Filmmaker Insights Panel Discussions

ASFF's Morning Coffee Panels were the perfect way to start the day. These intimate Q&A sessions provided the perfect opportunity to meet the ASFF Official Selection and gain insight into their practice through topics affecting all filmmakers today. From The A-Z of Filmmaking to Working Within a Budget, the themes for 2019 were created by practitioners, for practitioners – touching upon some of the more intricate and personalised aspects of filmmaking.

All sessions ran at York Theatre Royal, with visiting delegates and film aficionados offering up their industry knowledge.


Bringing an Idea to Life:
The A–Z of Filmmaking

Wednesday 6 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

All great films start with an idea but what does it take to realise your vision on the big screen? In this session, a panel of filmmakers from ASFF’s Official Selection examined their individual approaches to bringing the bigger picture to life. Panelists considered the fine tunings of production, offering advice on the journey of a story to screen.

Documentary Filmmaking:
Capturing Authenticity

Thursday 7 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Truth is often stranger than fiction. Documentary is rife with sometime unbelievable scenarios and thought-provoking narratives. Visiting filmmakers shared their adventures, questioning what it takes to make a successful documentary. In this relaxed discussion, they offered advice on how to navigate captivating themes and unrehearsed footage.

Filmmaking Fundamentals:
Style, Individuality & Originality

Friday 8 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Establishing yourself as a filmmaker takes determination. It’s about more than telling stories or creating that one great shot. Developing a distinctive style is fundamental to connecting with audiences, funders and collaborators. In this session, directors from a number of disciplines tackled the importance of style and individuality.

Funding Models:
How to Finance Your Film

Saturday 9 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

With so many filmmakers battling for limited funding opportunities, making your project stand out above the crowd is crucial for budgeting and getting the money you need to move forwards. Whether you’re applying for screen agency funds or approaching private investors, it’s vital that a project is pitched quickly and effectively.

Independent Filmmaking:
Working Within Your Budget

Sunday 10 November | 11:00-12:00
York Theatre Royal

Filmmaking is a complex business. However, the rules are quite often the same whether the production is large- or small-scale. On an independent level, how can filmmakers maintain a professional standard? Attending directors and producers discussed their methods of working within a tight budget, without compromising on quality.


Filmmaker Insights Panelists

Alexandra Brodski

Director Rooftop Refugee

Alex is a London-based Russian-German filmmaker and recent NFTS graduate. She is developing projects in the UK, Germany and Russia. In 2019 Alex won a Royal Television Society Award and was nominated for the German Cinematography Award.

Alicia Eisen

Director Deady Freddy

Alicia Eisen is a Canadian filmmaker. After studying animation she embarked on a career as a stop motion animator working internationally in TV, Film and Commercials. In 2017 Alicia founded a boutique stop motion studio.

Anna Snowball

Director Spring Fever

Anna Snowball a documentary filmmaker interested in opening-up new worlds for audiences and enabling people to be themselves on camera. She specialises in intimate documentaries with incredible access and revelatory interviews.

Basile Vuillemin

Director Dispersion

Basile Vuillemin is a Franco-Swiss director, born in Geneva, living today between Brussels and Paris. As a child, he grew up in a family of actors and discovered cinema at a very young age. He is currently working on two new short film projects.

Chloe White

Director The Last Taboo

Chloe White is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer and director of Whalebone Films based in Hastings and London. Clients and partners include the Guardian, BFI, Nowness, BBC, Channel 4 and Oxfam.

Hannah Hill

Director Lasagne

Hannah is the writer & director of Lasagne, a fantasy comedy starring Matthew Kelly (Stars in Their Eyes) and Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge). Hannah was recently shortlisted by BAFTA Rocliffe for her children’s comedy writing.

Howard Vause

Director The Curious Child

Howard is a prolific filmmaker, animator, illustrator, musician and performer. His distinctive films bring together the beautiful and the grotesque; playful live action/animation hybrids telling layered, socially aware tales..

