INDEPENDENT FILM in the UK - Tuesday 7th November 2017


the next FILM MEANS BUSINESS event

panel & networking:


a cross-industry panel of DIRECTOR : PRODUCER : SALES : DISTRIBUTION

hosted by: MICHAEL ASTON

when: Tuesday 7th November 2017 (7pm)

where: Deloitte Auditorium, 2 New Street Square, London. EC4A 3BZ (map)

itinerary: 7pm drinks/networking, 8pm hosted Q&A, 9.15pm further drinks/networking

It’s been a while since the last Film Means Business event back in 2016 so we thought we would return with a down to earth discussion about contemporary independent filmmaking in the UK, to include issues made relevant by Brexit. What kinds of films are sales executives looking for these days? What are realistic budget levels for first or second time feature film producers? What does it take to get a wide release? Do enough UK/world audiences wish to see small, independent UK films? Is ‘Britain’ cinematic? Why are there not more British films being screened? What defines a film as British? Come discuss all things English, Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh in contemporary UK film and find out what the key people think.

The Panel:

 Nada Cirjanic

NADA CIRJANIC -Head of Sales, Independent
Independent is a fully integrated content creation and distribution company specializing in independent film and television, with expertise in production, structured finance, distribution, sales and marketing. Independent Production are currently on set with Carol Morley shooting Out of Blue, which stars Patricia Clarkson. Past Independent titles include: We Need To Talk About Kevin (Golden Globe and Palme d’Or Nominated), Exit Through The Gift Shop (Academy Award and BAFTA nominated), Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger, Duncan Jones’s Moon and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up (Telluride; Toronto). Prior to joining Independent, Nada was Director of Sales at Protagonist Pictures before which she was Head of Film4 Library at Channel 4.

Marcel Karst

MARCEL KARST - Theatrical Sales Manager at Dogwoof
Dogwoof is the leading documentary sales agent and UK theatrical distributor. The company is regarded as the foremost documentary specialist brand in the world and is a stamp of the highest quality content, releasing 18 Oscar nominated documentaries with three wins and an additional two BAFTA winners. These include The Act of Killing, Restrepo and Weiner. Marcel has been working in film distribution for several years during which he has worked on independent feature film releases such as The Great Beauty, Amour and Pina. Prior to Dogwoof, Marcel was Commercial Director at Park Circus Distribution, developing and implementing a commercial strategy for the company. Before this, Marcel was Theatrical Sales and Operations Executive at Curzon Artificial Eye.

Harriet Rees

Harriet is producing an epic time-slip love story based on a well-known novel, to be directed by Chris Bouchard (see below), and Ibiza-set comedy The Hen Do to be directed by Ab Fab the Movie’s Mandie Fletcher. Harriet is developing Kefi Chadwick's Potless, about a single mother who takes on the world of snooker, as well as a TV spin-off of feature film Chalet Girl (2011), starring Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy, which Harriet produced with Pippa Cross. Chalet Girl was widely released in the UK by Paramount / Momentum and achieved great success worldwide. It is shown regularly on Channel 4 and is a popular title on Netflix.

Chris Bouchard

Chris is known for feature films The Little Mermaid (Shirley MacLaine) and gangster film London's Finest. He also directed The Hunt for Gollum, a short film adaptation based on appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, which became an overnight YouTube hit in 2009 with over 12 million views. Chris began his career in visual effects, contributing to Gravity, The Dark Knight and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Chris originally worked for VFX company Framestore who backed his first feature.

Organised by Mike Gould and Julian Bushell. Hosted by:

Michael Aston
MICHAEL ASTON - Actor/Presenter/Executive Producer
As executive producer for EQ Films, Michael is currently working on a number of film and TV projects including Vampires of Hollywood (Malcolm McDowell, Daryl Hannah) and Cutter (Jason Flemyng). His background is in management consultancy before which he trained as a cavalryman in the military. Michael has a long list of professional acting credits to his name.

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