UK event for budding filmmakers includes a directors masterclass and a session on crowdfunding.

BAFTA has teamed with entertainment accountants Sargent-Disc to launch a career development initiative for budding filmmakers.

The Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers’ Market will take place on July 13 at BAFTA’s headquarters on London’s Piccadilly, and will feature a day of masterclasses, screenings and advice sessions to help improve creative and business skills ahead of making a first feature, and progressing in the industry.

The Filmmakers’ Market has been run by BAFTA for the last four years in partnership with Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.

This year’s market is supported by 19 of the UK’s major film organisations such as the BFI, Film4 and the London Film Schoo and NFTS.

Highlights of the day include: advice on budgeting from The Production Guild; a directing masterclass with Directors UK; a crowdfunding ‘how to’ with Shooting People; a seminar on film tax credit and EIS funding with Harbottle & Lewis; and a British Council-led session on navigating the international festival circuit.

The day will culminate in a ‘New Talent Summit’ where a panel of industry practitioners from Film4, the NFTS, Film London, Creative England and the BFI Film Fund will debate the current career development landscape for new filmmakers, and will examine where it is heading in the future.

Tricia Tuttle, senior manager of film and skills at BAFTA, said: “The event has grown significantly since its launch in 2009, and with more than 600 places booked last year, it’s clearly hitting the right mark with that audience.”

Other planned activity includes:

  • Screenings and Q&As from festivals and film schools such as Sheffield DocFest, UnderWire, London Short Film Festival, National Film and Television School, and London Film School as well as a showcase of Award winners from BAFTA in LA’s Student Film Awards, open to Southern California film schools;

  • Roundtable ‘Meet a Pro’ discussions with speakers from Film4, MEDIA Desk UK, Casting Director Des Hamilton, and London Film Academy;

  • Career surgeries, booked in advance, for one-to-one advice from an industry professional;

  • A Vimeo-supported networking reception for all participants at the end of the day.

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