Nottingham International Film Festival

Programme Outline


Thursday 8 March 2018


Delegate Registration Opens

Nottingham Contemporary




Official Opening Ceremony : Welcome from NIM Director/Council               

Nottingham Contemporary

Faith Blakemore, Festival Director, Nottingham City Council

Welcome to the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival.


Faith Blakemore, International Manager


The Nottingham International Microfilm Festival Opening Event         

Nottingham Contemporary

Gianluca Sergi, The Nottingham Screen Partnership: The Importance of Innovation in Finding Success

Gianluca worked in a variety of media outlets (especially radio where he co-produced and presented a live show for two years, and he also worked in a local TV stations and print magazines. After being awarded two scholarships, Gianluca moved to the UK to study Film and Literature at University (Warwick) and during that time, worked part-time on several productions, including a professional show for children that aired on Channel 4. Following an MA in Mass Communication (Leicester) he wrote a PhD in film (on film sound, and Dolby in particular) under the supervision of Prof. Richard Maltby and Prof. Steve Neale (Sheffield Hallam). The research carried out as part of his thesis allowed him to build a network of contacts with leading industry professionals and executives in some of Hollywood’s leading companies, including Lucasfilm, Pixar, Fox, Dolby amongst others. This in turn developed a keen interest in filmmakers and filmmaking practices. Gianluca was the founder and first director of the Institute for Screen Industries Research at the University of Nottingham (Sept. 2011-Sept. 2017) and the founder and first chair of the Nottingham Screen Partnership (2014-2015).

Gianluca Sergi, The University of Nottingham


From Mega Film to Micro Film: The Hong Kong Film Industry from Its Heyday to Its Return to China

Nottingham Contemporary

Mabel Cheung and Alex Law, Introduced by Dr Julian Stringer (Director, Institute for Screen Industries Research, University of Nottingham) and Professor Gina Marchetti (Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong) 

Mabel Cheung is a leading Hong Kong film director, producer and screenwriter with over 30 years of industry experience. She is one of the most internationally recognised and critically acclaimed filmmakers of the “New Hong Kong Cinema”, and is known for her   ongoing engagement with social issues, particularly migration, the overseas Chinese and the role of women in society. Cheung has won numerous awards for her films, including Best Director and Best Picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Special Jury Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival. After studying at the University of Hong Kong and New York University, Cheung worked at RTHK before directing The Illegal Immigrants at Shaw Brothers in 1984. Her subsequent films include An Autumn’s Tale (1987), Eight Taels of Gold (1989), Now You See Love, Now You Don’t (1992), The Soong Sisters (1997), City of Glass (1998), Beijing Rocks (2001), Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and His Lost Family (2003), Echoes of the Rainbow (2010) and A Tale of Three Cities (2015).

Alex Law is a Hong Kong film director, producer and screenwriter who has worked in partnership with Mabel Cheung for over 30 years. He directed Painted Faces (1988 – Best Director Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards), and his scriptwriting credits include An Autumn’s Tale (1987 – Best Screenplay Hong Kong Film Awards), Eight Taels of Gold (1989), The Soong Sisters (1997) and Echoes of the Rainbow (2009 – Best Screenplay Hong Kong Film Awards).


Mabel Cheung


Alex Law


Microfilm: AnOpportunity for UK-China Film Sector Development and Commercialisation?

Nottingham Contemporary

Rich Matthews, Iain Gray

Following on from a mission to the Ningbo international Microfilm sector, filmmakers Iain Gray (Vision Driven) and Rich Matthews (Rural Media) have been working with the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus to develop research in the area of microfim. The panel will discuss this work, alongside the perceived barriers and the opportunities, gaining valuable insight from Dr Yang Ming from China’s Xinhua Net Media Agency as they seek a clear definition of what microfilm is, how it can be commercialised and why it is essential that the UK industry begin to explore this new, digital film sector.




