BRISTOL, FilmWorks finale
We have recently returned from Bristol, where we took part in the final part of a 3 month professional development program we have been part of called FilmWorks. The event in Bristol gave us a chance to meet emerging filmmakers from all over the UK, and to take part in a (very nerve wracking) ‘mini-market’ / ‘speed networking’ session where the emerging filmmakers got an opportunity to pitch and discuss our projects with industry professionals such as Angus Finney (London production Film Market), Philippa Lowthorpe (Director/Producer/Writer), Alison Sterling (Producer, Flying Blind, Ignition Films) and Maggie Ellis (Film London Head of Production & Talent Development.)
Going between each industry professional was an emotional rollercoaster – one minute feeling like abandoning the whole project, the next feeling very excited and believing that there is an audience out there for us. All the pitch practice and honest, intelligent feedback during the weeks of FilmWorks proved to be so worthwhile as I fear I may have frozen or crumbled without it. The short talks I had with the industry professionals have already shaped my outlook and helped me to understand the steps I need to take to progress. The real impact of the final networking event, and FilmWorks as a whole is still only really sinking in, and the next few weeks will see me make some important decisions about how best to move forward.
Even as we stood in the Watershed with a cold sweat and a mince pie forming a lump in our throats, we knew that going through the final networking event was a really important step for us. We now feel much stronger and far more confident in talking about our work, and keeping our heads in front of people we respect and admire.
Whilst in Bristol we were lucky enough to see an exhibition at the Arnolfini, including Matti Braun’s ‘Gost Log’.