Leading Directors to Headline Directors UK Festival


Directors UK announce British directors Gurinder Chadha, Mandie Fletcher and Stephen Frears, will be headlining this year’s Directors’ Festival, on Saturday 16 July at Altitude London.

All three renowned and award-winning directors will be joining Directors UK members, in central London, for the UK’s biggest celebration of screen directing talent. Each director will be centre stage during exclusive Q&A sessions, answering questions from the audience, for a rare and candid insight into their past projects, experiences on set, methods for directing for the big screen and more. Members will also end the day with a screening of Mandie Fletcher’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

The Directors’ Festival is a celebration of the craft of directing in all its forms; now in its third year, the festival will be high-lighting the process from pitching to post-production. Over the course of a day, members will be able to attend panels, talks, and hands-on sessions including; Directing presenters with Steve Smith (The Graham Norton Show), Liz Clare (Sunday Brunch) and BBC One Film… presenter Danny Leigh; How to pitch correctly with Caz Stewart (The Secret Millionaire), Derren Lawford (Mandela, My Dad and Me), Lucy Leveugle (Commissioning Editor at Channel4) directing and Diene Petterle (Commissioner at BBC); Working with virtual cameras with The Third Floor; Directing animated features with Rebecca Manley (FIFA 20 Centres) and Mark Waring (Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr. Fox); Directing commercials with Charlie Targett Adams (Vivienne Westwood and Mercedes Benz), Kim Gehrig (Ikea and Sport England), Andrew Lang (Coca-Cola and FIFA) and Isabella Parish (Evian and Samsung); and powertalks on Post-Production with Marian Briozzo (Che: Part 1 & 2), Cath Le Couteur (shootingpeople.org), Peter Lawton (Thirty Six Minutes Ltd), and Dado Valentic (Game of Thrones).

Screenshot 2016-07-12 20.39.57Directors UK Chair Beryl Richards commented: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to host another Directors’ Festival, and with such an array of established and influential directors, who have made an impact in the television and film industry, not just in the UK, but across the world. Being able to champion the role and work of directors is very important as they can often be overlooked for their contributions. The festival was created to highlight and celebrate the work they do, and provide new skills, insights and opportunities to develop their craft.  At Directors UK we will continue to create opportunities to inspire each other regardless of genre, age, gender or race.”

Directors UK  welcome back ARRI as sponsors of the Festival Dinner and introduce Kodak as a session sponsor at this year’s event. Directors UK members can log on to the website to see the full line up and book tickets www.directors.uk.com.

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