A packed programme of free-to-attend content strands

At FOCUS, delegates enjoy a packed free-to-attend programme of keynotes, panels, masterclasses, workshops and presentations. covering  film, TV, advertising, animation and games. 

To make sure that it is completely relevant to the industry, the FOCUS conference programme is developed  in consultation with a Content Advisory Board featuring representatives from leading industry bodies, including Pact, The Production Guild, BFI, BFC, UK Screen Alliance, ScreenSkills, Directors UK, and Advertising Producers Association.

The 2021 programme is below. Register interest to be the first to hear about the 2022 programme.

See 2021 Speakers here.
See 2021 Networking Events here

The 2021 conference programme was presented in association with media partner Variety and sponsored by Global Production Network.


FOCUS 2021 Programme

Times subject to change.
Day 1
Dec 07 2021

Nobody Knows Anything… Still

What does the future of production and technology hold for us?
John K. Corser
Kayvan Mashayekh

Be in control of your sustainable choices (Green Zone/Live only)

An inside view on how TheGreenShot makes it easy to engage your crew in saving costs and carbon footprint on your next production. Max Hermans – Location manager and Founder,...
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Max Hermans

New Tech Solutions – Call It! and SMASH

The disruptive power of tech and how it can help make the screen industries safer, more accessible and easier to navigate.
Kate Wilson
Fiona Gillies
Fiona Gillies
Mahesh Ramachandra
Mahesh Ramachandra
Salma Conway
Joe Jackson

The Art of Location Management

Insights on planning, preparing and managing shoots on location in association with BECTU.
Ian Heard
Graeme Mackenzie
Nicky Britt
Harriet Lawrence
Helene Lenszner
Spike Davies

How to simplify location expenses – a talk with Equals Money (Exhibitor Presentation)

Gain insights into what the future holds for production money management.
Ben Cauley
Adam Ioannou

Legal Refresher for Film & TV Producers

In association with Harbottle & Lewis LLP. 1-2-1 sessions are also available during FOCUS.
Katrien Roos

THE METAVERSE: What it is and how to use it

How media companies should be approaching The Metaverse to gain a stake in its potential future.
Sophie Trainor
Martin Taylor
Alistair Maclean-Clark
Rhys Hancock
Richard Coates

Seetha Kumar, CEO ScreenSkills, in conversation with Nick Catliff

Meeting the skills challenges of today and future-proofing the industry of tomorrow.
Seetha Kumar
Nick Catliff - Consultant 
Nick Catliff

People, Planet, Profit (Green Zone | Live Only)

Showcasing purpose-led companies who have achieved B-Corp status by putting people and the planet at the front and centre of their businesses.
Rory Calder
Alec Campbell
Holly Arnold
Amelie Lambert

Non-Fungible Tokens: Power to the Producer

Could NFTs really tip the balance of power in favour of the content creation community?
Irina Albita
Jules Robinson
Michelle Munson
Petrit Berisha
Tony Pearce

Sustainable Lights, Camera, Action! (Green Zone | Live Only)

Hear from those who have made carbon reductions, understanding why they should be happening on every set.
Mark Hughes-Webb
Roxy Erickson
Steve Knight
Barry Bassett
Jane Soans

What’s next for London’s production industry: the road to a greener, fairer recovery

A focus on green recovery, skills and diversity and production in the capital. Presented by Film London
Om-Kalthoom Bashmailah
Melanie Dicks
Adrian Wootton OBE
Amelia Price
Harriet Lawrence

A more sustainable film industry is not an Impossible Mission! (Exhibitor Presentation)

How do we solve the problem of waste and implement a strategy of reuse in film & TV? Presented by CAMA.
Michelle French
Michaele Apostolides

BOOM: Over 200 crew roles to fill. Where to find them?

