of European migration supported by EU Screen for the ‘Imagining Europe’ conference in Utrecht, Sept 2016.
Her short film Relativity won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Berlin International Film Festival (2002) and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. She won a National Film Board of Canada Cross Media Challenge Award (2009) for the powerful My Dangerous Loverboy film about the sex trafficking of young women. Her fiction films Deep Freeze and Point Annihilation were screened at international festivals and she has directed several arts documentaries for Channel 4’s Rear Window and Arthouse series. @virginiaheath @FactionNorth
Nigel Humberstone, Music Director, Sensoria
Nigel Humberstone is co-founder and Music Director of Sensoria Film and Music Festival. Sensoria started out in 2008 and has presented a diverse and innovative programme of thematic seasons, live soundtracks, commissions and special events often in unusual, site-specific surroundings.
Nigel is also a film music composer and founding member of In the Nursery, the Sheffield-based band who have released more than 30 albums with music featured in numerous film soundtracks, documentaries and theatrical trailers.
Since 1996, and parallel to their studio works, In the Nursery have developed the Optical Music Series – a repertoire of new scores for classic silent films, the most recent being Jean Epstein’s The Fall of the House of Usher. @SensoriaFest
Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) & Director of Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, Falkirk Community Trust
Alison Strauss has an MA in Film Archiving and British Film and worked at the British Film Institute National Archive for seven years in the Access department, identifying and supplying material for UK cinemas, researchers, academics, donors and rights holders.
She studied Arts Management at Birkbeck College, University of London and went on to work in Arts Development for four successive local authorities in England and Scotland, specialising in Creative Industries, Voluntary Arts and Film and Media. Alison was one of 8 participants from across the UK selected to take part in the Independent Cinema Office’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Programme (Dec 15 – May 16). She was previously a Board member for Art in Healthcare and now sits on the Board of Regional Screen Scotland serving as working group member on Festivals Development, and she has just been appointed as one of the advisors on the new Advice & Experience Advisory Scheme in Scotland.
Alison is currently the Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) at Falkirk Community Trust and year-round programmer of the Hippodrome Bo’ness. In this role she established the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (Scotland’s first and only festival of silent film with live music) of which she is the Director (2011 to present). Alison’s HippFest commissions have included new compositions for a number of silent features: The Goose Woman (1925), Annie Laurie (1927), Stella Dallas (1925), Wunder der Schopfung (1925), Salt for Svanetia (1930) and Dragnet Girl (1933), as well as the Film Explainer storytelling commission; working with composers, bands and artists including Jane Gardner, Hazel Robinson, Shona Mooney, Stephen Horne, Herschel 36, Moishe’s Bagel, Wendy Wetherby, Frank McLaughlin and Andy Cannon. @HippFestScot @FCTrust
15:50-17:00 – Parental Guidance (GFT 2)
Suzy Glass, Cultural Consultant, Creative Scotland
Suzy Glass is currently working in the Creative Industries team at Creative Scotland.
She is also an independent Producer and Cultural Consultant based in Scotland with more than 15 years experience working across the art, design and media sectors. Suzy is interested in emerging and unusual contexts, focussing on sited and digital work. She specialises in bringing together design thinking with cultural projects to encourage innovation and systems change. She focusses increasingly on the role of creativity in inter-disciplinary projects and is currently working on ideas pertaining to parenting and feminism.
Suzy has been involved in initiating, developing and implementing a number of national strategic programmes over the past five years. Within Scotland these include Sync, Scotland’s internationally acclaimed digital innovation programme, and Sited+, a research programme addressing the impact and potential impact of sited work in Scotland. She was part of the Learning Team on the Nesta / ACE Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Major art projects Suzy has recently developed and produced include: Ciara Phillip’s “Every Woman” (2016), co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW; Hanna Tuulikki’s “Away with the Birds” (2014 / 15), part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme and accompanied by a digital version created for the The Space; Yann Seznec’s “Currents” (2014), commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival as part of the PRSF New Music Biennial – winner of the Sonic Art category in the 2015 British Composer Awards; Sarah Kenchington’s “Wind Pipes” (2013), commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival.
