Networking Sessions: Interact with Experts

A key attraction of ASFF to those working in film or seeking their break in the industry is the opportunity presented by our Networking Sessions, where contacts are made, ideas are pitched and new projects are born. Delegates from some of the UK’s leading film and media institutions, funding bodies and film festivals will be in attendance at every session.

Friday 4 November sees two Networking Sessions take place at the Dean Court Hotel, in the shadow of York Minster and a few hundred yards from the Festival Hub.

The first session runs from 11:00 to 12:30 and among those in attendance will be Sally Joynson, CEO of Screen Yorkshire, an organisation which has secured nearly 30 film and TV dramas to be produced in Yorkshire, including Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the film remake of Dad’s Army, as well as launching the major new film studio at Church Fenton near York. She is joined by Christine Morrow of Northern Ireland Screen, who is currently working on several initiatives to develop new talent in the field of short film. Also among the delegates are Tamsin Beevor of Forum Cinema Hexham, Christine Hogan of Make it York, Lucy Dusgate of Quays Culture, Tracy Spottiswoode of Ffilm Cymru and Aleksandra Dimitrijevi of The Smalls Film Festival.

The afternoon session (13:30-15:00) welcomes guests including Claudia Yusef, Talent Development Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network and Rupert Lee from Northern Film & Media – the creative industries development agency for the North East of England, who recently helped bring part of the archive of Stanley Kubrick to Gateshead’s BALTIC. They are joined by Jessica Loveland of Creative England, Niccolo Montanari of the London College of Fashion and Johnny Tull of Tyneside Cinema, among others.

Tickets are £7 per session.