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The BAFTA & Rushes Soho Shorts New Filmmakers Market

SAVE THE DATE: 10:00 to 19:00 Sunday 15th of July

Presented with  Shooting PeopleLondon Film AcademyLondon Film SchoolNational Film and Television School ,YouTubeCreative Skillset, Advance FilmsSara Putt AssociatesFilm LondonAesthetica,Crossroads FilmsFujiFilm, the BBC Writers RoomWomen in Film and TelevisionChannel 4Shots Magazine and The Smalls.


For the fourth year running, emerging filmmakers will take over BAFTA HQ for an all-day of discussions, events, debates with screenings, an industry market and networking.

This day brings newer filmmakers into the heart of the industry with established pros, and more experienced practitioners, and is packed with sessions ranging from Short Film Finance and good practice in working with writers to building a YouTube channel as a way of monetizing your content.

The bold among you will have a chance to pitch a feature idea to the established film industry, hosted by Advance Films, and featuring Revolver Entertainment and Rankin Film, among others. We’ll also offer more intimate encounters with the BBC Writers room, Crossroads Films, and top VFX, Production and Crew in our ‘Meet the Pro’ sessions. All of these events will culminate in a networking drink at 17:30, free to all ticket holders.

All of these events will culminate in a networking drink at 17:30, free to all ticket holders.
All sessions will cost £5, with screenings in the Run Run Shaw Theatre free to any ticket holder.

The day’s events will be split across four spaces:

The David Lean Room (DLR) 

The David Lean Room will be host three of London’s most celebrated film schools – the National Film and Television School, London Film School, and London Film Academy – panel discussions will be held on various stages of the filmmaking process, including budgeting, storytelling, and working with writers.

The Princess Anne Theatre 

The Princess Anne Theatre will host a series of sessions entitled You, The Filmmaker, discussing the ways in which filmmakers promote themselves and their work. YouTube will begin the day, with a series of case-studies of filmmakers who have showcased their work on the site. The sessions will then move on to a pitching panel, hosted by Advance Films, and featuring representatives from Rankin and Revolver. Finally, BAFTA and Soho Shorts present a panel of the New Mavericks, featuring this year’s most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

The Boardroom 

The Boardroom will provide an intimate environment, in which a select group of filmmakers (first come, first served) will be able to Meet the Pro. This series of Q&A dominated roundtables will include ruminations on sound design, casting, VFX and production scheduling.

The Run Run Shaw Theatre 

The Run Run Shaw Theatre will host a series of free showcase screening events throughout the day, including work from the London Film School, Aesthetica, Shooting People and Fujifilm.


 Behind the Budgets
10:30 – 12:00 | David Lean Room
Presented by the London Film Academy

A successful producer knows how to budget effectively.  This is even more vital when it comes to short films where budgets are assembled and spent creatively and often on a bargaining basis. In an environment where no two projects are alike, London Film Academy brings together an a roster of filmmakers behind some of the most successful shorts of recent times and – made on budgets ranging from micro to macro – and asks them just how they got away with it.

The Special Relationship: How Producers and Directors Should Work With Writers
12:30 – 14:00 | David Lean Room
Presented by the National Film and Television School

The first comments a writer receives on a screenplay will almost always come from their key collaborators: the director, and the producer. These are two people with ideas and agendas of their own, and the dialogue between a director or producer and a writer can prove key to a project’s success. If you’re not a writer, though, it’s easy to accidentally give insensitive, unclear, or unhelpful notes. In this session, the NFTS’s expert panel will share tips to help producers and directors hone their relationships with a writer, throughout the development process, in order to fill the production’s potential.

How Long Is a Short? A Short Tour of the Short Form
14:30 – 15:45 | David Lean Room
Presented by the London Film School

Roger Hyams offers a crash course in the art of telling a story, and telling it short. In the heart of a festival dedicated to promoting short format work, we’ve invited LFS Screenwriting lecturer, Roger Hyams to champion the form. He describes the session thus:  “A brief and highly selective illustrated tour of short films, starting with the Lumières and finishing with a Volkswagen commercial… an attempt to give a sense of the variety and breadth of form inside the shape of a short.”


Start Your own YouTube Channel and Make it Work for You: YouTube Partnership Case Studies
11:00 – 12:30 | Princess Anne Theatre
Presented by YouTube

YouTube is the largest video-sharing platform in the world, with around 76 hours of footage uploaded every minute. It has long been the home of vlogs, animal videos and home movies. But how does the traditional filmmaker fare in this environment? With the chance for creators to monetize their content and go out to an audience of millions, it’s got real potential. But how do you get noticed in the sea of content? In prep for this panel, we’ve taken three short filmmakers – from narrative fiction, documentary and animation backgrounds – and partnered them each with YouTube. In the month before the event, they’ve been promoting their work online to find out what works and what doesn’t, before presenting their findings to the audience at BAFTA.

Featured filmmakers:
Max Hattler: http://www.youtube.com/user/maxhattler?feature=results_main
Shafiur Rahman: http://www.youtube.com/user/shafiur?feature=results_main
Nick Scott: http://www.youtube.com/user/bigwinner76?feature=results_main

The Perfect Pitch
14:15 – 15:45 | Princess Anne Theatre
Presented by Advance Films

Does your heart skip a beat at the first mention of public speaking? Then maybe this session isn’t for you. From a pool of talented filmmakers, working in a variety of genres, we’ve selected a lucky few to pitch their feature-length ideas to a panel of established pros including Rankin Films and Revolver Entertainment. Hosted by the inimitable David Pope, of Advance Films, this promises to be both educating and entertaining.

