Magazine article Screen International

Dream Factory Unveils Talent Roster

Magazine article Screen International

Dream Factory Unveils Talent Roster

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EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.

The film event is set to take place at Liverpool's Foundation For Art And Creative Technology (FACT, pictured), the arts and media centre located in the Ropewalks district that houses state-of-the-art screens, art galleries and a café and bar.

Liverpool-born IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and writer-producer Kevin Sampson have curated the programme in association with Pinewood Studios and UK Talent Management Firm Independent.

Day One is focused on creativity and comprises three on-stage conversations with directors that will see Get Carter director Mike Hodges in conversation with The Independent's Barry Forshaw; Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell in conversation with Ford; and the Liverpool-born director of The Awakening, Nick Murphy, talking to Sampson.

The first day will include a masterclass in pitching led by Pinewood Pictures, Creative England and Goldcrest Films when aspiring film-makers will be invited to speed-pitch their projects.

Additional panels and masterclasses will cover production on a shoestring budget and a showcase of emerging UK talent. Confirmed speakers include Creative England's Caroline Cooper Charles, actor Ben Pugh and producers Guy Heeley, Rory Aitken, Tina Gharavi and Colin Vaines.

Day Two will focus on the business side of the industry, featuring workshops and panels on financing, distribution, production, marketing and publicity. …

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