2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Future 15s: Content

New to the Film Conference this year, Future 15s are short, intense salvos with each speaker delivering a 15-minute solo performance before being immediately replaced by the following speaker. Come hear Charlie Phillips, Emily Best, and Keith Leopard give their thoughts on the future of content consumption.

Key Elements For Your Film's Exploitation by Keith Leopard
With all the films that are being distributed, it is more important now that you elevate your film to stand above the crowded landscape by creating outstanding artwork, trailers, synopsis and marketing.

Film. Food. Drugs. Consume Better. by Emily Best
Food. Movies. Drugs. Conscious consumption, "fair trade" and transparency have been for the hippies and elite. Derided by capitalists everywhere. We'll talk about how conscious consumption might change the film landscape AND be better for the consumer. You'll have to show up to find out how drugs factor in to this whole picture.

Films that Don’t Change the World by Charlie Phillips
The spectre of 'making a difference' looms large over documentary filmmakers, but what if your film doesn’t seek to change the world? And why do fiction filmmakers get excused the ‘impact’ pressure? Let’s celebrates films that do nothing.



Charlie Phillips

Deputy Dir

Sheffield International Doc Fest

Charlie Phillips is the Marketplace Director for Sheffield Doc/Fest, co-ordinating the MeetMarket, a unique opportunity for filmmakers and digital media producers to present their most innovative and passionate ideas to commissioners, buyers, funders and distributors. He also runs all other marketplace activities at Sheffield Doc/Fest, including public pitches, industry meetings, matchmaking and mentoring sessions, and year-round workshops. Before that, he was the Editor of FourDocs, Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning online documentary channel, and he continues to bring an interactive and cross-platform perspective to Sheffield’s marketplace activities.


Emily Best

Founder & CEO


Emily Best founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. Seed&Spark combines crowdfunding and distribution in one platform for a seamless filmmaker and audience experience. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature with a remarkable group of women. The spirit, the community and the challenges of that project, Like the Water, inspired Seed&Spark. Since then, she has toured festivals and conferences talking about social capital, was named one of Indiewire's Influencers, and recently launched Bright Ideas magazine. Before producing Like the Water, Emily produced theater, worked as a vision and values strategy consultant for Best Partners, ran restaurants, studied jazz singing at the Taller de Musics, and tour guided and cooked in Barcelona.


Keith Leopard


Uncork'd Entertainment

Uncork'd Entertainment is led by an industry veteran with over 23 years of experience in purchasing, acquisitions, merchandising, marketing and analysis of major studio and independent suppliers to the home entertainment market.

Uncork'd Entertainment acquires motion pictures, distributes film for various content partners and consults on digital and Home Entertainment strategies.

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