Workshops 2024

At ÉCU 2024 we will be hosting two workshops, one each day of the weekend session of the festival.
Check out some more info about them below:

Saturday, April 20th

11:30 – 12:15 WORKSHOP: “Trends in the distribution of Independent films”, held by Gareth Jones

During this workshop, Gareth will teach you how to deal with agents and to sell independent movies on the international market. Gareth has been involved in the financing, sales and distribution of feature films for over thirty five years.

He has financed, sold international rights and/or distributed more than one hundred and twenty independent feature films including WITHNAIL AND I, MONA LISA, PSYCH 9, SECRETARY, MUM’S LIST, LOVE SARAH, DAMASCUS COVER LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and BOILING POINT.

Over more than twenty years, Gareth has established his own film consultancy and UK cinema distribution business RRB Films Limited. He works with producers and filmmakers as an executive producer and international sales adviser to arrange finance, presales and UK and international sales on feature films. He has worked with dozens of producers and film executives as clients through his business.

Some of the films Gareth has financed, sold, and distributed include ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Lock, stock and two smoking barrels’, ‘Psych 9’, ‘4321’ and, most recently, ‘Mum’s list’ starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox.

Sunday, April 21st

12:00 – 12:45 WORKSHOP: “Sync Licensing for Filmmakers”, held by Steph Rushton and Chicago Mike Beck

Navigating the process of sync licensing music for your film can be a daunting and confusing process — Selecting and sourcing music, identifying and communicating with relevant rights holders, executing licenses, step-deals, temp tracks, budgeting, syncs vs masters, sample clearance, DIY vs working with music supervisors — These are just some of the challenges inherent in the process.

“Sync Licensing for Filmmakers”: This workshop will give a solid foundation and introductory overview to the process of finding and licensing music for your next film. Extensive resources and reference materials will be provided.

This workshop will be presented by Steph Rushton CPA, Music Supervisor / Director of Europe & A&R for Seven Seas Music & The Rights Workshop and “Chicago” Mike Beck, Founder and Executive Director for Access Film Music LLC.