Discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process at Sundance Film Festival: London 2016.
Cutting Through The Festival Bullshit: Sundance Film Festival Meets London
A short film discussion with Mike Plante (Sundance Film Festival), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival & BFI London Film Festival) and Katie Metcalfe (Nowness)
Festivals receive thousands of short film submissions. Get the real dirt on what they look for, what kinds of shorts find mass success and where and how. Sundance and London programmers compare short films from each country and discuss how filmmakers need to push boundaries and take risks.
Presented in association with Nowness and London Short Film Festival.
Listings: Saturday 4 June, 4.30
“Diversity as an Ethos” – Panel discussion in association with the BFI
What happens when diversity is built into the ethos and decision making behind film production and festival programming?
With Sundance Institute and BFI alike playing a key role in the development of indie films, what progress has been and will be made to diversify the independent filmmaking scene in the UK and across the pond? And what are the challenges faced by filmmakers from underrepresented groups in today’s busy indie filmmaking scene?
This lively discussion will gather Sundance Programmers, key players at the BFI, Sundance Film Festival London directors Sian Heder (Tallulah) and Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated) and producer Effie Brown (last year’s Dear White People) who will explore the progress made and still to be made in diversifying the indie filmmaking scene on camera and behind the scenes.
Listings: Saturday 4 June, 2.00
James Schamus on “the changing face of Independent Film”
As the head of Focus Features, James Schamus was behind the production and distribution of some of the most critically acclaimed independent films of the last 15 years including: Brokeback Mountain; Lost in Translation; Atonement; The Pianist; The Constant Gardener; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; and, 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit The Kids Are All Right.
As his witty feature directorial debut INDIGNATION premieres, the legendary film producer will discuss his multi-faceted career and his success within the independent film industry. Hosted by Wendy Mitchell, former editor of Screen International and now film programme manager at British Council.
Presented in association with Screen International.
Listings: Saturday 4 June, 2.15
Short Film Master Class
Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents the Short Film Master Class to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this seminar of Sundance-organized panel discussions to offer first-hand insight and access into the world of story development, production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.
Focusing on narrative short-form storytelling, this event will feature onstage discussions with filmmakers and a Sundance Short Film Programmer, and will conclude with a reception to network with fellow local shorts filmmakers.
The Short Film Master Class is geared toward directors, but anyone interested in the short film world should attend. Whether you are starting your first project or have been in the business for years, the advice and real world stories will entertain and educate.
Listings: Saturday 4 June, 12.00