Programme 2018

Two days of free-to-attend content strands

AT FOCUS two days of free-to-attend programme sessions feature over 150 industry leaders sharing their expertise, inspiration and insight through keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and case studies. Informative and thought-provoking sessions cover film, TV, advertising, animation and games.

The Dimensions of disruption – aspiration, inspiration and legacy informs the thinking and framing of this year’s event. All of the content is being created to look further at the impact of change and how the creative screen sector is responding in terms of the ways it now works and will work, over the next few years. 

In order to make sure that the programme is completely relevant to the industry, it is developed in consultation with a Content Advisory Board featuring representatives from leading industry bodies, including Pact, The Production Guild, Advertising Producers Association, Directors UK, BFI, British Film Commission, Creative Europe Desk UK, ScreenSkills, UK Screen Alliance and Women in Film and TV.  It is curated and researched by Sue Hayes and Monna Fawzi and presented in association with our media partner Variety. Read about our Content Advisory Board here.

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Day 1
Dec 04 2018

FOCUS IS OPEN – DAY 1

Registration opens at 9am. Print out your delegate badge to save time on the doors. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. Click here for travel details.

Keynote Interview with Alastair Clark: Producer ‘Calibre’

Alastair Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with partner Rachel Robey. Known for many independent films, their most recent release Calibre, is now streaming globally to rave reviews on Netflix....
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Morocco and Dreamaker Productions’ incentives (Exhibitor Presentation)

Morocco is offering 20% incentives for international productions, and Dreamaker Productions who owns MFERS, the largest equipment rental company in Morocco, is offering 90% discount on film equipment hire

Why it’s time to switch to energy efficient lights: A masterclass on low energy lighting (Green Zone)

Join Pat McEnallay from Green Kit to find out how energy efficient lights can save you time and money on set. www.greenkit.london

Faangs ain’t what they used to be.

Hardly a week goes by, without yet another news story or report, about Faangs. Christian Grece, Media analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory, will outline and chart, the extraordinary growth of Facebook,...
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Legal refresher for Film & TV producers

Presentation by Katrien Roos – Associate, Harbottle & Lewis LLP. The presentation will touch on legal topics relevant to producers and also give delegates a few practical tips

Focus on being Freelance

Over 50% of the creative screen sector is now freelance. Sara Putt , Managing Director Sara Putt Associates, will outline what that means in 2018.

Filming in Bulgaria (Exhibitor Presentation)

In Bulgaria we have established an amazing film infrastructure. There are four seasons and a variety of breathtaking natural locations and unique urban looks you can choose from

ScreenSkills – Aspiration, Inspiration & Legacy: Minimising the risk and grabbing the opportunity

The boom in high-end television is contributing to skills shortages in the industry. So, what are the opportunities created by this massive demand

Production Companies – Be marketing ready for 2019

Advice, tips and takeaways on how to effectively improve and enhance your marketing offer as we head into 2019. Moderated by Steve Davies – Chief Executive, APA

Fuelling Change: How productions can make use of Fuel Cells (Green Zone)

Fuel Cell technology is changing how you can power your productions on location. Join Henry Mills to learn more about how Fuel Cells are already being used by broadcasters

Discover Ukraine (Exhibitor Presentation)

At FOCUS, we are happy to present Ukraine as a powerful production hub with an updated legislative environment, financial incentives, lots of picturesque, unique locations and arsenal of modern services...
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Filming in Croatia Happy Hour (networking)

Filming in Croatia Happy Hour at Stand S22 12 – 1pm with authentic Croatian drinks and sweets

Idea Film Reception (networking)

Please join Idea Film for drinks and learn about the 45% tax rebate in Romania.  

The Summer Of Love – ‘Love Island’ case study

ITV2’s Love Island, was one the highest rated shows of the year. What does it takes to make a hit show that takes over the ratings?

Screen Business – Crunching the Numbers and Getting the Results

The recent publication of the BFI’s Screen Business report showed how the UK tax reliefs have helped fuel a boom in the UK’s screen industries

Film London – Shooting the Capital

This session explores how Film London are working to keep London filming, including their film-friendly initiatives, such as the London Filming Partnership

Mediterranean Aperitif (networking)

Join Barcelona, Mallorca, Catalunya and Illes Balears Film Commissions for a taste of vermouth and sobrassada.

Choose Poland as your next filming location – introducing a 30% cash rebate (Exhibitor Presentation)

  Poland is introducing a 30% cash rebate on film production. Join the session to find out everything you need to know about filming in Poland

Estonia Happy Hour (networking)

Join the Estonian Film Institute for drinks at Stand S10/S11

Waste Not Want Not: Practical guidance on sustainable production design (Green Zone)

Director of Dresd, Lynn McFarlane discusses how to approach set builds using reclaimed and recycled materials with a particular focus on the how Dresd worked with the Poldark production team

Film Madrid and the support for new productions (Exhibitor Presentation)

Film Madrid – Region of Madrid Filming Promotion Office – is a public service whose goal is to support the audio-visual industry in Madrid

Filming in England Happy Wine & Cheese Hour (Networking)

You are invited to the Filming in England Happy Cheese and Wine Hour.

