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The Smalls Film Festival 2013 Programme!

We're thrilled to announce The Smalls Film Festival 2013 lineup of screenings and events, running from Monday September 2nd to Friday September 6th. Click on the events below to explore the programme.


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Monday 2nd September, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

When it comes to launching comedy careers, both behind and in front of the camera, web comedy and TV comedy present two very different avenues. Leaders in comedy production, including web-based and television executives, come together to debate the best platforms for new talent; how to approach commissioners of comedy and the differences between comedy for television and comedy for web. We're anticipating some insightful (and, yes, funny) discussion.

Panelists Include:

Steve North, Managing Director at Gold and Dave

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In 2007 Steve led the highly successful re-brand of UKTV G2 into Dave, the home of witty banter, which transformed an underperforming entertainment channel into an overnight hit with its target audience of 16 to 34 year old men.  This move catapulted Dave up the channel rankings from 29th to tenth most watched TV channel in Britain, leading to nine high profile industry awards. Over the past year Steve has overseen the multi-million pound investment in new content for Gold, a strategy that has included new series of much loved classics like Yes, Prime Minister and The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go to Rehab.

Henry Normal, CEO at Baby Cow Productions

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Henry Normal co-created THE ROYLE FAMILY with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, and the PAUL AND PAULINE CALF characters with Steve Coogan as well as writing for THE PAROLE OFFICER, a feature film starring Steve Coogan. Since 1999, he has devoted his time to running and building Baby Cow Productions. He has executive produced all of Baby Cow’s output for animation, film and television and script edited many of their shows. Baby Cow Productions has produced well known and highly acclaimed TV programmesfor the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky1, Sky Atlantic, world sales, iTunes and DVD. These include the cult phenomenon’s THE MIGHTY BOOSH, the BAFTA winning comedy drama GAVIN AND STACEY, Julia Davis’ HUNDERBY, winner of two British Comedy Awards   and MOONE BOY, an Irish sitcom set in 1989 Ireland with Chris O’Dowd, currently filming its third series. Baby Cow Films most recent productions include The Look of Love, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Philomena starring Judi Dench.


Jamie Lennox, Content Director at Channel Flip

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Jamie Lennox is Content Director at ChannelFlip, responsible for all in-house productions including David Mitchell’s SoapBox, Richard Hammond’s Tech Head, superhero spoof KnightHood & Decoy (which he also dons tights for) and literally thousands more! Writing credits include The Armstrong & Miller Show (BBC); Me & My Monsters (BBC/The Henson Company); Psychobitches (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts).



James Herring, Founder of The Poke

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James Herring is co-founder of The Poke the UK's biggest comedy site (over 1.5 Million fans) and co-creator of some relatively successful YouTube videos including that annoying Nick Clegg 'I'm Sorry' song..



Jonathan Wakeham, Co-Founder & Programmer LOCO & The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

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Jonathan is the co-founder of LOCO, which discovers, develops and screens the world's most distinctive comedy film-makers. He is the programmer of the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the UK's only international comedy film festival, which is held at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas in the last week of January, the officially most miserable week of the year. Jonathan is a trustee of Camden People's Theatre and Arts Emergency, a charity whose Alternative Old Boys Network offers people without privilege the same opportunities as those born into it.



Monday 2nd September, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

You've made your short, it screened at festivals, you're proud as punch, now what? Sales! In this session we invite key players in digital distribution to talk online sales. What's VOD? Will you retain the film rights? Will your film make money? Who will offer the biggest audience? All questions answered here.

Panelists Include:

Kate Tancred, Managing Director at The Smalls

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Kate Tancred - Managing Director of The Smalls commenced her career within the media industry. Passionate about content and the changing landscape of today’s media Kate joined The Smalls - a network of talented, independent short film and content creators. The Smalls attempts to revolutionise the industry by bridging the gap between emerging talent and distributors/ commissioners of content.


