A movie only exists if it is seen by an audience. How do you get your film to travel, cross borders and be seen outside your home country – if in fact it is even seen in your home country or local festival at all. What are the various forms of distribution? How do they work? What does a sales agent really do? How do you attract one? These questions will be addressed by leading industry experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you understand how different territories, market trends and distribution platforms affect how and by whom your film will be seen, and where the audience you want for your film can be found.
Sun, Nov 18, 10:00 AM
The processes of film development, production and especially post-production can go on for what seems like forever. Nevertheless, everyone involved in the effort of bringing a film to the screen knows there's an optimal golden moment when the material sings – which hopefully also means satisfied audiences and overjoyed financiers. What does it take to find this anticipated sweet spot? How do we know when we've arrived? An Award winning writer, director, producer and editor will share their experiences to help shed light on and embrace the process of story development from script to screen and beyond.
Mon, Nov 19, 10:00 AM
What financial infrastructure is required to co-finance films within the Arab world? What are the most efficient and risk-avoidant methods of financing film projects? A distinguished group of leading financiers and executives representing various aspects of the global film industry will explore the current state of independent film financing and what the future might hold for a nascent pan-Arab film-financing ecosystem. The panel of industry experts will engage Qatar’s business community, offering valuable insight into emerging trends, risk mitigation, available financing options, distribution models, engaging sales agents, protecting investment, private equity, required legal documentation and practical approaches to structuring financing transactions. Further topics for discussion include bank debt, mezzanine financing, subsidies and tax incentives, completion bonds, collection agreements, emerging markets and how to harness private capital for viable film proposals. 'Private/ Invite only event'
Sun, Nov 18, 12:00 PM
The convergence of interactive media, entertainment and education is a key global trend in contemporary film and media production. Story architect Mahyad Tousi, CEO & Cofounder of BoomGen Studios, discusses the creation of his company’s ‘Operation Ajax’ project. Using a variety of media platforms, including an award-winning iOS graphic novel application, a video game, educational tools and a feature film, ‘Operation Ajax’ tells the story of a critical and too-often ignored historical event: the 1953 Iranian coup d’état that was orchestrated by the UK and the USA.
Tue, Nov 20, 10:00 AM
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been called one of the UK’s most successful screenwriting partnerships. They have written five of the ‘James Bond’ screenplays, from ‘The World Is Not Enough’ to ‘Skyfall’, which is currently being released internationally. Their script for ‘Casino Royale’ was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. In this master class, Purvis and Wade share their experiences and expertise as we examine how the written word is translated to the screen, and what it takes to be a successful screenwriter.
Mon, Nov 19, 01:30 PM