XpoNorth Festival Programme 2015

Day 1 Wednesday 10th June 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm
Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls

One-to-One's

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls
Speakers: Various

Do you want to get some advice and tips from the professionals? Run a script, idea or project past them? Have some questions about certain aspects of the industry? This is your chance to book a one-to-one slot with a number of our professionals visiting the festival.

  • Giles Perring (Composer/Producer) & Christian Ulf-Hansen (XA Music)
  • Sheena MacDonald and Caroline Sewell, Musicians’ Union
  • Joshua Rabinowitz, EVP Director of Music, Grey Worldwide
  • Duncan McCrone, Senior Manager, MCPS
  • Gail Gyi, Artist Management Agent
  • Cordy Swope, Partner, Studiomem
  • Professor Norman McNally, Design Education Developer
  • Benedict Davies, Staff User Experience Designer, Google
  • Anja Klüver, Service Experience Director and MD, Prospect
  • Don McIntyre, Programme Director, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Take advantage of them being here in Inverness for XpoNorth 2015.

Further information, how to register for one-to-one and book a slot.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Blackfriars

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Blackfriars
Speakers: Richard Melvin, Al Lorraine, Sean Kerwin, Julia Sutherland (All Dabster Productions)

XpoNorth Live! is a two week radio production training course delivered by XpoNorth partners Dabster Productions in association with Blackfriars, Creative Loop and Visual Impact, culminating in three days of live radio broadcasting from the festival. You can listen to interviews, chat and acoustic session from showcasing artists. Head on down to Blackfriars on Academy Street where you can watch the recordings and enjoy the live performances.

QR code for XpoNorth Live! broadcasting live from XpoNorth 2015

With trainees of varying experience, each aspect of radio production is addressed in the intensive course, now in its fourth year. Presenting, interviewing, editing, scheduling and programme production dominate the first half of the course before each trainee produces three live shows during the XpoNorth festival. The broadcast will be available through the XpoNorth website (coming soon) featuring live sessions and interviews plus updates on the trainees experience.

To listen from the 9th - 11th June you can scan the QR code seen here or on the festival leaflet or brochure. Visit the website for more information.  More content from the radio station will be uploaded here once it is up and running.

Richard Melvin

Richard Melvin, Director, Dabster Productions
Richard Melvin is the Director of Dabster Productions and leads from the front at work and play. Now nine years as an independent, the challenges are just as tough but on an ever increasing scale. Delivering training with an inspirational rather than aspirational mindset is at the core of Richard’s and therefore Dabster’s heart.

Sean Kerwin

Sean Kerwin, Sound Engineer
Sean Kerwin is an audio ninja, he has been producing music for over fifteen years and specialises in electronica for a range of outlets including commercial release, broadcasting and new media. For Dabster, he’s a production master, a recording specialist and our most experienced trainer, having taught sound production at Perth College, Abertay Uni and now Glasgow Kelvin College.

Al Lorraine

Al Lorraine, Radio Producer
Al Lorraine is a producer and the Training Course Manager at Dabster. He has delivered structured mentorship to through the chaos of the Edinburgh Festival to produce world class programming, he has designed training courses for arts funding bodies and support networks and produced pioneering public engagement sessions  in education. He is a presenter on XFM.

Julia Sutherland

Julia Sutherland, Producer
Julia Sutherland is a producer, performer and presenter who worked for over ten years at BBC Scotland. Now at Dabster she continues to pioneer new ground in radio production and our training projects. Julia is currently working on broadcast projects for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4 as well as presenting and writing for both television and radio.

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Screen Machine

Film Showcasing

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine
Speakers: Various Directors

Our open call this year has been its most successful to date with submissions coming from over 100 different countries. Check out the vast wealth of filmmaking talent at home and abroad. The full film showcasing schedule can be found here.

Read reviews of the films here.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue tbc

The Buzz Project Bus

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Venue tbc
Speakers: Simon Nicholls, Chris Adams

The bus will be situated on Church St, between Baron Taylor St and Union St.

The Buzz Project

The Buzz Project Bus is a recording studio on wheels.  We’ll be doing live sessions throughout the festival so come and listen in or try and lay some tracks!

Chris Adams
Musician, The Buzz Project

Chris is a professional musician and composer. who has worked in the music industry for many years and has taught music in secondary schools.  He has recorded and performed with some of the major rock bands in the UK.  Chris has an ability to bring out the best in people in a non-intimidating way and is passionate about creating positive change in young people.  

Simon Nicholls
Senior Youth Worker, The Buzz Project

Simon is a professional qualified youth and community worker with an immense amount of skills and experience. Simon is also a luthier (violin maker) and has made instruments for professional musicians  as well as recording and touring with the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra.  

10:00am – 5:00pm
Ambassador Suite

Hit The Ground Running

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Ambassador Suite
Speakers: Linda Fraser (Hit The Ground Running), Alison Goring (Bectu)

Devised and tutored by industry professionals, Hit The Ground Running focuses on entry level positions in drama production and specifically the role of the Runner. If you want to break into film and television drama but don't know how to get a foot in the door, this course provides a series of practical exercises, which will equip trainees with knowledge and experience to help them break into the industry.  It is very informal and a lot of fun too. 

This is a closed two day training course, which runs over Tuesday 9th June as well as Wednesday 10th June.

Attendance is full and was conducted through an application process.

Linda Fraser
Hit The Ground Running

Linda is the creator and trainer of Hit the Ground Running.  In 1997, Linda Produced the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award winning short, Swimming with the Tiger.  In the same year, she secured her first job as a runner on a film in Glasgow, and so began a successful career working mainly as a Production Co-ordinator on film and television dramas. 

Alison Goring
Drama Talent Manager, BECTU Vision

Alison Goring worked for many years as an assistant director in film & TV production before moving into training and development.  She oversees two training schemes for film & TV practitioners in Scotland which offer training at all levels from new entrants right through to producers.

 

10:30am – 12:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Net Profits! PRS and MCPS Royalties in the Online World

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Nick Edwards (PRS For Music)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: We Got Your Back (3 mins) Sweden

Get under the skin of the digital debate with an introduction to publishing and the role of PRS and MCPS.  This session will give you all you need to understand the world of the collection societies with a focus on digital licensing and what this means for music users and copyright owners.

Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards
Digital Licensing Manager, PRS for Music

Nick is responsible for licensing online music, film, TV and gaming services and has helped deliver a record £70 million in royalties to songwriters and composers in 2014.  Prior to this he worked for a number of years in commercial development and broadcast licensing for PRS.

10:30am – 12:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

How To Get Ahead In... Animation

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Cameron Fraser (Ko Lik Films), Ross Hogg (Freelance Director & Animator), Damien O'Connor (Brown Bag Films), Jonny Harris (Playdead), Joanna Dewar Gibb (Artem Ltd Scotland)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: KiaRex (3mins) United States

Interest in animation is at an all-time high with audiences hungry for new content across various platforms, while new animation talent continues to appear at film festivals and online.  Scottish animators and directors have had particular success in recent years at festivals throughout the world and with a series of BAFTA wins and nominations, but does that always translate into making a living within the screen industries?  A panel of contemporary animation talents working at various levels across a range of platforms in the UK and beyond discuss their work and give advice to any budding animators.

Ross Hogg

Ross Hogg
Freelance Director & Animator

Ross Hogg graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 with first class honours.  He creates dexterous, hand-crafted animation using a variety of materials, celebrating its vibrancy and physicality. His films have screened at international film festivals, receiving BAFTA Scotland nominations and winning the BAFTA Scotland New Talent and Celtic Media Festival Awards.

Damien O'Connor

Damien O'Connor
Writer/Director, Brown Bag Films

Damien O’Connor is the writer/director of four award winning Irish Film Board funded shorts - Mutt, Ledog, Dick Terrapin and After You. Classically trained as a 2D animator, he has also worked as documentary producer and live broadcast director.  Damien currently works at Brown Bag Films as an Episodic Director on Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior.

Cameron Fraser

Cameron Fraser
Writer & Producer, Ko Lik Films

Cameron Fraser is a BAFTA-winning animation writer and producer who has credits with broadcasters including BBC, Disney and ABC.  Following a Children's BAFTA nomination, he's recently produced another 20 x 5' episodes of OOglies for CBBC.  Last year, he produced Scottish BAFTA winning short film, Monkey Love Experiments, which went on to be nominated in the BAFTA Film Awards.  

Jonny Harris

Jonny Harris
Director & Co-Founder, Playdead

Jonny has been  working in motion design for over 10 years.  Playdead specialise in visualising and telling stories through graphics, animation and VFX, working throughout the UK and internationally.  Jonny's previous roles included Creative Director at Arias, based in The Sanctuary post-production house, and Head of Design at Richmond Studios, winning several awards for his work with Cirque Du Soleil. 

Joanna Dewar Gibb

Joanna Dewar Gibb
Business Manager, Artem Ltd (Scotland)

Joanna is Business Manager of Artem Ltd’s Scottish branch that she established in Glasgow in 2006.  Joanna is also a founding member of Screen Facilities Scotland, a new trade body that co-ordinates, promotes and lobbies on behalf of Scottish facilities and service companies.  

 

10:30am – 12:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Keynote On Content: Narrative And New Ways Of Storytelling

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Liz Rosenthal (Power To The Pixel), Euan Macdonald (CryWorks), James Marks (Screenage Renegede), Neil Cartwright (Million Media (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Fly With Me (2 mins) Singapore

Interactive storytelling is at the heart of how to engage with your audience from the outset.  We hear from our high level illustrious panel who are ground breaking in their approaches to innovative digital techniques in changing the way audiences experience storytelling.  Learn about the developments of virtual reality, interactive and participatory films, and how to strengthen your ability to engage with audiences, utilise technologies, interactivity and cross platform approaches to build your IP and media brand.   

Liz Rosenthal
Founder & CEO of Power to the Pixel

Power The Pixel is an organisation helping international film and media businesses adapt to stay relevant in an ever-evolving connected world.  PttP helps creators and businesses to create, finance and distribute stories that engage audiences across multiple platforms. Power to the Pixel’s services include advisory on projects and business strategy, project development labs, think tanks and international forums.

Euan Macdonald

Euan Macdonald
CEO and Founder, CryWorks

Euan has been at the forefront of Computer Generated Imagery for the past 25 years, in various pivotal roles in the Film, Visual FX and Games industries.   Euan helped design and build Disney’s ImageMovers Digital(IMD), Bob Zemeckis' performance capture studio, in the role of Supervising Technical Director, which created Disney’s A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. He has also held the title of Digital Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), George Lucas' visual effects company, supervising on a number of productions including Star Wars & Harry Potter films. 

James E Marks

James Edward Marks
ScreenageRenegade

Digital Arts & Social Video Maven @jamesemarks. An award-winning digital provocateur with 14 years of hands-on branded entertainment experience. Recent projects include Simon Boswell: PsychFi Live, #HackThePlanet VR, Ashens Movie, British Red Cross Social Video for Social Good, Harry Partridge - Elder Scrolls, Eddsworld: Legacy, Lee Hardcastle: Claysplotation, Raindance Web Festival, Sci-Fi London, Digital Shoreditch & DCUK.

Neil Cartwright

Neil Cartwright
Managing Director, Million Media

Neil Cartwright joined Sony Music in 1997 as their first ‘digital’ executive.  As Head of New Media at Sony Music UK he was responsible for negotiating the company’s first foray into digital downloads at a time when most people had never heard of an iPod.

Neil was named in The Observer's "Courvoisier Future 500" as one of the 500 people who will help shape the future of the UK. 

10:30am – 6:00pm
Various Venues

Conference Film Showcasing

Times: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Directors

With such a wide variety of films from all over the world that have come through our open submission process we wanted to get as much exposure as possible.  We have programmed a select few gems to screen before each conference session.  Don't be late, get comfortable and be transported for a few minutes...

Read the full programme of conference film screenings.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls

Trade And Showcasing Stands

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls
Speakers: Various

We have reps from all our partner trade associations and UK agencies.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer

Independent Sellers' Market

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer
Speakers: Various

Independent sellers set up stall.  Time for some shopping!