In the past Suzy has produced work with and for a number of arts and cultural organisations including the BBC, digital design studio ISO and museums including the London Transport Museum and the Museum of London. She began her career at Arts Council England where she worked as an Officer in the Capital Department.
Hope Dickson Leach, Filmmaker and Co-founder, Raising Films
Hope Dickson Leach completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made three award-winning short films that played at festivals worldwide. After her return to the UK, she made further acclaimed short works for Channel 4, Film London, the UK Film Council and the National Theatre of Scotland. Her debut feature The Levelling, made under the iFeatures scheme, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released in the UK in April 2017. At the 2016 BFI London Film Festival she was awarded the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI. She is currently developing several other features and is a co-founder of Raising Films – a campaign to make the film industry more parent-friendly. @hopedickle @FFFilmmaking
Jilly Hargreaves, Co-Director, Chalk
Jilly Hargreaves is a Co-Director at Chalk. Chalk create fun, immersive, accessible cultural events for young children and their families, programming cinema, music, STEAM and design events in North East England. Chalk’s cinema programme, Cineplay, which runs all year round, is a programme of immersive, playful, cinematic fun for all ages. The first Cineplay Festival took place across Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead in August 2016.
Jilly has previously worked for Northern Film & Media, Tyneside Cinema, Northern Lights Film Festival and was part of the team that set up Press Play Film Festival. Press Play created fun, ambitious and delightful cinematic experiences in an array of playful spaces and places, in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. @wearechalkNCL
Hannah McGill, Freelance writer (see above for bio).
Nick Parr, CEO, Dundee Rep Theatre / Scottish Dance Theatre
Nick Parr joined Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as Chief Executive in September 2015. With over 20 years experience in cultural management, specialising in business development, change management and marketing, Nick was previously Commercial Director at the Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh. During his tenure in Edinburgh, Nick was a member of the senior management team that turned around the theatres’ fortunes from 2011 and helped secure the company a place in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For list for 2015.
Dundee Rep is the only building based organisation in Scotland to have become a member of the new consortium – Parents in Performing Arts – which campaigns for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts. The aim is to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce.
Previously Nick managed venues in North Lanarkshire and delivered two major refurbishment projects for Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre and Airdrie Town Hall. From 2000 to 2004, Nick was a member of the senior team at Scottish Ballet. Earlier in his career, Nick worked at Edinburgh Playhouse, Oxford New Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Derby Assembly Rooms and for panto producer Qdos Entertainment. In the summer of 2015 Nick was invited to become a Director of Culture Republic, the national agency for audience information, digital insights and marketing support for Scotland’s cultural organisations. @nick_parr_69 @DundeeRep @SDTDance
Wednesday 30 November
10:00-11:15 – BFI Talent Presents: Roger Ross Williams in Conversation (GFT 1)
Roger Ross Williams, Director, rogerrosswilliams.com
The first film Roger Ross Williams directed and produced was Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject; he is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams next directed the feature documentary God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 film festivals worldwide, winning more than a dozen awards before being shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award®.
Prior to moving into independent filmmaking, Williams was an acclaimed television journalist and producer for over 15 years for outlets including: TV Nation, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, PBS, Comedy Central and Sundance Channel.
Recently, Williams directed Blackface – his short film on the tradition of Black Pete in the Netherlands for CNN Films – which premiered in November 2015 to immense controversy and sparked a national debate on racism and the legacy of slavery. Williams presently has several projects in development including Traveling While Black, an interactive project that will feature a Virtual Reality component; and a feature documentary about the prison industrial complex for CNN Films and The Why Foundation, which will be broadcast in over 50 countries, reaching an audience of over 500 million around the world. He is also currently working on a film for Discovery films about the Billion Oyster Project. His latest film Life, Animated premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to enormous critical acclaim and Williams won the prestigious U.S. Documentary Directing Award.
Williams serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute. He frequently mentors filmmakers from the developing world and under-represented communities on how to channel personal adversity into their art. Williams splits his time between upstate New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. @RogerRossWill
Janice Forsyth, Presenter, BBC Radio Scotland
Broadcaster and writer, Janice Forsyth, has produced and presented television and radio programmes for BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including Channel 4’s film series, FilmNight, and Scottish Television’s Festival Cinema.