How do we build a strong, diverse FTV workforce? In association with The Production Guild of Great Britain.
Lyndsay Duthie
Perelandra Beedles
Catherine Francis Driscoll
Adrienne Noonan
Rebecca Baker
Jivan Mann
Christine Healy

Meet The UK Global Screen Fund

Learn about the UK Global Screen Fund’s international development and distribution opportunities for the independent screen sector.
Colin Williams
Annabel Grundy

New beginnings in 2022 with the Advertising Producers Association

The production environment is tough, yet smart people are starting new companies or moving into production. What is the opportunity they see?
Jemel Richards
Florencia Arrizabalaga
Chris Watling
Steve Davies
Danny Whybrow

Destination: Filming in Portugal (Exhibitor Presentation)

Film Commissioner Manuel Claro presents the reasons to film in Portugal, including a 30% cash rebate.
Manuel Claro

On Your Mind: Tackling Mental Health in the Screen Industries

Key stakeholders leading the front line response to mental health issues discuss their initiatives.
Dr Gina Jackson OBE
Sarah McCaffrey
Emily Collin
Sarah Sorrell
Andy Glynne

That’s a Relief!: Making the Most of British Tax Breaks

A guide to the UK’s Creative Sector Tax Reliefs. 1-2-1 sessions are also available during FOCUS.
Isla MacGillivray
Anna Mansi
Dan Bernado
Andrew Wright
Niall Davies
Chantel Burrell

Licence to Film: An International Location Filming Masterclass featuring James Bond  

Presented by the British Film Commission
Gregg Wilson
Samantha Perahia MBE
Meghan Beaton
Teresa Azcona
Ali James


Presentation of British TV series benefiting from the Croatian Incentive Programme.
Walter Iuzzolino
Nebojsa Taraba
Jakov-Matija Kapetanović
Tanja Ladovic Blazevic

New Horizons: Where we are with Virtual Production

What is now possible in virtual production and what we can expect in the next decade.
Neil Graham
Paul Franklin
Jamie Allan
Michael McKenna
Victoria Johnson

BFI Skills Review

The BFI’s UK-wide review, in close collaboration with industry, aims to set direction of travel for future growth and competitiveness.
Helen Johnson
Neil Peplow
Paula Campbell
Seetha Kumar

International Co-Production with Pact

How to create successful co-productions, the risks involved and why the future of screen is all about the co-pro.
Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE
Danny Fenton
Elli Cassata
Vladyslav Riashyn

Cyprus: A Natural Film Studio (Exhibitor Presentation)

Discover all Cyprus has to offer, including financial incentives of up to 40% for film productions.
Lefteris S. Eleftheriou

Neurocreative Productions: Understanding the emotional effects of colour and craft

Brand new research reveals how colour can drive campaign and emotional effectiveness.
Callum Gould

Seismic shifts; a screen workforce revolution?

How the games, animation, VHX and advertising workforce will change over the next decade. Are we are ready for it?
Caroline Levy
Tom Box
Amy Smith
Dr Gina Jackson OBE
Day 2
Dec 08 2021

A Fistful of Finance – Funding your Project Now

Unpacking sources of funding and the finance structuring tools available to a producer.
Tim O’Shea
Emma Smith ACCA - Founder
Emma Louise Smith
Luane Gauer - Head of Acquisitions, Protagonist Pictures Limited 
Luane Gauer
Ivan Kelava
Mark Foligno
Nigel Walde
Judith Chan
Judith Chan

Accelerating Diversity with ITV

Update on ITV’s Diversity Acceleration Plan
Anthony Ogunkoya
Waris Islam
Nahrein Kemp
Sam Tatlow

Legal Refresher for Film & TV Producers

In association with Harbottle & Lewis LLP. 1-2-1 sessions are also available during FOCUS.
Katrien Roos

Introduction to Green Energy on Location (Green Zone | Live Only)

How can you divest from diesel generators while shooting on location?
Andrew Cunningham
Tim Paton
Tom Crooke
Amelia Price


