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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




Wednesday 27 November 2019

Sustainable filmmaking round table with Filmmakers Lab
5pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix

Members: FREE

Non-Members: £5

Sustainable filmmaking round table with Filmmakers Lab

As part of the Exeter Phoenix Two Short Nights Film Festival 2019 Filmmakers Lab is hosting a panel of industry professionals for this exploration of sustainable filmmaking, what it means, why it’s important, and how you can minimise the impact of your next project.

Two Short Nights Film Festival

Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights Film Festival is back for its 18th year with another exciting programme of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate the vibrant world of short film. Whether you make film or love film, join us for must-see short films from across the globe, emerging local talent, and special events with industry professionals.

Entry is free for all Filmmakers Lab members, but booking is essential.  Contact Exeter Phoenix box office to reserve your ticket.

Tickets available here.

Exeter Phoenix box office: 01392 667080

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Wednesday 27 November 2019

Nobody's Metaphor + Q&A
3pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix

Members: FREE

Non-Members: £5

Nobody’s Metaphor Premiere + Q&A

As part of Two Short Nights 2019 Filmmakers Lab host the premiere of Chouette Film’s documentary Nobody’s Metaphor, after which we’ll be joined by the producers of the film for a Q&A.

Nobody's Metaphor (2019)

This powerful documentary follows an innovative project, which enabled a group of young muslim girls to learn fencing. Through gruelling fencing classes fused with spoken word workshops the girls are empowered with confidence, visibility and friendships. The film was made by Chouette films, a carbon neutral production company.

Entry is free for all Filmmakers Lab members, but booking is essential.  Contact Exeter Phoenix box office to reserve your ticket.

Tickets available here.

Exeter Phoenix box office: 01392 667080

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PAST SESSIONS



Monday 14 October 2019

Peer-to-Peer Session: One Shot VR storytelling with documentary filmmaker Robin Mudge
7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Kaleider Studios, 45 Preston Street, Exeter,  EX1 1DF

Members: FREE

Non-Members: £5

October’s Peer to Peer session will showcase Robin Mudge’s (BBC, Chanel 4, Digital Slate) pioneering and film centred work in VR. VR is huge at the moment. However, telling stories using 360-degree spherical video poses some interesting problems. What Robin wants to share with us is a relatively low cost way of creating content that delivers the best of VR & allows the use of our established narrative storytelling techniques.

Whilst Robin is a focus for this months session Peer to Peer sessions are there to connect with each other and get help with your projects so there will also be space for members to bring their own projects for the group to engage with.

If you have a project that you feels could benefit from extra time and input, or would be of benefit to others, and want to be a focus of a future session, please get in touch.

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Monday 23rd September 2019

Marketing & Distributing Your Films to Audiences


7pm - 8.30pm

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

Members: FREE

Non-Members: £5

We are very pleased to be able to welcome film marketing and distribution expert, Jo Taylor, who will be talking through marketing and distribution strategies for getting your films in front of audiences.

Jo has worked in the film industry for over 10 years in various roles with experience across a variety of cinema, film and arts marketing disciplines. She's worked with organisations including Altitude Film Entertainment, BFI, BIFA, Birds' Eye View, eOne, Modern Films, Fox Searchlight, Thunderbird Releasing, Curzon Artificial Eye, Curzon Cinemas & Curzon Home Cinema, National Theatre Live, Tate and iFeatures.

Her expertise covers film exhibition and distribution, specifically campaign management with a focus on grassroots and outreach marketing. Most recently Jo has worked with the BFI and Camelot on National Lottery Cinema Day 2018 (and now the 2019 event) and Cosmic Cat on their regional outreach campaign for Nae Pasaran!