Iain Cunningham

Director Irene’s Ghost

Iain Cunningham has worked mostly in television documentary. BIFA-nominated Irene’s Ghost was named in the Guardian’s list of best films of 2019. Iain is now developing drama and documentary through his company forward slash films.

Iggy LDN

Director Velvet

Iggy (also known as Iggy Ldn) is a British artist, filmmaker and writer. He is known for creating powerful and experimental films that tell stories about the current socio-political landscape of our times, resulting in beautiful and tragic works.

Ioana Bogdana

Production Manager They

Ioana is a Romanian writer, filmmaker and event manager. She has worked at Super International Teen Film Festival since 2014 and is now their pitch competition coordinator. Ioana worked as production manager on the documentary ‘They’.

Jessica Bishopp

Director Wargames

London-based filmmaker and artist Jessica Bishopp explores universal themes embedded in our daily lives and thoughts. Her films have featured online on The Atlantic, NOWNESS, Dazed&Confused and Aeon; receiving more than one Vimeo Staff Pick.

Karina Wegielek

Director Red

Karina Wegielek is a first-time screenwriter and film director with Red. She graduated from the Department of Film Directing at Warsaw Film School, the Department of Journalism at Warsaw University and from a private acting school.

Kate Cox

Director Vert

Kate’s aim as a writer/ director is to unearth compelling, female led stories that represent the under-represented and deal sensitively with home truths. She is in pre-production for her second short and is developing a feature script.

Katie Sinclair

Producer Signs

Katie Sinclair is the Development Editor in Film for Blueprint Pictures (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,In Bruges), where she sources and develops projects for the company’s slate. Before joining Blueprint, she worked at BBC Films.

Kwaku Awuku-Asabre

Director We Do What We Can

Kwaku is a first-time filmmaker and a criminal barrister. If he’s not in court or preparing cases, he’s either thinking about film, watching films, writing films or thinking about writing films. Kwaku studied Economics and Philosophy at university.

Lauren Pringle

Director Shove

Lauren Pringle is a Director, Producer and Performance artist based between London and Berlin. As a self-taught director starting in Buenos Aires fusing dance and performance art, she likes to create provocative movement films with a political edge.

Magali Barbe

Director This Time Away

Magali has written, produced and directed her first short film Strange Beasts in 2017. It has been selected in 30+ international festivals, won a few awards and earned her representation from UTA and Zero Gravity. She is currently writing her first feature.

Maryam Mohajer

Director Grandad was a romantic

Maryam Mohajer was born in Tehran, Iran just before living through revolution, war and immigration. She discovered animation after moving to UK in year 2000. A graduate from RCA, She lives and works as an animator, writer and director in London.

Piers Dennis

Director Our Most Brilliant Friends

Piers Dennis is a director whose career has spanned fashion, music videos and documentaries. The Guardian called his first feature – the documentary Our Most Brilliant Friends – “A stunning debut”. Piers is currently based in London.

Rebecca King

Director Contenders

Rebecca is a director based in London, originally from North Yorkshire. Her debut short Contenders came after her imagination caught the attention of Lisa Joy (Westworld) and Scott Myers (K-9). Rebecca is part of the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew 2019.

Samona Olanipekun

Director Kindred

British-Nigerian content producer-turned-director, Samona learnt his trade creating branded content with friends. His work explores concepts like identity, community and belonging. He is working on a web-series along with his debut feature.

Savvas Stavrou

Director A Jar of Nuts

Savvas Stavrou is a Cypriot film director and alumni of the Sundance Lab. His short films have screened internationally at festivals. As a music video director, his work was pinned amidst the likes of Massive Attack and Florence + the Machine.

Tiago Teixeira

Director Dog Skin

Tiago Teixeira’s short films have been in several festivals in the UK and abroad, including the Go Short and Frightfest. He is also a screenwriter for HBO’s The Hypnotist. Tiago is currently developing his short film Dog Skin into a feature.

Yoni Weisberg

Director The Third Hand

Yoni Weisberg is a life-long cinephile. He studied art and graphic design before beginning his career as an editor. Working his way to becoming a director for some high profile clients including Nike, Adidas and the BBC. His passion will always be cinema.

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