FOCUS ON: Documentary

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DISCOVER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOCUMENTARY WITH OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS. 

FOCUS is collaborating with the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) to deliver an insight into opportunities for long form documentary across film and television.

The distribution landscape for documentaries has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD platforms entering the commissioning landscape.

Screen Scotland recently announced their £4 million Film Development and Production Fund for producers, writers and directors based in Scotland, alongside refreshed funding guidance for feature film and documentary development and production, distribution and exhibition, and markets and festivals.

The event will include talks and a panel discussion with producers, commissioners and sales agents, and will be followed by networking drinks.

CONTENT

  • How to grow your idea for a documentary

  • Pitching your idea to commissioning editors

  • Different funding options

  • Advice on distribution, marketing and networking

  • The future of documentary-making: how to seize the opportunities digital technology has to offer

MEET OUR HOST

SONJA HENRICI

Producer & CO-DIRECTOR AT

SCOTTISH DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE

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Sonja Henrici is an international BAFTA nominated producer of multiple international feature documentaries: Time Trial (2018) a film with ex-cyclist David Millar by Finlay Pretsell, the award-winning Donkeyote (2017) by Chico Pereira (BAFTA Scotland nomination: Best Feature 2017; EIFF Best Feature Documentary, Festival Malaga Audience Award); Seven Songs For A Long Life (2015) by Amy Hardie; Future My Love (2012) by Maja Borg and “One of the year's most moving films” (Hollywood Reporter); I Am Breathing (2013) by Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon. She also exec-produced Pablo’s Winter and Where You’re Meant To Be, and more than 50 short documentaries. Her films have screened on all continents, in over 60 countries, via festivals, platforms, broadcast and theatrical.

 MEET OUR speakers

EMMA SIMPSON

COMPANY MANAGER AT JOURNEYMAN PICTURES

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Journeyman Pictures is a global distributor covering all markets worldwide, including festivals, theatrical, broadcast, digital and educational. Directly partnered with the major digital platforms including Amazon and iTunes, the company has a reputation for a cutting edge release strategy and for keeping films alive years after release. For select projects Journeyman comes on board early as an investor and to help with raising pre-sales and co-production partnerships. Emma is the company manager, with a particular focus on acquisitions, building release strategies and development projects.

 

DAVID HARRON

COMMISSIONING EXECUTIVE AT BBC SCOTLAND

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David Harron is Commissioning Executive of Factual at BBC Scotland, commissioning across BBC One and Two Scotland as well as the new BBC Scotland channel which launches next year.  He previously worked for a wide range of indies, STV and the BBC as a producer and director.

AIMARA REQUES

cHIEF EXECUTIVE AT ACONITE PRODUCTIONS

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Aimara Reques is an award winning producer with over 30 years experience within the film industry. She is a winner of two BAFTA Scotland Awards, a Fox Searchlight Award and Amnesty International Media Award. Aimara has collaborated with many international directors and producers. Her latest feature, Aquarela by Victor Kossakovsky, is a co-production with Germany, Denmark and the U.S.

 

mandy chang

commissioning editor at bbc storyville

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Mandy Chang is the Commissioning Editor at BBC Storyville. Before that she was Head of Arts at ABC TV and Acting Head of Non-Scripted TV at ABC. Previously an award winning documentary producer/director and filmmaker, Mandy has won respect in her industry for her work and has received many nominations and several eminent awards including an Emmy for her films. Her work has spanned a range of factual genres – music, arts, history, observational, polemical and biographical. She has a successful track-record for developing projects and for making, developing and commissioning visually arresting, intelligent films. She also has extensive experience as an executive and series producer, and script writer.