11:00am – 5:00pm
Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls

Gaming Playground

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls
Speakers: Various

The Scottish Games Network is the industry organisation for the video games and interactive sector in Scotland. Exclusively for goNORTH, SGN has brought together some of the most innovative game designers working in Scotland. Our ‘Playground’ gives you the opportunity to try out their creations; and feedback your thoughts.  For one day only!

Each of our Playground companies strives for excellence, innovation and to showcase Scotland as a hotbed for indie games.  They work commercially on the likes of Harry Potter and Medal of Honor to Play to Cure: Genes in Space with Cancer Research UK; creating responsive interactions, vivid visual and tight gameplay to deliver the best experience to users.

Beartrap Games
Beartrap Games is a dynamic team of award-winning developers who collectively have over 30 years of experience making great games. They have proudly worked on many award winning and bestselling titles. The primary mission at Beartrap Games is to ‘Bring Arcade Back!’  With the aim of introducing ‘the golden age of video games’ to the world of modern gaming platforms, they are focused on establishing themselves as a major arcade development studio. Ensuring quality remains at the forefront of the studio’s output, Beartrap Games promises to be a significant player in the arcade genre of the mobile & handheld gaming markets. In January 2015, this exciting studio released Sky Patrol onto the App Store. Featured at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show, this acclaimed ‘strategic shooter with a very modern twist’ is the first game from the ‘Patrol’ series!

Ludometrics
Ludometrics makes games, toys and playthings you might like. They like to make things for iPhones, PCs and consoles and have previously worked with The Comedy Unit and Cryptic to create apps, as well as creating their own games such as Dsmvwld for iPhone and Bodycheck for PS Vita.

Insert Imagination
After graduating with his Honours Degree in Computer Game Application Development from the University of Abertay, Dundee, and competing in Dare to be Digital 2014, Steven joined Tag Games as a Junior Programmer, as well as being Lead Programmer and Co-founder of Insert Imagination. Steven has worked on various platforms, from HTML5 web games, to arcade mobile games, to 3D puzzles game for  Sony Playstation Vita. Steven has a passion for alternative and indie games, and a keen interest in Games UI and applications of procedural content generation in game design and development.

Tom Knights, Freelance Game Writer
After spending several years as an in-house writer and designer at the Glasgow-based studio One Thumb Mobile, Tom has recently made the move into freelance work, and is currently working on a number of different game writing projects.

Team Junkfish
Team Junkfish is a games studio based in Dundee, Scotland which was founded in September 2013. They aim to show that Scotland can be a hotbed for indie games.

More to come...

12:00pm – 1:30pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Making Friends With Finance: European Co-Production Opportunities

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Snorri Thorisson (Pegasus Pictures), Ingo Bellacoola (Bellacoola Film Production), Anders Tangen (VIAFILM), Henrietta Norton (Independent), Beatrix Wood (Trix Pix (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Backward Run (3 mins) Turkey

This will be a straight-from-the-hip no-wool-over-the eyes inspiring discussion with independent film-makers from across Europe answering the elusive questions on making co-pros work:  how do you creatively access finance to make your films with integrity; how to be as imaginative with raising your finance as with your subject matter; how to mix and match co-production sources and make it work for your project; what happens if you have too little budget and want to be on the technology forefront; and how to use state of the art technologies to tell great stories for new markets.  To include hands-on examples and advice from innovative and experienced film-making talent.

Snorri Thorisson

Snorri Thorisson (Making Friends with Finance panel)
CEO, Pegasus Pictures, Iceland

Snorri Thorisson has been a leading name in the filmed entertainment industry in Iceland for over 30 years. He has filled most key industry positions including; Producer, Director of Photography, Writer, and Film Editor.  He is a member of The Icelandic Film Producer’s Association where he served as chairman for a number of years. www.pegasus.is

Ingo Bellacoola

Ingo Hamacher Bellacoola
Managing Director/Producer, Bellacoola Film Production, Germany

After studying Ingo started to direct and produce children's TV for WDR Cologne.  When the WWW came up he worked with different interactive media as a cross media specialist for advertising agencies and international corporations like Daimler.  Based on that experience he became New Media Consultant for the German Chancellor.  Using state of the art technologies for new markets and great stories is his ambition. www.bellacoola.de

Anders Tangen

Anders Tangen
Owner, CEO and Producer, VIAFILM, Norway

Anders is the producer of the TV series Lilyhammer and DAG and the theatrical features 5 Lies (2007), Fuck Up (2012) and The Immoral (2013).  He has also produced a string of short films and documentaries.  He has headed the Oslo-based film & TV production company ViaFilm for 10 years. www.viafilm.no

Henrietta Norton

Henrietta Norton
Independent Creative Producer and Documentary Artist

Henrietta co-founded the crowd-funding platform wedidthis.org.uk and keenly explores the role of audience and use of the crowd-funding model as a tool for the social and creative sectors to build sustainable business models, systems and networks.  She recently made the documentary 'Born and Reared', set in post-conflict Northern Ireland. 

Beatrix Wood

Beatrix Wood
Screenwriter & Film-Maker, Trix Pix

Beatrix sculpts narrative in fact and fiction, for film, broadcast and multi-media.  As Screenwriter and Co-Producer, she has created many award-winning feature and documentary films, including with Finnish directors Pekka Lehto and Paul Simma and "An Dotair Mor" for MG Alba.  She is currently working on "Coast Clear?" and "Greylag:Corn:Crofter".

12:00pm – 1:30pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

The Glasgow School Of Art Presents...Beyond The Logo

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Prof Norman McNally (Design Education Developer), Cordy Swope (Studiomem), Anja Klüver (Prospect), Ben Davies (Google), Don McIntyre (InDI and Creative Technologist (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: The Girl With And Her Tail (2 mins) Singapore

Research tells us that there is a link between design and better business performance*. 

Our panel of leading design figures discuss how design led innovation can make a difference to businesses, particularly those in remote and rural communities. The panel will also explore areas of opportunity for those pursuing careers in design. There’s never been a better opportunity for businesses to reach international audiences. While designers can help companies develop their brand, they can do so much more. 