AI Developments & Film Futures in China

Nottingham Contemporary

Dr Yang Ming, Xinhua Net Future Media, China, introduced by Min Rose, University of Nottingham

“Microfilm is a containment of art and technology; a pursuit of expression.”- Dr Yang Ming, President of Xinhua Net Future Media Convergence Institute. Microfilm is a sector within the Chinese film industry that has been rapidly developing since 2010. It can be defined as: ‘A short film production which offers quick production, quick consumption meaning low risk, high output promotional opportunities for both business and filmmakers as well as a great opportunity for personal communication and development.’

Dr Yang Ming – Xinhua Net Media Convergence



The Ningbo International Microfilm Festival Screenings

Nottingham Contemporary                                                               

Eight microfilms from the Second Ningbo International Microfilm Festival will be presented in this unit, reflecting the contemporary microfilm creators’ views of social issues, family relations and artistic creation in China. Several award-winning microfilms will be shown in this unit:

The Test                          Best Microfilm and the Best Actress

Luck MA                          Best Director

Drunk Beauty              Best Original Screenplay

If We Love Again        Best Cinematography



《考试》                          最佳影片和最佳女演员

《吉祥》                          最佳导演

《醉美人生》                最佳剧本

《不夜村往事》           最佳摄影





Friday 9 March 2018


Yes to Breakfast: The Yes Foundation Socially Aware Short Films         

Nottingham Contemporary

The YES FOUNDATION is the social development arm of YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector bank. Under the visionary guidance of its Chief Mentor & Co-Chairman, Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK, the Foundation follows a differentiated approach focusing on stimulating entrepreneurship and innovative use of media initiatives, to bridge gaps and act as a force multiplier towards an empowered and equitable India.  Launched in 2013, the YES! I am the CHANGE (YIAC) initiative, has seen a transformation to drive the positive spirit of change through short films. As part of the YIAC 101-Hour Social Filmmaking Challenge, filmmakers and amateurs made 3-minute films on social causes which form an open repository of invaluable communication resources for NGOs. Most importantly, the process of participation and exposure to various social causes triggers inner transformation in the youth and makes them agents of social change. As part of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival, we are delighted to showcase a selection of our favourite films from the 34,000 that the programme has attracted to date.

Host by Santander, we are pleased to extend the reach of the NIM Festival and invite our partner organisations worldwide.





Launch of Nottingham Immersive Technology Incubator                      

Nottingham Contemporary

Faith Blakemore, Nottingham City Council

Faith Blakemore, International Manager at Nottingham City Council will be marking the launch of the Nottingham Immersive Technology Incubator as part of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival Programme. As one of 7 official Immersive Technology hubs across the UK, Nottingham is a key city for the development of immersive reality content and technologies. In this launch event, Faith, will outline how Nottingham City Council is working with local, national and international partners to develop a strategy to offer business and talent development support to this exciting sector.

Businesses and research organisations across all parts of the UK economy that are interested in the way that augmented and virtual reality can help drive productivity, social and economic growth will benefit from these innovator new hubs, and the official launch precedes an exciting addition to the programme set for later in the day as The Immersive Technology Panel takes to the stage to look at the Importance of VR to the Creative Industries, with Audience Q & A.


Faith Blakemore, International Manager                    

11.30 – 12.30

Small Screen, Big Sound                                   

Nottingham Contemporary

Bernard P Achampong, Associate Lecturer, University of Derby
When screen size matters, why not get more out of your audio? Microfilm and its mobile platform give creators an excellent opportunity to get into our viewers’ heads – directly through their headphones. This workshop provides practical audio tips on how to make more engaging and epic films without having to turn the volume up to 11.
Bernard P Achampong is a six-time Sony Radio Academy award-winning audio producer, with fifteen years of experience working with the BBC. It includes sound design, imaging and branding, radio production and documentary. Last month, Audible UK released four series he produced and optimised for mobile listening, for ITN Productions. He launched his audio production company, Unedited, in 2011 and is an associate lecturer with University of Derby and Coventry University. 

