Hot Topics and Work in Progress 2019

Our annual Hot Topics and Work in Progress Accreditation Event is back for 2019! Come Join us.

This gem of an event is held at BFI Southbank where our colleagues from HE at our accredited University courses give an insight into current ‘Hot Topics’ roaming the industry and share the news from their campuses as well as show some of the recent work.

This year’s speaker will be creative director at Flavourworks, Jack Attridge.

Jack will be talking about the convergence between traditional film making and computer games followed by a Q&A where he will share tips about finding employment in the emerging media industry.

About Jack Attridge and Flavourworks:
After graduating from a Film Production degree, Jack worked for games studios including EA, Rebellion, Mind Candy and 22cans. Flavourworks have recently announced the release of Erica, their feature length, interactive game developed for the PS4 with Sony.This is a great opportunity to see selections of work from our accredited courses and to meet with young emerging talent starting out.



We are very excited to see you there and we hope you enjoy yourselves!

Concept vs Instinct: A Screenwriting Workshop with Award-Winner Corey Mandell

Come join us as award-winning writer Corey Mandell talks about his views on instinctive vs conceptual writing. He has written numerous projects for Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Working Title, Walt Disney Pictures and many more.

Corey will:

  • Talk about the difference between ‘instinctive’ and ‘conceptual’ screenwriting
  • Give an idea of how he one doesn’t necessarily exclude the other
  • Share his experiences with working for high-end production companies and A-listers

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of the various ways to write for the big screen.

About Corey Mandell:

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

His Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshops offer an alternative to the same old tired rules and formulas found in most screenwriting classes, books and seminars. This innovative program is the only one to teach creative integration, script testing, compelling conflict, organic story design, strategic rewriting and story mapping. With these tools, writers are able to create the pitch-perfect authentic scripts required to break into, and thrive in, the current marketplace.

In the past three years, graduates have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, MGM, Universal, Showtime, FX, USA Network, NBC, HBO, MTV and AMC. Others have been staffed on such shows as Community, The Fosters, Jane the VirginBonesJustified, BoJack Horseman,Young and Hungry, PlayingHouse, The Mentalist, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Up All Night, State of Affairs, Rosewood, The Leftovers, You’re the Worst, Pretty Little Liars, Treme, The Blacklist and The Leftovers.

The Workshops teach the essential skill sets required to write at a professional level, both for feature films and television. The classes are offered live in Los Angeles as well as online using video conferencing to allow participants to see and hear each other in real time. These highly popular classes draw students from across the US, Europe and Australia.

With the recent explosion of television pilots being bought, and a healthy rebound in the feature spec script market, there’s never been a better time to jump into the writing game. One script absolutely can change your life. But it’s got to be the right script. If you’re serious about developing the skills required to launch a career, these workshops can help take years off your learning curve and significantly increase your chances of success.

Selling Your Feature Film: Using a Proof of Concept

Come join us as writer/director Dwayne Gumbs will present the importance of having a proof of concept in order to sell your feature film script to investors. He will screen ‘Holy Beef’, a proof of concept for his feature film currently in development.

‘Holy Beef’ was funded through Film London’s London Calling scheme and was in official selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2018 and the London Short Film Festival 2019. As such, the project has also been supported by Film London as part of their Microwave scheme for first time feature filmmakers.

Dwayne will:

  • Talk about when and why the proof of concept became vital to his feature project
  • Give an idea of how to create a feasible and engaging a ‘short version’ of a substantial feature idea
  • Share his experiences of the benefits the proof of concept has brought with it and what it means for the future of his project

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of the journey from proof of concept to feature production.

About Dwayne Gumbs:

Dwayne’s passion for writing found an outlet as a child through Grime. Having grown up in East London when the culture was emerging, his hobbies included MCing, DJing and music production – a connection he’s maintained to this day. In 2008 he founded Diverse Voices Entertainment, a unique entity for young people to express themselves and access opportunities in the arts which would otherwise not be available to them. He has written and directed many live shows and short films, all co-created with these young people.

Dwayne collaborated with Iain Simpson on the Film London funded grime comedy short ‘Holy Beef’, a proof of concept for a feature in development, ‘Running Out of Grime’, which was also developed through Film London’s Microwave scheme.

Dwayne is passionate about creating positive depictions of a young generation too often portrayed negatively on screen. Whilst the London film industry is definitely broadening the range of stories being told, he still feels there is an unaddressed gap in the ‘Urban Film’ market, which is not a fair representation of the vibrant and positive inner city London life he experienced growing up, nor the true nature of today’s youth.

Writing Successful TV Bibles: From Creation to Pitch

Come join us as writer/director Danny Stack will share valuable tips and insights into writing TV bibles, and how they’re an essential document across development and production. Everything from two-page summaries to TV bibles that take a weekend to read – come find out how it’s done.

Danny will:

  • Discuss why a TV Bible is ESSENTIAL to pitching a show
  • Outline what items are in a TV bible and what not to include
  • Talk about the secrets to writing a good TV bible and why no one set rule or structure applies to all
  • Look at the difference between a good TV bible pitch document versus a more production-focused one
  • Draw on his vast experiences making films in the family genre

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of creating award-winning projects.

About Danny Stack:

Danny started out in Channel 4’s comedy department when shows like Spaced, Ali G and Black Books were being made. Since then he’s worked as a screenwriter and script reader for companies like Miramax, Working Title, Pathe, UK Film Council and Irish Film Board, among others. He helped set-up the Red Planet Prize with Tony Jordan, designed to seek out new TV writing talent. With Tim Clague, he co-hosted the highly popular podcast The UK Scriptwriters Podcast, which was started in 2010. Danny now specialises in the kids/family genre, and has made two live-action family films with Tim: Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg (which had its world premiere at the London Film Festival in 2015) and Future TX (starring Griff Rhys Jones).

Post-Holiday After Party: Xmas Might Be Gone, But The Party Is Still On

Back from the festive month and still in party-mode? Well, look no further and join us at our annual start-of-the-year party at the renowned Phoenix Artist Club in Soho.

What you will get out of this gathering:

  • Make new connections
  • Mix&Mingle with old and new faces
  • Have a drink (or two) on the house

FREE for IMIS Members. Tickets for non-members: £6 (incl. VAT)



The award-winning Phoenix Artist Club is one of London’s last remaining independently owned and operated venues, based in the heart of the west end and located in the original rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre.

Telling Powerful Stories with ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye

Six-time Grammy nominee director/cinematographer Tony Kaye, American History X (nominated for an Academy Award) will be joining us for an evening discussing telling powerful stories.  Tony is also known for his music videos for Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Johnny Cash. For his music video for Johnny Cash’s God’s Gonna Cut You Down, Kaye won the Grammy Award. Kaye will talk about his journey on the film industry across creative sectors.

‘Tony Kaye is also the most awarded director and cinematographer of television commercials in British Advertising History.’

Tony will:

  • Talk about his experiences as a director across several creative industries
  • Give insight into working with a high-end cast in passion feature film productions
  • Discuss high-class music video production working with celebrity musicians

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of directing award-winning projects.

About Tony Kaye:

He has made several well-known music videos, including the video for “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award, “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “What God Wants” by Roger Waters, and “Help Me” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six-time Grammy nominated music video director.

His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Kaye disowned the final cut of the film and unsuccessfully attempted to have his name removed from the credits. The film was critically lauded and Norton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.

Kaye’s second feature, a documentary called Lake of Fire, about the abortion debate in the United States, opened in Toronto in September 2006. The movie was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature as well as for Best Documentary Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Satellite Awards. Lake of Fire took Kaye 18 years to make.

Kaye’s third feature film, a crime drama titled Black Water Transit starring Laurence Fishburne, was shot in New Orleans during the summer of 2007. A rough cut was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival but the film was never released to cinemas.

Kaye’s fourth feature film, Detachment (2011), starring Adrien Brody as well as featuring Kaye’s daughter Betty, is a drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools. It premiered in April 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2011, Detachment screened in competition at the 37th Deauville American Film Festival in France. It won both the Revelations Prize and the International Critics’ Award. Detachment was also announced as the Closing Night Film at the Woodstock Film Festival, where Kaye was the recipient of the Honorary Maverick Award.

Finding a Theme: A Workshop on Bringing Your Narrative Together

Join us as screenwriter and story design consultant, Rick Harvey walks you through the steps of writing a theme whilst exploring its importance and often-overlooked powers in this interactive workshop.

He will address the ins and outs of what themes are about and where they belong in the writing process. In particular, he will look at:

  • Theme as a unifying element of a narrative
  • Theme as a means of establishing an emotional engagement with a reader /
  • Theme as a means of establishing/connecting to a writer’s voice

Since this is a workshop, we advise you to bring along your own project to get the most out of this session.

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful theme writing.

About Rick Harvey:

Rick is a Cambridge-based screenwriter, story design consultant, lecturer and mentor.

Since attaining an MA Screenwriting & Research qualification from the London College of Communication in 2001, he has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’ (Talkback Thames/Channel 5), developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, written a slate of short films and spec features, mentored on First Light, Media Box and BFI projects and written and developed feature screenplays for EON Productions.

He was trained by the UK Film Council to devise, develop and deliver industry-standard courses on screenwriting and cross-platform story design, and he lectures regularly on various aspects of the writing process.

Rick is currently developing, ‘Beautiful Bodies’, an eight-part serial for TV, writing a Folk Horror feature narrative, Inheritance, and overseeing the MA in Filmmaking at Raindance.

Tickets Available:

  1. General Admission: This ticket is open to any non-member of IMIS.
  2. IMIS Member Ticket: Once logged in to the website, this allows the user the ability to attend the event for free. Limit one per person. No need to register for livestream.
  3. Livestream Ticket: This ticket allows you to watch the recording live and indefinitely afterwards. A link will be sent to you before the event.



Join us as we celebrate short film of any narrative, structure and genre.

And as a perk, a full free year of membership will be given to a member of the crew of each of the films selected for the screening.

Everybody starts little, but by no means small. We are showcasing a range of exciting, quirky and inspiring short films made by passionate people. Talent can be reflected in so many was, let’s bring it to the screen.  Even if you don’t have a short to show, we would invite you to come and network with other filmmakers!

Submit your film today and come join us at our networking event. Watch works from fellow professionals, meet peers, chat, exchange details, collaborate and most of all, have fun!

How to Submit Your Short Film:

  1. Click ‘Order Now’ and select ‘Film Submission’ ticket.
  2.  Visit: to submit your short.
  3. Keep an eye on your inbox to see if it’s been accepted.

Rules for Short Film Submission:

  1. You must register for a ticket (see above) & be in attendance on the evening of the event.
  2. Your short film must be 15 minutes or less in length.
  3. You must possess the right to show the film.
  4. Submission does not guarantee that it will be shown on the evening. You will be contacted if you are selected either way beforehand.
  5. A full free year membership will be awarded to one crew member of each selected short film
  6. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 19th October 2018, 5pm BST

Producing Feature Films: The Ins and Outs of the Craft

Come join us as producer Pietro Greppi will talk about his experience developing, financing, producing and releasing the debut feature film by emerging writer/director Andrew Steggal (Departure) starring Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckahm, Truly Madly Deeply) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game.)

He will discuss:

  • Securing both development and production funding from the BFI and working closely with them throughout the process
  • Securing the rest of the finance as well as sales and distribution partners before production, which included pitching the project at a number of co-production and finance markets and labs, including Film London’s Micromarket and Closing the Gap
  • Setting up the project as a UK/ French production (the film was a British film shot entirely in the South of France with mixed cast and crew; post-production was carried out half in the UK half in France); this entailed bridging the cultural differences between the two systems, particularly in regard to the legal closing and during production on set
  • Planning the film’s festival and distribution strategy in conjunction with the film’s finance, sales and distribution partners, overseeing attendance at festivals including BFI London, Rome, Dinard and Palm Springs, and markets including Cannes and EFM in Berlin

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful feature film producing.

About Pietro Greppi:

Pietro Greppi is a London-based independent producer. He produced Andrew Steggall’s BFI-funded debut feature Departure (2016), starring Juliet Stevenson and Alex Lawther. A UK-France production, the film screened at festivals including LFF, Dinard and Rome and was released theatrically in the UK and France and sold internationally by Charlotte Mickie at Mongrel.

Pietro previously produced Giacomo Cimini’s sci-fi short The Nostalgist, based on a short story by NY Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse), starring Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Revolutions) and Samuel Joslin (Paddington, The Impossible). The short, partly funded via Kickstarter, won the Melies d’Argent and screened at festivals including LFF, Palm Springs, FantasticFest and Clermont Ferrand before securing distribution on platforms including iTunes, Wired and We Are Colony.

Pietro is currently developing a slate of features with partners including the BFI, Creative England, The Wellcome Trust and Ingenious Media. He is also a consultant and project assessor for a number of production companies and film initiatives.

He began his career in New York, gaining experience in development at Christine Vachon’s Killer Films and later working in distribution and sales at Magnolia Pictures. He then worked across sales and financing at Goldcrest in London, on films such as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and The Iron Lady.

About Departure (2015):

An English mother and her teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the woman’s crumbling marriage. The boy struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother. She in turn must confront the fact that her marriage to his father has grown loveless and the life she has known is coming to an end. When an enigmatic local boy enters their lives, mother and son are compelled to confront their separate desires and, finally, each other.

Hot Topics and Work in Progress – Annual IMIS Accreditation Event

Our annual Hot Topics and Work in Progress Accreditation Event is back for 2018! Come join us.

Held at the BFI, our colleagues from HE of our accredited courses give an insight into current ‘Hot Topics’ roaming the industry and share practical and production news from their campuses as well as show some of the recent work.

This year’s speaker will be Award-winning writer, producer and creative consultant Christina Morelli.

The Line-Up from IMIS Accredited Courses and speaker:

  • Work In Progress: Bournemouth University
  • Work In Progress: Staffordshire University
  • Work in Progress: University of Creative Arts Farnham
  • Work In Progress: Sheffield Hallam University
  • Work In Progress: Brighton Film School
  • Industry Input – Christina Morelli – ‘Last Years at Uni and First Steps’

This is a great opportunity to see selections of work from our accredited courses and to meet with young emerging talent starting out. And to make the networking happen, the event will be followed by drinks in the Atrium.

NO TICKETS NECESSARY! All IMIS Members and Industry Guests Welcome!