BAFTA Presents: Genre filmmaking in Britain


A day of talks at BAFTA HQ on the state of Sci-fi filmmaking in the UK

When we talk about big budget science fiction, successes spring instantly to mind from endless STAR WARS reboots to THE HUNGER GAMES. While this is seems superficially encouraging for filmmakers with an interest in the genre, in reality, how relevant is it for UK based filmmakers when the average UK production spend is £1.2 million and falling?

With that in mind, it's no wonder UK science fiction is relatively scarce. Yet, where there is a will, there is certainly a way. Digital tools have really brought costs down and films like MOON, MONSTERS, EXAM and the recent 2012 SxSW low budget hit EXTRACTED, have shown us that it's good story and clever use of resources that determine the success of a film.

In this event we'll quiz key writers, directors, designers, producers and distributors working across this genre on the essential creative and business questions around getting a good mid-to-low budget sci-fi film off the ground. Guests include Neil Marshall, Mia Bays and some of the UK’s major distributors and commissioners from Film London, BFI, Vertigo, Protagonist Pictures and Independent who can help you get your film made.

We also have 'round table discussions' on targeting your audience, seamless social media engagement and crowdfunding.

Book tickets via the Bafta website.


On the day we have 4 round tables for some speed-advice sessions. These are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis on the day, so come along and put your name down, we wil do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.

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Screening Times

12:00pm - Sat, 5th May 2012