Snacking TV – the rise of short form content

Short form content has been tipped as the next big thing, but why? What is the attraction.

This is my story- Location Managers

Listen to the stories of Location Managers, Harriet Lawrence, Andrew Buckley , Harriet Hodgskin and Kate Seymour

Human Creativity. How to bridge the gap between Tech & Humanity

Incredibly powerful technologies are amplifying the human experience across VR, AR, AI, blockchain and machine learning. But how do tech companies, marketers, and creative agencies collaborate in bridging the gap

Ten Commandments of Success – domestic to global

A step by step guide which will help to understand how to protect ideas, prepare a winning pitch and increase the chance of winning a commission

Good Energy: How renewable energy is helping to clean up the creative industry (Greenzone)

Join Joe Wadsworth from Good Energy who’ll explain why green energy is not only great for your business but also a key ingredient to decarbonising the UK’s creative industries

AR/VR – Increasing opportunities for your production company

The opportunities for production companies working with AR and VR and how to use them to the advantage of their businesses. Moderated by Danny Fleet – MD Watchable Introduced by...
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VFX: Make me a digital Human

The advances in VFX work on digital humans, digital make-up and digital de-aging are quite stunning. At what point will photo-realism of human characters become totally convincing

Can’t Skip Filming in Portugal (Exhibitor Presentation)

Portugal created one of the most competitive incentive systems in Europe: a cash rebate of up to 30%, funded by the Tourism Board, applicable to film and TV

Film Madrid Cocktail Hour (networking)

Film Office Madrid invites you to their cocktail hour after their presentation Film Madrid and their support for new productions. No RSVP needed.

Screen Scotland – Developing the Sector

Launched in August of this year, Screen Scotland is the newly dedicated partnership catering to the production industry. It is tasked with supporting and developing the sector

Super Agents

  Agents in the UK that have traditionally been happier to maintain the separation between agenting and production, are having the change the way they work

This is My Story – Framestore

Framestore has introduced a structured learning programmes that train you to work in entry level roles that the Games and VFX industries see as critical

SETKEEPER – DIGITAL TOOLS FOR PREP, PRODUCTION AND POST (Exhibitor Presentation)

This workshop will cover SetKeeper features, tools and tips for your production from prep to post

Portugal Happy Hour (networking)

Discover Portugal as a filming location and a film partner.  

Thailand Happy Hour (Networking)

The Thailand Film Office cordially invites you to join the Thailand Happy Hour on 4th December – 4.00pm. Wine and Thai snacks will be served.

Taste of India with Dreamcatchers Happy Hour (networking)

You are invited to a Taste of India with Dreamcatchers India Stand S81 Time 4pm-5pm

Capacity and the Global Production Deluge: How to Scale up and Benefit from Production Growth

Capacity and the Global Production Deluge will explore the unprecedented levels of current and predicted future production demand, and how international production hubs can best build capacity

Let’s All Play Games

A discussion designed to explore the increasing recognition of the levels of creativity and convergence in games content

Run Your Money Flows with Blockchain

This presentation will offer an introduction to Blockchain, also known as Distributed Ledger Technology and the benefits of this technology

Brexit: 100 days and counting

March is getting closer – but is the creative screen sector any clearer? Moderated by Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE – Director of International Strategy, Pact

France’s Tax Rebate for International Production (Exhibitor Presentation)

  Learn the essentials about France’s 30% rebate programme, designed for all sizes of budgets and for features, shorts, VR, VFX, and animation projects made entirely or partly in France....
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This is my story- Nan Gourlay

  Nan Gourlay has over 20 years’ experience as a production manager in factual television and last year secured a drama production role, with the support of ScreenSkills

Framestore: Managing high end visual effects for the modern television market.

Keynote interview with Tim Dams Speakers: Michelle Martin, Head of TV, Framestore Pedro Sabrosa VFX Supervisor, Framestore Keynote interview with Tim Dams

Is Linear TV defunct?

There is a view that linear TV is on its way out.  It has failed to keep up with the impact of the SVODs and increasingly in the case of...
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Day 2
Dec 05 2018

FOCUS IS OPEN – DAY 2

Registration opens at 9am. Print out your delegate badge to save time on the doors. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. Click here for travel details.

Keynote – Interview with Phil Hunt: The state of the independent film sector

  Phil Hunt is the founder and Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, an international film distribution company and Head Gear Films, a film and TV investment company

Legal refresher for Film & TV producers

Presentation by Katrien Roos – Associate, Harbottle & Lewis LLP. The presentation will touch on legal topics relevant to producers and also give delegates some practical tips

Let’s Shoot Moscow in Moscow (Exhibitor Presentation)

Speaker: Katya Mtsitouridze CEO, ROSKINO

Why it’s time to switch to energy efficient lights: a masterclass on low energy lighting (Green Zone)

Join Pat McEnallay from Green Kit to find out how energy efficient lights can save you time and money on set.

