City Eye Film Network
City Eye's Monthly Networking event for anyone working in or interested in Film!
The City Eye Film Network meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
Join local creatives and industry professionals for informal networking; the chance to meet and discuss your projects, careers and development, and to find out what resources and support there is for you - at City Eye and other agencies, and from each other. Additionally, each month we invite a different guest speaker to share their knowledge and experience and join in the conversation.
Here’s a brief glimpse as to what you can expect from the City Eye Film Network:
City Eye is grateful to acknowledge the support of Camera Crate, helping us to ensure that the Film Network is accessible to all.
November Film Network
Date: Tuesday 12/12/2023
Location: City Eye, Studio 144, 142 - 144 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU
If you have thoughts or ideas for particular topics or insights that we might offer at these events in the coming months, or have any other feedback on what we've offered so far, please let us know by filling out our feedback form.
Future dates for City Eye Film Network:
12 December 2023
9th January 2024
13th February 2024
12th March 2024
Upcoming Network Meetings
12 December 2023
Wow! What a year it's been. It feels like only yesterday that we enjoyed our first festive Network and here we are again, the perfect place for filmmakers from across the Solent region to connect and reflect on 2023. There will be no speaker at this event but there will be plenty of fun and lots of mince pies! Our regular programme of speed-networking and speakers will return 9 January 2024.
9 January 2024
Join us for the launch of The DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge. Guest speaker Dr. Roy Hanney will introduce the 19th edition of the challenge and we’re buzzing with excitement. Mark your calendars because from 5pm on the 1st of March to 5pm on the 3rd, it’s going to be a whirlwind of creativity, passion, and pure cinematic magic.
13 February 2024
Speed Networking! It's back and by popular demand! This year, February's Network falls just before Valentine's Day, so it's time to make an impression at a film networking event that takes 100% of its inspiration from speed dating. The concept is the same. Attendees should come dressed to impressed, business cards to hand, and boldly sell themselves to one another in just 5 minutes!
12 March 2024
This edition of the Network will involve a trip to Southampton Solent University for a special viewing of their new Virtual Production Studio. An innovative step forward into a whole new strand of filmmaking technique which marries game-engine technology and design with film production. Guest speaker TBD.
Previous Network Meetings
November's Network took place on Monday 13th at MAST: Mayflower Studios as a prelude to SFW: Shorts Screening & Awards Ceremony. Filmmakers from the region were abound to watch their shortlisted films on the big screen. Congratulations to 'The Deal' filmmakers Edward Palmer & Tim Scott (pictured) who picked up not just one but three awards! The Michael Fuller Award for Best Film, Best Fiction & The Regional Filmmaker Award Sponsored by Solent University.
In October, Zoë Viney, Curator of Film at Wessex Film & Sound Archive in Winchester, spoke to the network about archive film and how it can be accessed for research and utilised for film production purposes. Zoë is also a Postgraduate Research Student in Film at University of Southampton and her work seeks to explore gender and class in the amateur film collection of WFSA between the years of 1920-1950. At last year's Southampton Film Week, Zoë presented 'Gateway to the Archive' alongside a selection of women amateur filmmakers work from across the wider region.
September's meeting was a less formal occasion than usual, giving more time for the region's talented filmmakers to make valuable connections and take their careers to the next level. City Eye highlighted their recent activity and how attendees can benefit, including the upcoming BFI Academy Short Course 2023, as well as Southampton Film Week and its short film competition, SFW: Shorts.
Read more about BFI Academy and how to apply here.
August’s Network featured a talk from Vickey Isley and Paul Smith of Boredom Research, a duo of artists who have been collaborating with world-leading science institutions since 2014, creating award-winning artwork, including projects exploring: natural systems, biodiversity, environmental conservation, and human and animal diseases. Their most recent film, Call of the Silent Cell, was entered into SFW: Shorts 2022 and walked away with three awards: Best Artist Film, Regional Filmmaker Award and the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film.
On 11 July, regular network attendee and filmmaker, Evan Preston of Presto Films delivered a talk about his move into professional filmmaking. His experience on the Film Festival circuit, including a recent trip to Cannes, as well as his latest short 'Suong' which premiered in London on June 24 at the Curzon Cinema.
On 13 June, City Eye Film Network kicked off its second year with a screening of short film, 'Frequency' which won Best Film at Solent University's Film & Media awards. This will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A. Associate Professor and Head of the Southampton Film & Television School, Darren Kerr was also present to lead the Q&A and talk about the launch of 2023's SFW: Shorts, as well as its Regional Filmmaker award.
On May 9, we welcomed Writer & Director Chris Reading. Chris explored the process of concepting for two of his films. ALIEN: Containment, developed for the 40th Anniversary of the Alien franchise and The Unreason, his next feature, which is currently in post-production. Attendees got to see CAD drawings and concept art, learning just how integral previsualisation is to high-concept filmmaking.
April's session fell just after Easter, and was a lovely and relaxed evening of casual networking and sharing of projects. Great to see lots of new faces, and thanks to everyone for braving the April showers to make it out!
In March's fully booked meeting of the Network, we were joined by filmmaker and Network member Johan Nayar, who shared the sizzle for his in-progress documentary The Banjo Boys and provided valuable insight into the filmmaking process.
February's Network fell on Valentine's Day, and what better day to make connections with like-minded souls with some Speed Networking! Attendees chatted to each other in 3 minute sessions before moving on to the next person, although some conversations certainly over-ran! We're looking forward to seeing the partnerships and collaborations that come from the matchmaking.
The first Network of 2023 took place on 10 January with our best attendance yet - a great omen for the new year! Roy Hanney, Mission Co-ordinator for DV Mission 48 Hour Challenge launched this year's competition, which will take place from
3 to 5 March with the Premiere Night on 11 March.
The last meeting of 2022 was a lovely evening of festive cheer, networking and mince pies! And of course, the evening was followed by the fabulous Mettflicks screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
November was a relaxed and less formal occasion than normal to allow our attendees a chance to catch up and share what they've been working on, in the run up to Southampton Film Week. It was lovely to see everyone chatting away and sharing their projects.
In October, we were joined by Dr Roy Hanney, Associate Professor and Course Leader of Media Production at Solent University. After the successful series of Get Networked film industry meetings in the spring of this year, Dr Hanney reported back with findings from the research he has been doing and answered questions on how to push forward a development strategy for film & HETV production and distribution in the Solent region.
September's Film Network welcomed writer and director Caroline Sax. Caroline has worked as Script Supervisor on over 40 films with some of the industry's most diverse and celebrated directors and actors. Her short film The Fishmonger's Daughter debuted at The Sundance Film Festival and she has three screenplays out for consideration.
August's meeting of the City Eye Film Network was a lovely evening, we were joined by musicians DiElle and Chris Wood as our guest speakers. They told fascinating stories of their work composing for all sorts of films, and their work creating a score for the upcoming documentary Instinctive: An Archer’s Journey.
July's event, following the successful re-launch of the City Eye Film Network in June, brought together filmmakers, artists and the curious once again! This included a word from our sponsor and CEO of Camera Crate, Ben Grace, who detailed his recent experience in crafting a 12 minute short film with only 24 minutes of end-of-line film stock available.
The re-launched City Eye Film Network got off to a fine start in June with over 35 filmmakers, writers, actors, animators and digital creators joining us to share thoughts, ideas, challenges and success.