For the film discussion panel on the Sunday 23rd Oct of the festival as part of the festival programme, we will be bringing together experienced filmmakers in this years official selection to share their insights and advice on how to budget well for your film project.


23nd Oct, Sunday: Production Budgeting

Perfect for first time filmmakers or those intending to kick off a film project, this panel discusses useful hints, tips, tricks and resources for production budgeting from filmmakers who have done it all before. This is a relaxed, non-formal, open discussion and the audience will get a chance to participate in a short Q&A at the end.

We’re incredibly delighted to have these brilliant filmmakers as our featured speakers for the panel. More details on each panel speaker below:

Featured Speaker: Theresa Varga (UK)

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Theresa’s directorial pieces have been shortlisted for the NYNL Film Festival in New York, British Urban Film Festival, Tri-force at BAFTA in London, the acclaimed BFI Flare Festival as well as Winner of IdeasTap Film Showcase in association with BAFTA and winner of IdeasTap Graduate Award ‐ Short Film.

Theresa loves to direct comedic and strange films and really thinks about every detail in the production, in particular, she loves using colour with mood to enhance her characters. Imagination and surrealism are the key to her filmmaking, with a creative hands-on approach to all of her work. She constantly strives to be surrounded by inspiration and artistic people and loves the team she works with.

Her short film Bossman (UK) is currently in our 2016 Official Selection.

Featured Speaker: Tomisin Adepeju (UK)

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Tomisin Adepeju is a Nigerian/British Filmmaker based in London, England. He was raised in Nigeria but moved to London with his family when he was 12. He developed an interest in film from an early age, consuming the varied works of Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, amongst many others.

He completed his Masters in Directing at Met Film School, Ealing Studios. Some of the films he made during his time there have screened and won awards at several international film festivals. His short film, Marianne (UK) was selected into the 19th edition of the Oscar-qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival in 2015, hosted in New York City. Marianne (UK) is also currently in our 2016 Official Selection.

Tomisin is currently developing his first feature film.

Featured Speaker: Ash Morris (UK)

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In 2013 Ash graduated from a masters degree in film production and since then has been working as a part time lecturer at Staffordshire University, as well as consistently making short films. He is inspired by Social Realism, Working Class Britain, and Youth Culture within photography, art, music and literature, as well as films and documentaries that blur the lines between fiction and non fiction.
His previous work involved working with youths from disadvantaged backgrounds with upbringings similar to his own, however he has recently embraced working with named actors, some of whom have appeared in some of the very films that have inspired him as a filmmaker.

His short film Margie’s Garden (UK) was successfully crowdfunded and is now on its way to several festivals. Margie’s Garden (UK) is also currently in our 2016 Official Selection.