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Transitions Panel: Shorts to Features - Kinofilm Festival 2017

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The short film is often seen as a calling card; a means by which a film-maker gets noticed, a stepping stone towards making features. But is this really the case? And if so, what are the stages of that journey, and what are the perils and pitfalls? Rather than focusing solely on feature production, this panel will explore the specific process of moving from Shorts to Features: everything from initial development, to the various funding streams and possibilities available, to the practical mechanics of putting a crew together. Above all, it will underline the various ways in which feature film making can differ from short filmmaking, and how much of a learning curve there is still to complete.


The panel will be hosted by Alison Surtees of BECTU and will feature Jason Wingard, whose critically-acclaimed first feature, IN ANOTHER LIFE has just been nominated for a BIFA Discovery Award, Writer / Director Mark Gill, who has moved from Oscar and BAFTA nominated shorts to his first feature, the Morrissey biopic, ENGLAND IS MINE, and short filmmakers Hannah Pike and Hannah Mann, who are just about to make the leap into feature filmmaking.


MARK GILL

Mark GillMark is an Oscar and Bafta nominated writer and director from Manchester, UK. Mark's debut feature 'England is Mine' is based on the early life of Morrissey, icon and lead singer of seminal UK band The Smiths. His breakthrough came in 2012 with the The Voorman Problem, a whimsical dark comedy starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 and a BAFTA in 2013. Mark currently developing a new film in partnership with Riverstone Pictures and his long term producer Baldwin Li.



JASON WINGARD

In Another Life is Jason’s first feature film. It won best U.K. Feature at Raindance 2017 and has been nominated for a BIFA Discovery award. Production began in 2016 and filming took place in three stages in Manchester and Calais. Jason has completed shooting on his second feature film ‘Eaten By Lions’ - with post production due to be completed in Novemmber 2017. Jason Wingard is a multi-award-winning director based in Manchester. Accolades have included, Grand Prize Virgin Media Shorts 2011, Best Documentary First Light Movies 2012 Best Sitcom Pilot for COFILMIC 2014 and UNESCO Bradford City of film film maker of the year 2015. His BFI funded short film Going To Mecca played at Palm Springs, Rio and Berlin and was made into a feature in May this year. He has produced two shorts for Creative England on the ishorts scheme.


Hannah Stevenson- Producer

Hannah Stevenson is a producer with over 20 years varied experience producing Film, Television, commercials and corporate film.

Hannah successfully ran her own television production company for 6 years producing a number of documentary series for ITV. Her primetime documentary The Betty Driver Story was nominated for Best Factual Entertainment Programme at the RTS North Awards.

Since 2012 Hannah has been a freelance independent producer overseeing large-scale projects for clients as diverse as the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Nissan, Pepsi, Deloitte, AstraZeneca and Honda.

Hannah joined forces with Jason and David in 2012 when she was asked to produce the short film Going to Mecca, the precursor to Eaten by Lions.

Jason also invited Hannah to co-produce In Another Life, which further cemented the team’s working relationship. Hannah helped to shape the existing content after the first two shoots and worked with Jason to shape the narrative and then finish off the film with a final shoot in Calais.

Eaten by Lions is Hannah’s first feature as a solo producer.

Eaten by Lions will be Hannah’s second feature film credit once In Another Life is launched in 2017.


Hannah Pike – Writer / Director / Producer


HIT & RUN is Hannah’s debut short film. It has screened at Vail Film Festival, London Independent Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Shortest Nights, High Peak Independent Film Festival, and will wrap up 2017 at the Kinofilm Festival. The film has received two awards to date; BEST SHORT at LIFF, and BEST DIRECTOR at HPIFF.


HIT & RUN is inspired by Hannah’s uncle, an alcoholic, who moved in with her family in his darkest hours. She wrote the script years later in an attempt to show him how proud she was of him for kicking the addiction, and as an apology for behaving like an unforgiving teenage gobshite when he lived with them.


