How to Make Film Festivals Work for You

How to Make Film Festivals Work for You

The magic of film festivals – everyone is trying to get their work into them. There’s big ones, small ones, prestigious ones, far away ones, and local ones.

As someone who has been running a film festival for three years now, I feel I have the teeniest bit of experience in them, and some understanding about why they are so useful. But I’ve also attended dozens over the years, here in the UK, in Cannes, Australia and beyond. And that’s where the real experience comes from. read more

An Interview with Award-Winning Director and Writer Laura Smith

Currently busy in development with a female led body horror and an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation in conjunction with Lunar Lander films’ BFI vision award funded slate, Laura is no stranger to hard work, grinding and getting the work done. Previously Laura directed five short films in the UK, Germany and Australia that were all commissioned by the BFI and Channel 4, amongst others, as well as directing countless episodes of television for some of Britain’s most well known shows like The Cut and Hollyoaks and developing feature films with support from financiers such as Creative Europe and the BFI. She is one busy lady. We sat down with Laura to find out what she is up to now, how she feels about casting actors, and the state of play for female directors in the UK right now – because it is a hot topic right now after all.

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Gabrielle Miller in THE OUTBACK MOTEL. Director: Laura Smith

 

Casting Networks: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in the directing world, and how long you’ve been directing? Was it through studying at NFTS or did it start way before you were accepted into the highly prestigious NFTS director course?read more

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

By Lenka Silhanova

You may have been told by your agent, manager or by a casting director that you should use social media to promote your career. You’ve read all these “success stories” that actors were cast because they had a lot of followers on social media. So you created profiles and started promoting yourself like you’ve been told to do so… you share your demo reel, tell people to go check out your profiles on casting websites or to visit your own website. But what happens is that nobody’s reacting to anything you share and your follower count is not growing either. That is really frustrating and you wonder “Is this social media thing just a waste of time?”, right? read more

Spotlight on Female Directors Making it Happen

Spotlight on Female Directors Making it Happen

With there being a big focus right now on women in the industry, the new F-rating on IMDb, and on it being both a fair, and safe industry for women to work, we want to take a look at a selection of British talent who are taking the industry by storm – creating work that is powerful and exciting – and female lead. And not that being a female should ever stand in the way of doing incredible work, or getting the chance to, but we did want to find out, if it ever does.

Here we talk to directors Fenella Greenfield, Chryssanthi Kouri and Louise Cooke, about all things female director related.

Meet Fenella Greenfield…

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Director and actress Aurora Fearnley spills the beans on her success

Director and actress Aurora Fearnley spills the beans on her success

Director and actress Aurora Fearnley has been making enormous waves on the UK film scene for some time now. Recently back from a trip to Sydney to attend the Sydney Film Festival with her short film Struck, there’s not many festivals her award-winning shorts haven’t been in locally, and even further beyond Britain. We were thrilled when Aurora agreed to be interviewed and talk about what it’s like to cast and direct shorts, to be an actress herself, and what she has coming up on the horizon with her thrilling sci-fi short Pulsar.

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Four UK Based Actors Share Their Journey About Starting Out

Four UK Based Actors Share Their Journey About Starting Out

This month we got up close and personal with four very talented, but also all round lovely actors, based in the UK who you’ve probably seen in films, on television, and treading the boards at various extraordinary theatres in and around London. Our aim was to find out exactly how they got started in the acting game, and what they do now to keep going week after week.

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Why Wonder Woman Reminds Us We Can All Be Superheroes

Why Wonder Woman Reminds Us We Can All Be Superheroes

Do you ever feel like acting is a mug’s game? That no matter what you do, you just never get exactly to where you want to be. And when you do, you’re so busy focusing on the next goal, you forget to celebrate the one you’ve just arrived at. And then along comes a movie like Wonder Woman, swords swishing, horses galloping, and you’re transfixed. Transported even. Everything is possible again. Maybe you can do it all after all.

And don’t we all want to feel like that every day? Like we can do anything we want. Like we can save the world. Like we can have it all as an actor. Dreamy right?

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Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Tom Hiddleston WFTVNominations now open for the Women in Film & Television Awards 2017!

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 13 September.  Click here to get your nominations in today!

This is your chance to nominate a great woman for an award. Maybe it’s someone you’ve worked with – a terrific editor, production manager or cinematographer. Or perhaps it’s an exciting new talent you’ve spotted or someone you feel has made an important contribution to the industry over the years. It’s your chance to have your say. And the best bit….you can even nominate yourself!

We’re getting behind the team at Women in Film and Television because we love what they do for women in British filmmaking and television.

There are thirteen categories of awards from business to craft, project management to producer. A full list of award categories and their definitions can be found here.

The Women in Film & Television Awards 2017, supported by Sky, will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Tickets will go on sale at 11:00 am on Tuesday 03 October 2017.

And if you have any other questions about the awards, you can speak to Jenny Samuels, Awards and Events Producer, Women in Film & TV, via 020 7287 1400  Email: jenny@wftv.org.uk. Or visit: www.wftv.org.uk

An Interview with Casting Director Manuel Puro

An Interview with Casting Director Manuel Puro

Casting director Manuel Puro has been on the casting scene for over two decades now, and recently he’s gone one step further to create something truly outstanding (and one of a kind) for actors globally – an international online self tape course. Actress and writer for Casting Networks, Angela Peters, recently took part in Casting Director Manuel Puro’s new online course, The Acting Habit, and had an incredible experience working on self tapes daily with actors from all around the globe. Self tapes are the way forward, and here Angela talks to Manuel to find out more about why he created this course, the importance of getting a self tape right, and more about his casting career.

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