She currently hosts her own daily live, arts, film and music show for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as many other programmes including the station’s Edinburgh Festival coverage, Proms in the Park, and her personal highlight – Do The Shuffle with Billy Connolly – conversations about music with The Big Yin.
She has been a film reviewer for various publications, and also written columns and features about the arts, design and fashion, for newspapers and magazines including The Herald, Sunday Herald, The Independent, Scotland On Sunday and The New Statesman.
A BAFTA member, Janice has hosted many BAFTA Scotland sessions, with recent guests including James McAvoy, Paul Laverty, Irvine Welsh, Kate Dickie and Alan Cumming. @JaniceForsyth
11:35-12:45 – Cities (GFT 1)
Jemma Desai, Film Programme Manager, British Council
Jemma Desai is Film Programme Manager at the British Council, where she looks after their activity with short filmmakers and their global touring initiatives. She also programmes for BFI London Film Festival and has contributed to various film publications including Sight & Sound and BFI online. In 2012 Jemma founded I am Dora, a curatorial initiative exploring how women identify with one another through film, which encompasses a screening series, a printed publication and discussion events. @dorabyjemma @British_Film
Shola Amoo, Filmmaker, sholaamoo.com (see above for bio).
David Archibald, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television, University of Glasgow/ Radical Film Network
David Archibald is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. His academic work includes the monograph The war that won’t die: the Spanish Civil War in cinema (Manchester University Press, 2012). In addition to work in Film Studies on film and history, radical film cultures and film festivals, David has published numerous essays on various aspects of Scotland’s cultural and political landscape. He is currently completing a monograph on Ken Loach’s working practices.
An active participant in film culture in Scotland, he is Chair of the Board of Document Human Rights Film Festival, a Trustee of Glasgow Film Theatre, and was the overall coordinator of the 2016 Radical Film Network Festival and Unconference. As a filmmaker, David has collaborated on six short films, most recently Govan Young, a documentary about medieval Govan. David also performs regularly in the Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues. @GlasgowsDA
Cian Smyth, Producer, Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Cian Smyth has 20 years’ experience working in the arts and film sectors through which he has worked with NI Screen, the UK Film Council, European Commission, Cinema Arts Network and The Space. During his career he has attracted over €1 million of investment by the EC into the local film and television industry and built a £5 million cultural programme for Northern Ireland and its involvement in London 2012. He is presently an Artistic Advisor to 1418Now, a producer of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017 and the Chairperson of Outburst Arts. @ciansmyth @2017Hull
Agnieszka Moody, Director of Creative Europe Desk UK is unable to take part in this session.
11:30-12:40 – Who Watches the Movie Watchers? (GFT 2)
Stephen Follows, Creative Director, Catsnake
Stephen Follows is an established data researcher in the film industry whose work has featured in the New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Evening Standard, Newsweek, The New Statesman, AV Club and Indiewire.
Stephen acted as an industry consultant and guest on the BBC Radio 4 series “The Business of Film”, which topped the iTunes podcast chart, and has consulted for a wide variety of clients, including the Smithsonian in Washington.
On his blog (stephenfollows.com) Stephen publishes weekly research projects on all aspects of the film industry.
He has been commissioned to write reports for key film industry bodies and his most recent study, looking at gender inequity in the UK film industry, was launched on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme and led to a major change in policy at the BFI.
Stephen has produced over 100 short films and two features. He has produced corporate video work for a wide variety of clients ranging from computer game giants (Bethesda), technology giants (Nokia Siemens Networks) and sporting giants (Jonny Wilkinson) but sadly no actual giants. He’s shot people in love, in the air, on the beach and on fire (although not at the same time) across over a dozen different countries, in locations ranging from the Circle Line to the Arctic Circle. @stephenfollows
11:35-12:35 – Better Exhibition through Good Design (GFT 3)
Jon Barrenechea, Head of Marketing, Picturehouse Cinemas
Jon Barrenechea is Head of Marketing and Projects at Picturehouse Cinemas. He also sits on the Film Hub South East Management Board. In 2015 Jon opened three new Picturehouses in London: East Dulwich, Central and Crouch End Picturehouse.