Bernard P Achampong



Film for Good               

Nottingham Contemporary

Gaby Jeffs, Magneto Films

Gaby is a producer and Director for Video for Good, from Lincolnshire but based in London. Her background is in television production where she worked on disruptive programmes like Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast and BBC2’s Community Programmes Unit.

Gaby co-founded Magneto films with her partner Jeremy in 2008 to help charities bring their stories to life and to show the impact of their work. She specialises in working with real people’s stories, helping organisations to plan and create films that deliver their messages in a compelling and human way. Magneto works with many leading charities such as Age UK and Mind, they now also work with health organisations like NHS England and with the education sector and tech companies.


Gaby Jeffs, Magneto Films


The Immersive Technology Panel                                                              

Nottingham Contemporary

The Importance of VR to the Creative Industries – Including Audience Q & A
Jeremy Dalton VRARA, Catherine Allen VR Producer
Hosted by Carrie Wootten Immerse UK

Carrie is one of the team leading on the KTN’S cross sector network for immersive technologies, Immerse UK, as well as supporting businesses and academia in the wider creative and digital sectors.

Carrie has worked extensively across the digital media, film, design and arts landscape, developing and delivering new business strategies in order to generate income, as well as attracting high profile partnerships for educational institutions such as Ravensbourne, where she spent 7 years within a senior management role. Her clients have ranged from Mozilla and the BFI through to Barclays, Oglivy and the Cannes film festival. She has produced several high-profile industry related events, led on multiple European programmes for SME’s, as well as managed CPD training initiatives and specific client led projects.

Carrie Wooten, Immerse UK



The NIM Awards Ceremony

The Nottingham Contemporary 

Andy Johnson

Hosted by media legend Andy Johnson, we are delighted to invite you to the Nottingham Contemporary, where we will be announcing the award winning films for the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival 2018! Awards will be presented to the winners in over 17 categories celebrating short film success from comedy to content and drama to dialogue in a glittering ceremony.

 Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are now available.

Would You Like To Present An Award?




Saturday 10 March 2018



The NIM Festival Breakfast in Hollywood                                                  

The Mercure Hotel, Nottingham

Zaff Malik, Introduced by Alex Doherty, Hold That Shot

Zaff is a well known film/tv actor that’s worked in Hollywood, most recently on the big screen biblical tale of David and Goliath. How did he prepare for the role of a hardened commander of the Philistine army? Want to get a glimpse into what it’s really like for people in the film industry at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival? What did Zaff get up to with an A-list British Actress, a well known musician and the lavish yacht parties? What kind of hobbies do actors indulge in, any similarities to what we do?

Zaff Malik, Actor


Music Composition for Film & VR – No Budget? No Problem.

The Mercure Hotel, Nottingham    

Markus Kambeck, Introduced by Faith Blakemore, Nottingham City Council

Director, kambeckfilm GmbH and Founder of the MEKA Network, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Trained originally in sound engineering, Markus has always had a passion for, and belief in, the power of the screen industries to be able to impact and affect change. He developed quickly from working with sound into developing visual content, setting up his own film production company, kambeckfilm GmbH, in 2006. Now established as a successful production company in Karlsruhe, Germany, kambeckfilm has grown from strength to strength working with high profile companies such as Agilent Technologies, BASF, BOSCH, Daimler, Deutsche Bundesbank, L´Oreal, Zeiss and many more.

Markus is passionate about the value of creativity within content creation and always works to engage with innovation, whether technically or through concepts, to ensure his clients can be as successful with the reach of their films, and company brand, as possible.  This passion also led to Markus founding the MEKA network association in 2008 in order to connect the media and creative industries in and around Karlsruhe, enabling the individual organisations to develop both personal skills and business connections. MEKA has been very successful in allowing its members to engage with global developments in creativity as well as providing a collaborative cooperative for both inspiration and business resource purposes.



