Mon 1 January 0001 - Fri 11 October 2019
Room 2: Carriageworks Theatre
Runtime: 1hr 15m
Join panellists from the top film organisations across the UK to be in the know for many of the grants and schemes now available for independent filmmakers. Plus, learn how to write a killer funding bid to catch the attention of the executives.
Jess oversees the national strategy for the BFI NETWORK, the BFI’s new and emerging talent development programme, working closely with the UK-wide team of Talent Execs and colleagues in the BFI Film Fund. Jess has worked within NETWORK for five years, previously she was a regional Talent Exec with Film Hub North developing the work and careers of new and emerging filmmakers, and supporting them through the production of short films and the development of early stage feature projects. Jess was also a Production and Development Exec at Creative England and Development Executive with Dublin-based Blinder Films working across their feature and television slate.
Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries. He is leading on delivering the BFI’s action plan, Future Film Skills, and also manages the Film Skills Fund (formerly known as the film levy). Gareth was previously co-founder and CEO of multi-award-winning Bedlam Productions, which was formed in 2000. He was producer of the critically acclaimed The King’s Speech, the highest-grossing British independent film to date, which won four Academy Awards including Best Film and seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. His other credits as producer include Zaytoun, BAFTA-nominated British war film Kajaki: The True Story and Exam, which was also nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. His most recent film, Steel Country, starring Andrew Scott and Denise Gough, was released in Spring 2019. Gareth remains involved with Bedlam’s current projects as a non-executive director of the company.