Paul Hudson, Coordinator, Forget Me Not project, Festival and King’s Theatres
Paul has worked in the music and theatre sector as a performer, company stage manager, director and creative engagement artist since 1992. Six years ago he began working with people living with dementia, their families and friends on the Alzheimer Scotland “Musical Memories” project in Aberdeen. In August 2015 he took up his current post at the Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh, as Coordinator of “Forget Me Not”, a three-year dementia friendly communities project funded by the Life Changes Trust. @edtheatres
Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagement Coordinator, Glasgow Film Theatre
An experienced and skilled professional with an artistic portfolio spanning 16 years, Jodie Wilkinson has a breadth of experience working in the cultural arts sector; as educational tutor, creative practitioner, director, performer, project manager and programme facilitator. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, gaining a first class honours degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice.
At present, Jodie is Public Engagement Coordinator for Glasgow Film Theatre focussing on audience development and programming accessible events within Equality and Inclusion frameworks. A key focus is developing best practice engagement strategies for deaf and hard of hearing audiences, autism friendly programming and events with a dementia friendly focus. Her preceding role was as Creative Learning Programmer at the Arches theatre; programming and producing bespoke creative experiences for diverse audiences and participants. In September 2016, Jodie was appointed Vice Chair of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – a charity arts organisation that provides free, high quality drama and theatre activities for young people aged 11-25 living in Glasgow. @glasgowfilm
Tom Grater, Deputy Online Editor, Screen International
Tom Grater is the Deputy Online Editor for Screen International, covering the international film industry at festivals and events around the world. In 2016, he has written on topics including the emergence of virtual reality and changing cinema exhibition spaces in the UK and Europe. While his coverage of film subjects continues to be wide-ranging, he has particular passions for emerging genres, world cinema, international film festivals, cinema exhibition and new technologies. He has written as a freelance journalist for publications including The Guardian, Film4 and SohoCreate Magazine, and has also worked as an events programmer. @tomsmovies @Screendaily
Melanie Iredale, Deputy Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest (see above for bio).
Johanna Koljonen, CEO, Participation | Design | Agency (see above for bio).
Jörg Tittel, Director, Oiffy
In 1998, Jörg Tittel moved to New York City where he graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory. To finance his studies, he worked for a variety of video game magazines, before moving to Los Angeles to work as a game designer and writer, starting with Activision’s “Minority Report”, based on Steven Spielberg’s movie.
Jörg’s work spans film, theatre, games, graphic novels and beyond. He wrote and starred alongside Richard E. Grant in the acclaimed play 2+2+2 which Time Out called “fiercely original… a beautifully crafted kick at self censorship and a song to the
irrepressibly individual human spirit. A rare, ebullient treat”. He also wrote and produced Alex Helfrecht’s debut short film, Battle for Britain.
His most recent success is graphic novel Ricky Rouse has a Gun, an action comedy set in China. Named one of Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2014, it is being developed for the big screen. @
14:00-15:00 – Micro Moments, Moments of Truth and Lifetime Value (GFT 2)
Colan Mehaffey, Board Member, Culture Republic
Named in Scotland’s ‘Tech 100’ 2015 as one of the key figures driving the nation’s digital agenda, Colan is a delivery-focused digital leader with more than a decade of experience in delivering digital solutions and business transformation in the private, public and third sector.
Colan joined the Culture Republic Board in 2016, bringing a wealth of experience in audience engagement and development.
He is currently a Consultant in the Scottish Government’s newly-formed Digital Transformation Service, working with public sector bodies on business transformation programmes. This involves end-to-end involvement, from the process of discovery, to developing a user-centric strategy and shaping delivery activities.
