Events Programme

Mike Leigh
50 Years of Filmmaking

Saturday 21 January 2023
3pm | Sold Out

Palme d’Or recipient Mike Leigh will discuss his 50 years in filmmaking including his array of critically acclaimed work, his experience across five decades in the industry, and his approach to bringing stories about ordinary working class people to life on screen.

The Oscar nominated writer-director of ‘Secrets & Lies’, ‘Happy Go Lucky’ & ‘Mr Turner’ Mike Leigh will talk about his critically acclaimed work and take questions from the audience. His distinctive blend of comedy and tragedy revolving around lives of ordinary working class people has made him one of Britain’s most loved filmmakers.

Chris Overton & Caroline Bartleet
Making an Award Winning Short Film

Saturday 12 November 2022
11am | Standard £6 | Book 3 Masterclasses for £15

Academy Award winning producer & director Chris Overton and BAFTA award winning writer & director Caroline Bartleet will talk about how to create an award winning short film.

Chris Overton began his career as an actor working with directors such as Joel Schumacher, Matthew Warchus, and Roman Polanski. His directorial debut ‘The Silent Child’ received the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short, as well as over 50 other international awards. The Huawei Story Sign Christmas campaign directed by Chris won seven Lions at Cannes (including 4 gold), eight One Show awards, three D&ADs, and a Grand Prix at Eurobest.

Caroline Bartleet trained and worked as an actor before completing an MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School. Her short film ‘Operator’ won the BAFTA for Best Short Film in 2016. Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide. As a writer, Caroline has various film and television projects in development. Her adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel ‘The Fear Index’ with Paul Andrew Williams for Left Bank Pictures/Sky Atlantic broadcast earlier this year.

Deborah Moggach
The Art of Storytelling

Saturday 12 November 2022
1pm | Standard £6 | Book 3 Masterclasses for £15​

Best-selling author and BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Deborah Moggach OBE FRSL will be speaking about her career, adapting her own work for film and TV, adapting ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Diary of Ann Frank’ for the screen and having her own work adapted such as ‘These Foolish Things’ which made into ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.


Deborah has written 20 novels several of which have been adapted for TV, including ‘Seesaw’, ‘Stolen’ and ‘Final Demand’. She has adapted multiple books for the screen including Nancy Mitford’s ‘Love in a Cold Climate’, Anne Fine’s ‘Goggle-Eyes’ for which she won the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ for the BBC, and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for which she was nominated for a BAFTA. She co-wrote the screenplay of her novel ‘Tulip Fever’ featuring Alicia Vikander and Judi Dench and her novel ‘These Foolish Things’ was made into the hit film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.


This event is supported by Essex Book Festival and Red Lion Books.

Anthony Fabian
Making Your First Feature

Saturday 12 November 2022
6pm | Standard £6 | Book 3 Masterclasses for £15​

Award winning producer and director of ‘Mrs Harris Goes to Paris’ Anthony Fabian will discuss and take questions on making your first feature film. Anthony has made feature films in the UK, the US and South Africa and his first feature ‘Skin’ won numerous awards.


Anthony Fabian has produced and directed feature films, documentaries, commercials and shorts. His debut feature ‘Skin’ won 22 international awards, he latest feature ‘Mrs Harris Goes to Paris’ has recently been in cinemas and he has worked on ‘GoldenEye’, ‘Restoration’ and ‘Hilary and Jackie’. Anthony will give his insights into getting a first feature film off of the ground from his varied experience working on feature films around the world.

Essex Film Collective
Networking and Drinks

Saturday 12 November 2022
7:30pm | Free (but booking is essential)

To close Colchester Film Festival 2022, Essex Film Collective is running a relaxed networking and drinks event. It’s a great chance to meet like-minded people from the region, chat with some of the festival’s guest speakers and enjoy a complimentary drink from Tiptree Jam.


ESSEX FILM COLLECTIVE is a community of talented, reliable professionals who work across all areas of the film & TV industry that are based in Essex. They provide support and opportunities for filmmakers in Essex and help people to connect within the county. ESSEX FILM COLLECTIVE aims to help grow Essex’s reputation as a thriving hub for independent film & TV.

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