Peter Gerard, CEO at Distrify

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Peter Gerard is a multi-award winning film producer (including a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award) and a pioneer in film distribution strategy. He made his first documentary while still a teenager and won an audience award at SOFA Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Peter moved to Scotland in 2000 and made “Just to Get a Rep” – the definitive film on graffiti art and hip-hop culture, which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2004. Since then his numerous films have won many awards, played at countless festivals, been sold for television broadcast in many countries, and have been downloaded tens of thousands of times. Peter is regularly invited to speak on panels at film festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.
Peter also brings 15 years of experience managing and developing online software applications. He has specialised in Rich Internet Applications development and has designed and programmed award-winning eCommerce and eCommunity applications for clients ranging from large financial institutions, governmental organisations, and commercial clients. He built the website for The D-Word online community of documentary professionals and is well known throughout the industry.
He combined his experience in the film industry and online digital experiences to co-found Distrify - the revolutionary marketing and distribution toolset. Peter has worked closely with co-founder Andy Green on the production and distribution of a number of films and together they have developed an innovative way to promote and sell films via online film trailers using Distrify.


Jordan McGarry, Lead Curator at Vimeo

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As a teenager, Jordan’s parents always told her nothing would come of spending all her time watching MTV. They were wrong. Several years and a couple of square eyes later, Jordan was hired as music video editor for creative industry bible shots magazine, and contributed regularly to titles including Screen International, RES and Dazed & Confused.
Writing about music videos led to programming events about music videos, and for a long time Jordan got to pick music videos to show on London’s best cinema screen - the big one at The British Film Institute (for the popular music video showcase, Antenna, which she co-produced and hosted). She also curated and hosted screenings for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Mirrorball strand and the British Council, and regularly pinched herself.
All this talking and writing about the industry was great for a while, but eventually Jordan had to get involved more directly. She spent five years as Executive Producer of Partizan Darkroom in London, where she signed new talent and worked with directors on a wide variety of projects, from interactive music videos and installation pieces to short films, branded content and features. She was also hired as a consulting curator for the launch of, and commissioned some films for Dazed & Confused.
It was all good fun but in 2011 Vimeo made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. So now, all these years later, she works for Vimeo as Lead Curator and still gets paid to watch and talk about videos all day. And her parents still can’t believe it.


Carl-Johan Grund, CEO at Emerse

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CEO at Emerse with 15 years experience in online marketing having worked with clients such as banks, online retailers and sports betting world leaders through to major brand awareness and political campaigns. Emerse did extensive video distribution and advertising work in last year’s US presidential election and currently work for one of the candidates in the NYC mayoral election. Carl-Johan is Chairman of a Task Force for Online Behavioral Advertising with the IAB, the world’s largest industry association for online advertising.


Simon Young, Director of Acqusitions at Shorts International

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Simon has been an integral member of the short film community since 2000 when he joined the Barcelona-based distributor Morphe Art Pictures. In 2002 he moved to the UK's Britshorts [now Shorts International] and has since built up an impressively diverse catalogue of high-quality short films that are distributed to broadcasters and new media outlets worldwide including iTunes and Shorts International's own TV Network ShortsTV. A veteran of the short film festival circuit, Simon is also a regular jury and panel member at film events. For 5 years he has also been working as one of the Short Film Advisors at the BFI London Film Festival.


Monday 2nd September, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Voice Over by Martin Rosete [Spain]
Retratitos (Little Portraits) by Dylan Howitt [Ecuador]
Written In Ink by Martin Rath [Poland]
Coalboy: Mind the Gap by Chandrasekhar Reddy [India]
Love in a Shoebox by Saskia Albers-Bello [Netherlands]



Monday 2nd September, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Pvt Craine by Ben Mallaby [UK]
The Adventures of Roger and Bob by Luke Roulstone [UK]
Will You Marry Me? by David Allain [UK]
Timeholes by Ben Mallaby [UK]
Santa's Blotto by Patrick Myles [UK]



Tuesday 3rd September, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

Short film funding may seem like the pot at the end of the rainbow, but it’s out there – we promise! Our panel of six of the UK's leading short film commissioners, programmers and funding scheme reps are going to tell you where to find it. In this session you’ll get tips on how to pitch your ideas and what commissioners are looking out for. So they say money talks; learn how to make it say “hello, I want to fund your short film”!

