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BFI NETWORK New Directors Series

October 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - October 4, 2023 @ 8:30 pm

Join BFI Network Midlands with filmmaker Cassiah Joski-Jethi for a series of workshops on directing a short film.

These sessions will go through the process of creating a short film, from conceiving an idea to the practical aspects of development, funding, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution.

The Facilitator

Ever since a young age, Cassiah knew that she would be a writer and director, unable to escape from imagining stories and films in her head.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham in July 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in BA Drama and Theatre Arts, Cassiah began her career working for writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha OBE after a chance meeting on a train.

Cassiah is now an award-winning writer and director for stage and screen represented by Independent, with her films funded by the BBC and BFI. Cassiah is also a BAFTA Connects member, and has been a BBC New Creative (2020) and BFI Network X BAFTA Crew member (2018-2021).

Dates and time

The three sessions in the series will take place between Monday 2nd October – Wednesday 4th October.

Workshops will be 2.5 hours long and will take place on Zoom. Each session will have one comfort break.

*Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

  • Mon 2nd October 18:00 – 20:30 – Idea to Script, Script Development, Funding & Directorial Vision.
  • Tue 3rd October 18:00 – 20:30 – Applications, Pre-Production, Casting & Production.
  • Wed 4th October 18:00 – 20:30 – Post-Production, Festivals, Distribution & Career Development.

When booking you will only be able to select the starting date of the programme but please note that you will be booked on to all sessions of the series.

Who is this series for?

Ideal participants will have experience of directing at least one short film or have directed at least one staged play and be looking to direct more short film projects in the future.

Please note this series is for Midlands based directors and you will be required to provide your postcode at sign up.


October 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
October 4, 2023 @ 8:30 pm
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