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What Comes After the Festival Circuit?

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

What Comes After the Festival Circuit?
Your short film has finally screened at a festival. You’ve made the most of the festival experience: you’ve seen your short on the big (or virtual) screen, networked with other filmmakers, and made invaluable industry connections. But what happens now that the party’s over?

Our January Lab panel discussion is all about what happens after your short film’s festival run is over. Learn about post-festival distribution options, including getting your film screened on online platforms and streaming services. Our panel of industry professionals will talk about building on the connections you’ve made at the festival and how to best use your new network to support future projects and career development. You’ll also learn how to use your festival success to promote and pitch the project that comes next. BFI Film Academy Labs are designed to support 16-25-year-old aspiring filmmakers and help you develop your skills and projects from home.


  • Catherine Lyn Scott – Publicist, London Flair PR
  • Rob Munday – Managing Editor, Short of the Week
  • Katie McCullough – Founder, Festival Formula
  • Isra Al Kassi – Co-founder, T A P E Collective

Hosted by Nicole Davis – BFI NETWORK Officer, Film Hub South East


This event is part of the Career Ladder strand of BFI Film Academy Labs 2021/22.

Catherine Lyn Scott

Publicist Catherine Lyn Scott has worked in Public Relations for over 2 decades, in 2008 she founded London Flair PR in Los Angeles, then opened a London Branch in 2012. Working between Los Angeles and London, in only 7 years, Catherine and her team have helped clients garner 17 Oscar Nominations, 4 Oscar wins (including The Silent Child starring Rachel Shenton), 2 Emmy wins, 1 BAFTA win and 6 BAFTA nominations. London Flair PR specialise in short films, but also work with features, as well as talent wrangle for events and film festivals. They also represent actors in film and television. Some of the films she has represented have starred Riz Ahmed, Catherine Deneuve, William Jackson-Harper, Melissa Leo, Will Ferrell, the late John Hurt and more.

Rob Munday

After co-founding Directors Notes in 2006, Rob joined the team at Short of the Week in 2009 and has been championing short film on the platform ever since. Looking to help a new generation of filmmakers share their stories on a larger stage, Rob believes short film is more than a playground for narrative and craft and is constantly excited and surprised by the new work being made in the format. The only British based member of the Short of the Week editorial team, Rob is particularly passionate about supporting emerging talent from UK & the rest of Europe.

Katie McCullough

Festival Formula has Katie’s sixteen years, and growing, experience behind it. They are an active member of the Short Film Conference and one of the few UK members of the Film Festival Alliance. Katie is also a key spokesperson on festival issues with coverage in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily regarding suspect and fraudulent film festivals. She co-created the Filmmaker Lounge in partnership with Film Festival Alliance – an online space for programmers and filmmakers to discuss their roles as a regular online event, previous guests include: Tribeca, Slamdance, Heartland Film, PÖFF Shorts, and many more.

Isra Al Kassi

Isra Al Kassi is the co-founder of T A P E Collective and currently works on a freelance basis with Shasha Movies, BIFA and Independent Film Trust. Isra has a background in community spaces and event programming and through her work with T A P E programmes short films for festivals, touring programmes and on T A P E’s streaming platform Good Wickedry.

Host: Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis is a London-based producer, writer and podcaster and also works as the BFI NETWORK Officer for Film Hub South East. She hosts Best Girl Grip, a weekly podcast about navigating the film industry through the lens of the women who do just that, in order to create greater transparency around the careers people have in film.

Festival Circuit Panel Discussion

18:30pm – 19:45pm BST

Zoom Webinar

Register for this event here.

You will then be sent a confirmation email with details on how to join the session 48 hours before the event and once again on the morning of the event.

You will have an opportunity throughout the session to ask our speakers questions, and we encourage you to get thinking now on what you’d like to know!

Please note: this session will be recorded and event footage will be used on YouTube, the BFI website and social platforms.


About BFI Film Academy Labs 2021/22

This season, our Labs will take place on the second Monday of each month. All Labs will now take place using virtual format we have used over the last year. They remain free to attend and all taking place on Zoom.

Each event will be part of one of three strands: Business of Film, Career Ladder and Storytelling:

  • Business of Film: Helping you more fully understand the business of independent filmmaking.
  • Career Ladder: Insights into the range of different career and training opportunities that exist within the screen industries.
  • Storytelling: Find your unique voice and develop your stories for the screen.

Stay tuned on socials for updates!

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