Programme

Two days of free-to-attend content strands

AT FOCUS 2016 two days of free-to-attend content strands included over 100 industry leaders sharing their expertise, inspiration and insight through a programme of panels, workshops and presentations. Informative and thought-provoking sessions covered film, TV, advertising and interactive entertainment. 

The 2016 edition was curated by Sue Hayes and developed in consultation with a Content Advisory Board featuring representatives from leading industry bodies, including Advertising Producers Association, BFI, British Film Commission, Creative Skillset, PACT, Production Guild, Production Managers Association, UKIE and Women in Film and TV.

Day 1
Dec 06 2016

In conversation with Adrian Wootton 

In this opening conversation, Adrian Wootton, CEO Film London & The British Film Commission, will discuss with Leo Barraclough of Variety how London has become this world class production centre,...
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Portuguese Port Wine, Natas, Spanish Jamon & Wine (Exhibitor networking)

Get a taste of the best of Portugal and Spain. Join Made In Lisbon and Widescope Productions on Stand 19 anytime during FOCUS….

VR – Did it deliver in 2016?

In a year where The New York Times won the Entertainment Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for its virtual reality work “The Displaced.”, and Lockheed Martin’s ‘Generation Beyond’, an experience...
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UK TAX RELIEF: BEYOND 25%

The UK’s film and television tax reliefs have been hugely successful in attracting major film and television projects to the UK but much has been written about competition from other...
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Explore Panama (Exhibitor Presentation)

Meet Panama, the new location for film, video & photo production. Presentation of Panama’s locations, average costs, filming permits & samples of European productions who have already made Panama work...
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Tequila Tasting (Exhibitor networking)

Visit The Cabo Agency on Stand S10 for a taste of Mexico throughout FOCUS..

Family Film Holiday Drinks (Exhibitor networking)

Stop by for a drink at the Family Film stand throughout FOCUS and talk film business in Hungary and Romania.  

Give us a ..commercials ..tax break.

Television Commercial Production Tax Relief – Give Us a Break? Tax credits/relief – everyone is at it, “come and shoot in our beautiful country and lob X% off the production...
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Catalunya Film Commission Happy Hour

Aperitif at the Catalan stand (S18) with Vermouth offered by Reus, Catalan Capital of Culture 2017. RSVP  HERE.  

Filming in the Netherlands – Exhibitor Presentation

Excellent filming infrastructure, 30% cash rebate including cash flow upfront, professional crews. Attend this session and learn more about Dutch money and shooting in the Netherlands, Netherlands Film Commissioner Bas van...
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Sustainability: how do we increase collaboration across the creative screen industries?

All of the creative screen industries are committed to working sustainably and there is a lot of work being done by individuals and organisations on the ground. But how do...
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Why you Need a Location Manager

Many productions think they do not need to employ a location manager, especially when money is tight or the budget is low or the shoot looks like something you can...
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The Phenomenon of the Christmas Commercial

  The Christmas commercial has become more creative and ambitious. Every year the stakes get higher. Getting it right has become the holy grail of British advertising and getting wrong...
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Smarter Ways to plan your shoot – Digital Scouting

Planning a shoot is a complex process and trying to anticipate hurdles that could arise on the shoot is daunting. How can you plan a shoot efficiently while accounting for...
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France’s Tax Rebate for International Production (Exhibitor Presentation)

Learn the essentials about France’s 30% rebate programme, designed for big as well as low budgets, for features, shorts, VR, VFX, and animation projects made entirely or partly in France. The session will include first hand experience and...
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Location Professionals Group Reception (invitation only)

Location Professionals Group Christmas drinks sponsored by Translux International. Invitation only,  

Wanda Studios

  Wanda Studios is the first and only world-class filmmaking destination in China that offers both a competetive production incentive and that meets International filming standards. This session will discuss...
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The future of TV  – The audience as the new scheduler

With the decline of scheduled TV, how are producers reaching audiences beyond the traditional TV screen and what are the new business models they are creating to ensure the relationships...
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Albert Presentation 

Come and meet albert – a collaborative industry approach to environmental sustainability. Albert is a group of 12 UK broadcasters and production companies creating the tools and resources necessary to address...
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Setkeeper – Digital Tools for Pre-production (Exhibitor Presentation)

  This workshop will cover industry tips & techniques for digital location scouting & management, then applies them to award-winning projects on Setkeeper. Developed & used by entertainment industry professionals,...
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Thailand Film Incentives Reception (invitation only)

Find out about Thailand film incentives. By invitation only. Contact Thailand Film Office – Stand P27

Estonian Happy Hour

Join the Estonian Film Institute exhibitors for Happy Hour drinks. Estonian Film Institution Stand S29  

WALKING THE TALK –  Diversity & Inclusion across the Screen Industries

Making the creative screen Industries more diverse and inclusive is right up there. It’s the most talked about subject at every industry conference and gathering, and yet it’s the one...
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Nations and Regions – the ingredients of attraction 