 * Value of Design, Design Council 2007.

Cordy Swope

Cordy Swope
Partner, Studiomem

Cordy Swope is a designer, writer and educator. He is partner at Studiomem, an innovation consultancy in Munich, where he leads global innovation teams to help organisations grow. Clients: BASF, BMW, Eli Lilly, GE, Gaggenau, Orange, P&G, Mercedes, Novartis, Renault, Siemens, Telefonica and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Professor Norman McNally

Professor Norman McNally
Design Education Developer

Norman McNally's pioneering innovations at GSA, bringing together industrial design practices with engineering sciences, earned him the UK’s inaugural Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education.
He has taught widely In North America, Asia and throughout Europe and is an Associate of the Institute of Design Innovation at Glasgow School of Art.

Ben Davies

Benedict Davies
Staff User Experience Designer, Google

Benedict has worked at Google since 2007 and is currently design lead for the Cultural Institute. During his time at Google he has worked on areas including emerging markets, mobile search, and second screen applications. Prior to Google he worked at Samsung's European Design Centre and for Hutchison 3G. When not in London or Paris (home of the Cultural Institute) he can be found in Shetland.

Anja Kluver

Anja Klüver
Service Experience Director and MD, Prospect

Prospect is a digital experience design agency that creates innovative, future-ready customer experiences that connect people and businesses across all digital touchpoints.

Prior to Prospect, Anja ran her own studio for five years, working with clients that included the Design Council, The Royal Society of Arts, Opodo and the Department for Education and Skills.



Don McIntyre

Don McIntyre
Programme Director, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Don is Design Director with the Digital Health Institute and Creative Lead with IRW Systems in Glasgow as well as his role with GSA. He has worked in organisations across commercial, public and applied research sectors including The Fraunhofer Institute, MIT and Giugiaro.   

 

12:00pm – 1:30pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

The Shouting In The Dark - Elleke Boehmer In Conversation With Moira Forsyth

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford/Author), Moira Forsyth (Sandstone Press)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session.Film: Roses Are Red (2mins) United States

In conversation with author and editor Moira Forsyth, Elleke Boehmer will discuss her novel The Shouting in the Dark, in the context of her childhood in apartheid South Africa, and the themes of family, war, trauma and memory she has explored in it.

Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer
Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, Author and Man Booker International Prize Judge 

Elleke Boehmer is South African born, professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University, and the author of many books.  She is a judge of the Man Booker International Prize, 2015. Her latest novel, The Shouting in the Dark, is the story of Ella, who is locked in a battle for creative survival with her domineering father, and apartheid South Africa, and is published by Sandstone Press.

Moira Forsyth

Moira Forsyth
Editorial Director, Sandstone Press, Author and Editor

Moira is the author of four novels, and many short stories and poems published in journals and magazines. She worked for many years in Education, including teaching in a Young Offenders’ Institution in the North of England, then latterly in Highland as the strategic lead for government initiatives to assist young people to move on successfully from school.  Her new novel, The Treacle Well, is published by Sandstone Press.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

That Guy Fae The Corries - Ronnie Browne In Conversation With Nicola Meighan

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Ronnie Browne (The Corries), Nicola Meighan (Music Writer/Broadcaster)

This session features the legendary Ronnie Browne in conversation at the time of the publication of his new autobiography by Sandstone Press.

Nicola Meighan

Nicola Meighan
Music Writer, Broadcaster

Nicola Meighan is a music writer and broadcaster who regularly contributes to The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland, The List and The Quietus. She has written for Mojo, Q and Time Out, spoken on BBC Radio 4, and previously worked at Mute records (Nick Cave, Goldfrapp) and D-E-F artist management (Moby, Sparks).

Ronnie Browne

Ronnie Browne
Folk Musician, Founder of The Corries, Writer

Ronnie Browne is a national treasure of Scotland!  He was one half of The Corries, the popular folk duo who made famous the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, Flower of Scotland, written by the other Corrie, Roy Williamson.  Ronnie Browne has travelled and performed throughout the world and made many records both as The Corries and in his own right. 

1:30pm – 3:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Inner Ear Presents...Music Supervision: Using Music To Make You Laugh , Cry Or Buy

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Dougal Perman (Inner Ear), Kenny Inglis (Composer & Music Producer), Jim Wolff (The Leith Agency), Simon Pursehouse (Sentric Music), Amanda Mitchell (Inner Ear)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Nose Off The Fairy Hill (4 mins) Aberdeenshire

This discussion explores the ecosystem and opportunities around the use of music in TV (especially drama), film, games, new media and advertising to engage audiences, enrich experiences, enhance discovery and make money.  Discussion is lead by digital media company Inner Ear, who provided music supervision for BBC primetime show Waterloo Road and work with music in branded content.

Kenny Inglis

Kenny Inglis
Composer/Music Producer

A veteran composer & music producer for over two decades, Kenny has appeared under a variety of pseudonyms on various record labels in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He has created composition for BBC and ITV documentaries and has worked on adverts from Audi to American Airlines. A prolific sync track record across a number of U.S. TV dramas including Six Feet Under, CSI, Numb3rs, Nikita and more. 

Jim Wolff

Jim Wolff
Digital Planner, The Leith Agency.

Jim heads up the digital side of Leith's advertising work, helping organisations of all shapes and sizes do the internet better. He also co-founded Leith Records to help find music for ads and partner bands with brands. He sometimes plays the ukulele too, badly but enthusiastically.

Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell
Music Supervisor

Amanda worked on BBC 1’s primetime school-based drama, Waterloo Road for two years. During this time, she worked with directors, editors and producers on the show sourcing and selecting music relevant to the demographic. Amanda also assisted on the clearance process for licensing all of the music for the popular TV show. 

Simon Pursehouse

Simon Pursehouse
Director Of Music Services, Sentric Music

Simon has over ten years music industry experience within artist management, event promotion and radio station management until finally settling on music publishing. He has been an integral part of the Sentric Music team since the company’s infancy, overseeing the signing of their first artist in 2006 and currently holds the position of Director Of Music Services.