Panelists Include:

Anna MacDonald, Joint Principal at London Film Academy

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Anna Macdonald deals with business development, operations and marketing of the LFA. She is also the executive producer of the short films made at LFA and handles their distribution. She produced "The Summer House" (starring Robert Pattinson and Talulah Riley, which was no.1 on the iTunes sales charts in UK, USA and Canada and within first 10 in France and Germany on its first day) and “Eve” (adaptation of Mark Twain’s “No. 44 Mysterious Stranger” starring Patrick Baldi and Richard Winsor). She has a few feature-length films in development. 

She has devised and masterminded special events and educational programmes at film festivals and schools worldwide.  Her previous work as a Publishing and Marketing Consultant includes production and publicity of events at the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as embassies in London and New York. Anna was one of the 30 prominent Londoners with Polish roots featured in the ‘London Creatives: Polish Roots’ exhibition at the Museum of London (October 2009), celebrating the role that Londoners of Polish origin have played in the capital's cultural scene (presented by the Polish Cultural Institute).  On the 10th anniversary of London Film Academy Anna and Daisy teamed up with Ri Chakraborty and set up a production company,LFA Productions.


Avi Grewal, Editor of Random Acts at Channel 4

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Avi Grewal is the editor of Random Acts, Channel 4’s innovative late night Arts strand. Avi's background is in factual television, working in C4 Docs and Arts and overseeing Channel 4’s former short doc strand 3MW. Recent commissions include Maggie’s Party, a cheeky acid house tribute to the late Margaret Thatcher, and a series of films by hip hop legends the Last Poets.


Josic Cadoret, New Talent Coordinator at Film London

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Josic Cadoret - Talent Development Coordinator, Film London. Jo ensures the successful delivery of Film London’s short film schemes and other related production projects. Jo has been commissioning short films since 2003, and in that time has developed and delivered 
hundreds of groundbreaking shorts and artist moving image works, including BAFTA-winning I do Air (dir Martina Amati) and BAFTA-nominated Rite(dir Michael Pierce). Prior to that he has worked at the London Film and Video Development Agency, Lux, BFI, and the London Film Festival. Before moving to London in 1995, Jo grew up in France, Germany, Somerset and the West Midlands where he drove taxis, puppeteered for 2 years, delivered post and studied film at Warwick University.


David Allain, Executive Producer at Collabor8te

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After working on films and commercials in various departments for several years, David began directing music videos for labels including Universal and EMI. In 2010 David turned to narrative filmmaking and the following year produced four short films for Rankin Film Productions with colleague Jess Gormley. His award-winning short ‘Will You Marry Me?’ which he also wrote and directed, premiered at Raindance 2011 and has played at various festivals including Rushes and the London Comedy Film Festival. David presently works with RFP to develop the company’s slate of features, documentaries, TV and content, and as Executive Producer on their short filmmaking scheme Collabor8te. Recent work has included directing for clients such as Sky Arts and Panasonic.

More to be confirmed


Tuesday 3rd September, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Romantic Hideaway by Andrew T Wright [Ireland]
Stop by Paul Murphy [UK]
A Girl and a Gun by Eileen McQueen [USA]
Room 31 by Klaas Diersmann [Spain]
Shades of Living by Aurora Fearnley [UK]



Tuesday 3rd September, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Radioactivity [KYASMA] by Jean-Paul Frenay [Belgium]
Without You [LAPALUX] by Nick Rutter [UK]
Headshake [Saturday, Monday] by Emile Rafael [UK]
Hometown [Andy Burrows] by Stephen Parker [UK]
Took Them Away [Dear Reader] by Rob Savage [UK]
Channel Swimmer [Eight Rounds Rapid] by Tony Burke [UK]


Wednesday 4th September, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

Dive into the mind of award-winning animator Will Becher as he dissects his own animation projects, exploring the development and design of his characters and their world. With his passion for stop-motion animation, Will works on projects for brands, broadcasters and animator giants Aardman on their short form and feature films including Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and Creature Comforts. 

