Published on: 23 June 2016 in Events

The Directors’ Festival 2016: new session details announced

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Following last week’s exciting announcement that Gurinder Chadha, Stephen Frears and Mandie Fletcher will be headlining this year’s Directors’ Festival, we’re now very pleased to be able to fill you in on details about some of the other sessions and panellists we have lined up.

Those joining us on Saturday 16 July at Altitude London will be able to enjoy the following sessions:

Hands on: Virtual Camera

Whether on set or location, it can be very difficult to plan your shoot and anticipate your blocking and technical needs. The Third Floor’s Virtual Camera is a device that has been developed to help you do exactly that. Experience the Virtual Camera for yourself and find out what it can do for your next film at this hands-on session.

How Not to Pitch

Getting into the room with a commissioner may be the only opportunity you have to convince them your idea for a show is going to work. In this session producer-director Caz Stuart talks to factual entertainment and documentary commissioners Lucy Leveugle (Channel 4), Diene Petterle (BBC) and Derren Lawford (Woodcut Media) about the pitches they have delivered or been subject to that were ill-judged, inappropriate or went very wrong indeed… Make sure you attend this session so that your next pitch doesn’t suffer a similar fate!

Left to right: Caz Stuart, Derren Lawford, Lucy Leveugle and Diene Petterle
Left to right: Caz Stuart, Derren Lawford, Lucy Leveugle and Diene Petterle

Directing Animated Features

What is the role of animation supervisor on major animated features? How do you interpret the creative ideas of directors such as Wes Anderson into the characters we see on screen? In this session Rebecca Manley talks to director Mark Waring about his work and the production process behind stop-motion films like Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

From left to right: Rebecca Manley and Mark Waring
From left to right: Rebecca Manley and Mark Waring

These sessions join the previously announced:

  • Gurinder Chadha Q&A (sponsored by Kodak)
  • Stephen Frears Q&A
  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie screening + Q&A with director Mandie Fletcher

Coming soon: details and panellists for sessions on post-production, directing presenters and advertising.

The Directors’ Festival is FREE for all Directors UK members. There will also be food and drink served throughout the day and plenty of time to socialise with your fellow directors. 

Don’t miss out! 


FREE TRAVEL OFFER: We’re also providing free travel for members living outside London and the South East. Availability is limited, so to take advantage of this offer please contact us at [email protected] by 1 July with your preferred train times.

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