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Experts in the fields of film finance, broadcasting, games creation, casting, documentary filmmaking, funding and distribution will be on hand over two weekends to give you the benefit of their wealth of knowledge in seminars, or in one on one meeting situations.

All you have to do is fill in the accreditation form specifying who you want to meet, pay £5 and turn up. All of the market events will take place between the Nerve Centre and the Tower Hotel, Derry.

For more information on accreditation contact the festival office on 0044.28.71267432/ 7126052 or download an accreditation form from the festival website (registrations live from 2nd Nov)

Please note that places are limited. One on one meetings must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

MONEY, TRAINING, MARKETS! MEDIA Plus Explained with Cian Smith

Saturday 20 November, 2pm, Nerve Centre

Cian Smyth began his position as MEDIA Coordinator for Northern Ireland in 2001. Based at the NIFTC, he is employed by the UK Film Council. MEDIA Service NI is supported by both organisations alongside the MEDIA Plus programme. Cian began his career in the film and television industry as a graduate of the UCD Film School where he completed a Masters in Film Studies and a Certificate in Film Production at Ardmore Studios.

The MEDIA Plus programme is a funding body within the Department of Education and Culture of the European Commission. It was established to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries while increasing the international circulation of European audiovisual content. It has a budget of ¤493 million to spend on project development, distribution, promotion (festivals and markets) and training.

MEDIA Service Northern Ireland is part of a network of around 40 offices throughout Europe established to promote national audiovisual industries’ access to the programme and performance in a European marketplace. Cian Smyth, MEDIA Coordinator for Northern Ireland, will present this overview of what the programme offers and how you can access it.

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Shooting People The UK’s largest online film community with Simon Tzu editor-in-chief of Shooting People

Saturday 20th November, 3pm, Tower Hotel,

Simon studied Drama and Philosophy at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa – which he considers a great combination for a filmmaker, even though it was not planned that way. While waiting for his true calling to make itself know Simon spent most of the 90’s working in the Internet industry with South Africa’s premier ISP. In 2000 he moved to Europe and after a couple of years spent finding his feet over here he left employment to strike out on his own – launching a couple of companies and coming up with ideas for a half dozen more.

Simon wrote and produced the short Film, "The Art of Flirting". He is also editor-in-chief of Shooting People. Founded by Jess Search and Cath Le Coteur in London about 6 years ago, Shooters is now huge- just shy of 40,000 members with around 250 more joining each and every week. Shooting People run 6 email bulletins (filmmaking, screenwriting, documentary, music video, animation,documentary) and run 1 in NY.

“Shooting People is basically about facilitating networking in a huge indie filmmaking community so everyone can get what they need and share what they know and the skills they have. It works really really well and we crew up and cast about 200 projects a week”.

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Casting For Filmmakers with John and Ros Hubbart, Casting Agents

Saturday 20th November, 3pm, Nerve Centre

If you are a filmmaker and would like some insight into the casting process – how to get the big names for your film, how much it might cost, or how to attract talent to an unknown but brilliant script – then sign up to hear some expert advice from Ros and John Hubbart who are two of the biggest names in casting in Ireland and the UK.

Lottery/ NIFTC Funding for Shorts and Features with Andrew Reid Head of Production NIFTC & Elsie Reid Funding Programmes Manager NIFTC

Sunday 21 November, 2.30pm Nerve Centre,

The NIFTC were delegated responsibility for Lottery Film Funding in April 2002. Since that time the NIFTC have received over 216 Lottery applications and have awarded £2,624,924 in funding to projects across the range of Lottery schemes.

The workshop will cover: Script Development Funding, Feature Film & TV Drama production funding, MINI (Made in NI) – production funding

This workshop is aimed at individuals who are considering applying to the NIFTC for Lottery Film Funding for the first time.

Places will be limited to 20 people.

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games and Visual Effects
Saturday 27 November Nerve Centre

Three separate visual presentations with experts from the Games and Visual Effects industries. This event will run from 2.00pm to 3.30pm and includes a brief break between each presentation.

Presentation with Videogames Superdeveloper Company Rebellion’s Executive Jason Kingsley

Jason and his brother Chris Kingsley established the UK based videogames super-developer Rebellion in 1991. Their creative reputation was sealed with the worldwide success of the double BAFTA-nominated Aliens Vs. Predator videogame for 20th Century Fox in 1999.

In June 2000 Rebellion purchased 2000 AD publications and its character portfolio, which includes Judge Dredd. Their aim was to raise the profile, the readership of 2000 AD and to utilise the characters in videogame and feature film development. Their first feature film production was ‘Parasite’ in 2003, an ‘alienseque’ horror movie produced through Fearnort, their movie production arm. Their first 2000 AD videogame release Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death, was launched in 2003 to universal acclaim and received a BAFTA nomination.
They are currently producing the Rogue Trooper videogame.

The company specialises in videogame development, feature film production and sci-fi and fantasy. He is responsible for establishing TIGA – The Independent Games developers Association, providing a platform to address industry issues and offer assistance to UK videogames developers.

Presentation with Physical and Visual Effects Creator Mike Kelt, Director of Artem

Saturday 27 November, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, Nerve Centre

Mike Kelt was born in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art before entering a career in the Theatre as a Set Designer and Production Manager in Scotland. In 1979 he moved to BBC Television in London, working as a special effects supervisor on all types of production. From ‘Dr Who’, and ‘Blake’s 7’ to Shakespeare, comedy, and light entertainment.

In January 1988 Mike, with a few colleagues, set up ARTEM, a full physical effects house, providing Special Effects of all types covering Animatronics, Models, Pyrotechnics, Fire, Atmospherics, Mechanics, Prosthetics, Props, and Sculpture, and more recently digital Motion Capture and 3D Scanning. The philosophy has always been to cover the full range of Special Effects. The Company work mainly in Feature Film, TV, and Commercials, and have a substantial base in West London.

Film Projects the company has worked on include; ‘Reign of Fire’ (Spyglass), ‘Invincible’ (Werner Herzog), ‘Pinocchio’ (Roberto Benigni), ‘The Borrowers’ (Working Title), ‘Braveheart’ (Icon), ‘Gladiator’ (Scott Free), ‘Just Visiting’ (Gaumont), ‘The Lighthouse’ (Winchester Films), ‘The Innocents’ (BBC), and recently Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Brothers Grimm’ (Miramax) (still to be released)

Mike is a member of the Visual Effects Society in the US, sits on the British Screen Advisory Council, and is a founding Director of the new UK Post trade body that represents Post Production and Special Effects. He also sees an urgent need to revitalise the approach to training in the SFX industry in the UK where there is an ever-widening skills shortage.

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