FHN x BIFA Filmmaker RoundtableMeet our BFI NETWORK team and find out about the support and opportunities available through the hub.
Ahead of our FHN x BIFA Best British Shorts screening on Tuesday 5 July, we’re hosting a free filmmaker roundtable which will take place at Chapeltown Picture House in Manchester at 5pm.
This roundtable will be hosted by one of our BFI Network Talent Executives and can accommodate up to 8 filmmakers. It will be an informal, conversational session that will give you the chance to talk about short film funding in the region and hear about other opportunities available through Film Hub North. Mitch Kalisa, writer/director of Play it Safe, will also be at the roundtable, so this is a great time to meet fellow filmmakers and ask any general questions you might have for our team and the wider BFI Network.
We have once again collaborated with BIFA to bring some of the UK’s best short films to the big screen. BIFA have invited our roundtable attendees to view this special programme for free.
The screening will take place at Chapeltown Picture House from 6.30pm.
The films featuring in our FHN x BIFA Best British Shorts programme are:
EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE), UK 2021 (15 min)
Director/Writer: Olive Nwosu | Producer: Alex Polunin
Cast: Sheila Chukwulozie, Teniola Aladese
In search of healing, a young woman returns home to Nigeria, the country of her birth.
FEMME (WINNER), UK 2021, (18 min)
Director/Writer: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping | Producers: Sam Ritzenberg, Hayley Williams, Rienjke Attoh
Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Harris Dickinson
Jordan is a femme gay man - a label he wears proudly. But every time he steps out of the house with his lipstick on he remembers his dad’s stark warning: the world will always be a dangerous place for a boy like him….
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREAD, UK 2021 (11 min)
Director: Ida Melum, Writers: Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso | Producer: Danielle Goff
Cast: Jessica Dennis, Stephen Fry
When a power cut ruins Ruby's bedtime routine, she finds herself haunted by some unwanted guests. The only way for Ruby to get a peaceful night of sleep is to confront her visitors.
PLAY IT SAFE, UK 2020 (13 min)
Director/Writer: Mitch Kalisa | Producer: Chris Toumazou
Cast: Jonathan Ajayi, Heather Heather, Kate Ovenden, Charlie O’Connor, Louis Richards, Grace Daly, Lauren Raisbeck, Emily Seale Jones
Out of place in his middle-class drama school and pigeonholed for a role as a Black hoodlum, Jonathan decides to demonstrate to his peers that their unconscious racism is just as impactful as those who wear their intolerance proudly.
PRECIOUS HAIR & BEAUTY, UK 2021 (11 min)
Director/Writer: John Ogunmuyiwa | Producers: Sophia Gibber, Tony Longe, Lene Bausager
Cast: Tomi Ogunjobi
An ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon
If you want to attend the screening only, tickets cost £3 including a free drink.
This event is presented in partnership with BIFA and Chapeltown Picture House.
Image credit: PRECIOUS HAIR & BEAUTY