Dougal Permann

Dougal Perman
Director, Inner Ear

Dougal has run digital production and promotion business - Inner Ear Ltd. - since 2000. During this time, he has pioneered social media marketing strategies, digital media, internet radio and podcast production in Scotland, become an integral part of the music scene, developed new business models and revenue streams, created content and worked on many innovative campaigns for leading brands.

 

1:30pm – 3:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Making Marketing And Social Media Work For Your Creative Biz

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Patricia van den Akker (The Design Trust), Beatrice Mayfield (Textile Designer/Mentor)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Stop (3mins) Turkey

Using social media as a marketing tool is key for many creative businesses. Not just for promoting themselves and getting traffic and clients, but also to do market research and network.  In this practical workshop Patricia will be showing you how you can make social media work for your creative business. What the various social media options are and how to select the best one(s) for you and your clients.  How to drive more and better traffic effectively to your website or online shop to get people to buy from you.  How to stop wasting your time on social media, and start creating a plan with goals, and a social media calendar.

With introduction to Emergents support programmes: Growing in Confidence with Patricia van den Akker and Making Progress for New Start Ups with Beatrice Mayfield.

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker
Director, The Design Trust

The Design Trust is an online business school for designers and makers offering a membership to watch over 90 webinars whenever you like, as well as 100+ blog posts, selected opportunities, business training and news updates.

Patricia is a very experienced and passionate creative business adviser, coach and trainer, and is known for her practical, no-nonsense and inspiring approach. 

Beatrice Mayfield

Beatrice Mayfield
Textile Designer/Mento
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Beatrice is a specialist in professional practice for crafts people. She believes that business skills should be embedded into creative practice to develop strong sustainable businesses. She mentors for the Crafts Council’s Hothouse & Injection programmes; and is a visiting lecturer at the Royal School of Needlework. 

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 2, The Ironworks

Glasgow School of Art Design Research and Networking Activity

Times: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Room 2, The Ironworks
Speakers: Various

This is an open session to the first twenty-five delegates who turn up.  You will have the opportunity to take part in a networking workshop which is part of Designing the Future Economy: Exploring Creative Ways of Working in the Digital Economy -  a joint research project between The Glasgow School of Art, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London. The aim of the research is to uncover creative ways to use digital technology to support and enhance creative companies in the Highlands & Islands, and to explore ways to bring creativity into local businesses. The hands-on session will present the research, and spark new ideas and open up potential future collaborations. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Running The Show: Tommy Gormley’s Guide to Being a First Assistant Director

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Tommy Gormley (First Assistant Director), Alan de Pellette (Aficionado Films (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: 1-0 (1 min) Iran

People often see the title First Assistant Director on the credits of a movie but do they know who that person is and what the job really entails?   One thing is sure - every successful film director and producer will wax lyrical about how important the First AD is to the success of any shoot, and the ones who are the best are amongst the most sought after professionals in the film industry. 

Giving an insight into what the role means to him, how he went from small independent films to Hollywood blockbusters and sharing stories from his successful career is Tommy Gormley, one of the most respected and experienced First ADs in the international film industry.  Originally from Scotland, Tommy has built up an incredible career of over 50 movies as a First AD or Co-Producer and has worked with some of the biggest names in the business.  His recent credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (starring Tom Cruise), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (starring Cate Blanchett) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (starring Harrison Ford), Tommy's 5th film with director J.J. Abrams.

Tommy Gormley

Tommy Gormley
First Assistant Director & Co-Producer

Tommy Gormley works in the international film industry. He was recognised by BAFTA Scotland in 2014 when he received an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Craft.  He has worked with J.J. Abrams, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Thandie Newton, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine and Donald Sutherland.

alan de Pellette

Alan de Pellette
Independent Filmmaker

Alan created the long running BBC football comedy, Off The Ball, directed the original stage play of Still Game and helped develop Chewin’ The Fat.   His first short film, The Aficionado, was part of the UK Film Council 8½ scheme, mentored by Peter Mullan. His 40’ collection of shorts, Declarations, won Best International Director at the 2009 New York International Film Festival. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Technology And The Handmade

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Ann Marie Shillito (Anarkik3D Ltd), Patricia van den Akker (The Design Trust), Lottie Burnley (Make Works), Euan Quigley (STEP 3D), Dr Paul Smith (Glasgow School Of Art (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: The New News (3 mins) United States

The changing face of design in relation to 3D printing.  A panel discussion with leaders in the field.  

Ann Marie Shillito

Ann Marie Shillito
CEO, Anarkik3D Ltd

Ann Marie Shillito hit the barrier of lousy 3D CAD/modelling software when she wanted to access 3D printing. She founded Anarkik3D which develops haptic (virtual 3D touch) 3D modelling software to make working and interacting in a virtual environment naturally friendly.

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker
Director, The Design Trust

The Design Trust is an online business school for designers and makers offering a membership to watch over 90 webinars whenever you like, as well as 100+ blog posts, selected opportunities, business training and news updates.

Patricia is a very experienced and passionate creative business adviser, coach and trainer, and is known for her practical, no-nonsense and inspiring approach. 

Lottie Burnley

Lottie Burnley
Operations Manager, Make Works

Lottie Burnley works for Make Works who are factory finders for designers and makers. Their mission is to make local manufacturing accessible and inspiring.  Their platform allows designers and makers to find manufacturers, material suppliers and workshop facilities in their local area.

Euan Quigley

Euan Quigley
Co-Director, STEP 3D

Euan is co-director of Glasgow-based company STEP 3D. It’s a 3D printing & design studio that works with clients to find 3D print-based solutions for all sorts of problems. Euan’s company works with clients ranging from multinational corporations to business start-ups, as well as individual artists and entrepreneurs.

