Filmmaker Insights Panel Discussions
Our Morning Coffee Panels are the perfect way to start the day. These intimate Q&A sessions are 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 these events are by practitioners, for practitioners – touching upon some of the more intricate and personalised aspects of filmmaking.
All sessions run at York Theatre Royal, with visiting delegates and film aficionados offering up their industry knowledge, sharing ideas over a cup of coffee.
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 examine their individual approaches to bringing the bigger picture to life. Panelists will consider the fine tunings of production, offering advice on the journey of a story to screen.
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 share their adventures, questioning what it takes to make a successful documentary. In this relaxed discussion, they offer advice on how to navigate captivating themes and unrehearsed footage.
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 tackle the importance of style and individuality.
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.
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 discuss their methods of working within a tight budget, without compromising on quality.
Filmmaker Insights Panelists
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Director How to Breathe in Kern County
Chris is an independent documentary filmmaker from Philadelphia. His work has screened in the Berlinale, Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Ann Arbor Film Festival and The Guardian – with a nomination for the Vimeo Best of the Year Award 2018.
Director Let’s Roll
Chris Thomas is a writer/director living in East London. He is known mostly for his character-focused emotive tales and often sub-culture themes. Chris has directed a number of award-winning shorts and is currently working towards his first feature film.
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.
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..
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 (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.
Production Manager They
Ioana is a Romanian writer, filmmaker and event manager. She has worked at Super International Teen Film Festival since 2016 and is now their pitch competition coordinator. Ioana worked as production manager on the documentary ‘They’.
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 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’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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terms and conditions:
Times and Venues
Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.
Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal.
The Festival Hub will be open from 09:30 on Wednesday 7 November 2018. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.
Entry to Venues
Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.
Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.
Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.
A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.
Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.