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‘OPEN THE GATES’: Getting your feature in front of your audience

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Tuesday 21 November, 10.15am – 4.00pm

Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge, 2nd Floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Led by audiences and exhibition consultant Jonny Tull, this one-day event will give practitioners working in the region’s film production sector the chance to hear from the gatekeepers – the exhibitors and distributors who decide if films not only make the grade but also if there’s an audience for their work.

We’ll be hearing first hand from key decision makers Picturehouse, Showroom Workstation, Hanway Films as well as from the filmmakers in the region whose work has made it out to an audience and the inside of a cinema – either via a distributor or through self-distribution. Often seen as an antagonistic relationship, we’ll pull back the curtain and discuss how to better collaborate and communicate and ensure you can reach your theatrical audience…

Speakers include:

  • Madeleine Mullett, Senior Programmer, Picturehouse Cinema

  • Joan Parsons, Senior Programmer, Showroom Workstation, Sheffield

  • Matthew Baker, Director Of Acquisitions, Hanway Films

  • Magali Pettier, Documentary Filmmaker

  • Samm Haillay, Producer, Third Films

For the full programme click here.

Who is this event for?

This event is intended primarily for professional filmmakers, who will have first refusal on tickets. Any remaining tickets will be released later (see below).

To count as a professional filmmaker you must:

  • Either make your living in a behind-the-camera role, or at least realistically aspire to do so (working not less than 21 hours per week on creative projects, paid or unpaid, and not be in full time education).

  • Make content. Whatever your role, you must have worked on at least two completed short films, and either be making or aspire to make a feature length film.

Places for professional filmmakers will be available from 25th October. If any tickets remain these will be available to non-professionals (amateurs, students and others) on 8th November.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. TO ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITING LIST OPLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE. Should a place become available then thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge for this event. However in order to avoid drop-out an attendance deposit of £10 will be payable in advance of the event. This will be fully reimbursed on attendance, by electronic transfer, made on the day of the event. Refunds will only be available with at least three working days' notice (i.e. not later than the end on 15th Nov). Those who do not attend and have failed to give three working days' notice will forfeit their deposit.

Bookings must be made individually, but please feel free to share this event with anyone you think might be intereted.

To book your place please follow the link above.

Northern Film + Media is supported by the European Regional Development Fund

Northern Film + Media has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund Creative Industries Business Support and Development Programme 2014-20. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region. This is partly funded by the European Commission.

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