Get Your Film Seen (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
with Andy Heathcote & Heike Batchelier (English Workshop)
Andy Heathcote and Heike Batchelier have turned their back on traditional ways to fund and distribute films. Their latest self financed film "The Moo Man" premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and then for Best Documentary at the BIFAs. Despita receiving offers from the UK distributors, Heike and Andy decided to release the film themselves. They used crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise the budget. "The Moo Man" played 100 UK cinemas, and was the first ever film to be distributed in the UK using crowdfunding. Andy and Heike also handled the DVD & VOD release. In this workshop they will share their experience and discuss alternative ways of making the films you have a burning passion to make and then how to get it in front of the right audience.
Heike Bachelier studied philosophy and worked as a live television director before working as a producer in a German film production company. She trained in international producing and script writting. She then turned to directing, making films with partner Andy Heathcote under their own company Trufflepig Films. First "The Lost World of Mr. Hardy" in 2008, and next "The Moo Man". Heike's German debut feature film "Feindberuhrung" (Enemy Engagement) won the Prix Europa 2011 for best feature documentary. in 2012 her first book "Ein ganz normaler Feind" was published in Germany by Droemer.
Andy Heatcote is an independed filmmaker based in Southern England. He initially studied photography, before completing an MA in Film Direction studying at both the UK's Northern Film School and the Polish National Film School. Andy has also made several award winning shorts, among them "English Goodbye" and "Sound Like Sunlight" which both played many film festivals around the world.