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CALL FOR ENTRIES! FREE TO SUBMIT!

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: https://www.societyinmotion.com/networking-drinks-shorts-submission/ 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.

The Fine Line: Representing Reality in Drama Documentary Filmmaking

Come join us as writer, director, producer Tim Conrad will talk about his experiences interpreting reality in award winning drama documentaries. He will:

  • talk about the benefits and disadvantages of dramatising factual material
  • share his experience with working to tight schedules and various locations all over the world
  • give his take on dealing with interviewees, the compromises that have to be made and the potential dangers that come with it

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

About Tim Conrad:  

Tim Conrad has worked in the UK film and television industry for over 30 years.

After three years at film school he started working as a Camera Assistant on documentaries, dramas, and feature films, which led to him to become a cameraman, working on documentaries and corporate videos.

In the late 80’s, Conrad discovered his passion for directing and soon set up his own production company making music videos, corporate videos and commercials.
After a successful 10-year run, he sold his company and moved into writing and directing for television.

He has since made numerous documentaries and drama-documentaries for UK terrestrial channels and US cable networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. I have also written, produced and directed some award-winning short dramas.

Today, he works as writer, director and series producer in specialist factual television, mostly making drama documentaries.

Tim Conrad’s Filmography:

  • Mafia Killers with Colin McLaren (TV Series documentary, 2018)
    – Vincent Gigante ‘The Oddfather’
    – Henry Hill ‘The Goodfella’
    – Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso
    – Carmine “The Snake” Persico
    – Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano
  •  Autopsy: The Last Hours of (TV Series documentary, 2017)
    – Steve Jobs
    – Prince
  •  Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen (TV Series, 2016)
    – Shots in the Heartland
    – Wrong Place, Deadly Time
  •  Princess Diana’s Death: Mystery Solved (TV Movie documentary, 2016)
  •  The Wives Did It (TV Mini-Series, 2015)
    – Deadly Threesome
    – Guns, Lies & Sister Wives
    – The Polygamous Prophet
  •  Did He Do It? (TV Series, 2015)
    – Execution in Question
    – Reputation of Evil

Screenwriting Bootcamp: Write Your Feature Film Outline In One Sitting

Been sitting on an idea for a movie, but never have time to write it?

Have an idea but no idea how to map out your screenplay?

Then join us on for a webinar training ‘Screenwriting Bootcamp: Write Your Feature Film Outline in One Sitting’! Recognised Canadian screenwriter Larissa Thomas brings her successful screenwriting bootcamp to IMIS in an exciting training. In this 3-hour screenwriting workshop you’ll learn how to turn your idea into a story and leave with a completed, rough outline of your feature film.

This live online workshop is taught using video examples, hand-outs, and slides to help you gain a better understanding of film structure and character. Through guided writing sprints, you’ll put your ideas onto paper without dwelling on perfection. With this outline, you can confidently write your feature screenplay knowing you’ve nailed your structural and character arc points.

ALL IMIS MEMBERS CAN ATTEND THE WEBINAR FOR FREE!

(Non-Members: £15+VAT)

About Larissa Thomas:

Larissa Thomas co-wrote, directed, and produced a web series called Allie & Lara Make a Horror Movie (literally about the horrors of trying to make your own films) with two more episodes to go.

Her successful “FINISHIT: Screenwriting Sprint” workshop she created to help beat procrastination, and to help writers take ideas they talk about and make them a reality. ‘It began in 2015 at my very own kitchen table’ before being recognised by filmmaking organization Raindance Canada (based in Toronto). It quickly became a member-favourite, monthly screenwriting workshop. Thomas has ran over 20 iterations of the workshop, broken down over 14 films, and guided almost 200 writers through the process.

ALL IMIS MEMBERS CAN ATTEND THE WEBINAR FOR FREE!

(Non-Members: £15+VAT)

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

Perfecting the Pitch: An Introduction to Pitching Screenplays

 

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

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!

Money, Money, Money: Financing And Distributing Your First Feature Film

Come join us as EMMY and BAFTA winning producer/director Peter Nicholson (Pompeii- The Last Day, Nuremberg- Goering’s Last Stand) will present an alternative way of getting your first feature film financed using the case study of his Award-winning thriller feature Dartmoor Killing (2015).

He will:

  • give insight into the world of alternative routes of feature film finance
  • talk about harnessing UK’s EIS/SEIS tax relief schemes for investors
  • rehearse the importance of strategic partnerships in the production and distribution process

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

About Peter Nicholson

Peter Nicholson trained in documentary with the late Denis Mitchell and in drama with British feature film auteur Mike Figgis. During his career of 30 years, he has written, produced and directed over 50 television films for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and international broadcasters. In the last five years he has turned his attention to independent film.

