For the film discussion panel on the Saturday 22nd 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 distribute your own film.

22nd Oct, Saturday: DIY Film Distribution

Strategies for finding an audience and extending a wider reach for your film, with unique and personal perspectives from filmmakers in the UK, Europe and North American regions. 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.


the action of sharing something out among a number of recipients.
the way in which something is shared out among a group or spread over an area.

We’re using the term “distribution” in the broadest sense: this doesn’t just refer to actual film distributors – we also delve into how each filmmaker is able to get their film seen further: via festivals, blogs, online marketing, VOD and the like.

We’re really humbled and excited to have these filmmakers as our featured speakers for the panel. Check them out below:

Featured Speaker: Prano Bailey-Bond (UK)


Prano is an award-winning director who grew up on a diet of Twin Peaks in the depths of a strange Welsh community. Her work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure, revealing how beauty resides in strange places. A seeker of truth in a world of fiction, she is fascinated by lifes’ ironies and contradictions.
Tipped as one-to-watch by Film4, Prano’s work has been recognised at events and festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Slamdance, Tampere, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UKMVA’s, London Short Film Festival and European Independent Film Festival. She is also an award-winning editor.

She also sits on the Advisory Board for Underwire Festival which is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent and is the director of Nasty (UK), currently in our 2016 Official Selection.

Featured Speaker: Alexander Carson (Canada)


Alexander Carson is a Canadian filmmaker and media artist. He is also one of the founding members of the North Country Cinema media arts collective. He holds a BFA and MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal.

His short films have earned critical recognition at major festivals across North America and Europe, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he received the Golden Gate Award for New Visions in 2014.

Carson’s first feature-length film as a writer/director, O, Brazen Age, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2015. O, Brazen Age (Canada) is currently in our 2016 Official Selection.

Featured Speaker: Steffen Geypens (Belgium)


After ten years of working as a post production supervisor for various international feature films (incl Lee Tamahori’s ‘Devil’s Double’ and Paul Haggis’ ‘Third Person’), Steffen decided to return to his original passion: directing.
His film ‘Hold Back‘ marks his professional debut. Made with practically no budget and lots of goodwill from both cast and crew, who all believed 100% in this project. Starring two professional skaters who never acted before and two professional actors who never skated before. The result is a powerful example of independent film making. Hold Back has played at a number of festivals including the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles – LA Film Festival.

Hold Back (Belgium) is currently in our 2016 Official Selection.

Featured Speaker: Iqbal Mohammed (UK)

UK based Pharmacist, Iqbal Mohammed started writing as a release from his stressful day to day life. In February 2011, Iqbal wrote his first feature film, Deut 31.6, an action thriller which made the quarter final of the prestigious Hollywood PAGE International Screenwriting Competition. Since then Iqbal has written many films, both features and shorts that have been optioned in many industries including Bollywood.

Iqbal has however stuck with the Independent scene and developed his skills as a short filmmaker. His most notable success coming in 2013 when he won the Award of Excellence at the Jakarta film festival for Environment, Health and Culture for his short film Against the Norm.

Iqbal’s most recent film Three Minute Warning (UK) is currently in our 2016 Official Selection. Three Minute Warning (UK), was collaboratively made by filmmakers who met each other by chance at the 2014 edition of No Gloss Film Festival. The short was also selected to close the 20th edition of the Oscar-qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival in 2016, hosted in New York City.