Cultivator Film Cluster Masterclass:  Samantha Horley – How to Make a Film the Market Wants

Start 16.30 End 18.30 Saturday 11th November

What’s the point of writing a script that will never get financed or making a film that will never be seen? Give yourself the commercial advantage and a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and distributed. In a whistlestop tour of the international film landscape, we’ll cover all genres including documentary, what drives the worldwide distribution industry and what buyers and festivals are looking for.

Samantha Horley has twenty years’ experience in international film sales (her many credits include Memento, The Big Lebowski, The Blair Witch Project and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), she is a specialist in worldwide markets and audiences and an expert in assessing the commercial viability of scripts and packaged projects. Now, as a scriptwriter represented by United Agents, she puts it all into practice herself.

“Sam’s passion and knowledge of film at all stages of production, marketing and distribution shines through.  Listen and learn, you are far more likely to get your film made after one of her seminars.” Beryl Richards, director and former chair of Directors UK.

Documentary Discussion Compelling Documentaries: Finding A Place To Tell Stories

Place is inextricably linked to identity, experience and memory; that is part of what makes documentary work so fascinating and complex. Physical places shape our thoughts, feelings and relationships, and from these places stories are recalled and personal historical narratives are constructed. The filmmakers will invite the audience to reflect upon and discuss the critical role that place plays in creating life stories.

Queering the Screen discussion

Since the inception of screen culture, the evolution and depiction of LGBTQI+ communities on screen has been turbulent. Flamboyant and non-stereotypical masculine behaviour was employed by filmmakers in the early 1900s for comedic or shock value. The mainstream media still routinely reflected queer culture on screen as an insult or a joke. More recently, time on screen for positive representations of LGBTQI+ characters has increased. Mainstream films, TV series and video games have started to use queer characters as protagonists in contrast to supporting characters, queer history and culture is honoured and celebrated in more complex ways, audiences are treated to richer and better storytelling about our queer communities.

We are delighted to be joined on stage by the acclaimed writer Patrick Gale, author of the new BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt and of novels including A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition and his latest, the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter to discuss the impact of the Gay Britannia season and the importance of queer content on our screens in 21st Century Britain.

This discussion will take place after our screening of God’s Own Country on Sunday 12th November.


Local filmmaker film discussion

Filmmakers are invited to talk about their process, the benefits, trials and tribulations of working in Cornwall.  As we introduce and celebrate our local talent the discussion will take a forward looking approach to working in a post Brexit County. You’ll be able to catch this discussion after we’ve screened our Local Showcase of short films on Saturday 11th November.

Professional Filmmaker Talk

We are joined by Co-Director of Even when I fall Sky Neal, Sky has worked since 2006 as a documentary filmmaker and visual ethnographer and has a Masters in Visual Anthropology. She also has a rich background in the circus and performing arts industry and worked professionally as an aerialist in contemporary circus. Founder and director of Satya films, Sky strives to tell human stories in rich and creatively bold ways and has produced a diverse range of films from long and short form documentaries to exhibition films and video art for live performance. She is strongly motivated by human rights and has made several films that relate to human trafficking and child labour issues, including having produced and directed films for Al Jazeera English and the BBC. Sky, originally from the County splits her work between London and Cornwall.

Discussion overview: The curatorial ambition for the sessions at the festival is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use the space to engage family, friends, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, the sessions envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening.