Tiger Aspect's Peter Bennett-Jones, PACT's Bertrand Moullier, the National Film and Television School's Stephen Bayly and Oscar-winning director-actor Peter Capaldi are among the panellists for the Movie Day at the Production Show on May 23 at Olympia in London.
This year's Movie Day will address the ever-present problems newcomers face trying to make it in the film industry. It will include a session in which Moullier, Bayly and Skillset's Paula Smith will give practical advice on how to make a first film, outlining the various initiatives designed to assist first-timers.
Director Peter Capaldi will also talk about his experiences as a first-time director, first on Frank Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life, which won both the Academy Award and the BAFTA for best short film, and then on his acclaimed gangland comedy drama Strictly Sinatra, starring Ian Hart, Brian Cox and Kelly Macdonald.
On a similar theme, Peter Bennett-Jones, whose Tiger Aspect developed on its success as an independent television production company with the feature films Mr Bean, Kevin & Perry Go Large and Billy Elliot, will discuss the skills needed to make the move from television production to feature film production.
The panel will also include Stephen Margolis of Future Films Group who will provide film financing expertise and a representative of the Film Council to outline the funding opportunities in the UK.