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The 2015 InFocus Screen Industries CPD Programme

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Designed to support the development of screen industry professionals across the UK and internationally, the Nottingham Screen Partnership (NSP) have developed InFocus, a CPD programme providing development of knowledge and networking across the creative screen sectors.

This 8 day programme offers the unique opportunity to connect with the UK’s fast growing screen industry sector (film, TV, games). Through a series of master classes, visits, networking events, screenings and workshops you will get access to some of the leading experts in the industry.  Covering all programme expenses (excluding travel to and from the event), this programme will provide valuable opportunities for screen industry business development and networking.

In addition, this event offers the chance to access the 2 day microfilm summit organised by the Nottingham Screen Partnership. The Nottingham Screen Partnership is a unique consortium consisting of partners from across local and UK business including Nottingham City Council, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Creative England, Nottingham Creative Quarter, Confetti Media and the Asia Business Centre.  The NSP has been designed to develop and support a strong, robust screen industry sector and showcase Nottingham as an international hub for the development of screen based ideas, research and talent.

Current programme elements include (subject to confirmation and change):

Day 1 (13th October): London industry connections

Day 2: London industry and BFI London Film Festival

Day 3: Nottingham- screen industries technology, research and production including start of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (NIM Festival)

Day 4: Nottingham- film training, development and success (including NIM Festival activities)

Day 5: Nottingham- animation, gaming culture and developments (including NIM Festival activities)

Day 6: Nottingham- NSP Production market and industry masterclasses (including NIM Festival activities)

Day 7: Nottingham- NSP Microfilm Summit day 1 (including NIM Festival activities)

Day 8 (20th October): Nottingham- NSP Microfilm Summit day 2 (including NIM Festival activities)

The programme will include talks, screenings and masterclasses from a number of industry professionals from the UK and USA including:

International Industry Representatives:

  • James Shannon (Dolby Laboratories)
  • Glenn Kiser (Director of the Dolby Institute, formerly General manager of Skywalker Sound, Lucasfilm)
  • Tom Walsh (Emmy award winning production designer, formerly president of the Art Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, member of the advisory board on Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Centre at Sony Studios, LA)
  • Francine Marchetti (Senior VFX producer, member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society in Hollywood and of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of America)
  • Denise Mann (Head of the leading UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s Producers Program, author of several books and a world authority on digital filmmaking and transmedia)
  • Dr Yang Ming, President of Xinhua Net Future Media Convergence Institute

UK Industry:

  • Mike Blair - Shiver (an ITV company)
  • Michael Eaton (award winning dramatist who has worked across film, television, theatre and radio and broadcast through BBC, BFI, Channel 4 and ITV)
  • Jeanie Finlay (award winning Nottingham based documentary filmmaker)
  • Al Clark - Wellington Films
  • Gianluca Sergi – Director of the Institute for Screen Industries (University of Nottingham)
  • Iain Simons - GameCity

The programme will also cover access to events and facilities such as:

  • BFI London Film Festival (tbc subject to festival programming)
  • Confetti Media
  • Spool Films
  • The National Video Arcade
  • The Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (NIM)
  • NSP Microfilm Summit 2015
  • NSP Student Microfilm Competition Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

We look forward to welcoming you!

Cost: £2500 (plus VAT) to include all travel during the programme (excluding travel to and from the programme), accommodation, event access and meals.

Dates: 13th to 20th October 2015

Expression of Interest:

To indicate interest in attending this programme, please complete the form below:


Gary Rydstrom - Pixar/Lucas Film/Disney

"The Microfilm Competition at the University of Nottingham is a thrilling, motivating, and entertaining event for the school and students. There is no better way to learn than to do, and the films in competition were obviously sweated over. I appreciated hearing the unique voices of the filmmakers. The filmmakers will appreciate seeing each other's work, and watching the winning films gain a wider audience in the world. This will make future work at the school even better, and future Competitions even more impressive".

Curtis Clark - Chairman of Technical Committee, ASC

"Coming here [Nottingham] has been an epiphany...seeing this unified approach and collective enthusiasm".

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