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From finance to development, getting your festival strategy right or practising your pitch technique one-on-one, our friendly experts are on hand to offer you insight and answers to those tricky questions that need an experienced view.

How to book: Buy a ticket for Filmmakers brunch on Sunday 24th (£10) and visit the Experts Corner between 10-12, where you can sign up for a short slot.  While you’re waiting, grab a croissant and network with fellow filmmakers in the lounge.

A ticket for brunch gives you access to the filmmakers lounge at BFI all day.

Meet the Experts:

Cynthia De Souza, Acquisitions and Development Executive, The Works International

Cynthia brings over 15 years experience in the film industry, particularly in talent development and film production, and has worked in a variety of outfits, including the BFI Film Fund and UK Film Council, the BBC and prolific indie production companies.

Talk to Cynthia about: development, packaging and pitching for finance and sales


Katie McCullough, Festival Formula

Festival Formula Ltd is a consultancy company looking after the festival circuit needs of filmmakers. We look after strategy and submissions and boast a slate of successful clients. A culmination of over ten years experience, we’re here to look after you on the festival journey.

Talk to Katie about: international festival submissions & strategy, short and feature film distribution


Lee Dilley, Writer/Executive Producer

Lee is a comedy writer, sitcom consultant, co-founder of Goat Tree Films Ltd and directer at Indie Studios Derby.  Co-writer and executive producer of BAFTA screened sitcom pilot  ‘Jobseekers’. Privately commissioned to write, produce and direct sitcom ‘​In The Dog House’​ (2015), which will premiere in May 2016.

Talk to Lee about: pitching, development, your sitcom structure


Kahloon Loke, Peccadillo Pictures

Kahloon joined Peccadillo in 2003, he started working in cinema bookings department and has moved up to head of marketing and is in general the overall manager of the whole company. Kahloon devises the publicity and marketing campaigns

Peccadillo was awarded a “Highly Commended” at the 2014 Screen Awards for his innovative campaign for the theatrical release of STRANGER BY THE LAKE. In 2013 his campaign for OUR CHILDREN was nominated for Best Foreign Language campaign and in 2012 his campaign for WEEKEND was nominated for best theatrical campaign in the Screen Awards.

Talk to Kahloon about: Film distribution, LGBT cinema, marketing & publicity for film


Jessie Mangum, Goalpost Film

As Production and Development Executive at Goalpost Film, Jessie has worked on the sales and marketing strategies for all of the company’s projects including Rupert Wyatt’s The Escapist, Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip and The Trip to Italy, Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires and Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man. She is also developing a number of projects to produce for Goalpost Film.

Talk to Jessie about: film sales, packaging, development


Check back for updates before the 24th for the full list of experts!


DATE: Sunday April 24th
TIME: 10-12, sign up at brunch
PRICE: £10

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