Industry Day

Greenhorn Industry Day
14th November at 10am
Tickets: Free, booking essential
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10am – 11am: Filmmakers’ Breakfast
Join peers and industry professionals for tea, coffee and networking. An exciting opportunity to meet potential future collaborators and industry contacts.

11am – 12.30pm: How To Get Paid – Panel Discussion
Get advice from Industry professionals and freelance experts on How To Get Paid at this year’s panel discussion. We explore different routes that the emerging filmmaker can actually make money in this discussion followed by a Q&A. This is your chance to gain an insight into short film funding avenues, the distribution and sales markets as well as picking up some handy financing tips for freelancers. Can short filmmakers actually make a buck in this taciturn industry? Our panel will enlighten you.

Jon Norris is a freelance writer from Brighton interested in the rise in self-employment, financial issues for business, disruptive technology, and innovative storytelling. He works as a freelance content strategist for many FinTech companies, and as Web Editor for, the UK’s fastest-growing accountancy firm. Jon regularly speaks at conferences and industry events, and when he’s not can be found walking his dog Bruce on the beach.

Liz Kessler is currently head of Music video at Academy films where she manages and produces for a diverse roster of directors. She started her career in theatre but soon moved into music. She has worked in several areas of the music business at Sire Records, Warner Bros and then at Island Records where she was the Head of Music Video for 5 years. During that time she won best commissioner among her other awards.

Peter Maynard, owner of Betsy Works, began his commercials career at Channel 4Creative where he was an award-winning Producer for Directors including Brett Foraker, Tom Tagholm, Phil Lind, Kjetil Njoten and Siri Bunford. He left the channel after 8 years to become a Creative Producer at Fallon London and then a Senior Producer at Karmarama. He returned to production in 2010 and launched Betsy Works in March 2011. Alongside his commercial work, Peter has produced award-winning short films and documentaries with the likes of The Discovery Channel, Working Title Films, Channel 4 Television and The UK Film Council.

Ben Aston is a 28-year-old, London born filmmaker, raised in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Australia and Bath. His first stab at directing was a puppet show at the age of 11 that lasted so long as to require an intermission. It had dinosaurs. Ben was named a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International in 2015. His micro budget short ‘Russian Roulette’ played at Sundance 2015 after winning the Jury Prize at Sundance London. His LFS graduation film ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ premiered at the 2014 BFI London film festival and has gone on to viewed over 2 million times on Vimeo.


12.30pm – 2pm: Production for Low Budget Filmmaking – Workshop
Are you a first time Director looking for some comprehensive production advise? An actor who is looking to produce their own short? Or an emerging producer looking to get your project off the ground? Look no further for advise and inspiration than our top to tail producing workshop. Run by Film London Academy’s Christine Cheung this workshop covers all the basic bases for producing your short film. From easily avoidable pitfalls to exploring best practice in under two hours you will emerge a producing guru.

London Film Academy is an individual, boutique film school where you learn all aspects of filmmaking from industry experts. From script to screen, LFA’s unique approach is through practical experience, a cinematic immersion that amounts to knowledge through experience in a professional, collaborative environment. London Film Academy operates like a production company and prides itself on nurturing individual talent and creativity, fostering co-productions and supporting an outstanding graduate employment rate.

Christine Cheung started her career at the BBC and co-founded Tread Softly Productions. She completed her first feature film LOVELORN, with writer/director Becky Preston. The film went on to win 29 international awards and released through FilmWorks Entertainment. Christine is an alumni of the BFI’s Think-Shoot-Distribute and EIFF’s Talent Lab. Her recent short, WOODHOUSE, won the Best of Boroughs Jury Award and premiered at the 67th BFI London Film Festival. She was mentored by Tristan Goligher on the NETWORK and currently developing a slate of features including a period horror, FALLING LEAVES, with Alex Barrett following his successful debut with ‘Life Just Is’. Becky Preston’s feature LOVE, METAPHORICAL, a surreal rom-com and her short THE IN-BETWEEN which has been developed under the BFI funded FilmWorks scheme. BY THE FIRE, a tense and thrilling sci-fi with LA based producer Justin Calen Chenn. The project was selected for London’s Micro Market alongside the PFM and highlighted as one of the screenplays to watch by the Black List.