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Break Out Sessions – session 1
- IRIS PRIZE: Making the most of the LGBT+ film festival experience
The world of film festivals can be daunting – and expensive! From choosing where to submit, to making those all-important connections, learn how to make the most of the experience, from the moment you submit until it’s all over (and beyond.)
- BRAND ADVANCE: Marketing LBTQ content to an audience
Hear from Brand Advance about a wide range of products and services that could be used to promote your film to the intended audience. Network with other creators and brainstorm creative ideas and solutions for collective campaigns and collaborative marketing that can help spread the word about LBTQ content.
- Crafting Compelling Stories – screenwriting
Join Lindy Boustedt who will share some great hints and tips on writing compelling stories.
Break Out Sessions – session 2
- BRAND ADVANCE: Product Placement in LBTQ content
Hear from Brand Advance about how you can work with brands to provide product placement in productions as a funding method for LBTQ content.. Share with Brand Advance your experiences with product placement to date, current challenges and hopes and dreams for productions and let’s see if we can’t find a solution that helps fund more LBTQ content!
- FESTIVAL FORMULA: How big is the LGBTQ festival circuit, why should I care?
We focus and pull out some of the LGBTQ specific festivals from across the world wide circuit, looking at remits that you may or may not have considered. And do we just have to submit to this area alone?
- Programming LBTQ Content at Film Festivals
Caroline hosts this session for festival programmers to come together and share their successes, challenges and hopes when it comes to programming LBTQ content at festivals.
Break Out Sessions – session 3
- FESTIVAL FORMULA: Why should I look at film festivals, is it worth it?
You made your film and now you’re deciding what to do. In the pandemic landscape we find ourselves in, what use are festivals and why is it something to consider.
- Networking with LBTQ Filmmakers
Join Lauren and share your current networking resources, and find out from others what resources they use. Network and connect with other filmmakers.
- Producing films on low/no budget: Funding for lesbian films is hard to come by. So hear from Lindy Boustedt who will share some tips and encourage you to share your experience as well.
- The Power of Social to promote your film
Effi shares some hints and tips on using social media to promote your film and reach your audience. We also invite attendees to share successes they’ve had in the past.
About our Industry Partners
We will have representatives from the following organisations in attendance to share hints, tips and information in break out sessions.
Katie is the founder of Festival Formula, a consultancy company that helps filmmakers navigate the world wide circuit with strategy and submissions support. By helping filmmakers understand the strengths of their work they create bespoke festival circuit journeys with support every step of the way. The company regularly speaks at film schools, organisations and festivals both nationally and internationally, and have been quoted in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily.
Iris Prize Film Festival
For fourteen years, Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival has shared LGBT+ film in Cardiff and beyond.
Home to the world’s largest short film prize, Iris celebrates and supports amazing queer film all year round with festivals, travelling film programmes and community outreach projects.
Powered by a diverse team of creative minds and data experts, Brand Advance offers a comprehensive suite of services – including in-depth research, media planning and buying, partnerships, and content services – and delivers campaigns across digital, events, print, TV, radio and social media. These campaigns deliver impressions and return on investment – with research showing that consumers are far more likely to both notice an ad and purchase the promoted product if that ad is culturally relevant to them.
Cinema Systers Festival
Cinema Systers intend to strengthen and connect this diverse community of women/womyn and build bridges among audiences, filmmakers and the community. The only all lesbian film festival in the USA! Films of all genres produced by lesbian filmmakers from around the world.