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Filmmakers Lab holds regular monthly social meet-up sessions at Exeter Phoenix, the multi-arts venue in the heart of Devon. We offer a regular programme of creative workshops, guest speakers, masterclasses and film screenings for members to expand their knowledge and practice. There are also opportunities for members to discuss and explore ideas around their current filmmaking project in a constructive and supportive environment.


UPCOMING SESSIONS


Monday 17 December

Peer-to-Peer Session: Preparing for Production
7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)
Members: FREE
Non-Members: £5

Filmmakers Lab peer-to-peer sessions provide the opportunity for members to talk about their own projects, discuss their challenges, successes and learning points and to get feedback and inspiration in a supportive and informal environment. Each session focuses on a particular aspect of the filmmaking process and is facilitated by one of the steering group members who will guide the discussion.

December’s session is entitled ‘Preparing for Production’ and will concentrate on the pre-production. The session is open to all members, and anyone who is planning or working on a project is especially welcome to contribute. Please bring along ideas, treatments, plans, schedules, budgets or other pre-production paperwork.

As a starting point for this session, we will be talking about the concept of ‘Comparables’, i.e. finding existing films which are similar to your project and can be used to demonstrate its viability. For information on ‘Comparables’ see Rob Brown’s talk at the October Filmmakers Lab on our Members FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/filmmakerslabuk/videos/250652629140301

Book your place (Members & Non-Members): https://ti.to/filmmakers-lab/filmmakers-lab-session-4-peer-to-peer

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Tuesday 22 January

BAFTA Shorts Screening + Director Q&A
7.30pm – 9.30pm**
**Please note the later start time than usual of 7.30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)
Members: FREE
Non-Members: £5

Our January session will begin with a short talk on the relevance of the BAFTA Awards in the short film circuit and how members can submit their films strategically to BAFTA qualifying film festivals.

This will be followed by a screening of the BAFTA 2018 Shorts programme includes all the 2018 short film and short animation nominees. They represent storytelling that reveals the breadth and diversity of British society, together with world class technical flair, and feature some of our finest acting talents.

After the screening we will be joined by Harry Lighton, director of Wren Boys, who will take part in a director Q&A to reveal more about how the BAFTA nomination has impacted his work.

Booking available soon.

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PAST SESSIONS


Monday 8 October

Pitching & Packaging Your Film Idea or Script
Guest Speaker: Rob Brown – Writer/Director

7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)
Members: FREE
Non-Members: £5

This second session of the Filmmakers Lab will focus on how to pitch and develop your film idea, guided by Bristol based award winning writer-director, Rob Brown. Pitching your idea or script to funders, investors and other contributors can be daunting for any filmmaker. Find out how to pitch your idea or script in the most concise and engaging way. We will also look methods of professionally package up your pitch or script to best showcase what you are able to offer.

Rob Brown – Writer/Director

Rob Brown is an award winning writer-director whose work has been screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and broadcast on BBC TV. Rob was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007. He was also chosen for the Edinburgh Film Festival 'Trailblazers' and British Film Institute 'Think Shoot Distribute' programmes in 2008. He was selected for the Talent Lab at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011. Rob's UKFC short film Silent Things received its international premiere at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2011, where it won the New Arrivals jury award.

Rob's debut feature film, Sixteen, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2013. Sixteen was nominated for Best Debut Feature, while Rob received a nomination for Best British Newcomer. Sixteen screened in competition at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014. Most recently, Sixteen won Best Film at the 2017 Royal Television Society West Awards. Rob has recently directed the first 14 episodes of Tiger Aspect’s new BBC 1 hybrid detective show Armchair Detectives after directing the pilot last year. This continued Rob’s collaboration with Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (lead actor in Sixteen) who plays series regular DC Slater in the show.

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Wednesday 28 November
Two Short Nights Film Festival

BFI.NETWORK Film Funding Roundtable

Guest Speaker: Alice Cabanas – New Talent Executive
2pm – 3.30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)
Members: FREE
Non-Members: £5

Alice Cabanas, the BFI.NETWORK South West Talent Executive will be holding a roundtable session for local filmmakers to find out more about the new funding streams available for short film and early feature development from the BFI.NETWORK. The session will guide you through the process of completing a BFI.NETWORK Short Film funding application, including tips for making your project stand out.

Alice Cabanas – New Talent Executive

Alice has recently joined the BFI NETWORK from British Council’s Film team, where she has been working as Film Programme Manager for the past year. During her time with British Council, Alice managed the short film and new talent support offer. Working closely with international programmers and buyers, Alice promoted UK short films across the globe and looked after Global exhibition projects including running the EU Film Festival offer internationally.

Alice joined the British Council film team after three years with Encounters Festival, based in Bristol, where she headed up communications, strategy and development for the festival, alongside running year round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers.

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Wednesday 28 November
Two Short Nights Film Festival

Creative Hub Social: Networking Event
6pm – 7pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)

FREE for Members & Non-Members (no booking required – just turn up)

The Filmmakers Lab will be taking over Exeter Phoenix’s Creative Hub Social, a free networking event for filmmakers and other creatives to meet and share ideas. Come along and have a free drink on us and find out more about the Filmmakers Lab and how to become a member.

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Wednesday 28 November
Two Short Nights Film Festival

Short Film Screening of THE SERMON and Director Q&A

Guest Speakers: Dean Puckett – Writer/Director & Alice Cabanas - New Talent Executive
7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix (see contact page for location/map)
Members: FREE
Non-Members: £5

Plymouth based Writer/Director, Dean Puckett, will be screening his latest short film The Sermon. After which he’ll be joined by BFI.NETWORK South West Talent Executive, Alice Cabanas, to talk about his journey as a Writer/Director, including his progression through Creative England’s funding schemes.

THE SERMON (2018)

In an isolated church community in the English countryside, a powerful hate preacher prepares to deliver a sermon to his flock, but his daughter has a secret that could destroy them all.

Dean Puckett – Writer/Director

Dean Puckett is a writer/director from London, based in Plymouth. For ten years he took a ‘Gonzo’ approach to documentary filmmaking, often living with and immersing himself in his subjects. From his adaptation of Dr. Nafeez Mohammed's book The Crisis of Civilization, through to his three ethnographic documentaries, Grasp the Nettle, Honey at the Top and The AutistiX (The Guardian). He has shown a passion for telling gripping stories about people living on the edge of mainstream society.

In 2015, with backing from Creative England and the BFI, he made the move into fiction with an award-winning short film called Circles and then most recently, The Sermon, a rural set ‘folk-horror’ dealing with sexuality faith and oppression which had its world premiere at BFI-Flare and has screened at Overlook film festival, Palm Springs short-fest and many more. In addition to this, he recently directed a ‘Straight8’ film called Satan’s Bite, which was shot on one roll of super8 film with no editing and selected to world premiere at the Cannes film festival. He has a production company called Grasp the Nettle with Producer Rebecca Wolff. 

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