Agents: An Insider's Guide

For early-career filmmakers getting an agent can seem like an impossible task.  Securing representation is rarely easy, and it can be a notoriously closed world.  If you don't know how agents work or what they're looking for how can go about getting one? How can you even decide whether you really need an agent at all?

Aimed primarily at early-career directors and writer-directors, this event will reveal the insights of some of the UK's leading agents to help you unlock the secrets of their world. With a panel featuring Matthew Bates (Sayle Screen), Roxana Adle (Independent) and her client, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Tina Gharavi, this event will help filmmakers answer key questions, including:

  • What kinds of agents are there?
  • What is the agency landscape like?
  • At what stage in your career should you approach an agent?
  • What materials do you need in place before you make an approach and how should you present them?
  • What are agents looking for and how do you get their attention?
  • What can you reasonably expect an agent to do for you, and what should you be doing yourself?
  • How do you service that relationship?
  • How do you shake out a good deal?

When: Wednesday 8th July, 11:30am - 1:00pm (registration from 11:10am)

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Cinema,1st floor), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

To register please click here.

Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend this event, however a £4 attendance deposit applies. This will be refunded in full the day after the event to those who attend. You may register for more than one place but will be required to provide accurate registration information for all attendees, as required by our funders. Cancellations made within a week of the event will not be refunded.


About the panellists

Roxana Adle
Roxana has been at Independent Talent Group for 7 years, representing directors and writers working internationally in film and television. Her clients include Mike Newell, Tina Gharavi and filmmakers from diverse countries and backgrounds. Her role as an agent is in each case defined by the client and includes giving moral and creative support, providing advice and opportunities, negotiating deals and facilitating relationships to bring projects to fruition.

Matthew Bates
Matthew has worked at Sayle Screen since the mid-1990’s, where he represents writers and directors working in film, TV and theatre. His clients include Andrea Arnold, Clio Barnard and Sally El Hosaini. He aims to work closely with those he represents, helping to nurture newer talent and to support and guide more established writers and directors. As an agent his roles include submitting projects to producers, negotiating deals on behalf of his clients, providing advice on career direction and feedback on scripts and treatments.

Tina Gharavi
Born in Tehran and now a long-term resident of the North East, Tina Gharavi is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and academic. Fearless in her approach to storytelling, and unafraid to cross borders and disciplines, Gharavi is noted for innovative cross-platform work, often with and about outsiders, rebels and misfits. Her work has been broadcast internationally and her first feature film, I AM NASRINE, was recently nominated for the BAFTA for Outstanding British Debut.


This event is part of RISE - an intensive year-long development programme for female writer-directors based in the UK. RISE is supported by Creative Skillset and run by Northern Film & Media in partnership Women in Film & Television, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.


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