In partnership with the Birmingham Film Festival, the Forum is delighted to announce that our next Forum Bytes screening event will be part of full day of curated programming! We’re very excited to present sessions relevant to all up and coming filmmakers focusing on festivals, scripting and producing features. Its a packed day for those wishing to attend and best of all, all sessions are FREE though tickets are required for all sessions. Please book below.
11.00 - 12.15 - Making it on the Short Film Festival Circuit Case Study: TITANIC LOVE, followed by screening
How do you get your short film into film festivals around the world? Producer/Director and Producers’ Forum Board Member Mark Pressdee gives the inside scoop of how he broke all the rules, learned the art of marketing your film and had an unlikely success against all the odds with his film TITANIC LOVE. The film has won over forty awards, screened around the world received three RTS Awards was recognised by BAFTA as new talent and been broadcast on TV.
Mark used the same self-taught business model on his latest short THE FINAL SCENE which has had a similar success on the International Film Festival circuit. A not to be missed case study with a screening of the film.
12.30 - 13.45 - Ian Kennedy - Screenwriters’ Forum Chair
Writer and Chair of the West Midlands based Screenwriters Forum Ian Kennedy shares his insights to help writers write a successful short film. He’ll talk about content, theme and structure, plus how to write impactfully in the shortest format available to scriptwriters.
14.00 - 16.00 - Producers’ Forum presents Forum Bytes
The Producers’ Forum quarterly screening of members films comes to the Birmingham Film Festival for the first time. Hosted by Comedian, short-film maker and Producers’ Forum Board Member Mark Pressdee.
You will be guaranteed a fun lively event showcasing work from regional filmmakers and producers. You can also meet the filmmakers themselves and hear a little about the challenges they faced making their films.
16.30 -17.30 - Panel Conversation – Making your first, or the even trickier, second feature film
Looking to make your first or very tricky second feature film? This panel gives an insight into the various ways you can make your first feature and also the challenges of making your second. Hosted by Rebekah Fortune Director of multi-award-winning first feature Just Charlie, the panel will consist of experienced industry professionals who will give their advice and share their extensive knowledge of making films and invite the audience to ask their own questions.
17.30 - 18.15 - Meet the Panel
An opportunity to talk one-on-one with the Panel and meet other like-minded filmmakers
8.15 - 19.45 - JUST CHARLIE - Midlands’ Premiere
Having won the prestigious Audience Award at last year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, numerous awards internationally and worldwide critical acclaim, Midlands Director Rebekah Fortune’s Moving Drama, “Just Charlie” finally gets a Midlands screening.
Football star Charlie has the world at his feet. With a top club desperate to sign him, his future is seemingly mapped out. But the teenager sees only a nightmare. Trapped in the body of a boy, Charlie is torn between wanting to live up to her father’s expectations and shedding this ill-fitting skin. Charlie’s next move will tear the family apart and threaten everything they hold dear.
Just Charlie is no ordinary coming-of-age tale. Charlie is a girl divided between the wish to live up to her Father’s expectations and the overwhelming need to be true to herself. An all-consuming desire to embrace her true identity gives Charlie the inner strength to stand up for what she knows to be right.
20.00 - 20.45 - JUST CHARLIE Q&A
Director of Just Charlie, Rebekah Fortune, will answer all your questions about the making of her film and the challenges addressed.