The Filmmaker’s Journey from Emerging to Established: In Conversation with BIFA VOD

  • Independent Cinema
  • 60min
  • Industry Programme, Emerging Filmmaker's Day
  • 2020

This is the on-demand recording of the panel, to watch live on the 29th October please click here.

BIFA Raindance Discovery Award nominees talk about their filmmaking trajectories before and after the awards, new creative projects and their experiences of this year.

They discuss the challenges in developing a second feature and the opportunities for emerging filmmakers at the transition between “emerging” and “established”, drawing a roadmap helping filmmakers avoid traps on the way to success.

This event is part of the Emerging Filmmakers’ Day, a full day of completely free events, available around the world for filmmakers who are at the start of their careers, full of practical tips to help you take the next steps towards a successful career.

Speakers: Louise Gallagher; A BUMP ALONG THE DAY; Zara Balfour, CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND; Isla Badenoch, H IS FOR HARRY; Zadoc Nava, GHOLAM

About your speakers:

Rachael Castell: Over the past ten years, Rachael has coordinated bespoke training for first and second-time feature and documentary filmmakers, shorts filmmakers and animators consisting of panels, workshops, case studies and networking events. Clients include the British Independent Film Awards, BlinkInk, Independent Cinema Office & multiple film festivals.

Louise Gallager:Louise has over 30 years’ experience as a media professional. After over two decades with BBC Belfast working across radio, television and online, Louise moved into the independent film and TV sector in 2011 where she worked as a freelance Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer on shorts, feature films, children’s TV drama, commercials and live television. In 2019 Louise produced her first feature film, A Bump Along The Way, which achieved wide-ranging critical and commercial success. Louise joined Hat Trick Productions in January 2020 to develop a slate of scripted projects from their office in Belfast.

Zara Balfour:Zara is an award-winning director, writer and producer. She has filmed in over 20 countries, often documenting community projects in developing countries. Zara began her career as an actress before moving behind the camera, initially training with Raindance. She worked with Sophie Fiennes on a programme for BBC Storyville, going on to produce and/or direct short films, TV commercials and documentary content. Zara then moved into longer format storytelling; directing documentaries and writing. Her first feature documentary ‘Children of the Snow Land’ won the BIFA Raindance Discovery Award 2019, a Grierson Award shortlist, two Screen Awards nominations, One World Media Awards 2020 longlist, 20 festival awards, 60 UK cinema screenings, TV broadcasts including Arte, NHK, UR and VOD on Curzon Home Cinema. Her earlier short films won awards at Berlin Film Festival, London Film Festival, European Film Awards, Creative Review and Cannes Lions. Zara has been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC World, Talk Radio and she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She runs a non-profit organisation, Snowland Journeys CIC, which supports Himalayan communities, and she has lectured on cinema and human rights advocacy.

Isla Badenoch is a writer-director and artist. She is a member of BFI Network x BAFTA Crew, BFI Network Writers Lab and BIFA Springboard 2020. Whether through the identity of a forensic jeweller, a transgender soldier in rural Albania, or a fisherman hunting for a critically endangered fish – her atmospheric films reflect her curiosity for stories of kindred spirits that show life through a distinctive and compassionate lens. Isla’s work is currently supported by BBC Arts, Arts Council England, BFI Network, DocSociety, LUX Scotland, Hartley Foundation, Statens Kunstfond and Frøken Marie Månssons.

Zadoc Nava is a filmmaker and photographer. He worked for many years directing documentaries, commercials and award-winning shorts. THE FAR MOUNTAINS, his second feature as producer, with writer/director Mitra Tabrizian, is currently in development with the BFI.He was included on Film London’s Lodestar inaugural list of 25 of London’s most promising filmmakers and creative talents (2019) and was longlisted for the BIFA Discovery Award 2018. Zadoc runs Gholam Films in London, a production company committed to producing art-house cinema for an international audience.