• The Renaissance of the Nations and Regions

    Ahead of Channel 4’s much anticipated move to Leeds, a panel of representatives from broadcasters and regional indies discuss how all channels can support production companies beyond the M25. Broadcasters talk about how they plan to increase regional commissions and champion local talent, while the indies highlight the biggest barriers to those operating outside of the capital, posing the question: will the regions ever be able to catch up?

    Supported by Banijay UK

  • Commissioning: Specialist Factual

    In a world where ratings are king, how do you make specialist factual popular? How can the genre appeal to the biggest audience with content that on first impression may seem niche? Key commissioning editors reveal how they’ve done it and what they are looking for. Topics include: supersizing specialist factual with talent, appealing to global audience and creating a cross-over with factual entertainment.

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Bell, Joe
    Bell, Joe

    Digital Producer/Senior Associate, The Space

  • Verga, Lucas
    Verga, Lucas

    Senior Director-Sales and Acquisitions, The Film Sales Company

  • Born to be a Contributor

    So what’s it like to be filmed your entire life? Channel 4’s Born to be Different has been following the lives of six disabled children for 20 years. From birth to early adulthood they have laid bare their emotions, and as viewers we’ve had the unique opportunity to see the children grow up on film. The contributors reveal what it’s been like to have a TV crew document their lives. Has it been positive, empowering even? Do they regret it? And how do they feel about the those who have been following them?

    Supported by Channel 4

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Meet the Makers: Zoyander Street, IP Yuk Yiu

    Join us in the Crucible Adelphi Studio for a chance to discuss two of the projects in the Alternate Realities Programme. In this session:

    - Zoyander Street discusses his playful gender identity installation, Interactive Portraits: trans people in Japan, which weaves together a tactile fabric installation and a nostalgic retro gaming style experience

    - IP Yuk Yiu discusses his game of complicity, To Call A Horse A Deer, examining political truth bending through the acts of the player

  • Meet the Makers: Catherine Sabourin & Noémie Beaulac, Tea Uglow

    Join us in the Crucible Adelphi Studio for a chance to discuss three of the projects in the Alternate Realities Programme. In this session:

    - Catherine Sabourin and Noémie Beaulac discuss their interactive touchscreen-based project exploring female pleasure, Clit Moi

    - Tea Uglow discusses her interactive documentary, My Mother's Kitchen, exploring eight LGBTQI+ individuals' stories of their mothers' kitchens.

  • Meet the Makers: Jakub Koźniewski, Alexey Furman

    Join us in the Crucible Adelphi Studio for a chance to discuss two of the projects in the Alternate Realities Programme. In this session:

    - Jakub Koźniewski of Polish collective, PanGenerator, discuss their Polish Radio Experimental Studio-inspired installation, Apparatum

    - Alexey Furman discusses his VR project based on the 2014 Ukrainian protests, Aftermath: Euromaidan

  • Chicken & Egg Pictures (Egg)celerator Lab Pitch

    The (Egg)celerator Lab brings together ten nonfiction projects helmed by first- or second-time directors, with a focus on women and gender non-conforming filmmakers. The 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab participants will pitch their projects in Sheffield to a live audience of delegates and will receive feedback from key international decision makers and buyers.

    Moderated by award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Co-Founder and Senior Creative Consultant.

    Supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures.

    The 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab filmmakers are:
    #Mickey by Betzabé García (MEXICO)
    An Act of Worship by Nausheen Dadabhoy (US / PAKISTAN)
    Between Fire and Water by Viviana Gómez Echeverry (Colombia)
    Cutting Through Rocks by Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni (IRAN / US)
    Mama Bears by Daresha Kyi (US)
    Milisuthando (working title) by Milisuthando Bongela (SOUTH AFRICA)
    Pray Away by Kristine Stolakis (US)
    Silent Beauty by Jasmin Mara López (MEXICO / US)
    UNTITLED PRC PROJECT by Jessica Kingdon (US)
    We Are Inside by Farah Kassem (LEBANON)

    About Chicken & Egg Pictures
    Chicken & Egg Pictures is a US-based media nonprofit organization supporting women nonfiction filmmakers from all over the world. We champion directors from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision an inclusive media industry in which women and gender non-conforming filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, and build sustainable and fulfilling careers.

    Chicken & Egg Pictures is currently accepting applications for the 2020 (Egg)celerator Lab.
    The Deadline to apply is June 25, 2019. To apply, go to: chickeneggpics.org/how-to-apply

    www.chickeneggpics.org

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • UKTV: Meet the Commissioners

    With established channel brands including Dave, W, Gold and Yesterday, delivering an eye-catching and innovative mix of original programming, UKTV is an award-winning multichannel broadcaster. Its commissioning team are giving the greenlight to more productions than ever before, so join Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment, Hilary Rosen, and senior commissioning editor Helen Nightingale to find out what they’re on the lookout for, which factual and fact ent shows get them excited, and what shows are working well on their channels.

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation x Guardian Pitch

    Come and hear filmmakers presenting ideas for short documentaries that explore the nature and impact of poverty in the UK, in a way that can open up minds, improve public understanding of the issue and start to shift attitudes towards some of the most marginalised people and communities. JRF and the Guardian are looking to support two short films with funding and global release via theguardian.com

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Poverty in the UK: How to Tell Stories that Inspire Change

    Commissioners say they want to showcase stories of poverty, but are they the ones who know how best to do it, and do they know who's watching? How can we tell positive stories about people and communities in the grip of poverty and what are the best places for them to be seen in order to attract and build new audiences? Can we open up the viewer’s mind to the possibility of change?

    Supported by Guardian and Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    Fighting Shame , directed by Sally Ogden, is screening at the festival.

  • The BBC Three Pitch

    BBC Three is passionate about telling compelling stories from across the whole nation and championing new talent. Emerging filmmakers from the North have been invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of BBC commissioners, including BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell, for the prize of a documentary commission for BBC Three. The live pitch will be preceded by a Q+A with last year's pitch winner, Chanell Wallace, whose film Life After My Brother's Murder was broadcast earlier this year.

    This session will be BSL interpreted.

  • Apollo 11 (Relaxed Screening)

    This screening will be a relaxed screening, which is for anyone who might benefit from a calmer environment; so lighting is softer, the volume is lower and staff are specially trained. They’re open to all but particularly ideal for people with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory or communication disorder, a learning disability or age-related impairments.

  • Pulling Focus: a Spotlight on Directors Wellbeing

    Directors UK invite you to join us for a ‘healthy’ debate and discussion on the growing pressures placed by factual directors today, posing the question - is it ever ok to just say no? We delve into those unanswered questions surrounding mental health, the importance of your safety on and off set, how to deal with the demands from the production companies and reveal some essential guidelines for maintaining that work-life balance.

    Supported by Directors UK

    Untouchable, directed by Ursula Macfarlane, is screening at the festival.

  • Rough/Ready

  • Don’t Be A Dick About It (Relaxed Screening)

    This screening will be a relaxed screening, which is for anyone who might benefit from a calmer environment; so lighting is softer, the volume is lower and staff are specially trained. They’re open to all but particularly ideal for people with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory or communication disorder, a learning disability or age-related impairments.

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