Behind the Film Industry Conference 7/7/2015 @ University of Westminster


Programmed especially for teachers and lecturers of film and media, the Film Industry Conference offers an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ audience with the people who bring you the biggest blockbusters and the best specialised cinema from around the world.

This year’s conference offered a highly relevant CPD opportunity to both new and returning delegates.

All delegates received up-to-date materials from the sessions that can be taken straight back to the classroom.

The day was broken down into three sessions:

Session 1.

Production case studies – two presentations, one looking at the production process of the blockbuster ‘Mad Max – Fury Road’ with producer Iain Smith, and one on the more specialised British film ‘Suffragette’ with Faye Ward.

Session 2.

The art of distribution – again, looking at ‘Suffragette’, Chris Besseling, Director of Marketing at Pathé UK showed, among other things, how they define the potential audience for a film, develop an advertising campaign as well as other promotions around a film.

Mark Batey, Chief Executive of the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) provided the introduction to the session. The FDA celebrates its centenary in 2015.

Session 3.

The future of cinema

Is cinema dying? How do audiences currently consume film and what does the future hold? A panel of industry experts discussed what the future held for film and the ways in which they saw film being consumed in the future.

Amongst the speakers were senior executives from Curzon Cinemas who joined us to discuss their innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities facing cinema operators whilst Geraldine Moloney, a long serving consultant to the film industry, provided an overview of the changing content protection landscape.

Keynote address by Karen Krizanovich to close Behind the Film Industry Conference.

Karen is a journalist, writer, researcher and broadcaster with credits on Stratton (in production), Patient Zero (2015), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Gravity (2013), among others.


Date: Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Venue: University of Westminster

309 Regent Street



Time: 0930 to 1630

Teacher comments on previous conferences:

“It’s a rare treat to have leading figures from key roles in the actual industry… It’s incredibly useful to have up-to-date case studies from industry specialists.”

“Very articulate, informative & entertaining speakers who communicated detailed personal accounts of their individual experiences that gave valuable insight into each aspect of the industry.”

“Lots of relevant information, appropriate case studies, and relevant examples for students.”