The Screen Film Summit will feature expert filmmakers, marketers and distributors. Find out how they achieved their successes and ask them about their projects. Analysts and researchers will also be on hand to give you the most up-to-date box office figures and talk you through the trends they see in the future. Speakers confirmed include:
Left Bank Pictures
Andy Harries is Chief Executive and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, a multi award-winning, UK-based film and television production company. Established in 2007, and a majority stake acquired by Sony in 2012, Left Bank Pictures has produced a huge range of award-winning TV and film including Wallander, Mad Dogs and Strike Back and the first ever Netflix Original series in the UK, The Crown, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry.
Prior to establishing Left Bank Pictures, Harries was Controller of Drama, Comedy and Film for Granada Productions. During this period he produced countless British classics including Prime Suspect, Cold Feet and The Royle Family, winning Golden Globes, Emmys and BAFTAs and receiving an Academy Award nomination as a producer of The Queen, which saw a run of six Academy Award nominations. In 2007, Andy was awarded the Special Achievement award by BAFTA and, in May 2011, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society for outstanding contribution to the broadcasting industry.
Harries is also a theatre producer whose credits include the Tony and Olivier award-winning play The Audience, which starred both Helen Mirren and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Tristan Goligher is a producer, and partner at The Bureau. He is currently in post production of Golden Bear winning Peter Mackie Burn’s first feature film Daphne, and the fourth feature film from Andrew Haigh, Lean On Pete, starring Charley Plummer, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny.
Tristan produced Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which won two Silver Bears for the performances of Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, received a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film, and garnered Charlotte Rampling an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
He co-produced Late Bloomers by Julie Gavras, starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini (Berlinale 2011). In the same year he produced Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, (SXSW 2011 winner of Emerging Visions Audience Award). Weekend won multiple awards including Best Achievement in Production at the BIFAs 2011. In 2012 he co-produced Costa Gavras’ Le Capital (TIFF 2012). Through iFeatures 2 Tristan Exec Produced three films, including The Goob, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Dinard 2014.
Writer & director
Award-winning Danish writer-director Susanne Bier will discuss her successful career, which includes 14 feature films and this year’s television adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager, for which Bier won a Primetime Emmy award for her direction. As one of the most successful female film-makers working today, Bier will address a variety of topics in her keynote speech followed by an on-stage conversation with Screen International editor Matt Mueller.
20th Century Fox
Chris started his passion for working in film distribution when he got a part-time job at his local cinema when he was 17, a position he continued to do whilst studying Economics at The University of Sheffield. After graduating in 2003 he started working for Fox where he held several jobs within the Theatrical Marketing Team before rising to Marketing Director in 2011.
Red Rock Entertainment
Gary Collins’ career in the film industry began in 2012. Shortly after Gary started Red Rock Entertainment which works in conjunction with the UK’s most prestigious production companies to raise equity for independent film and television projects. Red Rock offers a range of film-investment opportunities, from private-equity and distribution vehicles to EIS/SEIS tax relief.
A strong entrepreneurial spirit has run through Collins’ career, which spans 40 years of experience in sales and marketing. He set up his first company in his early twenties, before moving into the finance sector and diversifying into regulated and unregulated investments. This breadth of experience combined with specialist know-how is at the core of Red Rock Entertainment’s offer to the UK’s independent content industry.
The company’s UK headquarters is based at the iconic Elstree Studios where, in the last year alone, 11 film and TV projects have been greenlit, involving A-list UK actors such as Timothy Spall, Steven Berkoff and John Hurt.
Outside of Red Rock Entertainment, Collins puts his investment talents to work on behalf of Rays of Sunshine, a charity that brightens the lives of children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. He also contributes to the future of emerging film talent by investing in short-film competitions and schemes run by Signature Pictures, a social-enterprise production company, and Jobcentre Plus, which provides training and work-experience opportunities to unemployed young people. He also sponsors his local football team, Borehamwood FC.
Collins’ personal philosophy is to facilitate the creation of ambitious, ground-breaking IP by helping to reduce the risk for potential investors in UK film and TV projects. The success of this approach is borne out by the range and quality of the titles on Red Rock Entertainment’s fast-growing slate.
Founder & Director
Coffee & Cigarettes
Eduardo Panizzo is the co-founder of Coffee & Cigarettes, a unique company acting as a producers rep, a boutique marketing and distribution consultancy as well as being a full service award wining creative design agency offering all the creative services required to fully deliver and release a title.
With experience managing over 450 Theatrical and Home Entertainment releases and eleven awards for marketing excellence in the past ten years the management team at Coffee & Cigarettes offers a unique blend of skills and experience.
