Runtime: 1hr 30m

From YouTube to film festivals to hiring a cinema, what's the best way to get your film in front of an audience?

Film festival programmers, independent filmmakers and producers, as well as representatives from the ICO (Independent Cinema Office) and the Hyde Park Picture House, will share their experiences and knowledge about the different ways to get your film seen, as well as how to market your film and find distribution.

 

Panelists:

Wendy Cook, Hyde Park Picture House

Wendy has been Head of Cinema at the Hyde Park Picture House since 2006. In that time she has overseen the development of key partnerships for the venue and helped radically grow its audience and activity programme. Since 2014, she has focused on a long-term refurbishment project with the National Lottery Heritage Fund officially committing as the key funder in December 2019. Building works are due to begin early in 2020 with the Picture House re-opening in 2020 with a second screen 

Marc Price, Independent Filmmaker

Internationally award-winning director, Marc Price, is the writer and director of NIGHTSHOOTERS and A FISTFUL OF LEAD. Two features that were shot and released in the same year. Marc’s debut feature, COLIN, won six international film awards including Best Feature at Raindance and a nomination at the BIFA awards for best feature. Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Frightfest and Sitges, Colin has been released theatrically in Japan, North America, Canada, Australia, Germany and UK.

As well as seeing great festival success, COLIN also received a wealth of critical acclaim across the world, with Martin Scorsese describing it as, “Savage, with an energy that takes the zombie idea to another level. Really interesting filmmaking. Disturbing.”

Marc’s second feature, MAGPIE, was released theatrically in the US and UK and is currently featured on Amazon Prime Movies. Marc has also developed horror or genre based projects for Film 4’s Frightfest, CBBC, E4 and BBC Three. Marc’s has two new feature films that have received finance. The first is a sci-fi action film which starts shooting in Iceland this year; the second is an atmospheric, domestic horror that will be shot in North Wales in early 2020.

Karen Newman, CEO of Hidden Door Productions Ltd

Karen is an award-winning producer from the UK and the founder and CEO of Hidden Door Productions Ltd. She moved in to producing following a highly successful career in Global Events Management in the City of London. Her former training as an actor combined with her exceptional organisational skills and financial acumen make her an outstanding Creative Producer.

Her debut feature film, JUST CHARLIE, has achieved critical acclaim around the world and won many awards including the prestigious Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and most recently The Grand Prix at Écrans Juniors in Cannes. It has been sold to many territories internationally including Amazon in the USA and to SKY cinema in the UK. Karen has produced a number of privately financed short films including LADY M starring Samantha Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies, the World is not Enough) and Eleanor Bron (A Little Princess, Black Beauty) BERTIE starring Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet, Gavin and Stacey) and Arthur Darvill (Dr Who, Broadchurch) acquired by Network Ireland Television and DOWN starring Amanda Donohoe (LA Law, Emmerdale) and Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses, The Full Monty).

Karen is president of the Timothy Welling Bursary, an award and mentoring scheme set up with E15 Drama School designed to support and nurture a student in their final year of training.


Hidden Door Productions

www.hiddendoorproductions.co.uk
Hidden Door Productions Limited was founded by Karen Newman in July 2015 and she is the CEO of the company and works as the producer of the company’s projects. The aim was to gain a reputation as a first-class production company by working in close co-operation with other talented persons, Directors, Cast and Crew making a series of short films to showcase talent, that would position the company to make full length feature films. The company has made many award-winning shorts, most notably “Lady M” starring Samantha Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies, the World is not Enough) and Eleanor Bron (A Little Princess, Black Beauty) “Bertie” starring Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet, Gavin and Stacey) and Arthur Darvill (Dr Who, Broadchurch) and "Down" starring Amanda Donohoe (LA Law, Emmerdale) and Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses, The Full Monty) Alongside this the company undertakes corporate video work to generate funds for investing in the film making activity.
The first feature produced by Karen was “Just Charlie”. The film has achieved critical acclaim around the world and won many awards including the prestigious Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and most recently the Grand Prix in the Ecran Juniors in Cannes 2019. It has been sold to many territories internationally including Amazon in the USA and SKY cinema in the UK.
The Company is currently working on Karen’s second feature, “Witch West” a film inspired by the Essex witch trials that took place in the 17th Century. In addition, it has a slate of projects at various stages of development including a co-production with an Australian production company.

James Calver, Independent Cinema Office

James joined the Independent Cinema Office in July 2017 after spending two years at the Kino-Teatr, an independent single-screen cinema in Hastings as its Programming Manager. Since joining the ICO, he has been responsible for coordination on the various training events that they organise, including their flagship courses Cultural Cinema Exhibition and Developing Your Film Festival. Not just a lover of watching film, he has made several shorts of his own, as well as working on and starring as an extra in a Bollywood film.