5 Summer Events for Filmmakers

If you’re in need of some summery inspiration, look no further. ASFF selects five film-related events over the coming month. Some will get you inspired. Others will put you in the room with other like-minded people. All will bring you plenty of joy.


With the Edinburgh International Film Festival moving back into August, at least for this year, this is a chance for filmmakers to plug in to some fascinating talks – both in-person and online. Among the panel discussions this year: Hong Kong & The Fight For 21st Century Democracy, which accompanies the screening of Faceless; Daughters of East Africa, which examines female filmmaking talent from the region; and The Whole Picture: Adjusting The Lens of History, which looks at how we document culture.

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The British weather doesn’t always allow for outdoor screenings, but if you can catch a break with the sunshine, then Luna Cinema will have something for you. With 175 screens in over fifty locations around the UK, the settings are spectacular – everywhere from Kensington Palace to York Minster. The films veer towards timeless classics, ranging from Some Like It Hot to Top Gun and Grease. Those with more modern tastes, however, will find Joker, 1917 and Bohemian Rhapsody among the offerings.

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For those of you with a love of genre, the annual FrightFest event in London is a fantastic place to network and meet other likeminded filmmakers. Taking place over five days across the August Bank Holiday weekend, screenings are held at the Cineworld and Prince Charles cinemas in Leicester Square. The festival also, in collaboration with Screen International, will be awarding its annual Screen Genre Rising Star award. Previous winners include Prevenge’s Alice Lowe.

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On Saturday 14 August, the BFI Southbank is presenting a screening of Mo Ali’s film Breathe, a quartet of tales written by four Black British writers – Sheila Nortley, Robert Bertrand, D’Marie Dowe, and Miles Mitchell. This will be followed by a Q&A with Ali and his DoP Tim Spicer on the subject of giving and receiving notes, and a networking drinks session, with script doctors Theresa Boden and Gabriella Apicella on hand to discuss workshopping scripts.

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Britain’s independent film festival, Raindance also provides regular filmmaking courses. This four-part course on Saturday, 11 September, will steer you through writing, producing, directing, and breaking into the film industry. It will be followed by a networking session at the end of the day. Led by Raindance’s irrepressible Elliot Grove, it’s a course that’s attracted 15,000 budding filmmakers over the years, including Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright. 

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Words: James Mottram

Still: José María Cicala, Shadow of the Cat. Premiering at Arrow Video FrightFest.