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Panel Discussion: Finance Your Short Films

Fri 02 Dec 2016



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Panel Discussion: Finance Your Short Films

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Two Short Nights Film Festival

Now in it’s fifteenth year, Two Short Nights Film Festival returns with a jam-packed programme of screenings and events celebrating the world of short film.

Discover inventive animation, stunning cinematography and storytelling at its finest with screenings featuring must-see films from around the globe alongside emerging local talent.

Panel Discussion: Finance Your Short Films

At this year’s panel discussion, hear from industry professionals and freelance experts about how to get your short films financed. We’ll be exploring all the different funding routes for an emerging filmmaker and offering practical advice and insights into sales marketing and film pitching.


Ohna Falby

Producer at Life To Live Films (Chair)

Ohna set up London-based production company Life to Live Films in 2011. Originally from France, she studied film and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in NY before settling in London where she started her career in TV commercials. She set up her first short film company, Sister Films in 2002, with writer-director Daniel Mulloy, and has a great track record of producing (BAFTA, BIFA, UIP, EIFF, Cannes Prix Canal+) award-winning short films. Now she works across commercials, shorts, dance and art films, collaborating with a wide range of talent and companies from the UK and Europe.

Her current slate includes two feature projects in development with directors she has nurtured successful partnerships through producing shorts together: The Girl From The Estuary, an original story by Crocodile director Gaëlle Denis, a UK – FR coproduction with support from the BFI and region Bretagne, currently at financing stage, and Baby Star, a new project in development with Feed Me director Rachel Maclean and writer-performer Joseph Morpurgo. She is also developing a comedy road-movie feature called Cockatoo Inn with UK writer-director Kyla Bruce and Serbian writer Gorana Jovanovic, and two TV mini series projects, which are at early stages.

Matimba Kabalika

BFI NET.WORK Talent Co-ordinator

Matimba looks after the talent development programme BFI NET.WORK and manages the accompanying website. She originally joined the BFI in June 2012 as Assistant to Ben Roberts. Before joining the BFI she spent four years at Partizan, where she worked in production on commercials, music videos and short films, working with an array of emerging and established directing talent. 

BFI NET.WORK is a nationwide collaboration to develop filmmaking talent. We help new writers, directors and producers on the way to their first feature. Every year, they invest £3 million of National Lottery funding in new and emerging filmmakers. Since September 2013, they have funded for over 160 shorts, supported 62 feature developments and right now, four filmmakers are making their first feature. The work they’ve supported has featured in major international film festivals and attracted award nominations, including three BAFTAs and an Oscar.

Kate O’Hara

Development & Production Executive – iFeatures/TV Drama eOne

Kate is a Development & Production Executive at Creative England on iFeatures, a UK wide low budget feature film development and production initiative aimed at 1st & 2nd time feature filmmakers funded by Creative England, BFI Film fund and BBC Films. Kate takes overall responsibility for the running of iFeatures, including managing the submission, development and production process. As well as managing the initiative she also feeds in to the development of the projects, working alongside writers, directors and producers. Kate is also working with eOne and Creative England on developing a slate of TV projects.

Previously Kate worked for Lifesize pictures exec producing short films on new talent schemes such as Cinema Extreme and Digital Shorts for the UK Film council. She has worked with filmmakers from across the UK, script editing shorts and managing national programmes such as the UK Film Council’s Directors Lab at EIFF. Kate also works as a freelance assessor/script reader for Collabor8te, Northern Ireland Screen, the Royal Exchange Bruntwood Competition, BBC Drama and for production companies Crybaby Films, Poisson Rouge Pictures and Duck Soup. She is also involved in Creative England’s Development & Production funds as well as developing her own projects outside of iFeatures.

Mike Knowles

Producer at NOW Films

Michael has produced 6 feature length films in 6 years. The drama Away starring Timothy Spall & Juno Temple is set for international release in early 2017. It premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, was nominated for the Michael Powell Award & was selected for Best of the Fest. Away won a ‘Hitchcock’ Award in October 2016 at the prestigious Dinard Film Festival. Also the mystery/ horror The Messenger starring Robert Sheehan, Lily Cole and Joely Richardson was released through Metrodome in the UK and will get a US release in 2017.

Michael’s prior producing projects include Birthday, starring Stephen Mangan, written by Joe Penhall (The Road) & directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) that aired on Sky Arts in 2015 and won the FIPA d’Or; Best Laid Plans starring Stephen Graham & Maxine Peake was released through Sony Pictures in 2012 and 2009’s A Boy Called Dad starring Ian Hart was selected for the Rome Film Festival & sold to the BBC.

Michael’s project Snodgrass starring Ian Hart imagines a 50 year-old John Lennon on the dole having left the Beatles in 1963. Aired as part of Sky’s 2013 Playhouse series, the project was hailed by London’s Time Out as a ‘mini masterpiece.’ Michael is developing a feature length version. Michael was nominated for a BAFTA for the Talking with Angels.

Venue: Auditorium, Exeter Phoenix

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