Paul Smith

Dr, Paul Smith
Research Fellow, Glasgow School Of Art

Paul Smith, research fellow at the Glasgow School of Art, and 3D printing enthusiast. Currently researching the cultural history of making and its practices and where new technology could play a part in its future. Especially interested in personal value of making, experiential qualities of a process and the relationship to digital technology. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Music Placement In Visual Media

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music (Chair)), Josh Rabinovitz (Grey Worldwide), Duncan Smith (Sony Computer Entertainment), Mick Cooke (Too Many Cookes), Mark Allen (ThinkSync)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: The Punishment (3 mins) Spain

As the industry continues to undergo changes, artists and composers increasingly need to seek out a more diverse range of revenue streams. Placement across film, TV, advertising, gaming and other media can not only generate valuable exposure, but can also bring much needed financial returns. This session brings together a broad cross-reach of perspectives to offer an end-to-end look at the mechanics of music placement across visual media. 

Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith
Senior Music Supervisor, Sony Computer Entertainment T/A

Duncan Smith is Senior Music Supervisor at Sony Computers in London - working on games produced by Playstation Worldwide. He licenses commercial music and commissions bespoke composed music for games such as Little Big Planet, Gran Turismo, Tearaway, Driveclub & SingStar.

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz
SVP Director of Music, Grey Worldwide

Josh Rabinowitz is Senior Vice President/Director of Music for the Grey Worldwide. Throughout his career he’s worked for brands such as Pantene, Dr. Pepper, Sony Electronics and Cover Girl and with artists including Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Macy Gray, Run-DMC and LL Cool J.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen
Creative Director, ThinkSync

Mark is a Music Supervisor/Creative Director at ThinkSync Music, an independent music licensing, supervision and placement service for visual media. Mark’s role includes placement of commercial tracks within the UK trailer and TV promo world. ThinkSync has a global outreach with recent film trailer projects including Man Up, placements for E4’s Glue, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and syncs for NCIS. 

Mick Cooke

Mick Cooke
Artist/Composer

Mick is a BAFTA award-winning composer, songwriter and orchestral arranger, and was a member of Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years.  Since 2007, he has been composing for animation with The Happy Duckling winning over 10 international awards and The Tannery being long-listed for an Oscar. He’s currently composing for animated television series’ Zack & Quack for Nick Jr. 

mark Gordon

Mark Gordon
Founder, Score Draw Music

Mark delivers bespoke music and scores for screen and broadcast, the company covers drama, sport and children’s TV, boasting a global client base; from Reebok, Lidl and Skoda to major television networks including ABC Australia and Canal+ France. He is currently scoring a 52-part series for Nickelodeon to be distributed by the Jim Henson Company.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

A&R Worldwide International Keynote With Michael Chugg

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide (Chair))

Michael Chugg, Founder & Chairman of Chugg Entertainment is considered one of the pioneers and industry titans of the worldwide live business. After co-founding the Frontier Touring Company in the mid ‘70s, Michael Chugg went out on his own in 2000 and founded Chugg Entertainment - from there going on to garner a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of world’s most prominent rock promoters.  From club shows to stadiums, festivals, special events and everything in between, Michael Chugg and his business partner, Matthew Lazarus-Hall, have worked with an international array of iconic acts such as Coldplay, AC/DC, Elton John, Pearl Jam and Robbie Williams, and co-promoted some of the biggest charity events Australia has seen, including Wave Aid (2005), Live Earth (2007) and Sound Relief (2009).  Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO, who has been a longtime close personal friend and a former business partner of Michael Chugg's, will delve into the passion, vision and entrepreneurial spirit of a true industry legend.  Join us for what’s sure to be a very personal and insightful keynote, exclusively at XpoNorth 2015.

Michael Chugg

Michael Chugg
Tour Promotor, Founder Chugg Entertainment

Michael Chugg is an Australian entrepreneur, businessman, author and concert tour promoter.  He and his company, Chugg Entertainment are widely regarded as one of the most prominent rock promotions companies on the planet, having co-promoted some of the biggest live events ever hosted in Australia including; AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Coldplay and Robbie Williams.

Sat Bisla

Sat Bisla
Founder, Pangaea Entertainment Group

Sat Bisla has extensive experience across the industry, from DJ, radio programmer, music journalist, club booker, artist manager to A&R scout/consultant. He founded Pangaea Entertainment Group in September 2006; encompassing MUSEXPO, A&R Worldwide and other world renowned music brands. Sat has played a key role in the early discovery, development and signing of artists including; Muse, Faithless, Keane, Adele, Coldplay and more.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Chemikal Underground Classic Album Playback: The Delgados 'The Great Eastern'

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Nicola Meighan (Music Journalist), Emma Pollock (Chemikal Underground), Paul Savage (Chemikal Underground), Stewart Henderson (Chemikal Underground)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Norman is Lost (2  mins) United Kingdom

Chemikal Underground 20th Anniversary

To celebrate Chemikal Underground's 20th anniversary, the influential Glasgow record label has teamed up with XpoNorth, Loud + Clear and Linn Products to host some very special playbacks of two iconic albums.Young Team by Mogwai and Great Eastern by The Delgados'. 

The Great Eastern

First up The Great Eastern, released in April 2000 and nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, The Delgados' acclaimed third album was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) and showcased the band's flair for lavish orchestration, eloquent lyricism and captivating melodies. Nicola Meighan will discuss the album with Chemikal Underground founders and ex-Delgados Emma Pollock, Paul Savage and Stewart Henderson.

Emma Pollock

Emma Pollock
Co-founder, Chemikal Underground

As a member of influential Glasgow four-piece The Delgados, Emma Pollock co-founded Chemikal Underground, the label that launched the careers of Mogwai, Arab Strap and The Phantom Band. Since The Delgados’ retirement in 2005, Emma has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and has recently returned from a tour of China.    

Paul Savage

Paul Savage
Co-Founder, Chemikal Underground

Former drummer with The Delgados and co-founder of Chemikal Underground label and Chem 19 studio, Paul has worked on some seminal albums for artists including; Mogwai, Arab Strap, King Creosote and The Twilight Sad. He has co-production credits on all 5 Delgados' albums and is a deserved winner of the MPG 'Breakthrough Producer of the Year' Award. 

Stewart Henderson

Stewart Henderson
Director, Chemikal Underground

Stewart Henderson is a director of Chemikal Underground, the label he co-founded with bandmates Emma Pollock, Paul Savage and Alun Woodward when they performed as The Delgados.  As chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association, Stewart played a key role in developing The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.