After completing a degree in Economics at Lancaster University, Lucy started her career in market research at BMRB and Millward Brown. She joined Rentrak in 2005 as Director of Client Services, managing the UK & Ireland. Since then, she has overseen the addition of Italy, Southern Africa and the Middle East to Rentrak’s London operation. Lucy completed an MA in Film Studies in 2009, studying at the University of Westminster; her dissertation topic was the impact of digitisation of film distribution & projection on exhibitors in the UK & Ireland.
Research Director, Film & Cinema
David Hancock is Research Director, leading the Film and Cinema team for the IHS Markit (formerly Screen Digest). In this role he set-up the online data and analysis service, Cinema Intelligence, and is also in charge of the company’s digital cinema activities.He has authored and developed many ground-breaking research reports. David has also been involved in numerous consultancy projects and specializes in new business models, market sizing and valuation, competitor analysis and benchmarking, strategic roadmaps, due diligence and in-depth market analyses. He is an expert on global cinema markets, cinema exhibition, cinema technology, digital cinema, digital movie distribution and content services, the internationalisation of cinema, Event Cinema, Pop-Up cinema and much more.
David is a frequent contributor to newspapers, trade press, radio and television regarding the film industry and has given over 400 public speeches and presentations in his 25 years in the business. He began his career as a research consultant in the media sector with the leading French consultancy IDATE. Prior to joining IHS, David was a senior executive with Eurimages, the Strasbourg-based pan-European co-production fund working within the Council of Europe.
He is the President and a longstanding Board Member of the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Business Studies and French from Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K, and also studied at the Brest Business School in France. He speaks fluent French and has been a member of several expert groups on digital cinema, cinema technology and cinema exhibition.
Director and Co-Founder
ourscreen & elevenfiftyfive
Ian has over 16 years experience in connecting audiences with film and cinema.
In September 2008, Ian, together with David Kapur, started elevenfiftyfive, a film marketing agency set up to supporting the film industry. Via their passion for film, creativity and the desire to produce ground-breaking work, elevenfitftyfive generate original ideas for screenings, events, content, brand campaigns and more.
It is their mission to understand how people are engaging with film on a local level, globally.
In April 2014, Ian became part of the team that founded ourscreen, the UK’s first platform to put the audience in control of their local cinema.
ourscreen allows the public, distributors, film makers and cinemas to influence content in their local cinemas. Simply choose the film, the time, the place and even the audience, selecting from a catalogue preview, recent run and classic movies.
This is people powered cinema!
Managing Director of Film
Lucas Ochoa is Managing Director of Film & Scripted Television at Pulse Films – an award-winning modern day studio. A Grammy-nominated producer, Ochoa works across all of Pulse’s scripted content output.
In 2008, Ochoa founded Pulse’s film division which is responsible for developing fiction films, music documentaries and drama-documentaries that are provocative and redefining in their approach.
Working alongside CEO Thomas Benski, Ochoa produces all of the studio’s feature length productions; several of his credits include the hybrid-documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Best Cinematography winner, Sundance 2013), the Grammy and Grierson-nominated Blur documentary No Distance Left To Run and the seminal Shut Up and Play the Hits.
Ochoa also has a number of forthcoming projects in various stages of development, including: American Honey directed by Academy Award®-winning director Andrea Arnold which was awarded The Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2016.
During his time at Pulse, Ochoa has produced the critically acclaimed The Possibilities Are Endless, starring singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins, and executive produced the double Sundance award-winning 20,000 Days on Earth, which features the iconic musician Nick Cave. As well as feature films, Ochoa produced the original Channel 4 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough.
Ochoa began his career as a current affairs journalist and was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Amnesty International Award for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism among many.
Peter La Terriere
European Film Bonds
Peter La Terriere is Managing Director of European Film Bonds based in London. EFB is a completion guarantor for film and TV productions and Peter has recently bonded films including Suffragette, High Rise, War on Everyone and is currently bonding Danny Boyle’s sequel to Trainspotting 2.
He has worked in the film industry for 30 years. He has Produced and Co-produced feature films including Terrence Malick’s The New World; Mutant Chronicles starring John Malkovich and Irish thriller Fifty Dead Men Walking with Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.
In 2008, he joined Universal Pictures in London where he managed over 50 local language co-productions with film makers including Fernando Mereilles in Brazil and Timur Bekmambetov in Russia and Keanu Reeves in Beijing as well as Spanish horror hit MAMA, produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Jessica Chastain.
Peter joined EFB in 2013.
