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Returning for the second year, the Industry Marketplace found a new home in an accessible, virtual space. We welcomed leading exhibitors, including production services, film festivals, screen agencies and renowned universities. A unique platform in the UK, the Industry Marketplace offered a vital meeting space for filmmakers, new talent and industry practitioners to make connections, network and uncover opportunities that can transform careers.
This was an opportunity to speak to academics, distributors, producers and programmers. In 2020, the Marketplace spanned the entirety of the festival, allowing pass holders to explore the full array of organisations.
2020 Industry Marketplace Exhibitors
Industry & Services
Can We Talk is a UAE based media platform proudly dedicated to discussing black experiences as well as uplifting black voices through content creation, brand and media partnerships and live events. They present a guest programme at ASFF.
Action not words. Part funding body, part lobbying group, part advice & networking facilitator, the Digital Orchard Foundation is designed to both pump-up and streamline the incredible work of underrepresented groups in film and television.
Since 2006, Directors Notes has scoured the globe for the very best that independent cinema has to offer. Eclectic in its tastes, the platform shares the inspiration and production stories behind some of the world’s most talented directors.
Festival Formula is the leading film festival strategy consultancy and submission service in the UK. They focus on helping emerging filmmakers navigate the epic worldwide festival circuit, by targeting the right festivals to submit their projects.
HIJACK is a boutique post-production house and DIT service established in 2014. Their portfolio includes acclaimed productions such as The Party, The Pass and Good Omens, as well as advertising campaigns for brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Ikea.
Primetime is a global visibility platform for women working above and below the line behind the camera, campaigning for gender equality across every department in the entertainment industry. A growing network of women all over the world.
Scottish Documentary Institute is Scotland’s only dedicated production and talent development body for creative documentary. It is committed to expanding the art of documentary and building a more diverse filmmaking community.
The Film Festival Doctor works within the area of film distribution. They can help you get your film seen at international film festivals, whilst creating an award-winning strategy. Their services also include finding the right sales agent.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival, founded in 2011, is an international film festival which takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. It a celebration of independent shorts, features, VR and immersive cinema.
FILMFEST DRESDEN was founded in 1989 before the collapse of the German Democratic Republic and reunification of the country. The short film festival has become one of the most important film festivals of its kind throughout Germany.
Celebrating LGBT+ film in Cardiff, Wales, UK all year round, including a six-day international queer film festival every October. The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival awards the largest short film prize in the world – the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize.
The Norwegian Short Film Festival presents international short film, short documentaries and Norwegian music videos. It is an important debut platform for many young filmmakers in Norway, showcasing free and independent films.
With less than 5% of disabled people working in the UK film industry, Oska Bright Film Festival is driven to make change happen. The BAFTA-Qualifying event takes place in Brighton biennially, promoting accessible screenings and developing skills.
Film Schools & Universities
The School has strong links with media and film organisations including the BBC, Panasonic, Sky, Adobe, BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the British Film Institute, which can create opportunities for networking and future employment.
For over 60 years, London Film School (LFS) has been the place for emerging creative talent to hone their craft, find their voice and engage directly with the vibrant UK screen industries. It celebrates today’s fresh voices, experiences and perspectives.
NFTS has developed some of the world’s top talent – including Oscar-winning directors. It received both the 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. The Department of Film Studies is one of the most highly reputed centres in the UK, ranked first nationally for Media and Film Studies.
Queen’s offers a world-class education that prepares students for leadership and citizenship in a global society. Studying Film at Queen’s was ranked number 1 in The Guardian‘s league table 2017, offering teaching from film and media professionals.
Regent’s University London’s mission is to develop tomorrow’s global leaders. The university offers creative education and training to develop students as professionals in the screen and media industries: acting, directing, producing or writing.
Established in 1976, SAE Creative Media Institute provides creative media training and education to thousands of students globally. Their international community of inspirational alumni are winners of Oscars, Grammys and BAFTAS.
Sheffield Hallam University is The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020. Digital media students work on real briefs and commercial projects, with close links to Disney, Sony, Fremantle Media, Warp Films and the BBC.
London College of Communication is for the curious, the brave and the committed: those who want to transform themselves and the world around them. The Screen School encourages collaboration across disciplines to mirror the real world.
LCF’s MA Fashion Media Production cultivates innovative media practitioners and filmmakers. It bridges the gap between core communication disciplines such as journalism, photography and styling with digital media.
University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media is one of the leading centres for practice-based education in the creative disciplines within the North West. Film courses are based at MediaCityUK, with a strong emphasis on working with industry.
The Film Production BA (Hons) at the University of Sunderland is all about developing a career in the film industry, whether your interest is in filmmaking, documentary production, directing, cinematography, scriptwriting or editing.