Master Class led by:

Will Becher, Freelance Animator at Aardman Animations

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Will joined Aardman Animations in 2003 as a trainee working onWallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit . Since then he has established a reputation as one of Aardman's top freelance animators, working with the company on commercials, series (Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts) and broadcast films (Wallace and Gromit A Matter of Loaf and Death). On Aardman's latest feature film, The Pirates!, Will was character lead animator in charge of the Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant). As a freelance animator he has worked internationally with US company Laika on the groundbraking stopmotion feature ParaNorman. He has written and directed three award winning short films (including Aardman's first HD film,Off Beat).




Wednesday 4th September, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

Getting the bigger label gigs as a music video director usually means being represented. But who do you approach as new talent? We've rounded up the UK's leading music video execs and reps who will be sharing their tips on who to approach, how to approach them, and what they're looking for in talent. We'll also be hearing from music video directors whose careers have exploded since signing on with representation.

Panelists Include:

Caroline Bottomley, Founder of Radar Music Videos

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Caroline Bottomley set up and manages Radar, an award-winning network connecting record labels and artists to professional music video directors. Radar has over 10,000 members worldwide, enabling major labels, indie labels and independent artists to commission music videos for affordable budgets. Most videos made via Radar generate significant YouTube views, the best is currently running at over 13 million views. Caroline started her career as a successful live and club promoter at 1500-capacity venue The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK. She then worked in TV production on many award-winning programmes and started Radar in 2007. She regularly speaks at events about music video commissioning and promotion. She is a judge for the UK Music Video Awards.



Tamsin Glasson, Executive Producer at Colonel Blimp

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Tamsin Glasson has worked throughout all facets of the film industry, while focusing in music video production, she has also produced and overseen fashion film, digital content, pitches for television programs, short films and commercials. Currently, as the Executive Producer for Colonel Blimp, Tamsin overseas the careers of 24 directors and artists that sit in the top tier of creative direction and leadership in the UK. A major focus of her role at Colonel Blimp involves scouting and cultivating new talent while also developing the talent of directors on the roster.
From October 2009 to the present she has been the Executive Creative Producer at Colonel Blimp a subsidiary of Blink Productions Ltd. Blink was named “Production Company of the Year” by Campaign Magazine in 1997 and 2011, 2012 and by Televisual Magazine in 2011and most recently as British Arrows Production Company of the Year 2013. Tamsin has nurtured the company’s reputation as a leader in developing music video directors and supporting their applauded productions for artists such as Metronomy, Hot Chip, Massive Attack, George Michael and Passion Pit.
Tamsin’s production life began in London where she rapidly became a highly sought after producer of music videos for production companies Partizan, Black Dog at RSA and Colonel Blimp before she decided in 2009 that her talent as an executive creative producer and practical working producer was best suited to Colonel Blimp’s creative roster. For her creative achievements, Tamsin Glasson and her directors have been honored with countless awards including UK MVAs, Cannes Lions, and D&Ads.


David Knight, Editor at Promo News

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David Knight, recently dubbed ‘the lord of music video’ (Beak St Bugle) has never actually directed one (well, none that he’d admit to). He’s just watched thousands and written a few million words about them and the people who make them, for about two decades. He is editor of music video industry website Promo News (, editorial director of the UK Music Video Awards, and creative director of BUG, a popular live event.


Jamie Muir, Commercials and Music Video Director

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Jamie Muir is an ambitious British filmmaker with an eye for detail and capturing raw emotion. Having travelled extensively for work and pleasure he has a passion for learning about different cultures and utilizing this in his work. His love for human-interest storytelling, fine art photography and cinematic filmmaking means he puts a huge amount of effort into making sure the tone, story and photography is as natural and as beautiful as possible. Jamie finds himself working on both narrative music videos and eye-catching brand content worldwide.