BFDG Masterclass – BBC’s Bodyguard with James Lapsley

A master class from production designer, James Lapsley about his work on the BBC’s Bodyguard which was the UK’s most watched drama since records began

Focus on Tax Reliefs

In this session, seasoned industry professionals offer case studies on using the UK creative industry tax reliefs for a whole host of projects

Why BAD is good for the advertising industry

Now that our wonderfully diverse population is being represented better on the screen, it’s about time we all made sure that behind the scenes was equally represented

ATA Carnets: Easy Entry & Exit Pre- & Post Brexit (Exhibitor Presentation)

Throw out the old conceptions of obtaining and using an ATA Carnet. The reality is a 21st century document applied for online that is issued and delivered within 48 hours

Regions and Nations – What’s Not to Like?

Over the past couple of years , the pressure to move the screen industries out of London has been fast-tracked

Making the Music

Interview with Simon Heeger, 2WEI Music, who composed the award winning music for German supermarket brand EDEKA . He will talk about how he works across advertising and features

Filming in Romania with Family Film, get up to 45% filming incentives & cash rebate (Exhibitor Presentation)

Romania has announced film incentives for international productions of feature film, TV series, web series, and documentaries. All qualifying productions can access a tax rebate upto 45%

Wild Alaska Live : Powering remote locations without the carbon footprint (Green Zone)

BBC Production Engineer Gareth Wildman joins us to talk about the hydrogen fuel cells that were used in a world first to power the BBC’s live broadcasts from Alaska

Italian Toast (networking)

Join the Italian Film Commissions for a glass of wine and learn more about their filming incentives, locations and production services

Filming in Croatia Happy Hour (networking)

Filming in Croatia Happy Hour at Stand S22 12 – 1pm with authentic Croatian drinks and sweets  

Animation: the perfect model of convergence

All of the creative screen sector acknowledges the importance and value of animation to their work. Animation is identified as the one industry that works across the Creative Screen Sector

Eyes Half Shut

Burn out, poor productivity, sub-optimal quality of work, a negative impact on relationships and families, low pay, bullying and excessive hours are the norm

Why shooting in the cool Nordics is hotter than ever

Meet the Nordic Production Service Companies behind Mission Impossible Fallout, The Girl in the Spiders Web, Star Wars, Downsizing and 22 July.

Mediterranean Aperitif (networking)

Join Barcelona, Mallorca, Catalunya and Illes Balears Film Commissions for a taste of vermouth and sobrassada.

A Sense of Independence with Producer Magnus Wake

Join Director and Producer Magnus Wake in an interview on how he spent a major part of his career working for two of Scotland’s leading production companies

Family Film Drinks Reception (networking)

Join Family Film for drinks and canapes after the “Shoot In Romania” Presentation.    

On location and on budget. Top ten ways to get a grip of your production costs (exhibitor presentation)

Staying on top expenses is hard. Keeping track of receipts is painful. And nobody likes carrying bags of cash around. Find out how production companies are taking control of expenses...
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Waste Not Want Not: Practical guidance on sustainable production design (Green Zone)

Director of Dresd, Lynn McFarlane discusses how to approach set builds using reclaimed and recycled materials with a particular focus on the how Dresd worked with the Poldark production team

Sourcing and optimising public funding

Every month new incentives are launched but what are the conditions to access them?

Hawaii in FOCUS (Exhibitor Presentation)

Hawaii has been known as “Hollywood’s Tropical Backlot” — due in part to high-profile films ranging from South Pacific to Jurassic Park to Just Go With It

Finnish Happy Hour

Join Filming in Finland and learn about their 25% Cash Rebate.

The changing landscape – Is the traditional business model of advertising breaking down?

What do the clients really want? Is Creativity as important as it ever was and if so, how do you achieve it?

This is my Story – Lisa Dee, Barking and Dagenham Film Studios

In her interview with David Shepheard, Lisa Dee will talk about how she influenced the decision to pursue the idea of a new Studio for Barking and Dagenham

Travelling in a greener direction (Green Zone)

The industry is moving towards a carbon neutral future but the transportation of people and goods remains one of the worst offenders within the production process

The making of …Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again & Mary Poppins Returns

In the Summer there was Mamma Mia – Here we go again and for Christmas, the opening film has to be Mary Poppins Returns.

Cyprus, A natural Film Studio (Exhibitor Presentation)

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover all Cyprus has to offer as a natural film studio and find out more about the newly introduced Cyprus Film Scheme

Craftworks – A Positive Curation of Creativity

We have teamed up with David Reviews to bring you a session filled with talks on creativity

Financing your production in the changing market

The panel will discuss and consider different ways of creating production finance set against the changing market

Taste of India with Dreamcatchers Happy Hour (networking)

You are invited to a Taste of India with Dreamcatchers India Stand S81 Time 4pm-5pm

Networking Events

Day 1
Dec 04 2018
Day 2
Dec 05 2018

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