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SATURDAY 6 MAY | 11:00 hs - 17:00 hs

with Uzma Hasan, Founder and Producer at Little House Productions
Nirpal Bhogal, Director of the latest Netflix FIrstborn
Tom Grievson, Head of Marketing and Distribution at HanWay and Kolton Lee, award-winning Filmmaker, Novelist & Academic 
Uzma Hasan is the driving force behind Little House Productions, which focuses on bringing subversive stories to global audiences. Her latest feature, Nirpal Bhogal’s Firstborn (2016) premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 ahead of a worldwide sale to Netflix. Her first feature The Infidel (2010) was released internationally receiving critical and commercial acclaim. She was Executive Producer of multi award winning documentary Flying Paper (2014)
Nirpal Bhogal made his breakthrough with the critically acclaimed short film Cold Kiss which starred and was exec produced by BAFTA nominated actor, Ray Winstone. He then went on to direct girl gang thriller Sket, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Since then, Nirpal recast and directed the BAFTA award-winning series Misfits for E4 and has completed his second feature Firstborn, which is released on Netflix in March.
Tom Grievson is head of distribution and marketing at HanWay. His early experience was in the independent film sector, as Head of Theatrical Marketing for Metrodome Distribution where he managed marketing campaigns that included; Spellbound,ChopperDonnie Darko, and The Corporation. Following Metrodome, Tom worked for Warner Brothers UK and launched blockbusters, including; The Hangover, Sherlock HolmesThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonHorrible Bossies & Inception. Tom has worked for Entertainment One UK on campaigns including Angel's Share, Killer JoeThe Sweeney, Looper Breaking Dawn Part 2 & The Impossible.
Kolton Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. He has made two independent features, Cherps andFreestyle, a comedy and urban romance, respectively. Kolton has also published novel The Last Card, a crime thriller set in the twin worlds of boxing and gambling, and taught Screenwriting and Directing at a number of different institutions. Kolton ran the BA Screenwriting degree at Central Film School and is now embarking on his third feature, a horror.

All aspects of the story-telling process in the creation of content depend on a profound understanding of genre. GENRE examines the ways that different stages of the storytelling process use genre and how you can apply that knowledge when creating your project.

Learn how a writer uses genre as a development tool without being a slave to it

Access a useful guide to key genres broken down for you, point by point

Understand the essential points a producer must know when pitching stories using genre to create recognition of story type.


Genre by definition

Historically we have categorised story through type. By examining rules of certain genres we will get to understand narrative story mechanisms better. Kolton Lee will be talking about how to consider the importance of story tropes when building your script and the need to understand the genre and tone that you are working within. Kolton is currently in the process of putting together his next feature, that aligns Caribbean mysticism with the horror genre. 

A Genre Journey from start to finish

Producer Uzma of Littlehouse Productions and Director Nirpal Bhogal will discuss the making of FIRSTBORN. Focusing on how they developed the script and got their film into production, Uzma and Nirpal will give this extraordinary and unique insight into their process. 

Genre tool building

What type might your story be and which tools might be useful to help you build it from the ground up? Modern Tales director Angeli Macfarlane will look at genres, for example comedy and drama, thriller, romcom, coming of age. She will also consider how our expectations of story shape are shifting, which is particularly relevant for online content.

Genre for marketing and Branding

The audience perception of genre can be very different to that of the storyteller. Or perhaps it requires for a story to be marketed under a particular banner to find its audience, even if the story doesn’t correspond to that genre. The movies or TV series we aspire to make – how are they branded and how can you be part of the process of finding your audience, your way? Our marketing and distribution main man Tom Grievson gives the lowdown on knowing what you're selling and how to go about doing it.

For more information, please click here.


SATURDAY 20 MAY | 11:00 hs - 17:00 hs

with Victoria Mapplebeck, Award-winning Artist and Film Director
More speakers to be announced next week! 
Victoria Mapplebeck is an award winning writer and director. She created Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed live from the subjects homes for over 18 months. She has spent the last 15 years working in cross platform production and more recently has specialised in mobile filmmaking and producing online video with impact. Victoria is currently in production on Text Me an award winning interactive multiplatform arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

This course day explores what kinds of stories are currently being delivered for audiences across different formats and platforms and examines their potential for the future.


Different Formats & Platforms analyses the impact of telling stories designed for a specific format in new ways, offering insight into creating story worlds that can produce content across multiple platforms, exploiting your intellectual property, extending your project’s reach and growing audience engagement through different media.


Engage with story development on different platforms such as social media and web platforms

Gain insights into story development in different formats such as series, serials and interactive

Acquire practical tools for creating and extending your story world to encompass the potential for opening out into different formats and platforms

Identify potential for audience engagement and value added intellectual property


For more information, please click here.
Don’t limit yourself to one course - take advantage of our bundles and book multiple courses at a discounted rate! 

2 Course Days - £200 £180 (-10%) 
3 Course Days - £300 £270 (-10%)
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