FOCUS, The Meeting Place For International Production, will be returning to London’s Business Design Centre on the 5th and 6th of December for its third edition.
Once again FOCUS offers delegates the opportunity to connect with peers from the creative screen industries, be inspired by leading speakers and discover production solutions from across the globe.
FOCUS is the only European free-to-attend audiovisual event offering content aimed at the whole spectrum of the creative screen industries – film, TV, advertising, animation and interactive. Around 30 panel discussions, case studies and workshops will cover key topics such as the impact of high end TV, the new advertising landscape, sustainability, legal matters, skills and training and international markets.
Speakers confirmed to date include representatives from BAFTA, Directors UK, APA, The Production Guild, Olsberg•SPI,, Vancouver Film Commission, Pact, Film London, Harbottle and Lewis, Thinkbox, The Garden, Scott Free, Games London, Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset and BBC Academy with many more to be announced. See the current programme and speakers here..
Image courtesy of Film in Georgia, a FOCUS 2017 exhibitor. Photographer Yura Galitsky.
Curated by Sue Hayes, The FOCUS programme has been developed in consultation with Pact, BFI, British Film Commission, Creative Skillset, APA, Production Managers Association, Animation UK, Games London and Women in Film and TV. It is presented in association with Variety.
Sue Hayes explains “Whether it is the impact of High End or FAANGs, on how we work and the skills that we need, the new business models being created, the need to develop clusters outside of London & the South to meet the increase in demand, the questions about talent, the changing business of advertising, the new business of animation or indeed, the real value of interactive games – they will all feature as sessions and as part of the general level of conversation at this year’s event. It should be fun and certainly interesting!”
FOCUS is also the only UK event to bring in film commissions, location providers and production service companies from over 50 countries. ensuring that FOCUS attendees benefit from a truly global networking experience that spans all aspects of the production industry. See the current exhibitor list here:
Sustainability will play a major role at FOCUS 2017 through the Green Zone, an area dedicated to addressing the environmental impact of the production industry. With the help of AdGreen and BAFTA’s albert, the Green Zone will showcase eco-friendly companies and offer advice to production professionals about lowering their carbon footprint. Read more here:
Receptions, happy hours and fringe events will provide attendees with a relaxed environment for networking.
Attendance at FOCUS 2017 is free to industry delegates when they register in advance. Register at http://www.tlgfocus.com
Sessions will include:
The global impact of High End TV production
Legal Refresher for Film and TV Producers
Existential innovation; designing a better, greener industry future.
‘Lost in London’ – A Case Study
Meet the Location Managers
The Boom in Branded Video
We have to talk about Skills and Training
The Ripple Effect – How film and TV drama productions grow the creative industries
Industry experts participating in sessions will include...
Aaron Matthews - BAFTA albert, Alison Small - The Production Guild, Andrew Chowns - Directors UK, Andrew Barnes - Olsberg•SPI, Carlo Dusi - Scott Free, David Shepheard - Vancouver Film Commission, Dawn McCarthy Simpson MBE - Pact, Elaine Steel -Agent, Helen Brunsdon - Animation UK, James Waller - Film London, Jason Stone - David Reviews, Jo Coombes - AdGreen, Kate O'Connor - Consultant, Katrien Roos - Harbottle and Lewis, Kaye Elliott – Creative Skillset, Leon Forde - Olsberg•SPI, Lindsey Clay -Thinkbox, Lyndy Stout - 1:4, Magnus Temple - The Garden, Martyn Auty - Life & Soul Pictures, Michael French - Games London, Natalie Usher - Creative Scotland, Sara Putt - Agent, Steve Garvey - Moving Image, Rob Alcock - BBC Academy, Steve Davies - Advertising Producers Association & many more leading industry names..