‘From Script to Screen’: A Producers’ and Filmmakers’ Bootcamp, with Mia Bays (15-16 Feb)

Posted on 20th January 2018
  • 15th – 16th February 2018
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Fully refundable attendance deposit: £25

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road

‘From Script to Screen’: A Producers’ and Filmmakers’ Bootcamp, with Mia Bays

An intensive two-day event, aimed at producers and other filmmakers with drama or documentary feature films currently in development or production. Oscar-winning and twice-BAFTA nominated producer and distribution strategist, Mia Bays, will take those selected on an A-Z journey through the development and production process, sharing insights drawn from her twenty-five years’ experience in the industry, and work on over 50 features.

Topics covered will include:

  • Picking the right project
  • Getting into development and finding development partners
  • Building and sustaining creative partnerships
  • Funding sources – public and private
  • Pitching
  • Surviving development
  • Managing people
  • Marketing and audiences
  • Sales, acquisitions and distribution
  • Increasing your chances of making your film, and positioning it for the best outcome.

Offering case studies of recent and forthcoming UK cinema releases this will be a great opportunity to get access to the facts, figures and tricks of the trade from an insider’s point of view.

We will be joined on the second day by Sophie Glover, Head of Publicity at Pathé, for a discussion of positioning and communications strategy, in relation to distribution, implementation and results across UK and International markets.

The Bootcamp will be a small group event, with a maximum of 12 delegates to ensure close attention and a safe environment to share your own experience. Selection will be based on who is likely to benefit most from this opportunity and which projects are collectively likely to work well together in discussion.


Cost: there is no charge to attend but those selected will need to make a fully-reimbursable attendance deposit of £25. This will be paid back in full on completion of the course or notification of inability to attend made at least 2 days in advance.

About Mia Bays

With over 27 years’ experience in film sales, marketing and distribution, Mia Bays has produced an Oscar winner, received two BAFTA nominations on consecutive years, acted as creative producer on several debuts that have garnered multiple British Indie Film Awards and two BAFTA best debut awards, and worked in some of the top sales, distribution and exhibition companies in the UK.

To date, her company Missing In Action Films has produced fiction and documentary films as diverse as the Oscar winning short Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh, and the acclaimed BAFTA-nominated documentary feature Scott Walker – 30 Century Man by Stephen Kijak. Her latest production is the U.S/UK documentary Letters from Baghdad, the archive based story of explorer and diplomat Gertrude Bell, voiced by Tilda Swinton.

Between 2007 and 2014, Mia acted as Creative Producer on eight features for Film London Microwave, the microbudget scheme that made films such as the BAFTA nominated Lilting, BAFTA nominated Shifty and Ill Manors by Ben Drew (Plan B). During the decade before this Mia marketed and distributed over 40 features (including the Oscar winner Tsotsi and Ian McKellen’s Richard III) and has a strong understanding and experience of the worldwide indie film scene.

Mia also specialises in training and mentoring female filmmakers and executives, primarily through Birds Eye View Film, a charity whose mission is to get greater numbers of people seeing more films by women and more women in decision-making roles to achieve this.

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