About Dartmoor Killing

DK is a psychological thriller starring Gemma-Leah Devereux, Rebecca Night, David Hayman and Callum Blue.
Premise:
Susan and Becky’s plans for a quiet weekend on Dartmoor are de-railed by the psychological and sexual mind games of a charming stranger, Chris.
Awards:
  • Tulsa International Film Festival 2011 – Best Screenplay
  • Arri UK/DUK Alexa Challenge winner 2012/13
  • “Breakthrough Strand” – The London Screenings
  • National Film Academy Awards 2016 – Best Thriller
  • Horror Haus Film Festival 2016 – Best Screenplay
  • Screen International Screen Awards 2016 – Premiere of the Year Award

Secret Agent: How To Get An Agent As A Screenwriter

Come join us as Film and TV agent Leah Middleton, representing talents at Marjacq gives invaluable insight into the art of promoting your talent as a screenwriter and finding a suitable agent in this competitive business.

She will:

  • tell us what an agent is and what do they do
  • discuss why screenwriters should want an agent
  • give insight into how to approach an agent and whom to choose
  • talk about ways to prepare a pitch yourself to an agent
  • describe tips on working with agents successfully

About Leah Middleton:

After gaining substantial experience working in the film and television department at Aitken Alexander Associates, across drama and factual programming, she joined Marjacq as Film and TV as well as Literary Agent.

Leah is looking for screenwriters and authors. She is interested in commercial fiction, particularly historical, high-concept YA, black comedy and stories with recognisable settings from unusual perspectives. In non-fiction she would like to see investigative journalism, polemic, topical memoir and popular science/history.

About Marjacq: 

Founded in 1974, Marjacq is an energetic full-service literary agency with a  diverse range of writers of both fiction and non-fiction, for adults, young adults and children.

They work closely with their authors at every stage of the process, from editorial guidance and negotiating deals,  to long-term career management – including selling their work into as many languages as possible and seeking the best opportunities for adaptation to Film, TV and other media.

Marjacq are a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA).

Come join us as at one of our regular networking events. Meet peers and fellow professionals, chat, exchange details, collaborate and most of all, have fun!

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

Journey To The Oscars: From Concept To The Awards

Come join us as producer Cass Pennant will talk about his experiences bringing his film to become Oscar short-listed. He will:

  • give insight into what paved his way to the Oscars
  • talk about his colourful life and vast career stretching over six decades
  • present and screen his short racial drama Beverley (2015) which made the Oscar short-list in 2017

Cass Pennant has also consulted on several popular British movies such as:

  • Alan Clarke’s The Firm
  • Guy Ritchie’s Snatch
  • Lexi Alexander’s Green Street.

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

About Beverley:

‘Beverly’ was short-listed for the Oscar Nomination for Short Action Drama in 2017. The short racial-conflict drama was also screened in over 100 festivals and theaters all around the world and has won an outstanding 36 awards, including Best Short Film at the UK National Film Awards 2017.

Beverley (Premise):

Beverley is about a mixed-race teen on a white suburban estate. The local gang have completely different ideas about what she has to offer and her fight to fit in leads to devastating consequences.

About Cass Pennant and Urban Edge Films:

Black British born Independent filmmaker Cass Pennant is a former ‘Barnardo’s boy’ in the late 1950s whose own incredible story was turned into the British cult film CASS directed by Jon S. Baird in 2008.

With his founding of Urban Edge Films in 2010 he has taken further strides with his film work developing ideas, which are innovative and surprising in their approach. Pennant marked his filmmaker credentials when taking the ‘Best Film’ award for his feature documentary on the 80s football fashion subculture Casuals (2011) at the Portobello Film Festival in 2012 becoming a TV broadcast in 2013 on the Community Channel before purchased as a UK Netflix release in 2016.

He co-produced, working with director Gabe Turner (In the Hands of the Gods, The Class of ’92), violent thriller The Guvnors (2014) Rizzle Kicks’ star Harley Sylvester marked his feature film debut co-starring with actor Doug Allen. Premiere screened at Edinburgh Film Festival and won Best Action Movie at the 2015 National Film Awards.

His short film Beverley (2015) has been screened in more than 100 festivals and theaters all over the world. It was “short-listed” for the 2017 Oscar Nomination for Short Action Drama and has won thirty-six awards, including a Best of Fest Award from the St Louis International Film Festival. This work was also winner of Best Short Film at the UK National Film Awards 2017. Cass traveled extensively with the film, leading discussions at anti-racism festivals and at universities, and community groups.

As well as a freelance filmmaker, writer, interviewer, speaker and media consultant he is also a patron for the British Urban Film Festival.

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events,

BECTU Freelancers’ Fair 2018

Come join us at our booth at the annual Freelancers’ Fair 2018 and celebrate all freelancers in film and TV.

About the BECTU Freelancers’ Fair:

It’s a day to come together to learn, to discuss and to enjoy. Programmed by leading representatives of BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch, the event helps freelancers to connect and to enhance their careers. Come alone, or in a group, you’ll be in good company.

Whether you’re just starting out, or more experienced, our mix of topical seminars and practical workshops, backed by an extraordinary exhibitor line-up and technical area, will deliver real benefit to you.

How will you spend your day? Full programme info can be found here www.bectu.org.uk/freelancers-fair including confirmed speakers.

 

About IMIS:

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events,