Nicola Meighan

Nicola Meighan
Music Writer, Broadcaster

Nicola Meighan is a music writer and broadcaster who regularly contributes to The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland, The List and The Quietus. She has written for Mojo, Q and Time Out, spoken on BBC Radio 4, and previously worked at Mute records (Nick Cave, Goldfrapp) and D-E-F artist management (Moby, Sparks). 

5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Screen Machine, Church St

The Golden Hour

Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine, Church St
Speakers: Various

The Screen Machine will be situated on Church St, between Baron Taylor St and Union St

This is as specially curated programme of shorts from our partners at Cork Film Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Céad Ghrá
Dir.: Brian Deane. Producer:Eamonn Cleary

Boogaloo and Graham
Dir: Michael Lennox. Producer: Brian J. Falconer

Cutting Grass
Dir: Ruairi O'Brien , John Kennedy. Prdoucer: Laura McNicholas

Somewhere Down The Line
Dir: Julien Regnard. Producer: Jonathan Clarke
 

 

 

The Groundsman
Written & Directed by Jonny Blair
When a lonely football groundsman finds out his club has gone out of business, he decides to keep his stadium running instead of dealing with his emptiness. Winner BAFTA New Talent award Best Editor
Director Jonny Blair is currently studying Directing at the National Film and Television school in Beaconsfield.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

HIE Invite You to XpoNorth Cr&ft 2015 Showcase and Party...

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Various

Come and join us for a glass of vino, a showcase of Highlands & Islands designing talent and a live performance from Sorren Maclean.

Find out more about the Cr&ft Showcase.

8:00pm – 12:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 8:00pm – 12:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in XpoNorth's eagerly awaited 2015 showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness. This years full music showcasing schedule is available for view here.  All the venues are within close walking distance, which makes this festival showcase really accessible to our visiting music lovers.

 

 

8:00pm – 10:00pm
The Screen Machine, Church St

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival presents a David Graham Scott Showcase

Times: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine, Church St
Speakers: Film screening

The Screen Machine will be situated on Church Street, between Baron Taylor St and Union St. 

Detox or Die, plus clips and conversation with the controversial filmmaker 

Caithness-born director David Graham Scott has returned to the Highlands to continue a daring non-fiction career. His films are unique visions of the world he inhabits and the offbeat characters he encounters. One of David's bravest and hardest-hitting works is the autobiographical Detox or Die, in which he seeks a conclusion to his long-term drug addiction through the most radical detox agent known. The 44-minute documentary will be shown in its entirety, along with a selection of key clips from an award-winning and distinctive filmography. A special bonus will be the trailer for his upcoming feature, The End of the Game

This session is hosted by Richard Warden, producer and SMHAFF Film Curator. The festival screened David's Iboga Nights during its 2014 edition.

DETOX OR DIE
44 minutes
Unrated (suggested rating: 18)
Filmmaker David Graham Scott seeks a conclusion to his long-term drug addiction through the most radical detox agent known: ibogaine. The African plant root clears withdrawal in one day but sends the user on a soul-searching, gut-wrenching, 36-hour psychedelic trip into the land of ghosts. There have even been several fatalities reported due to heart failure during the gruelling process. It’s not an easy way out, and David must weigh up the options before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. 

Richard Warden

Richard Warden
Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival

Richard Warden produced three half-hour dramas before attending the Canadian Film Centre. After overseeing two Toronto-based features, he executive produced 12 shorts, managed international co-production event Strategic Partners, and produced his third feature, Growing Op, in Nova Scotia. Richard now makes documentaries and dramas out of Glasgow, and is Film Curator for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. 

David Graham Scott

David Graham Scott
Documentary Director, Detox Or Die

David Graham Scott is a documentary maker from the Highlands of Scotland. His highly authored films are unique visions of the world he inhabits and the offbeat characters he encounters. David has worked on hard-hitting projects including WireBurners, Detox or Die and Iboga Nights. His films have aired across the BBC at both local (BBC Scotland) and national (network) level and won numerous awards. 

 

Day 2 Thursday 11th June 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm
Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls

One-to-One's

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls
Speakers: Various

Do you want to get some advice and tips from the professionals? Run a script, idea or project past them? Have some questions about certain aspects of the industry? This is your chance to book a one-to-one slot with a number of our professionals visiting the festival.

  • Giles Perring (Composer/Producer) & Christian Ulf-Hansen (XA Music)
  • Sheena MacDonald and Caroline Sewell, Musicians’ Union
  • Joshua Rabinowitz, EVP Director of Music, Grey Worldwide
  • Duncan McCrone, Senior Manager, MCPS
  • Gail Gyi, Artist Management Agent
  • Cordy Swope, Partner, Studiomem
  • Professor Norman McNally, Design Education Developer
  • Benedict Davies, Staff User Experience Designer, Google
  • Anja Klüver, Service Experience Director and MD, Prospect
  • Don McIntyre, Programme Director, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Take advantage of them being here in Inverness for XpoNorth 2015.

Further information, how to register for one-to-one and book a slot.

10:00am – 12:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Highlife Highland Presents...Hunting For Lost Crafts Symposium And Film Screening

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Emma Dove (Soft Error), Mark Hogarth (Harris Tweed Hebrides), Laura West (Bookbinder), Pat Reynolds (Heritage Crafts Association), Beth Legg (Artist (Chair))

Film Screening 
Emma Dove co-founder of Glasgow-based production company Soft Error will introduce the six short films she was commissioned to produce by Inverness Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Hunting For Lost Crafts exhibition in 2014. The films examine pursuits connected with hunting, shooting and fishing in the Highlands and illustrating how historic techniques and materials have been transformed by contemporary makers.

Subjects include Andy Hughes (Falconer, Dunrobin Castle), Ronald Sutherland (Fly Tyer/River Guide, Helmsdale), Michael Wigan (Borrobol Estate Owner), Patricia Niemann (Jeweller, Wellbeck Estate), Roger Holden & Andrea Hauer (Skye Weavers) and Allison Weightmann (Ceramicist, Whittinghame Estate).

The films were produced by Soft Error (Emma Dove & Mark Lyken).

