Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Film industry experts centre stage at festival

The film industry in Northern Ireland will be under the spotlight at the Belfast Film Festival this week.

A series of workshops at the 11-day event will cover sellable and marketable scripts and film financing as well as distribution, script development and the production process.

Northern Ireland's film industry has hit the headlines in recent years with the popularity of films like Good Vibrations and the success of locally filmed HBO smash-hit Game of Thrones.

Northern Ireland Screen is hosting two insight events at the QFT this Friday, April 12.

The first of these will look at the role of the sales agent in independent film-making and whether a sales agent can help get projects financed.

The other event will focus on distribution, where experts will consider how the contraction of the marketplace impacts on the types of film produced and distributed and whether up-and-coming film-makers should be writing for platforms other than the traditional model.

On Saturday, at the Beanbag Cinema in Donegall Street, Belfast-based animation and visual effects studio BlackNorth will be staging a workshop in which it will retrace and explore the production steps covered when developing the Bafta-nominated short animation Here To Fall.

In the festival's micro-cinema on the same day, the president and chief executive of Discovery Productions, John Alan Simon, will be offering practical advice and training in distribution and marketing of television and film content across new technologies.

On Thursday, April 18, Northern Ireland Screen, which works with local writers, is presenting a One Day Writers' Festival at QFT, culminating in a pitching panel where those attending the sessions will get feedback and advice.

The panel will feature renowned producers Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Dead Man Walking, The Usual Suspects) and Finola Dwyer (Quartet, An Education, Severance).

See www.belfastfilmfestival.org for further details.

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