BAFTA Opens Bookings For Filmmakers' Market For Emerging Film Talent

BAFTA Opens Bookings For Filmmakers' Market For Emerging Film Talent

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Sargent-Disc today announced that the Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers' Market - an annual networking and skills development event for first-time feature filmmakers - will take place on Saturday 5 July at BAFTA's headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London. Tickets are available to book now at

The event will comprise of a packed day of masterclasses, screenings, and speed surgeries to help improve creative and business skills, as well as offering advice to help to navigate and progress in the industry.

Highlights of The Day include: a British producers' masterclass with speakers including Damian Jones (Belle, The Iron Lady) and Kate Ogborn (The Spirit of '45, The Deep Blue Sea); a session on 'how to find your cast', presented by RADA, with casting director Des Hamilton (Nymphomaniac, This Is England); a series of 'meet the pro' roundtable sessions, presented by Creative Skillset, with top craft talent, including costume designer Jane Petrie (Top Boy, How I Live Now) and assistant director/producer Dan Winch (Peaky Blinders, Tyrannosaur); and a CV clinic with Kate Watson of Sara Putt Associates.

BAFTA has run the Filmmakers' Market since 2009 and this year's event, which is sponsored by Sargent-Disc for a second year, is supported by a number of the UK's major film organisations.

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and Events at BAFTA, said: "The Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers' Market has proved to be an immensely popular part of the BAFTA learning and events programme. It offers emerging filmmakers the chance to pick up hints and tips and the vital knowledge they need to succeed in making their first feature. BAFTA welcomes the opportunity it brings to share the wealth of experience of our speakers and partners with the new generation of film talent breaking through - helping them to become the BAFTA-winners of tomorrow."

Dr. Laurence Sargent, Director at Sargent-Disc, said: "We are delighted to continue our support for BAFTA through the Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers' Market. The full day of events draws from the combined experience of many of our industry partners and delivers a vital learning experience to a large number of first-time filmmakers."

Other activity at the Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers' Market will include:

• Screenings and Q&As from festivals and film schools such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, London Short Film Festival, National Film and Television School, and London Film School, as well as the shorts nominated at this year's EE British Academy Film Awards.
• Roundtable 'meet the pro' sessions, presented by Creative Skillset, with speakers including hair and make-up designer Catherine Scoble.
• Film Forums on script development, directing and distribution.
• Masterclasses on budgeting and scheduling, casting and filming across England.
• Speed surgeries on topics including sourcing music and pitching a project.
• A networking reception for all participants at the end of the day, supported by British Council and Grolsch.