Markus Kambeck – Kambeckfilm


Audio Post-Production for Film and TV

The Mercure Hotel Nottingham

Rick Smith, Rick Smith Audio 

An overview of audio post-production for film, looking at the technical and creative aspects of dialogue, sound design and dubbing. Also factors to consider during production that will help avoid problems and make life much easier in post.

Rick has worked in audio post for nearly 10 years on film, TV and documentaries including This Is England 86 and 88 (dir. Shane Meadows), Tyrannosaur (dir. Paddy Considine), I Believe in Miracles (dir. Jonny Owen) and NG83: When We Were B boys (dir. Sam Derby-Cooper and Claude Knight)

Rick Smith, Audio Producer

 14:30- 15:30

Random Acts

The Mercure Hotel, Nottingham

Grant Black, Rural Media Creative Director

Starting life in 2012 as a late-night shorts strand on Channel 4, Random Acts has grown into a platform-straddling hive of creativity and new commissions.

Produced by Rural Media, who have been working across the Midlands, ‘First Acts’ has been a collaboration between Arts Council England and Channel 4. The 3 min films are ‘bold expressions of creativity’ and all are engaging, experimental & beautiful.

At this one off screening you can enjoy a selection of films, learn how Rural Media has been supporting young artists and filmmakers and find out how you can get involved in the future.



The One Minute Film Competition                                                            

Briefing at the Mercure Hotel, Nottingham

Two Hours, One City, One Festival, One Minute

Delegates at the NIM Festival are invited to enter a new addition to the programme for 2018 and create a one-minute film which captures the spirit of the programme and the City. Entries must be emailed to no later than 5.45 and the top three entries will not only be used in promotion for next year’s event, but the winners will also receive VIP passes to NIM Festival 2019.

  • 100% of the film must be shot using a mobile device, (e.g. iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia, HTC, GoPro, etc.) to be eligible
  • At least two separate segments of the film must include a three second short of any of Nottingham’s iconic landmarks (The Council House, Market Square, Nottingham Castle etc)
  • There is a one-minute time requirement for this film, excluding any titles and credits which must not exceed 10 seconds collectively
  • No excessive nudity or excessive profanity will be allowed
  • You cannot use copy written material unless you have a written permission to do so
  • You can use any software to edit video and audio, colour correction or special effects
  • You can use external microphone, wide angle lens, lighting, tripod, etc
  • Films received after the deadline will not be considered or reviewed
  • Remember, this is a reflection of you, your work and the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival
  • The winners will be announced Online on Sunday 11 March 2018


 19.30  Festival Closing Party



Welcome to Nottingham

The Nottingham International Microfilm Festival is one of the main highlights of the Nottingham Media Festival so there is a lot to enjoy in the City, taking place at the same time. If you are looking to advance your career in either Microfilm or VR, then Nottingham Jobs are running a series of career clinics, and for Students there are a series of informal events with Creative Heroes from various disciplines as part of the SLICE Programme.

The Fresh Creative Awards will be celebrating the Best of British, in Advertising, Design, Media, Experiential and Live Theatre and the VR Expo & Awards are running an exhibition, plenary panel sessions and a series of Jump Start Workshops for those looking to integrate VR into their business models.

The International Drone Awards are also taking place looking at the use of drones outside of gaming and just for a little fun is a Lego Legends competition inviting enthusiast to display their work in and around the Lace Market, which is home to the Festival.


Welcome to Nottingham.

  • Nottingham City Council
    Nottingham City Council
  • Robin Hood Statue
    Robin Hood Statue
  • Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
  • Old Market Square
    Old Market Square
  • St Peter's Church, Nottingham
    St Peter's Church, Nottingham
  • Rock City
    Rock City
  • Wollaton Hall and Park
    Wollaton Hall and Park
  • Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
  • Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery