It’s been a stormy six months for the whole industry, but especially so for independent producers, whose livelihoods can feel precarious at the best of times. As we tentatively emerge from the Covid-19 production hiatus and the industry starts to regain its footing, this panel explores some of the challenges and opportunities facing independent producers at this moment in time and the various strategies they’re putting in place to weather these strange storms.

Ameenah Ayub Allen – producer, Rocks; co-producer, Ali & Ava
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – producer, Ammonite, Lady Macbeth
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor – producer, Blue Story
Elhum Shakerifar – producer, A Syrian Love Story, Even When I Fall, Ayouni
Helen Simmons – producer, Chubby Funny, Say Your Prayers, and co-founder Producers Roundtable
Matthew Wilkinson – producer, Yesterday, Days of the Bagnold Summer

Moderated by Tom Grater, International Film Reporter, Deadline

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