ICA: Playback Festival

This Saturday at the ICA, Playback Festival asks: what can film festivals do for you? This debate takes the form of an engaging panel discussion featuring the Aesthetica Short Film Festival Director Cherie Federico alongside other film festival representatives, including Jemma Desai from the BFI London Film Festival Programme, filmmaker Alex Taylor, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Director Peter Taylor and Underwire Film Festival Programme Director Anna Bogustkaya.

The discussion takes a look at why film festivals are important to film culture, how to make the most of attending a film event and how to get your film accepted into a festival and in front of a paying audience. Getting your film onto the festival circuit can unleash further opportunities for wider exposure and international recognition, however it can be valuable to create a strategy in order to maximise their impact on your film’s reach. This event is a unique opportunity to connect with leaders in the industry under one roof and gain some insight into the sector.

The panel discussion is part of Playback Festival which runs until 12 March at the ICA. It is in association with Random Acts – a joint initiative by Arts Council England and Channel 4 which aims to champion and nurture young artists and filmmakers aged 16 to 24 by providing them with film education, training and production support. 120 films have been made by the first cohort of filmmakers which will be touring to venues around England in a national showcase exhibition.

Playback is part of the inaugural Random Acts Showcase Festival which launches the tour. Other events at the ICA include rolling screenings of the young filmmakers’ work and a public programme of filmmaking workshops, guest talks and events.

For tickets and information visit www.ica.art/whats-on/playback-festival-what-can-film-festivals-do-you

ASFF 2017 is now open for entries: www.asff.co.uk/submit

1. Aesthetica Short Film Festival, courtesy of Jim Poyner.