How to Make a Micro Budget Feature Film and Sell It

Run by UK independent film production company Intense Productions Ltd in association with UK Trade and Investment North East, this intensive 1-day masterclass with Carlos Gallardo (producer, El Mariachi) is designed to equip filmmakers with the knowledge to launch, produce and distribute their own successful feature film.

Hollywood actor and producer Carlos Gallardo starred in and produced the critically acclaimed and award winning film ‘El Mariachi’ – directed by his friend Robert Rodriguez – for a budget of $7,000 in his home town of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Acquired by the US Studio Columbia Pictures, ‘El Mariachi’ went on to win the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance in 1993 and launched the careers of both Gallardo and Rodriguez in Hollywood. Together Gallardo and Rodriguez went on to produce the hugely successful box office hits ‘Desperado’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico’.


The masterclass will cover: screen writing, raising finance, casting, production, post production, sales and distribution, panel discussions, Q&A session, along with case studies of commercially successful independent productions that have raised finance, secured talent, as well as securing international sales and worldwide distribution.

Speaking alongside actor and producer Carlos Gallardo will be producer Mark Strange, and director and producer Chee Keong Cheung of Intense Productions and Intense Distribution. Each will share their unique approaches to making their first independent features.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to gain industry secrets on how to develop, produce, market and promote their work, and the chance to network with some of the industry’s most innovative and skilful talent.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions about their own feature project and receive feedback from Carlos Gallardo.


The masterclass is aimed at writers, directors, producers, and film students. Those in attendance will also receive a complimentary production handbook with contract templates, production forms and useful industry sales and distribution contact details.

When: Thursday 1st May, 9.30am – 5.30pm 

Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG 


Tickets are priced £79.00 per person (inc. VAT & booking fee) until April 27. Thereafter the full price is £99.00 with a £79.00 concessionary rate for students. However by using the promotional code ‘NFM’ you can secure a 15% discount up to the close of booking. Please note this rate and code applies only to the Newcastle event.

For more info about the masterclass and to book tickets click here.






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