Director and Co-Founder
ourscreen & elevenfiftyfive
David is a creative entrepreneur & has passionately worked across the creative, advertising and film industries for the past 16 years.
Currently working as a Co-CEO & Founding Director of ourscreen & elevenfiftyfive. David is at the cutting edge of shaping how audiences are connecting with film and cinema today.
ourscreen is an alternative listing environment for UK cinemas with digital-social technology that empowers film fans to not only buy tickets, but to create and share new screenings. This is People Powered Cinema!
Award winning elevenfiftyfive was formed in 2008 to support the film community by identifying and reaching relevant audience groups in creative and innovative ways.
Nicola Woodburn is the Marketing Manager at Soda Pictures where she looks after the marketing strategy and campaign delivery for all Soda Pictures’ releases. This includes; overseeing the creative development process (from brief to execution), managing ATL media, implementing social media strategy and identifying and nurturing promotional partnerships. With a passion for both film & television, Nicola has over 7 years marketing experience in entertainment having worked for Sky Atlantic, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros (where her career kicked off). Key campaigns Nicola has worked on include; Paterson, Rams, Game of Thrones, Nebraska, The Avengers & Toy Story 3.
Eve Gabereau is the co-Founder and Managing Director of Soda Pictures, overseeing the overall business with specific attention to acquisitions, campaign strategies and key partnerships. Originally from Canada, she has lived in the UK since 1998 where she started out as a graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, working at the London Film Festival and writing freelance for The Guardian. In 2002, she and Edward Fletcher started an independent distribution company and have gone on to release over 350 films, have a staff of 20 people and be part of an international media group with operations in London, Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Key titles in their filmography include Head-On by Fatih Akin, Jean-Marc Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y., Haruki Murakami adaptation Norwegian Wood and all of Kelly Reichardt’s work in the earlier days and more recently such acclaimed films as Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier, groundbreaking Wadjda from Saudi Arabia and crowd-pleaser Rams from Iceland, as well as in Canada Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Michael Fassbender starrer Slow West and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. Upcoming they have Paterson starring Adam Driver, Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon, documentary David Lynch: The Art Life and German break-out comedy Toni Erdmann.
Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for nearly thirty years and runs the British production company, Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and, as associate director, writer Paul Laverty.
She has produced fifteen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including “Land and Freedom” (Best Film EFA 1995), “My Name is Joe” and “Looking for Eric”. In 2006 “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. “The Angels’ Share” won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2012. Her new Ken Loach/Paul Laverty project “I, Daniel Blake” also launched in competition in Cannes and won the team their second Palme d’Or earlier this year. The film is being released in various territories during the autumn and winter of 2016.
She has also produced a number of other films including “Bean” (1996), “Princesa” (2001) and “City of Tiny Lights” directed by Pete Travis which has just been launched at the Toronto and London Film Festivals. Her feature documentary about Ken Loach’s career, “Versus: the Life and Films of Ken Loach”, directed by Louise Osmond, has been released in the UK and is currently visiting festivals around the globe. She has also just released an interactive online project called “How to Make a Ken Loach Film” which is supported by Arte.
She is currently on the boards of the British producers’ organization PACT and the European Film Academy and is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council.
Head of Documentary
As Head of Documentary, Julia Nottingham runs the feature documentary slate at Pulse Films, the multi award-winning modern day studio. Julia is fundamental to the development, financing and production of all of Pulse’s feature documentary slate.
Julia has produced numerous pioneering releases while at Pulse, including All These Sleepless Nights which made its world premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize and The Possibilities Are Endless which premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2014. She has also Executive Produced the recent Nick Cave film One More Time With Feeling which premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and and Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival – a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album, Reflektor.
Julia is a passionate supporter of new talent and spearheads the Pulse x Britdoc Genesis Fund which provides grants for new filmmakers.
Julia is currently working on a slate of documentaries – in various stages of production – due for release in 2017.
Bankside Films and Head Gear Films
Phil is the founder and Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, an international film distribution company and Head Gear Films, a film, TV and video games investment company.
Phil produces or executive produces and in the past decade has invested in over 100 feature films. Head Gear Films is now one of the UK’s biggest financiers of independent film, investing in over 40 projects a year.
Other aspects to his career include being a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students and others; regular speaker on the industry circuit; and founder/festival director of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq.
Phil began producing feature films in the mid 90’s with micro budgets that occasionally found more than a micro audience…. Prior to the film business, Phil was an advertising and music photographer including working with post punk bands such as Big Audio Dynamite. He sporadically still dusts off his Hasselblad.
