Hotel Palácio Estoril

29 Abril | 9h30 – 17h


The main goal of this seminar is to promote the acquisition of knowledge on the process of funding and produce at an international scale. The seminar will focus on the new challenges and opportunities in the development of filmic content. Both Private and Public funding schemes will be discussed. Upon completion participants will be able to: identify and describe the main stages of a large international film production; the main actors along the value chain and their role; main means for funding; P&L structure for a large scale feature; basic financial mechanisms; core KPI producers should focus on; main characteristics and trends in the market.

The structure of the event will be:

  • Morning session

    Concepts and state-of-the-art
  • Afternoon

    Case studies. Successful or unsuccessful stories.


Gillian co-founded Sigma Films in 1996 with director David Mackenzie. Together they made several award winning shorts before embarking on their features; Last Great Wilderness, Hallam Foe, You Instead (aka Tonight You’re Mine), Perfect Sense, Starred Up and Outlaw King. Gillian’s most recent production – period epic Outlaw King – was the biggest ever feature film in history to shoot entirely in Scotland. Over the years Gillian also co-produced Wilbur (wants to kill himself), Dogville, Manderlay, Brothers, Dear Wendy, Red Road, Donkeys & After The Wedding with Denmark’s Zentropa, and co-produced Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. During Gillian’s early career she worked as Casting Director with Ken Loach on My Name is Joe and Lynne Ramsay on Ratcatcher. Sigma’s films regularly premiere at A List festivals and have received over 150 awards internationally, including the Prix de Jury in Cannes for Red Road, and the Silver Bear in Berlin for Hallam Foe as well as numerous BIFA and BAFTA nominations and awards. At the Scottish BAFTA New Talent Awards in 2002 Gillian won the BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement. In order to create a vibrant hub for the film community in Scotland, Gillian founded the production and post-production facility Film City Glasgow in 2004. In 2012 she founded Jumpcut, the Uk’s one and only, intensive, mentor-led summer school to provide a fast-track for youngsters into working in the film industry. In 2014 Gillian received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of West of Scotland for her contribution to film, culture and the arts.


  • 5 wins & 2 nominations
  • 2014 BAFTA Awards, Scotland Won, BAFTA Scotland Award Feature Film for Starred Up (2013) Sigma Films, 20th Century Fox, Film4
  • 2011 BAFTA Awards, Scotland Nominated, BAFTA Scotland Award Best Feature Film for Perfect Sense (2011)
  • 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival Won, Best New British Feature for Perfect Sense (2011)
  • 2007 Dinard British Film Festival Won, Golden Hitchcock for Hallam Foe (2007)
  • 2002 BAFTA Awards, Scotland Won, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 1997 BAFTA Awards, Scotland Nominated, BAFTA Scotland Award Best Short Film for California Sunshine (1997)


Executive Director, Screen Scotland
Creative Scotland

Areas of responsibility

Isabel leads Screen Scotland and, with its team and partnership agencies, will deliver the ambition and outcomes set out in the Collaborative Screen Proposal. To drive growth, Isabel will negotiate major new Screen sector deals and partnerships, in Scotland, across the UK, and internationally. Isabel will lead on the Screen Scotland’s relationship with Scotland’s Screen industry and the international Screen industry. The role will also deputise for the Chief Executive on key stakeholder relationships relating to Screen, particularly with

Background and experience

Isabel has been the BFI’s Head of International since 2011. In a role combining editorial, production and policy expertise, Isabel delivered the BFI’s international strategy. Drawing together industry, public and government stakeholders to identify the UK screen industries’ key sectors and territories, she has led the design and delivery of a package of initiatives and funding to help achieve success on the international stage. _As a Production executive / Executive Producer on several high profile UK co-productions, Isabel has credits on films including Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War which premiered at Cannes 2018 in Official Selection, winning Best Director; Haifaa Al Mansour’s Mary Shelley which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and is also playing in this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF); Yorgos Lanthimos’s Oscar® nominated The Lobster which premiered in Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2015; and the forthcoming films from Claire Denis and Victor Kossakovsky. _She also backed the development of films from Scottish talent including David Mackenzie and Rona Munro. Isabel negotiated the film co-production treaty between the UK and China, which was ratified in 2016, and contributed to the negotiation of the UK’s TV co-production treaty with China, ratified in 2017. She also negotiated the audiovisual co-production treaty between the UK and Brazil, ratified in 2017. Isabel spearheaded a programme of film business development with China, leading a number of high-level delegations to broker political, business and creative relationships between the UK and China.


Master and bachelor students in the areas of film and media enrolled in Portuguese HEI members of FECA

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