Hannah has a BA in Drama from Hull University, an MA in scriptwriting from Salford University, is a BBC writersroom Future Talent Award winner and was a participant on Paul Abbott’s Shameless shadow writing scheme.


The feature length script for HIT & RUN was shortlisted for the industry renowned Channel 4 Coming Up scheme and their Screenwriting Course. Despite the incredibly positive reception, Hannah realised as a first time Writer Director she should create a ‘taster’ for the feature and set about making the short from the first twenty minutes.


HIT & RUN was made for £7500; the cast and crew all waiving their fees to help bring this story to the screen. Hannah’s next project is the feature.


Hannah and her family have just returned to live in her home town of Stockport, having spent ten years living and working in London.

David Whitney - Director


Biography
RTS Nominated Filmmaker David Whitney, born in 1978, began his career directing TV commercials, winning a
Silver Award at the New York Film & Video Festival in 2005. He also directed broadcast documentaries for Sky
TV in Afghanistan and Russia before moving into drama with his short film Taken Out, which led to his
nomination for Best New Director at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival. He was also a finalist at the BBC
New Filmmaker Award and the film was screened on BBC3.
David then became a regular director for the BBC drama Doctors and also helmed an episode of Dream Team
for Sky One. In 2008 he made George’s Day for The UK Film Council, starring renowned actor Michael Byrne.
The film won the award for Best Short Film at The Time Film Festival, was nominated for best film at The
Rushes Soho Shorts and was selected for LA Shorts, The New York Short Film Festival and many more.
David’s debut feature film Kandahar Break, filmed in Pakistan and Tunisia, was released by eOne
Entertainment in the US and by Revolver in the UK. It was also acquired by Netflix and picked up for
distribution in Australia and New Zealand, Germany, Japan and China. The movie, a thriller set in Taliban ruled
Afghanistan, won the awards for Best Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, The Newport
International Film Festival and The Thrillspy Film Festival, and was also selected for the international festivals
in Mannheim, Bratislava, Kiev, Glasgow and many more.
His recent short film/documentary The Line of Freedom, shot near Dubai, was selected for the Gulf Film
Festival, whilst his next short, “Summer’s Gift”, won a best film award at The Kino Film Festival. He has also
directed four episodes of the BBC1 drama Moving On for Executive Producer Jimmy McGovern. His first
episode was nominated for an RTS Award. David still combines drama with commercials and documentaries,
directing work for some of the world’s leading brands. Recent assignments have seen him filming in America,
Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, The UAE, Africa and across Europe, and included a prestigious assignment directing
a documentary for the United Nations in the rain forests of Madagascar, a film which won an IVCA Award.
Recent Credits
Moving On* TV Drama: 4 episodes BBC Drama/LA Productions
Summer’s Gift** Short Film Millhouse Film Productions
The Line of Freedom Short Film/Doc Millhouse Film Productions/UNHCR
Madagascar: Legacy*** Documentary WRG/United Nations
Room 42 Short Film Millhouse Film Productions
Kandahar Break^ Feature Film Millhouse Films/eOne Entertainment
George’s Day ~ Short Film UK Film Council / Millhouse Film Productions
Dream Team TV Drama: 1 episode Sky TV/Hewland International
Doctors TV Drama: 9 episodes BBC Drama
Taken Out# Short Film Millhouse Film Productions
The Game of Unity Documentary Sky TV
*Nominated for an RTS NW Award
** Winner, Best Film: Kino Film Festival
*** IVCA Silver Award Winner
^Winner: Best Film Philadelphia IFF, Newport IFF, Thrillspy IFF. Also selected for the festivals at Mannheim, Kiev, Bratislava & Glasgow.
~Winner: Best Film: Time Film Festival. Also selected for New York Short Film Festival, LA Shorts & finalist at Rushes Soho Shorts.
#Nominated for BBC New Filmmaker Award. Screened on BBC3. Nominated for Best New Director at Rushes Soho Shorts.

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