Saturday, April 6th

10:30 – 11:15 WORKSHOP: “Trends in the distribution of Independent films”, held by Gareth Jones

During this workshop, Gareth will teach you how to deal with agents and to sell independent movies on the international market.

Gareth Jones is an industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience in financing, sales, and distribution. A former CEO of George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Gareth has financed, sold, and distributed over 80 independent films including ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Lock, stock and two smoking barrels’, ‘Psych 9’, ‘4321’ and, most recently, ‘Mum’s list’ starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox.


Sunday, April 7th

10:30 – 11:15 WORKSHOP: “Editing and Structure”, held by Antoine Vareille

So you’ve got a great idea for an independent film. You’re all set with the script and filming but now you have to embark on the intimidating process of editing! If you count yourself firmly in the editor camp, or if you’d like to, don’t miss Antoine Vareille’s workshop ‘Editing and Structure’ . In this workshop, Antoine will discuss everything from story structure, working with the director, finding the right pace, and learning all the tools and tricks to rewriting your story with the dailies. So much can happen at that stage, from editing a masterpiece, to loosing yourself in the process… So don’t miss it.

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Antoine Vareille is an editor of feature films. He has been the editor-in-chief of films including Brice de Nice, Hitman, Paulette and feature length documentaries. He has also collaborated as a consultant on many films such as Love Punch, La Rafle, Max et Leon and many more.


Sunday, April 7th

10:15 – 11:00 WORKSHOP: “Obliterated. Getting back Film Herstory?”, held by Casandra Prerost & Elisabeth Orrin

In 2014, ÉCU FILM Festival presented the workshop, “Where are the Women?: Women in film and music” by Cassandra and Elisabeth. Five years later a lot has happened with an increased awareness of the need for women in all aspects of filmmaking and the #MeToo movement. In 2019, after a lot of research, we find that women have always been present in this industry from its pioneering beginnings. What has happened – and this is also the case in Music and the Sciences – is that women’s contributions have been marginalized or indeed written out of film history and it didn’t become part of the canon and the Story of the Seventh Art.

Elisabeth is a recent graduate from Cambridge University Masters Program in Film and is passionate about cinema and television and the place of women in the 7th Art. She is currently Assistant to the Festival Producer, Watersprite International Student Film Festival (Cambridge), and is intending to work in film and television production.

Casandra is an Economist and works in all things digital. She completed a Diploma from ESRA in Video Direction and Production and is returning to film and video writing and direction. She presented “Where are the Women in Film and Music?” at the 2014 ECU Festival and revisits the theme with Elizabeth for 2019.

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