Industry Relevance

An event like ASFF brings together those working in all aspects of the film business, from directors to festival programmers, and offers many opportunities for networking, whether through formal sessions or simply through the festival’s friendly and sociable environment. Whether you are someone trying to break into the business or already an established practitioner, here is your chance to expand your professional contacts book or to share your industry knowledge and creative ideas with others. Many film projects or collaborations after all only came about because of a chance encounter or unexpected conversation.

Networking is particularly vital to the health of the short film industry, helping artists to pool their resources and achieve more by working collaboratively. Our networking sessions take place at the Dean Court Hotel, a stone’s throw from York Minster in the heart of the city. Guests include representatives of many of the UK’s regional film talent development agencies and leading film festivals.

Amongst the professionals attending the various daily sessions will be Sally Joynson of Screen Yorkshire, who knows better than most the important of building networks and partnerships, having led her team to secure significant investment and attract more than 40 major feature films and TV dramas to the region, from Dad’s Army to Peaky Blinders. Creating a supportive community of filmmakers is also key to the work of Matt Turner, who runs the independent filmmaker website Shooting People, and works to build and develop its membership base, as well as running events and competitions. Lou Phelps will represent the BFI’s new talent initiative the BFI NETWORK, which has £3 million of National Lottery funding to invest in grassroots talent of new and emerging filmmakers.

Also taking part will be experienced editor Robbie Gibbon, who has worked with influential directors such as Michael Winterbottom, Tim Kirkby and Rowan Athale on productions including The Trip and The Casual Vacancy. He is currently working on the BBC’s Doctor Who. And, demonstrating how visual narratives are becoming ever more interactive, videogames legend Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software, will be on hand to share his experiences of the synergies between film and computer game storytelling.

ASFF runs 8-12 November. Networking sessions run 10-12 November. For more information:

1. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.