Outside of the capital, the levels of production across the UK have exploded. Helped by an extremely attractive suite of tax incentives, production has hit record highs. But what does...
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Shooting on a Low Budget in London

There is a view that making your production on a low budget is increasingly difficult across the capital. In his presentation, Andrew Pavord, Director of Film Fixer, the agency responsible...
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Canary Islands Film Reception (invitation only)

A reception hosted by Canary Islands Film and Canary Islands Government. Invitation only.  Contact Stand P11

Polish Film Commissions Happy Hour

Join the Polish Film Commissions at their Happy Hour drinks reception. More information from Stand P22      

The value of using a locations library

Finding the right location can be a very long-winded and frustrating task. In her presentation Emma Plimmer, the MD of Locality,  sets out what to expect and how libraries can...
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Creative Equals – A Presentation

  Creative Equals is the gender diversity kitemark of the creative industry. Its vision is for all creative departments to be 50/50, from the bottom to the top. Creative Equal’s mission is...
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Access China

Everyone wants to do business with China, but how can you achieve it? Moderated by Duncan Levesley – Grant Thornton (China Britain Services Group) Confirmed Panellists Li Wei – Vice President, Golden Dreams Media...
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Day 2
Dec 07 2016

PORTUGUESE PORT WINE, NATAS, SPANISH JAMON & WINE (Exhibitor networking)

Get a taste of the best of Portugal and Spain. Join Made In Lisbon and Widescreen Productions on Stand 19 anytime during FOCUS…

Tequila Tasting (Exhibitor Networking)

Visit The Cabo Agency on Stand S10 for a taste of Mexico throughout FOCUS…

Family Film Holiday Drinks (Exhibitor networking)

Stop by for a drinks at the Family Film stand throughout FOCUS and talk film business in Hungary and Romania.  

Low Budget Masterclass

Are you working in production and would like to know more about low/micro budget filmmaking? This unique masterclass will combine a mix of creative and practical advice for low budget...
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Expanded Universe: How the Film, Television and Games Sectors can learn from each other

As our moving image art forms change and evolve, the distinctions between them become less clear. This panel discusses areas where games, film and TV are already collaborating; how entertainment...
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Filming in Marrakech – Exhibitor Presentation

Morocco’s versatile scenery and climate has made this a top, all year round, destination for shoots.In an  effort to capitalize on its now booming film industry, the Marrackech-Safi region has...
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Shooting on a Low Budget in London

There is a view that making your production on a low budget is increasingly difficult across the capital. In his presentation, Andrew Pavord, Director of Film Fixer, the agency responsible...
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Diversity in advertising – where are the LGBT role models?

Over the last few years, diversity has become the hot topic everyone is talking about.  Today, there is more and more on-screen diversity, but is there more that can be...
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ARIZONA: How one state’s diversity lends itself to movie magic (Exhibitor Presentation)

Is there one magical location that offers filmmakers and producers easy access to soaring outdoor vistas, urban chic cities, lush forests, stunning desert rock formations and even snowy peaks –...
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The State of Independence

It’s always been hard to work as an independent producer and it would seem that now it is tougher than ever before. The number of UK independent films being made...
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Catalunya Film Commission Happy Hour

Aperitif at the Catalan stand (S18) with Vermouth offered by Reus, Catalan Capital of Culture 2017. RSVP HERE  

Filming in Mexico (exhibitor presentation)

  Mexico is a tremendously diverse country with nearly 2 million square miles of land, 9,300 kilometers of coastline along an ocean, two gulfs and a sea; mountains, canyons, deserts,...
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Additional Funding for Working Sustainably

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund is a venture capital fund, providing equity finance for SME’s based wholly or partially in the East of England. In this presentation, Sam Burton, investment...
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FOCUS on SKILLS & TRAINING

Increasingly, most people in the Creative Screen Industries are employed as freelancers; they simply move from one contract to another. Equally, with the explosion in the volumes of production, particularly...
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Global Locations in Virtual Reality : The Ultimate Recce Tool (Exhibitor Presentation)

Planning a shoot is an elaborate process and figuring out the “where” of your feature or short film, television show or advertisement is often a time consuming task for any...
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Craftworks – a Positive Curation of Creativity

We have teamed up with David Reviews and The Advertising Producers Association to bring you an afternoon filled with talks on creativity, by those who have played a part in producing...
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Access Asia

Amanda Groom, Managing Director, The Bridge, outlines the potential funding opportunities.  Accompanying her will be a UK producer who will talk about their experience of doing business in Asia. THE...
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Tunisia ; your filming destination (Exhibitor Presentation)

At the heart of the Mediterranean, Tunisia has been at the crossroads of  many civilizations. It has seen the richest cultures pass for millennia. These cultures have left us with...
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Drone Technology – Girls with Altitude

Production companies throughout the audio visual industries are increasingly using drone technology to provide amazing shots that have the power to amaze and stun. It has taken creativity onto a...
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David Reviews Reception (invitation only)

David Reviews reception following Craftworks – A Positive Curation of Creativity.  Invitation only.

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