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Masterclass: The Future of Feature Documentary (Live Stream Available)
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Masterclass: The Future of Feature Documentary (Live Stream Available)

  • Calendar icon Mon 15 Apr, 6:30pm
  • Map pin icon BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Princess Anne Theatre

Hear from industry experts on what the current landscape looks like for feature length documentary and what can be done to support these creative and compelling films.

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What is the landscape for feature length documentary in the UK? This Masterclass will explore the challenges facing the sector to sustain and nurture the most creative and compelling films. We will be celebrating the success and confronting the difficulties those in the sector face as well as diving into the creative ways independent producers and industry executives continue to push it forward as a genre.

The first panel will focus on independent feature documentary: the producers striving to tell compelling stories in a more commercial space and the organisations who nurture talent at a grassroots level through funding and expertise; those who are driven by the power of documentary as a vehicle for social and political change.

The second panel will look at commissioner strategy perspective – both broadcasters and streamers – and give decision makers the stage to discuss audience appetite for documentaries and impact storytelling alongside entertainment. Insights from distributors and financiers will also support the conversation, sharing solutions that can support finding balance in the status quo and a market that sees the genre thrive?

This Masterclass will be followed by an industry networking reception in the Reuben Gallery, giving industry practitioners the opportunity to connect; in the hopes this will encourage access and foster creative collaboration.

Confirmed talent:

Panel 1

Shanida Scotland, DocSociety, Co-director and Head of Film (The Territory, Nothing Compares, While We Watched)
Dimitri Doganis, Raw, Founder (American Animals, Three Identical Strangers, Don’t F**k With Cats…)
Natasha Dack-Ojumu, Founder/CEO, Tigerlily Films (Blue Bag Life, Eno, White Nanny Black Child)
Aloke Devichand, Mindhouse, Head of Documentaries (The Elephant Whisperers, Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice)
Lizzie Gillet, Misfits, Head of Documentaries (The Territory, Merkel, Super/Man The Christopher Reeve Story)

Panel 2

Emma Hindley, BBC, Lead Commissioning Editor, Storyville, (Beyond Utopia, Another Body
Reva Sharma, Netflix, Manager, Original Documentaries (In Her Hands, Capturing the Killer Nurse, Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case)
Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof, Chief Content Officer (20 Days in Mariupol, Copa 71, Blackfish)
Poppy Dixon, Sky, Director of Documentaries & Factual (David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, Otto Baxter: Not a F***ing Horror Story)
Kelsey Keonig, Impact Partners Film, VP of Production (Another Body, Aftershock, Procession)

More talent to be confirmed.


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Getting to the Venue

By tube

Green Park is the nearest accessible step-free station and is served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. 0.3 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance. The accessible entrance is from the park at the rear of the station.

Piccadilly Circus Station is served by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Line Services. Leicester Square Station is served by the Piccadilly and Northern Line Services. Both stations are accessed by steps only.

By train

London Charing Cross has step-free access to all platforms. 0.7 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance. Staff are available to assist with ramps between the platform and the train.

By bus

There are bus stops located on Regent Street/St James's Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Haymarket. All London buses have ramp access and dedicated spaces for wheelchair users.

Nearest car park

The Cavendish London Public Car Park – 0.1 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance.

JustPark Car Park – 0.5 miles to 195 Piccadilly entrance.

Nearest Blue Badge Parking

  • Jermyn Street: near Crockett & Jones, 1 space (0.05miles)
  • Sackville Street: near corner of Piccadilly, 2 spaces (0.06miles)
  • Saint James's Square: on street, 2 spaces (0.08miles)
  • Jermyn Street: near Tesco, 1 space (0.09miles)

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