The best networking events for UK filmmakers
Posted on: 12/09/2014
Raindance – Boozin’n’Schmoozin’
This is a relaxed monthly meet-up for filmmakers. Entry is free to Raindance members, otherwise it’s £5.
Envy Post Production, 46 Foley Street, London, W1W 7TY.
Tickets booked through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shooting People– Shooters in the Pub
This is held on the first Monday of every month for Shooting People members. There will be no screenings, just meet, drink and network. Meetings are held across the country at local Picturehouse Cinemas or watering holes.
Annual membership: £39.95
1 month’s membership: £10.95
The Green Room Club– Network and Socialise
This prestigious social club was founded in 1877 by Sir Henry Irving, Charles Dickens Jr. Bram Stoker and other acclaimed actors.
It hosts a monthly meeting of minds that is mainly for actors, although a range of media types will be attending. Entry is free to anyone and is a chance to schmooze in a refined, classy venue.
There is a dress code, with jackets being required for men and strictly no trainers.
Address: Oscar Wilde Bar, Café Royal, 68, Regent Street, London W1B 4DY
RSVP to: email@example.com
This is the 3rd year that Triforce has been running and it’s a great chance to get your short film screened, whilst networking. All short films will be considered and it aims to increase diversity within shorts.
Address: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly
When: Saturday 22nd November 2014.
The BFI is in a wonderful location on London’s Southbank a minutes’ walk from Waterloo station. It is the host to over 2000 classic and contemporary films each year. They also present The London Film Festival next month from October 8th to October 19th.
They have a series of special screenings and Q&A’s. A few months ago they had a screening of The Double, followed by a hilarious Q&A with director Richard Ayoade.
There are also numerous networking, pitching, and filmmaking opportunities.
Membership costs £40 per year and reduces the prices of their events.
The elegant BAFTA venue in the heart of Piccadilly Circus is the venue of numerous film networking events and master classes. I went to their two-day Serious Screenwriting event. I was lucky enough to meet Simon Beaufoy, shortly after he won an Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire. He handed me his Oscar statue and somehow I managed to break the plating on it!
I’m sure you’ll have more luck on their range of networking events and seminars. Sometimes these are free for students. Have a look at their upcoming events here.
Animate Projects is a strategic agency that champions the best of animation and provides a collection of digital archives, interviews and critical writings.
Animate runs screening events and talks in London and around the UK. If you’re interested in animation you should look at their upcoming events here.
Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG)
The Documentary Filmmakers Group is the national organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK. They offer a range of training events across the country. Their annual membership is £35.
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