To register your interest in pitching an feature idea, email events@bafta.org with PITCH RUSHES in the subject line and we’ll send you details on how to apply for a spot.

What’s the international market for low budget British films?
16:30 – 18:00 | Princess Anne Theatre
Presented by Film London

The past 12 months have come to be recognised as a boom period for British film – from A Woman in Black to Tyrannosaur from The Last Exotic Marigold Hotel to Killlist, the success stories have been varied and numerous. In this event, using several films from Film London’s internationally acclaimed Microwave scheme, we’ll take close look at how microbudget films have fared abroad, and ask what kind of market there is: what are buyers looking for; which films have worked outside of the UK, and why?

These Sessions are free to any ticket holder. Entry on a first come, first served basis.

10:30 – 11:30 | Run Run Shaw Theatre
Presented by London Film School

The London Film School has produced some incredible work over the last few years, as their multiple BAFTA nominations attest. Here, we present an hour of some of their most captivating graduation films.

11:45 – 12:45 | Run Run Shaw Theatre
Presented by Shooting People

Each month, Shooting People honours one of their members’ films as Film of the Month, with a celebrity guest judging the finalists. Here, they present a 70 minute compilation of the best of these shorts, in a varied and compelling programme of work.

13:00 – 14:00| Run Run Shaw Theatre
Presented by Aesthetica Magazine

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) presents a selection of award-winning shorts. This selection showcases the extraordinary innovativeness and variety that typifies the best in new filmmaking: an exciting and vibrant programme that aims to bring independent film to new audiences.

14:15 – 15:15 | Run Run Shaw Theatre
Presented by Crossroads

From music videos to commercials, Crossroads Films excels in advertising, production and content creation, with work that displays a consistent and incredible attention to detail. With a diverse roster of directors, including the one and only Mike Leigh, they’re a company to watch. In tandem with their presence in the Meet the Pro sessions, they here present some of their finest work.

16:00 – 17:30 | Run Run Shaw Theatre
Presented by Fujifilm

Over the last few years, Fujifilm Shorts has attracted some incredible talent. The only stipulation for entry, other than length, is that the work must be shot on film. Time and again, the entries have proved that the format is alive and well, and Soho Shorts is pleased to bring their ongoing partnership with Fujifilm to BAFTA in 2012.


From 10:30 to 17:00, the board room will be host to eight intimate round table sessions, featuring face to face meetings with some of the top movers and shakers in the UK film industry. Amongst the confirmed speakers are representatives from Crossroads, The BBC Writers Room, as well as special guests in the form of highly experienced production managers, choreographers and sound designers. The full list of events is as follows:

CROSSROADS FILMS | 12:00 – 12:45
Presented by Pippa Bhatt, Crossroads’ New Business Manager

Crossroads films are an international commercials and promo production company, with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles. Their clients include McDonalds, M&S, X Factor, Girls Aloud, Muse and many more bands and brands.

PRODUCTION MANAGER | 13:00 – 13:45
Presented by Samantha Knox Johntson

Samantha Knox Johnston has acted as production coordinator on Atonement, United 93, Eastern Promises, and many, many more classic feature films.

HOW-TO-VFX | 14:00 – 14:45
Presented by the Rushes MGFX Team

The MGFX team at Rushes has created incredible graphics and title sequences for many movies and television shows. Today they’ll reveal some of their secrets.

CASTING DIRECTOR | 15:00 – 15:45
Presented by Gary Davy

Join us to quiz Casting Director Gary Davy on his role – how to break in to casting, how to best work with casting pros as a director, and dos and don’ts of casting and auditions if you are an actor. Gary’s credits include Hunger,Street Dance 2 and Horrid Henry.

BBC Writers Room | 16:00 – 16:45
Presented by The BBC Writers Room

The BBC Writers Room represents talent across all spheres of the BBC. They put new, talented writers in touch with commissioners and opportunities.

SOUND DESIGNER | 17:00 – 17:45
Speaker TBC.
Sound is often overlooked, but those in the know will tell you it’s the most important element to get right. Ask a pro Sound Designer exactly how you can do that.

The Gallery

CV Surgeries presented by Sara Putt Associates
10:30 – 12:30 am

Book a 15 minute one-to-one session for advice on your CV.

As a film industry freelancer, this will be an all-important tool in helping you get work. Does yours present the right information and tone? One of the UK’s major behind-the-camera talent agencies, Sara Putt Associates will take a look, helping you to refine and polish it.

These sessions are free to any session ticket holder. You must book in advance and you must be available for your session 5 minutes before the start time, or we will offer the slot on a standby basis.
Email events@bafta.org and request a 15 minute time slot with SARAPUTT in the subject.

12:00 – 14:00

Drop in over lunch and early afternoon for a chance to chat to some of the major film industry organisations and filmmaking bodies, including Shots Magazine, Fujifilm, Women in Film and TV, The Smalls, Aesthetica, YouTube and more.

This event is free for all ticket holders.

About Soho Shorts

We celebrate the wealth of talent working across all genres of short format productions. For us that means anything under 45minutes including fiction, factual, animation, music video, and digital content in every degree. Year round Soho Shorts helps curate programme across the UK and internationally. Contact us if you want to team up.


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