Trevor Robinson OBE in conversation with Raoul Shah about their collaboration on the Create Not Hate project.
Trevor Robinson
Raoul Shah

Championing Underrepresented Stories and Audiences

Case studies of films including Walk With Me, Rebel Dykes and That Was A Serious Party
Miranda Fleming


Genevieve Margrett
Sophie Broadbent


New approaches to production and distribution with T A P E, Girls in Film and FedUP Studio Lab
Isra Al Kassi
Isra Al Kassi
Josephine Amalie von Bülow
Alixe Lobato
Becs Rainey

Ita O’Brien: An ‘Intimate’ Conversation

An in-depth conversation with the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinator.
Ita O’Brien

The Curious Case of Indie Producers

Producers working across different genres and varying budget levels discuss the current state of play.
Allon Reich
Victoria Thomas
Julie Baines
Helen Simmons
Andrea Cornwell
Nicky Bentham - Producer/Founder, Neon Films
Nicky Bentham

Gerety Talks Christmas Ads

This year’s most iconic Christmas ads, presented by the people behind their creation.
Karen Boswell
Alex Reeves
Alex Coxhill
Tracey Cooper

Sustainability on set: A conversation (GREEN ZONE | LIVE ONLY)

A discussion on bringing sustainability and carbon reductions to the forefront of the conversation.
Khandiz Joni 
Crispin Hardy
Angus Light
Tony Hood

Training The UK Workforce To Meet The HETV Boom

HETV production in the UK is booming, but how can we all ensure the growth is sustainable?
Helen Mattioli
Jo Evans
Tim Dams
Kaye Elliott

Scripted, Unscripted: The Explosion of Documentaries

A diverse panel will discuss the explosion of documentaries and review the range of work being made
Paula Alvarez Vaccaro
Rajesh Thind
Dionne Walker
Susan Brand
Karen Alexander

THE PRACTICAL POP-UP: How to Successfully Film on the Streets

In Association with FilmFixer.
Andrew Pavord
Mark Wilson

Get your House in Order (GREEN ZONE | LIVE ONLY)

Would you like to start understanding the carbon impact of your productions but don’t know how to? Join AdGreen’s session and learn how to use the newly launched AdGreen Carbon...
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Sophie Broadbent

Making Better Films with FULL CIRCLE and FIRST CUT LABS

What are the magic ingredients to help your film reach its potential?
Anna Von Dziembowska
Matthieu Darras

The Queen Age – What it means & how to be ready for it with Women in Advertising Production (WAP)

Fifty plus women are a force to be reckoned with. It’s time to champion our current queens – as well as inspire the next generation.
Charlotte Whiteley
Leonie Moreton
Lise McQuillin Francis
Jane Evans
Sharon Vibert


In Association with FilmFixer.
Yanina Barry

THE PRACTICAL POP-UP: Filming with Drones

In Association with FilmFixer.The main focus of the session is to discuss the new regulations governing drones in the UK.
Justin Glynn
Day 3
Dec 09 2021

Why Co-produce with Flanders? (DIGITAL Exhibitor Presentation)

Learn all about the film financing mechanisms, locations and facilities of the Flanders region
Katrien Maes

Everybody Knows Greece (DIGITAL Exhibitor Presentation)

…For its heaven-like locations, highly experienced crew, a range of incentives guaranteed by flexible procedures, safety protocols, easy access.
Vasiliki Diagouma
Venia Vergou

Filming in the BVI: Endless opportunities beyond your imagination (Digital Exhibitor Presentation)

This session captures all of the possibilities that filming in the British Virgin Islands can offer.
Natalie Hodge

ATA CARNETS: THE BOOMERANG BENEFIT (Digital Exhibitor Presentation)

Learn why getting your carnet from boomerang carnets adds benefits no one else can offer.
Curt E.H. Wilson
Eric Huyton
Kiel Ursin

In Association With