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Talking Sessions

One Giant Leap for a TV Doc:

In The Shadow of The Moon

How do you make a standard TV commission into a cinematic experience? David Sington did just that when In the Shadow of the Moon was transformed into a Sundance winning feature length documentary and picked up by a major US theatrical distributor. David, his editor and composer talked about breaking the boundaries of the box.

Sponsored by More4

Panel: Peter Dale*, More4; David Sington, Director; David Fairhead Editor; Philip Shephard, Composer; Julie Goldman, Cactus 3, John Battsek, Passion Pictures


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When Documentaries Make a Killing

We all know it's hard for ambitious documentary films to make money for the filmmaker, the broadcaster and the distributor but every year some films do make a lot of money either from big sales deals or from unexpected consumer sales. In this panel, those who've done it tell you how it's done.

Sponsored by Screen International

Panel: Colin Brown*, Screen International; Ryan Harrington, A&E; John Smithson, Darlow Smithson; Andrea Meditch, Discovery Docs; Stefan Demetriou, EMI


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How to Kill a Growing Creative Business

John Bates the adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the London Business School delivered a seminar aimed at anyone who runs their own small or medium creative business and wants advance warning on what not to do, if you want to get to the top.

Sponsored by Screen South

Speaker: John Bates, London Business School



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Pitch Perfect

Having the best idea is just the start of the process. In order to get that elusive commission you need to know how to make it sound amazing, how to present it so it's irresistible both on paper and in person, how to engage the commissioning editor. In short, you need to master the art of pitching.

Sponsored by Skillset

Speaker: Leena Pasanen*


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Cinematography Masterclass

With the development of small HDV cameras, more and more directors now choose to shoot their films themselves. Is the cameraperson going to disappear or is it a crucial craft for documentary making? Leading cameramen Roger Chapman (Cocaine) and Graham Smith (Tina Goes Shopping) and self-shooting director Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law) discuss the role of the cameraman, the relationship between camera and director and shooting without a cameraperson at all.

Sponsored by JVC

Panel: Beadie Finzi BRITDOC; Kim Longinotto, Filmmaker; Roger Chapman; Director of Photography

Meet the Online Distributors

New online distributors are entering the market, some are offering advances, others licenses, some shares of advertising revenue and others simply offer a free way for filmmakers to reach the audience. Listen to the discussion on the new distribution models with Babelgum, MySpace, Current TV and others.

Sponsored by The UK Film Council

Panel: Jess Search*, BRITDOC; Emily Renshaw-Smith, Current TV; Tim Spark, Join the Dots; Simon Collins, Vivadas; Faisal Galaria, Jarman


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Meet the Documentary Distributors

Every year a few documentaries make it to British cinema screens and the DVD charts. Hear from the distributors who put them there about what they are looking for and how they work with documentaries.



Sponsored by UK Film Council

Panel: Jess Search*, BRITDOC; Nick Savva, Revolver; Anna Godas, Dogwoof

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Steal This Film

How will the film industry's business models need to change in a future where piracy is rife and unpreventable? Will royalties and ownership become a thing of the past once every customer has the tools for digital replication? Jamie King, one of the makers of Steal This Film, thinks so - he argues the case for a new approach to copyright with industry leaders including Guy Avshalom, head of legal and business affairs Europe at Lionsgate.

Sponsored by BAFTA

Panel: Jess Search*, BRITDOC; Jamie King, Filmmaker; Guy Avshalom, Lionsgate, Adam Gee, Channel 4, X, FACT


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Turning Your Film into a Campaign

This session looked at the ways documentary filmmakers can devise their work to be part of a long term ambition to raise awareness, create political change or raise funding. It's a different way of thinking and requires collaborations with charities, NGOs, brands and campaigning groups to create maximum impact.

BRITDOC

Panel: Jess Search*, C4FF; Cara Metes, Sundance Institute; Teddy Leifer, Rise Films; Christopher Hird, Fulcrum TV


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Animating Reality

Joe King, tutor of Animation at the Royal College of Art leads a session looking a recent examples of animated documentaries including A is for Autism by Tim Webb, Camouflage by Jonathan Hodgson, Mother by Christoph Steger and discusses with the directors, when and how documentary most benefits from this approach.

Sponsored by Red Vision

Panel: Beadie Finzi*, BRITDOC; Tim Webb; Christopher Steger, Robb Ellender, Kez Margie, Jonathan Hodgson


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Meet The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation

BRITDOC

Panel: Katie Purnell*; Beadie Finzi; Maxyne Franklin; Lucy Cooke; Charlotte Dale

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Artists on Documentary

BRITDOC ART

Panel: Jess Search*, BRITDOC; Ekow Eshun, ICA; Jeremy Deller, Artist; Kutlug Ataman, Artist, Karen Guthrie, Filmmaker

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Public Doc/Special Screening
Doc House Presents: Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

Sponsored by Dochouse

Director Q&A by Beadie Finzi, Director of BRITDOC

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International Feature - Billy the Kid

Director, Jennifer Venditti

Introduction and director Q&A by filmmaker Kevin Macdonald.

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UK Feature
We Are Together

Director: Paul Taylor

Director Q&A by filmmaker Penny Woolcock

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My Enemies Enemy

Director: Kevin McDonald

Introduction and director Q&A by Meredith Chambers, Commisioning Editor, Channel 4 Documentaries

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