Recent highlights include working with Altitude Entertainment on their regional grassroots and outreach campaigns for Loving Vincent, Moonlight, mid90s and Beats as well as with eOne on their regional grassroots campaign for I, Daniel Blake and with Curzon Artificial Eye for 120 BPM and A Fantastic Woman. Twitter: @ojrolyat

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Tuesday 16th July 2019

Doc Society - Funding and Supporting Documentaries


7pm - 8.30pm

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

Members: FREE

Non-Members: £5

Hannah Bush Bailey, the Production Manager for the BFI Doc Society fund will be helping local filmmakers find out more about funding streams and support for short and feature documentaries. The session will guide you through what makes a documentary project stand out and succeed. 

Hannah Bush Bailey - Production Manger, Doc Society

Hannah works across the funds feature slate and Made of Truth Short Scheme supporting filmmakers both in production and editorially. She has experience as a short form producer creating work for companies such as Universal, Disney and Channel 4's Random Acts. Her short films have screened internationally including at Raindance Festival, BFI Future Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.

Doc Society help good films become great. They are a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Doc Society “are at the forefront of international documentary development. From Ping Pong to Virunga they have pioneered new ways of engaging with audiences" Patrick Holland, BBC.

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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Peer-to-Peer Session
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.

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. Meet other local filmmakers - of all kinds, or share your story, or get the creative or technical input you need to help you realise the best version of your next project.

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Monday 20 May 2019

Funding Films that Break Boundaries
7pm - 8.30pm

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

For our May session we are looking at filmmaking as creative, experimental and ever changing medium. To help you find a space to make work that isn’t straight narrative drama or documentary, and tap into completely new and unexpected funding sources.

We will be discussing New Creatives, funded by Arts Council and BBC Arts, this exciting talent development scheme offers commissioning opportunities for emerging artists to create new work in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC platforms. It has just launched and is offering £5k funding to make a 3-minute short films, for artists who are aged 16-30 and live in the South West. The scheme is run by Calling the Shots in the South West, but being lead by Kaleider in the Devon area.

We will then expand on this to look at other commissioning opportunities (open to all age groups) and what support is available for filmmakers working across art forms, in non-linear narrative or digital storytelling. This will cover all type of work from dance film, artists moving image, immersive video installations to 360 video and VR.

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Monday 15 April

Peer-to-Peer Session
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.

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. Meet other local filmmakers - of all kinds, or share your story, or get the creative or technical input you need to help you realise the best version of your next project.

If you have an idea or project you would like to share with the group then please email is on: mail@filmmakerslab.co.uk

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Tuesday 19 March

Tax & Self-Funding Your Films
Guest Speaker: Peter Nicholson - Writer/Director

7pm - 8.30pm

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

For this guest speaker session, we are going to focus on independent financing, gaining investor confidence and how tax affects film funding. We’re thrilled to have locally based based Director Peter Nicholson joining us to talk about how he used these process to produce his first feature film Dartmoor Killing. This method of funding applies to all type of film production and will be relevant to anyone looking for a way of getting their project off the ground without going down mainstream funding routes.

Peter Nicholson - Writer/Director

BAFTA winner Peter Nicholson has some thirty years experience writing, directing and producing prime-time UK network and international television programmes. He trained in film drama under the British feature film director Mike Figgis and in documentary with the late Denis Mitchell.

Peter has written, directed and produced many award winning television films, notably Pompeii – The Last Day (Prime Time EMMY & 2 BAFTA Noms); Nuremberg – Goering’s Last Stand (BAFTA); Day of the Kamikaze (NYTVGold) & Beasts of the Roman Games (RTS).

In 2011, Peter set up Peter Nicholson Films Ltd, to develop independent film & TV projects. Dartmoor Killing, is PNFL’s first feature film, which had it’s theatrical release in September 2015.

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Monday 18 February

Peer-to-Peer Session
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.

Come along if you want to meet other local filmmakers - of all kinds, or share your story, or get the creative or technical input you need to help you realise the best version of your next project.

Reserve your place (not required, but recommended): https://ti.to/filmmakers-lab/february-peer-to-peer-session

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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.

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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

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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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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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