Working in the Film Industry: Network building by students for students



A team of Postgraduate Researchers have just returned from the Glasgow Film Festival where alongside their personal research  projects they were on a mission to make new contacts and report back on the latest  developments in the Film Industry. Funded by Rise Up their findings are informing the development of the new undergraduate module ‘Working in the Film Industry’.



Thanks to Louis Francis, Ang Gao and Euripidis Karydis for reporting back….



‘Established only 12 years ago, Glasgow Film Festival is rapidly trying to overtake Edinburgh Film Festival in both size and scope, with several days dedicated to industry events for professional filmmakers as well as students. A small team of staff from the Newcastle University Film programmes visited the festival between the 22nd-24th of February to make connections north of the border.

Spread over three days, the Industry Focus events are a great chance for any level of practitioner to advance their understanding of the industry and to help with mastering advanced filmmaking technique. The events ranged from how to find narrative and how to structure it to keep an audience’s attention; to presentations aimed at showcasing opportunities available to newcomers to the film industry; to foreign funding panels; to filmmaker ’speed-dating’ events to help with networking.

We made some very exciting contacts while up in Glasgow, and everyone in the industry was really excited to hear about Newcastle University’s new Film Practice and Film & Media degree programmes. It was a great opportunity to make contacts north of the border as well as strengthen the industry aspect of our undergraduate curriculum – we’re sincerely grateful to the fantastic Careers Service and Rise Up team for granting us the opportunity.’



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