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The Smalls: Masterclasses & Panel discussion on the future of docs

The annual The Smalls Film Festival, as part of The London Design Festival, is fast approaching with an exciting line-up of panels,
workshops and screenings. Here are some of the hottest doc events on the bill.

A large portion of the festival proceedings has been devoted to the art of documentary, with filmmakers competing for top nods in the category of documentary short and a scheduled panel discussion on the future of documentaries. The panel, Documentary Filmmaking: Live and Kicking which will take place on 17 September at 4pm, will be chaired by former Managing Director of Current TV UK, Jane Mote. In her company will be panellists Hussain Currimbhoy from Sheffield Doc Fest, Derek Thorne from One World Media and Lina Prestwood from C4.

In anticipation of this exciting event we got in touch with Jane to ask her what’s to be expected of the evening:

“I am looking forward to a lively and frank debate about the health of documentary film-making in Britain with our panel representing funders, commissioners and the festival scene. I’ll make sure that filmmakers come away with practice, useful information to ensure they can get funding and distribution for their projects.” – Sounds good to us!

Other hot events not to miss are a Master Class in iPhone Filmmaking with Conrad Mess (21 Sept, 2:30pm). During this event the nine times awarded iPhone filmmaker will take you on his journey into filmmaking, show you his films and, of course, some fantastic tricks for how to shoot and edit a short doc using your iPhone.

Another Master Class entitled Crowdfunding: Creating Campaigns and Generating Exposure (17 Sept 2.30pm) will teach you how to launch and run a successful fundraising campaign online. This course will be taught by Adam Chapnick from Indiegogo and Katherine Round, the producer/director behind the successfully crowdfunded documentary The Spirit Level and one of the people behind the popular short film night in East London, DocHeads.

And of course , don’t forget to check out the amazing short docs themselves!

For tickets and information visit the festival’s website.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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