Colan entered the industry in content strategy and production roles, working with many clients in the culture sector, before becoming Head of Digital for the National Trust for Scotland. In producing and delivering the Trust’s Digital Strategy, he managed award-winning projects across multiple platforms and oversaw transformational e-commerce growth in areas including event & visitor ticketing and membership products. @culture_public
Ashley Smith-Hammond, Manager of Knowledge, Networks & Learning, Culture Republic
Ashley has been working in and researching Scotland’s cultural sector for over 15 years, earning a PhD in dance and post-devolution Scottish cultural policy along the way. Ashley was project manager for AmbITion Scotland, the national digital development programme for arts and culture from 2009 to 2014 and is currently working on the Visual Arts Scotland pilot project. Ashley is part of Culture Republic’s communications team, writing and producing multi-media content – including the Culture Republic podcast. @AnAshleyAbroad @culture_public
14:05-15:05 – The Price is Right (GFT 3)
Richard Shaw, Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences, BFI
Richard Shaw leads the BFI’s marketing, communications and audience teams, working across venues, DVD label, theatrical distribution, festivals and BFI Lottery Film funding. He began his career at Hull New Theatre where he was marketing manager for two years. In the mid 1980s he joined the National Theatre as promotions manager, before moving to the English National Ballet in 1989 to become Director of Marketing and subsequently Deputy Executive Director. He joined the Royal Opera House as Director of Marketing to lead on marketing and public engagement strategy for the refurbishment and launch of its Covent Garden flagship building. For 10 years prior to joining BFI he was Executive Producer and Head of Development at Lion Television where he developed and created content for UK and international broadcasters. @BFI
Tanya Easterman, Senior Relationship Manager, Cinema First
Tanya Easterman has over 12 years of commercial experience, across both the UK and Europe, working at a number of integrated advertising agencies, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, BD-NTWK and Iris Nation.
Passionate about partnership marketing, Tanya is a founding member of the UK’s first Partnership Marketing panel, driving awareness of the strategic benefits of this discipline within the wider marketing community. She has also been a judge for the IPM Awards since 2014 and member of The Marketing Society.
In 2015 Tanya joined Cinema First to manage inbound financing, strategic direction and roll out of the comparethemarket.com flagship marketing initiative ‘Meerkat Movies’ for the UK Exhibition and Distribution Industry. She has also been a speaker 2016’s CineEurope and at the Geneva Convention, NATO Branch of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. @tantan27
Oli Harbottle, Head of Distribution, Dogwoof
Oli Harbottle is Head of Distribution at Dogwoof, where he is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing all film releases. 2016 releases have included Heart of a Dog, Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, Where to Invade Next, Weiner, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, and Life, Animated.
Kirsty Tough, Marketing Manager, Centre for the Moving Image
Kirsty Tough has worked in arts marketing for the last 10 years for a number of well-known organisations, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Museums Scotland. She started working for the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) in November 2014.
Kirsty is responsible for delivering effective marketing and communications activity across the organisation, raising the profile of CMI and its businesses, programmes, projects and events. She conceives, plans and delivers regular marketing activities and specific campaigns across all CMI brands including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Belmont Filmhouse (Aberdeen), Filmhouse Café Bar, major programmes, education & learning activity and industry & talent development projects and events. @Filmhouse @KirstyMTough
15:15-15:45 – Amanda Nevill introduces BFI 2017-2022 (GFT 1)
Amanda Nevill, CEO, BFI
Amanda Nevill has been CEO of the BFI since 2003 and has lead the most exciting and dynamic cultural organisation in the world. Surrounded by a wonderful team Amanda has transformed the BFI – bringing the great heritage collections out from the dark – some 12 million people viewing films on the BFI VOD Player and on social media last year; turning BFI Southbank into the destination for all film lovers; setting up the BFI Film Academy to find young talent from every background across the UK and help them find career opportunities in the industry; ramping up the BFI London Film Festival for the greatest filmmakers from around the globe and shining a spotlight on exciting talented newcomers.
Five years ago the BFI became the film lottery distributor, which enabled them to deliver even more to support to creative people, to support cultural activities and venues, and help British film to flourish both here and around the world.
Before becoming CEO of the BFI in 2003, Amanda was the CEO of the National Media Museum, and previously the Royal Photographic Society. She is an Honorary Fellow of the RPS, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bradford University, an Honorary Fellowship from Bradford College and an honorary degree of Doctor from the University of York. She was awarded a CBE in 2015. @NevillAmanda @BFI