Film Connections British Council
Tuesday 31 October 2017 -
10:00 to 17:00

As part of the Film Connections Programme, there will be Film Industry Workshops covering the following topics;  

Film Festival Success: Developing Your Festival Strategy |  Nadia Denton 

As an independent filmmaker, how can you engage with film festivals to maximize the potential of your film and enhance your career? Which are the best festivals to submit your film to and how can you ensure that your content attracts the attention of the festival curator and stand out in the programme? During this workshop you will learn how to use the festival circuit to your best advantage and create a festival strategy that ensures your work is seen by audiences all over the world.


10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Recording Sound in Documentary Film | Steve Whitford                 

The workshop will demonstrate field sound recording techniques and approaches within the filming of a BBC documentary series, using illustrative film clips.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Production for Television| Lucy Brown and Alex Lichtensels

The workshop will explain the elements of producing for Television. 

2 p.m.  - 3 p.m.

My story, Their Money: Packaging and Pitching African stories to the Global Film Market | Victoria Thomas 

How do you remain authentic to your voice and attract funding and partners for your film? A practical workshop on navigating the international space to raise funding for films set in Sub-Saharan Africa and authored by filmmakers of African origin.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Nadia Denton

Nadia has been working in the film industry for 13 years primarily as a Curator and Audience Development Specialist. In 2016 she presented a second edition of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD as part of the BLACK STAR season at the BFI Southbank. She has written two books which include and The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success and The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. Currently, she is the UK Lead curator for the British Council Film Connections Programme. 

Victoria Thomas

Victoria is a filmmaker based in the UK with a filmography that spans across both short and long form content across fiction and documentary which have screened at festivals internationally, broadcast on TV and garnered awards and nominations including BAFTA Scotland. Her film discovery app, which she founded in response to the difficulties faced by independent filmmakers to get their films to audiences won the first ever Canon Innovation award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.


Steve Whitford

Steve Whitford

Since 1984 Steve has recorded Sound in the film/tv industry across a whole range of program output for international broadcasters and a host of independent TV companies. 

In 2003, Steve won a Royal Television Society Award: Entertainment Non-Drama Production  Award: Sound Team – “Fighting the War” (2004) BBC2 documentary series, where he was embedded with the Black Watch (7th Armoured) during the invasion of Iraq.

Ojoma Ochai

Ojoma Ochai is Director, Arts, West Africa for British Council. In this role, Ojoma works with public and private sector partners in the UK and West Africa to develop and deliver programmes that build skills, international and local networks and other capacities that promote the growth and collaboration potential of the creative economy between the sub-region and the UK.


Lucy Brown

Lucy has made television programmes around the world for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Disney. She has TV credits on BAFTA and RTS award-winning children’s and factual programmes and the acclaimed flagship architecture series Grand Designs. She gained a masters degree from the British Film Institute/University of London and began her career at Sight and Sound and the BFI Archive before moving into production and then academiaat the University of Greenwich, London 

Alex Lichtenfels

Alex Lichtenfels is a filmmaker and theorist who lectures in film production at the University of Greenwich. Before that he worked as a freelance producer in corporate and advertising for several years, producing content for high-end brands such as Apple, Starbucks, and Msheireb. His independent films comprise various genres – arthouse, documentary and naturalist – but are linked by an interest in how the process of filmmaking can be informed by ethical and political principles.