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The Author

I love playing with my toys. My whole working career (over 30 years) has been forged around my hobbies. From scriptwriting, filmmaking, event organizing & project management, they are as much pleasure as they are work. Training as an actor has been a significant help with public speaking, moderating and presenting. Since becoming a Director at Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest in 2017, film making and film festivals are at the heart of my working life. I have participated in many workshops, panels and discussions on the subject. All of which have had a significant impact on bringing this book to life.

I have no idea how many festivals I’ve submitted to over the years, and the amount spent on them runs into thousands of dollars. The numbers of laurels I have pasted on my wall are many. For me, there is an excitement in submitting to film festivals, then being accepted and going on to win is the icing on the cake.

The main thing I have learned by being a festival director is “WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW WILL HURT YOU!” The knowledge I have gained through being a festival curator has increased my submissions success rate from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3. My last feature script was submitted to 8 specifically targeted festivals. The results of using my strategy meant that my script was accepted at six and won four awards, one semi-finalist and one nomination. 


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