Do you have a question about the film festival circuit or need help with your feature film’s international festival strategy? During lockdown the British Council Film is providing a series of free, bespoke one-to-one advice sessions to help you make plans.

About the sessions

The Council is offering 6 x bookable 1-1 sessions, each lasting 20 mins, available each week while the traditional film festival world is locked down. Sessions are bookable on Tuesdays and Thursdays with flexible times available, and will be scheduled to suit once you have been allocated a meeting. The surgeries are hosted by Rowan Woods, the BCF’s Film Programme Manager (Festivals) and are completely free to book.

The festival circuit is experiencing a period of great uncertainty due to COVID-19. The situation is evolving and there may be lasting changes that have yet to materialise. While it might be hard to provide definitive answers on what will happen to the remainder of the 2020 circuit, there are still some guiding principles that remain when thinking about how best to approach your festival strategy.

Who are they for?

These sessions are aimed at UK-based filmmakers who have completed or are about to complete a feature, and who do not currently have a sales agent on board. (Do note Short Support Salons for short filmmakers is also offered).

You are particularly welcomed if you are a filmmaker from a under-represented groups in the industry and who has not yet had festival experience.

British Council Film plans to offer each session with onscreen transcription and can schedule meeting times flexibly to suit those with caring responsibilities.

Sessions can be conducted on zoom or by telephone, to suit you. Each session will last 20 mins – and please note that Rowan will not be able to watch or read anything in advance.

How to Apply

Send some basic information about your project and a short note detailing what you would like to get out of the session.
You can book your slot here

Places will be allocated on a first come basis and you will be contacted via email to arrange a convenient time.

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