Wednesday 4th September, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Stop Stopping Me by Marlon Rouse Tavares [UK]
Notes on Blindness: Rainfall by Peter Middleton & James Spinney [UK & Australia]
I Kill by David White [New Zealand]
Slomo by Joshua Izenberg [US]
Pete by Matt Hopkins [UK]
One For Ten: Damon Thibodeaux by Will Francome and Mark Pizzey [UK & US]



Wednesday 4th September, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Framestore Screening Room, 19 - 23 Wells Street, London W1T 3PQ

Shave It by Jorge Tereso [Argentina]
The Hungry Corpse by Gergely Wootsch [UK]
R'ha by Kaleb Lechowski [Germany]
Wish List by Andrew Griffin [UK]
Sandy by Joseph Mann [UK]


Thursday 5th September, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ

Traditionally the film and television industry has been dominated by men. As a salute to the female filmmaking community, our esteemed panel will be outlining schemes that are specifically targeted at women; organisations that female filmmakers can join; and festivals looking for films made with or by female producers and directors. Our panelists will also speak about how they broke into the industry, and discuss the current climate for women working in film today.

Panelists Include:

Wendy Bevan-Mogg, Talent Manager at Creative England

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Wendy started her career in film working in distribution and sales before moving into production. After producing a slate of short films and various award winning web series she line produced SKELETONS which won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  IN THE DARK HALF, a South West Screen iFeatures project followed in 2010, and in 2011 she line produced Rufus Norris’ debut feature BROKEN for Cuba Pictures, BBC Films and the BFI.  She then joined Creative England where she works in the Talent Team, on the Development Fund and as an exec producer for the Advantage Media Production Fund.


Nicola Lees, Producer and Head of WFTV Mentoring Scheme, Women in Film and TV UK

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Nicola Lees has worked in the media for 18 years and is the founder of She currently runs a prestigious mentoring scheme for WFTV  that is aimed at mid-career level women working in film and television, and an innovative new talent career development scheme for Sara Putt Associates, a film and TV agency based at Shepperton Studios.


Kate Gerova, Creative Director at Birds Eye View

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Kate Gerova started her working life amidst some career confusion but then in 1997 got her big break working on a shortfilm scheme. She became addicted to film distribution and a few years later set up a small label to promote feature films and film projects whilst also co-running a short film agency. In 2005 she joined independent distributor Soda Pictures as head of publicity, later becoming head of distribution where she had the privilege of working on a wide range of acclaimed international films. In 2013 Kate was appointed Creative Director of Birds Eye View Film Festival. She has also guest tutored for the London Film School at the Berlin Film Festival.


Chloe Trayner, Festival Manager at Underwire Film Festival

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Chloe Trayner came from a background of film production before moving into film events. She is festival manager at Underwire Film Festival which showcases shorts by women across the crafts. She has also worked with London Short Film Festival, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Dogwoof. 


Gemma Atkinson, Director at Fat Rat Films

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Gemma Atkinson is co-director of the award-winning documentary production company Fat Rat Films. Her films have been broadcast on BBC Newsnight, Channel 4, Al-Jazeera, screened worldwide at festivals and garnered national press coverage. After a successful online distribution campaign, her animated documentary Act of Terror went viral and was seen by over a quarter of a million people in one day.
The nature of her films has seen her attacked with pepper spray and threatened with a two-year jail sentence by the British government.She directs and produces documentaries for various NGO's including The Elders, Publish What You Pay and Oxfam on subjects of global governance and social justice.
She co-founded Doc Heads, a screening and networking night that brings professional documentary filmmakers together and has partnered with, among others, Sheffield Doc/fest, London Short film festival and the East End Film Festival. Doc Heads recently became a film fund, funding up to 40% of feature budgets.


Friday 6th September, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street London WC2H 9HQ


Spring 2014 will see the launch of London Live, a new TV platform backed by the London Evening Standard, dedicated to the city of London. In the lead up to their launch, the commissioners of London Live are inviting filmmakers to pitch their ideas for short films to be commissioned for television broadcast via The Smalls Pitch Room. London Live are looking for 3-minute short films of any genre, that uncover unique stories about London.

The brief will be open until mid-October, but filmmakers who submit before August 28th 2013, will have a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to the commissioning team of London Live at a live pitch session. The event will give pitching filmmakers an advantageous opportunity to meet the commissioning team, receive feedback on their pitches and convince the commissioning team of their idea.


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