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Shorts to Features Conference

Saturday 27 Nov 2021 - 10:30am
Admission: 
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SHORTS TO FEATURES CONFERENCE 2021

SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER @ 10.30AM-4PM

VENUE: NERVE CENTRE

10.30AM        COFFEE & NETWORKING

 

11AM            WELCOME Introduction with Host James Flynn

 

11.15AM-12.30 NOON    IN CLOSEUP: DOUBLEBAND FILMS with MICHAEL HEWITT and DERMOT LAVERY

Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt of DoubleBand Films in Belfast and producers of ROAD, Lost Lives and the new Irish language feature film Doineann, reflect on over thirty years in production and offer some insights for young people seeking a foothold in the industry.

Established in 1988 by Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery, award winning, Belfast-based DOUBLEBAND FILMS is one of the most vital and influential production companies in Northern Ireland. With strong links to the BBC and Channel 4, Irish broadcasters RTÉ and TG4, and a wide range of international broadcasters, DoubleBand maintains a rock solid reputation for excellence. Great storytelling and the highest of production values are the hallmarks of their documentaries.

Films to have been screened recently in the US include the Liam Neeson narrated and award-winning feature documentary ROAD (on Netflix) , and the ever-popular MAKING THE MONKEES  (on the Smithsonian Channel). Sustained by a long track record in all forms of factual programmes, Doubleband’s productions have encompassed a wide range of themes, including social history, human interest, science & medicine, sport, music, nostalgia, investigation and observational documentary.

In Doubleband’s latest work, the Irish language feature DOINEANN, A woman and her baby son go missing on a remote Irish island. Her husband must put his trust in the island’s retired policewoman. But a storm is approaching… DOINEANN is directed by Damian McCann, written by Aislinn Clarke, and stars Brad Brennan, Peter Coonan, Seán T. O Meallaigh and Clare Monnelly.

Over the years, DoubleBand has been the proud recipient of numerous awards - including Two Celtic Media Festival Awards, Two RTS Awards for Best Nations and Regions Programme, Shortlisted for a Grierson Award, Awarded the title ‘Most Creative Company in the Nations and Regions’ by Broadcast Magazine, Channel 4 Creative Cities Award, BBC Regional Development Fund, Two Palermo International Sportfilm Festival awards, Belfast City Council Arts Award, Jury’s Acting Award at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.

* DOINEANN will screen at 4pm in Brunswick Moviebowl with special introduction and Q&A with Director Damian McCann and cast member Peter Coonan.

12.30 NOON - 1.30PM        LUNCH BREAK

1.30PM-2.45PM        IN CONVERSATION: DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER DAVID FREYNE

David Freyne returned to his hometown in Country Kildare in Ireland to direct his semi-autobiographical screenplay, set in 1995, just two years after homosexuality was decriminalisation in the country. The film, Dating Amber is a platonic romantic comedy that sees two queer high school students Eddie (Fionn O’Shea) and Amber (Lola Petticrew) at different stages of self-acceptance, pretend to be a couple in order to avoid any speculation from their peers.

Freyne’s 2017 feature debut as writer-director was zombie movie The Cured starring Ellen Page. It screened in Special Presentation at TIFF, LFF, Sitges, as well as winning Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest. His follow up was Dating Amber, which sold to Amazon as a Prime Original. It has received several awards including the Audience Award at NewFest and the Pink News Best Feature Film. David has described this second feature as being far more personal: “it’s my story…or at least as autobiographical as it will ever get.”

David is currently in development on a number of Film and Television projects.

*DATING AMBER will screen @ 7pm in BRUNSWICK MOVIEBOWL

2.45PM-3.00PM        COFFEE BREAK

3PM-4PM        BFI FILM ACADEMY LABS PRESENTS: Finding the Right Festival for Your Film & Building Your Brand: Overwhelmed by the festivals on the circuit? Want to make your film’s journey as beneficial as you can? Then let Festival Formula prepare you with strategists Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell’s insight and experience. Talking you through how to pull out and highlight assets of your film by using case studies, they’ll also talk about how to allocate budget, as well as what materials you’ll need - they’ll get your prepped and organised for success. Katie and Ian will be joined by Tom Brumpton who brings a wealth of experience in film and television PR. Tom will discuss the the basics of PR in film, what a filmmaker needs before they begin a campaign, what they can do off their own backs ahead of time, how best to sell a story and learning how to target their audience.

Profile on Tom Brumpton PR: Tom began his career in PR back in 2009. Since then, he has had his work recognised by The Recording Academy (Grammy Award Body), has participated in panels, lectures and Q&As for AMPAS, BAFTA, the BFI and IFTA, and managed PR for a variety of short and feature film clients. He has been a member of BIFA since 2020 and joined BAFTA as a full member in 2021.

4PM    ENDS

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