Paul de Carvalho
Head of Sales and Marketing
3 Mills Studios
Paul is currently Head of Sales & Marketing at London’s 3 Mills Studios. Before relocating to London from Sydney in 2015, he was Director of Production Attraction & Incentives at Screen NSW and prior to that Manager of Fox Searchlight & Specialised Films at 20th Century Fox Film Distributors (Aust). He previously ran his own business specialising in the exhibition of Asian films in Australia.
Senior Investment Director
Tim is a Senior Investment Director in the Media division of Ingenious. As well as overseeing fund raising and investment activities across the business, he is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and monitoring investments in the media industry, concentrating primarily on theatrical feature film production. Tim qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Prior to joining Ingenious in 2010, he worked for a leading media and entertainment law firm specialising in film and television finance.
Theatrical Distribution Consultant
Curzon Artificial Eye
Jon Rushton’s career in film distribution spans over a decade, having overseen the sales, marketing and publicity for theatrical releases at Curzon Artificial Eye during a period that saw some of the company’s biggest hits including Still Alice (£2.6m), 45 Years (£1.8m) and Love & Friendship (£1.8m). Previously, Jon ran the publicity departments for Metrodome Distribution and Curzon Artificial Eye – and now Jon combines continues his close relationship with Curzon as a Theatrical Distribution Consultant whilst taking on a number of other freelance projects in the film industry.
Little House Productions
Uzma Hasan is co founder and producer at venture capitalist backed Little House Productions. Her latest feature FIRSTBORN premiered at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival ahead of a worldwide sale to Netflix. Her first feature THE INFIDEL (2010) was released internationally to commerical and critical acclaim, was remade by Viacom India as DHARAM SANKAT MEIN (2015) and as a musical that ran at Theatre Royal Stratford. She was Executive Producer on Nitin Sawhney’s multi award winning documentary FLYING PAPER (2014) and Mo Naqvi’s upcoming documentary feature on Qandeel Baloch. She is currently developing projects with a diverse range of talent including Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, David Baddiel and Nikesh Shukla as well as with the BFI and Akram Khan Company.
Uzma has worked internationally with companies including Focus Features, The Salt Company and Tribeca Enterprises on the development, production and exploitation of feature films. She consults for film funds including Eurimages, the Doha Film Institute and Harvardwood, the official network of Harvard alumni in the entertainment and media industries. She sits on selection committees for the British Independent Film Awards and Mira Nair’s Maisha Filmmaking Labs.
Prior to producing independently, Uzma was head of development at microbudget studio Slingshot Productions. In 2012, she was nominated for HRH Prince’s Trust Mosaic Arts & Culture Award and the Asian Woman of Achievement Award and in 2013 was awarded the British Muslim Award for Services to Creativity. As a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences she read Film and Literature.
Paul is a co-founder and director of Prescience, an integrated media company that focuses on film and television production and financing.
Launched in 2004, it has provided over £300m of film finance for more than 50 independent UK and US productions, including multiple Oscar winner The King’s Speech and 2014’s highest grossing Independent film, Chef.
Recent Prescience TV projects include Wolf Hall, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance and The Dresser starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen.
Paul has worked in the media industry since leaving university 32 years ago. He has worked at Video Arts, (the world’s first audio/visual training company), Catalyst (the world’s first audio-visual publishing company backed by Goldcrest), TEN – The Movie Channel (Britain’s first PAY TV company), Video Collection International, (the world’s first sell through label), Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Pathe/Guild.
Paul developed and implemented the UK exhibition and distribution strategy over a three-year period at the British Film Institute/UK Film Council, leaving to found Prescience with Tim Smith. At the BFI/UKFC, Paul was responsible for the BFI’s relationships with exhibitors throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, including both arthouse and commercial cinemas.
Prior to this, he opened the Miramax International office in London as Vice President of European Marketing.
Paul’s film credits number more than two dozen including, in addition to the above, Harry Brown, 360, Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, sex&drugs&rock&roll, Song for Marion, Madame Bovary and in 2015, The Hallow.
Paul lives in London with his wife Meredith, children Polly and Felix as well as a menagerie of domesticated animals.
Latham & Watkins
Sarah Caughey is a counsel in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports and Media team. She advises on the creation, financing and exploitation of content and the protection of intellectual property rights.
Ms. Caughey has extensive experience in film finance, ranging from the financing of independent British films to structured financings with studios. She also advises clients on co-production arrangements and accessing various national and state subsidies across Europe and around the globe.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Caughey worked at a leading international entertainment practice with Lisbeth Savill and, prior to that, she worked at The British Film Institute, the UK’s lead body for film.