Getting into the film industry and building a career can be challenging. Gain valuable industry insights from our creative talent panel who will discuss their own pathways into film and answer any questions you might have.

Tickets for this event are no longer available to book online, however they can still be obtained from the venue from 11:30am.

The panel will include representatives from various FE/HE providers in Leeds as well as national organisations that are supporting the development of filmmaking talent across the UK:

Dan Thomas (Chair)

Dan Thomas

Dan has over 20 years experience across the film sector, beginning his career in commercial cinema operations with Virgin and UGC before moving into programming independent cinemas.  Over the last 9 years he has been on the Senior Management teams of the Film Agency for Wales, the education charity FILMCLUB and British Council Wales.  Dan set up his own business, Film Culture, in December 2014 and has since worked on audience development and film education initiatives with a wide range of clients extensively across the UK and Europe including the BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film Literacy Europe and Leeds Film.

Annabelle Pangborn (Northern Film School)

Annabelle Pangborn

Annabelle trained as a musician and composer at the London College of Music, and as a filmmaker at the Royal College of Art. She has worked extensively in film and television as a composer and sound designer on award winning drama, documentary, dance film and experimental animation. She is also a writer and has produced films through her own production company and released through Columbia Tri Star (Stung, dir. S. Williams) and the BFI (Once Seen, dir. S. Williams).  Annabelle’s research focuses on the theatre of haptics and performative narratives alongside a developing study of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and the textural power of the human voice.
She has been a guest speaker and consultant for the School of Sound in London, Europe and Asia. She was formerly Head of Editing, Sound and Music progressing and Head of Full Time Curriculum at the National Film and Television School, UK. She has taught throughout Europe and America including ifs International Filmschule, Cologne; ECITV, Cuba; Binger FilmLab, Amsterdam; Porto Digital, Brazil; La Femis, Paris; NRK, Oslo; KASK University of the Arts, Ghent; and Med Film Factory, Jordan. She was appointed Director of the Northern Film School in 2017.

Ryan Woods (Leeds City College)

Ryan Woods

Ryan Woods is a filmmaker and digital artist, running several online platforms to sell his graphic design work. He is also a documentary filmmaker who likes to create work with social impact. He also has a practical research interest in motion graphics and is currently exploring unconscious image processes through atonal sounds and animation. Ryan is currently studying an MRes investigating Analytical Psychology and the links to world mythology and their retelling in superhero films to understand how we identify with them on a psychological level. Jungian film studies is a relatively new area of academic psychological research and moves away from traditional Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic approaches to film studies.

Paul Booth (Leeds Arts University)

Paul Booth

I am a Filmmaker, artist, photographer and academic, and I currently head Filmmaking at Leeds Arts University. I've worked across Film and TV in a number of roles, from technical operations to idea and story development. For the past 18 years I have been dedicated to film education, particularly for low to no budget filmmakers and have set up a number of intiatives and networks to support filmmakers in the north of England.

Gareth Ellis Unwin (Creative Skillset)

Gareth Ellis Unwin

Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the Head of Film for Creative Skillset, the industry-led skills body for the screen-based industries, delivering skills and training from entry level to every stage of a professional screen career. He is leading on delivering the BFI’s action plan, Future Film Skills, which includes comprehensive careers information, a new Skills Forecasting Service and mentoring. He manages the Skills Investment Fund (known as the film levy), which also supports skills and training.
Gareth was previously co-founder and CEO of multi-award-winning Bedlam Productions, which was formed in 2000. He was producer of the critically acclaimed The King’s Speech, the highest grossing British independent film to date, which won four Academy Awards including Best Film and seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. His other credits as producer include Zaytoun, BAFTA-nominated British war film Kajaki: The True Story and Exam, which was also nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. His new film, Steel Country, starring Andrew Scott and Denise Gough, received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2018. Gareth remains involved with Bedlam’s current projects as a non-executive director of the company.

Kate O'Hara (Creative England)

Kate O'Hara

Kate is the iFeatures Executive at Creative England having worked on the last 3 iterations of the programme. iFeatures is a UK wide low budget feature film development initiative aimed at 1st & 2nd time feature filmmakers funded by Creative England, BFI Film fund and BBC Films. Kate takes overall responsibility for the design and running of iFeatures, including managing the submission, development and production process. As well as managing the initiative she also feeds in to the development of the projects, working alongside writers, directors and producers. Kate has also worked across TV Drama projects for eOne. This has seen her working with writers and production companies developing original programmes for International broadcast. She continues to be a freelance Script Editor across TV projects. Kate previously worked for Lifesize pictures exec producing short films on new talent schemes such as Cinema Extreme and Digital Shorts for the UK Film council. She has worked with filmmakers from all across the UK, script editing shorts and managing national programmes such as the UK Film Council’s Directors Lab at EIFF. Kate also works as a freelance reader for book scout Kate Loftus O’Brien.

Richard Knight (Screen Yorkshire)

Richard Knight

For many years Richard Knight worked in the film industry as a freelance location manager, sourcing and organising the locations for films such as the BAFTA award-winning "This is England" and "FourLions" and television dramas including "This is England 86, 88 and 90", "Prisoners Wives" and "Utopia". In recent years he has been Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, providing practical and logistical support to Screen Yorkshire-backed projects.

Bex Wolfendale (Into Film)

Bex Wolfendale

Film fanatic, food lover and outdoor enthusiast. As Programme Delivery Manager for Into Film I'm passionate about providing the most varied, enlightening and inspiring film opportunities for young people across the North of England. I've worked with various educational, social inclusion and youth orientated charities to engage young people in their education, local community and the arts. I love collaborating with a wide range of partners to devise effective film-educational events, and working with young people to develop their aspirations, attainment and self-confidence.
Favourite film (at the moment): The Great Beauty - saw this for the first time recently, where have I been?!

Jamie Hutchison (Studio 12)

Jamie Hutchison

A continual passion of mine is to provide a free, accessible multifunctional space for people. Where people can access the latest industry developments, software, and hardware. A space that allows people to grow, develop and find a way into a positive and fulfilling role within the media arts industry. We are very lucky in Leeds to have such a place with Studio12. Each year I open my door to 1000’s of young people with the expectation of discovering the latest groundbreakers from this city. To be in a position where I can offer opportunities to young people to reach their full potential fills me with great honour and I champion the talent we have, and to support the great creativity and richness in this city. Studio12 specialises in media arts programming including film, VR, 3d, Music and Photography.