Speaking & Workshops

A track record in inspiring filmmakers

Whether you’re organising a training event for a small team, or a major conference, you need someone who can lead, excite and inspire people. I’m an experienced film event speaker with a great track record of delivering inspirational, motivational and practical help to filmmakers. I speak at conferences, festivals and events around the world.

I run workshops so filmmakers can get stuck in straight away and come away with a skeleton strategy. Comfortable with small or large groups, I can tailor the content to the needs of the entire group. If you are coordinating a longer training session I can also offer one-on-ones so filmmakers get individual time after the general workshops. These fast pace strategy sessions get to the heart of each project quickly, and people are amazed at how detailed my strategies can go in such a short amount of time.

I also carry out corporate training with institutional partners who are looking for new ways to engage with media and film. If you are a Charity or Brand looking for some help, just drop me a note.

“It was fantastically useful to hear some of your brilliant strategies for connecting up the dots between funding needs and charitable organisations, among other funding opportunities.
Pretty damn awesome stuff…”

Staten Cousins-Roe, Writer

I travel frequently to deliver my presentations and workshops, and ideally spend a few days with larger groups in order to personalise the approach with each participant. Clients include the Documentary Campus (Germany), EsoDoc (Norway/Italy), On Screen Manitoba (Canada) and Sunnyside of the Doc (France). I always look to tailor the content based on any regional differences, and thoroughly research local market knowledge in advance of attending.

Although I don’t speak any other languages, I’m happy to travel to any country to deliver a workshop, as long as the participants have a firm grasp of the English language. Alternatively, if you can provide a translator, that can also work. Please advise the nationalities of your participants when you get in touch.

The film sector is changing. Hybrid distribution models are becoming more and more popular, which means that filmmakers need to understand the myriad of funding and distribution choices that are available to them.

I work with a range of film schools including the NFTS (UK) in order to ensure that the next batch of filmmaking talent is ready to take on this new challenge. Crucial to this work is making sure that filmmakers (all team members) are aware of the opportunities and challenges of taking on some of the new responsibilities.

How do you manage your Film Festival Strategy? What will your artwork look like? Will you have a website? What’s a non-exclusive deal term? What is the difference between SVOD and TVOD? Who is going to pay for all the costs?

My presentations cover the above questions and much more.

Get in touch today to talk about your requirements and how I might be able to support your group. Please let me know when and where you wish to have the session take place, and any specific travel arrangements that might be needed. I get booked up far in advance so please get in touch nice and early!

Speaking engagements and workshops allow me to reach more filmmakers and ultimately help get more films get made and be seen.

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How I can help at your event

Whether you are a Film Festival, Film School or Media Company I can provide a range of workshops and presentations to inspire your audiences to think differently.









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The topics I cover

From development to distribution, I tailor my content to the needs and ability of your audience. Just let me know what you need help with.

Distribution Platforms


Film Festival Strategy


Crowd Funding

Impact Strategy

Communications & PR



Narrative Development

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I speak around the world

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