At Your Festival, Your Community there will be the opportunity to meet in smaller groups for workshops aimed at festivals at different levels of experience. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve delivered several editions of your festival, or if you’re reflecting on many years of running a film festival, there will be the chance to speak with an experienced facilitator and other festivals like you to share experiences of what works – and what doesn’t.
Workshops are a one hour session starting at 13:45. When you register to attend, please choose one workshop.
Workshop 1 – How to Start a Film Festival
Matt Lloyd, Director of Glasgow Short Film Festival, will take you through the process of identifying what kind of festival you want to present and to think about who your audience could be, as well as some of the practicalities such as licensing, equipment hire and funding. For festivals at the concept stage, or 1-3 years old.
Matt Lloyd has worked in film exhibition in Scotland for two decades. He was short film programmer of Edinburgh International Film Festival between 2004 and 2008; his critical history of EIFF How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh was published in 2011. Matt was director of Inverness Film Festival from 2006 to 2008, and produced two unique film events for the Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Mark Cousins, The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams (2008) and A Pilgrimage (2009). He was an advisor to the first Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (2011), produced and co-programmed the first Dunoon Film Festival (2013), and programmes short film for Cromarty Film Festival. Matt has directed Glasgow Short Film Festival for nine years, in which time it has grown from a modest two day event into Scotland’s leading international short film festival.
Workshop 2 – Where Are we Now?
Cromarty Film Festival just celebrated its 10th edition in December 2017. Joining us from the festival team will be Tanya Karlebach, to provide the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on how to grow a festival and become part of a community’s cultural calendar. A chance to meet festivals at a similar stage of experience, and share your case studies. For festivals 4 – 7 years old.
Tanya moved to Cromarty in 2009 and was roped into the Film Society more or less on her first day and despite the occasional moan, feels it is one of the best parts of her Cromarty life. The Society runs a monthly screening programme on a yearly theme as well as the Film Festival in December and in recent years has become a registered charity with the loosely assembled committee becoming a more formal set of Trustees. The Society remains an entirely volunteer run organisation with a current group of about 8 involved in planning and delivering all events.
Workshop 3 – What’s Next?
An opportunity to network, share stories and reflect on questions such as – how have we benefitted the community and what more can we do? What’s our social value? What will the festival look like in another 5 years? For festivals 7+ years old. Facilitator TBC.
Image courtesy of Cromarty Film Festival