With case studies from script to screen, this in depth panel will get down and dirty about the often bumpy ride that it takes to realize your dream of getting your film made.  From the spark of an idea, to typing the words FADE IN, to your world premiere at a major festival, filmmakers share stories from the trenches on how they navigated the obstacles, faced the challenges, compromised when they had to, and ultimately beat the odds.  Are you ready for the true story?  This is a panel for anyone who has made a film (or dreams of making a film) or anyone who just wants to know the real deal.


Lenny Abrahamson, Director, Frank
Ryan Coogler, Director/Screenwriter, Fruitvale Station
Jon Ronson, Screenwriter, Frank
Marjane Satrapi, Director, The Voices

Moderated by John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival

Presented in association with BFI NET.WORK


Check out pannelist Jon Ronson’s book: Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band.