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Watch the short film that catapulted director of Blade Runner 2, Denis Villeneuve, to the big time

In 2009 I was doing the festival circuit with my short film Gone Fishing. When touring festivals you start to see the same films and filmmakers pop up around you. And this film, ‘Next Floor’ by Denis Villeneuve, was one film I saw repeatedly. Sometimes Gone Fishing beat it, other times it didn’t. It’s an […]

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The top six film festivals in the world, based on my experience… and none of them are A list festivals.

Over the years I have probably attended around 100 film festivals with the films that I have made – and the shortlist below represents the festivals I would recommend 100%. The list is based solely on my experience and of course, other filmmakers might have had other experiences. My personal metrics for quality are things […]

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Day 1 at Incubate in Tilburg

The irony that the shiny new arts centre in Tilburg was situated next door to the job centre seemed lost on the group of indie filmmakers I trained yesterday. That’s perhaps because it seems the Incubate festival (here in the Netherlands) is the most extraordinary, eclectic celebration of art, music, film and pretty much any […]

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Photos and Feedback From Delegates AND Speakers at the London Comedy Writers Festival 2011

 So now the dust is settling on the Comedy Writers Festival, I thought I would share some photos (above) and some feedback from our delegates. ‘I had a blast at the London Comedy Writer’s Festival. Brilliantly run. Great events. It’s the best one I’ve been to’ Robert Popper – ‘Peep Show’, ‘The IT Crowd’, ‘South […]

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FREE online seminar, ‘Making Web Based Comedy and Films’ with the Misery Bear Team

At the London Screenwriters Festival we film most of the sessions so that delegates can watch those events after the festival closes. This seminar is about making ‘web comedy and web films’ and features Chris Hayward and Nat Saunders who created the internet phenomena, ‘Misery Bear’. You can see from their films, they are super clever […]

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They have won Oscars and Sundance, made over 100 features and REGULARLY hire first time writers and directors… YOU NEED TO MEET THEM!

Welcome to American Independents Day in London, April 10th (at Regents College, Regents Park). PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL / LINK TO EVERY FILM MAKER YOU KNOW… A one day workshop with two of the biggest names in US Indie Film, Ted Hope and Christine Vachon. OK yes, we know, it’s SHORT notice. And yes it’s […]

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What can you expect from the Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass? Inspire, Educate and Connect…

What can you expect from the Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass? Inspire, Educate and Connect… This video blog was shot at the Heart Of Gold Film Festival when I was running the class in Australia and it will give you a feel for the ‘vibe’ of the experience. Of course you can’t get any sense of […]

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And so… it begins! Tips and tricks on creating social media channels for your online work

The London Comedy Writers Festival has officially started, with the first of our THREE Tuesday night sessions, ‘Making Misery Bear’ and a Guide To Social Media’. Here’s what the delegates who attended last night said… ‘Really good session last night and set the tone for the comedy Festival going forward….As a writer who spends far […]

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