Symposium
This short symposium will be reacting to the key themes of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery’s touring exhibition Hunting for Lost Crafts.  It explores the way in which traditional crafts have continued, innovated and evolved through industry and independent practice.  Expect thought-provoking speakers including Crotchedermy Artist Shauna Richardson, Pat Reynolds from the Heritage Crafts Association and Harris Tweed’s Mark Hogarth.  The session will end with a panel discussion and the opportunity for you to ask questions and make your own contribution to the conversation. 

Emma Dove
Filmmaker, Co-Founder Soft Error

Emma Dove is a freelance documentary and artist filmmaker from the Black Isle. Fascinated by identity, creativity and the interplay between nature and culture, Emma produces and directs her own films and regularly collaborates with other artists, filmmakers and academics. 

Mark Hogarth
Creative Director, Harris Tweed Hebrides

Since 2008 Mark has been creative director of Harris Tweed Hebrides; part of the multi-award winning team that have been credited with transforming the unique heritage industry. Mark holds a keen interest in the promotion of Scottish textiles and ‘the luxury of artisanship’.

Dr. Pat Reynolds
Co-ordinator, Heritage Crafts Association

Dr. Pat Reynolds is co-ordinator for the Heritage Crafts Association and has over two decades experience of working with various kinds of tangible heritage. She is currently developing the Radcliffe Red List for Crafts, which will provide a more complete understanding of what heritage craft skills are at risk in the UK. 

BETH LEGG

Dr. Beth Legg
Artist

Beth Legg is an artist from the Highlands of Scotland. Her practice is concerned with landscape, memory and the language of materials. Beth has exhibited, taught and lectured throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Beth’s career has included periods where research, writing, and curating have dominated but making has always remained a constant.

Laura West
Bookbinder

Laura West is a classically trained award winning bookbinder specialising in traditional and contemporary hand-sewn books. All the books produced in her Bindery based on Skye are bound individually by hand whether as single commissions or for a limited edition. Laura is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (2000) and was Balvenie Artisan of the Year (2005).

 

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Screen Machine

Film Showcasing

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine
Speakers: Various Directors

Our open call this year has been its most successful to date with submissions coming from over 100 different countries. Check out the vast wealth of filmmaking talent at home and abroad. The full film showcasing schedule can be found here.

Read reviews of the films here.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Blackfriars

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Blackfriars
Speakers: Richard Melvin, Al Lorraine, Sean Kerwin, Julia Sutherland (All Dabster Productions)

XpoNorth Live! is a two week radio production training course delivered by XpoNorth partners Dabster Productions in association with Blackfriars, Creative Loop and Visual Impact, culminating in three days of live radio broadcasting from the festival. You can listen to interviews, chat and acoustic session from showcasing artists. Head on down to Blackfriars on Academy Street where you can watch the recordings and enjoy the live performances.

QR code for XpoNorth Live! broadcasting live from XpoNorth 2015

With trainees of varying experience, each aspect of radio production is addressed in the intensive course, now in its fourth year. Presenting, interviewing, editing, scheduling and programme production dominate the first half of the course before each trainee produces three live shows during the XpoNorth festival. The broadcast will be available through the XpoNorth website (coming soon) featuring live sessions and interviews plus updates on the trainees experience.

To listen from the 9th - 11th June you can scan the QR code seen here or on the festival leaflet or brochure.  Visit the website for more information.  More content from the radio station will be uploaded here once it is up and running.

Richard Melvin

Richard Melvin, Director, Dabster Productions
Richard Melvin is the Director of Dabster Productions and leads from the front at work and play. Now nine years as an independent, the challenges are just as tough but on an ever increasing scale. Delivering training with an inspirational rather than aspirational mindset is at the core of Richard’s and therefore Dabster’s heart.

Sean Kerwin

Sean Kerwin, Sound Engineer
Sean Kerwin is an audio ninja, he has been producing music for over fifteen years and specialises in electronica for a range of outlets including commercial release, broadcasting and new media. For Dabster, he’s a production master, a recording specialist and our most experienced trainer, having taught sound production at Perth College, Abertay Uni and now Glasgow Kelvin College.

Al Lorraine

Al Lorraine, Radio Producer
Al Lorraine is a producer and the Training Course Manager at Dabster. He has delivered structured mentorship to through the chaos of the Edinburgh Festival to produce world class programming, he has designed training courses for arts funding bodies and support networks and produced pioneering public engagement sessions  in education. He is a presenter on XFM.

Julia Sutherland

Julia Sutherland, Producer
Julia Sutherland is a producer, performer and presenter who worked for over ten years at BBC Scotland. Now at Dabster she continues to pioneer new ground in radio production and our training projects. Julia is currently working on broadcast projects for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4 as well as presenting and writing for both television and radio.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue tbc

The Buzz Project Bus

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Venue tbc
Speakers: Simon Nicholls, Chris Adams

The bus will be situated on Church St, between Baron Taylor St and Union St.

The Buzz Project

The Buzz Project Bus is a recording studio on wheels.  We’ll be doing live sessions throughout the festival so come and listen in or try and lay some tracks!

Chris Adams
Musician, The Buzz Project

Chris is a professional musician and composer. who has worked in the music industry for many years and has taught music in secondary schools.  He has recorded and performed with some of the major rock bands in the UK.  Chris has an ability to bring out the best in people in a non-intimidating way and is passionate about creating positive change in young people.  

Simon Nicholls
Senior Youth Worker, The Buzz Project

Simon is a professional qualified youth and community worker with an immense amount of skills and experience. Simon is also a luthier (violin maker) and has made instruments for professional musicians  as well as recording and touring with the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra.  

10:30am – 12:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Playable Narratives: Writing, Narratives And Games

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Simon Meek (The Story Mechanics), Ian Thomas (Writer, Programmer, Games Developer)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Cold War (2 mins) Ukraine

Ian Thomas and Simon Meek present their highly distinctive and original work in games, and explore themes of playable narratives, game development and the role of the writer.

Ian Thomas
Games Developer/ Writer/Chair, Games Wales

Ian is a writer, programmer and games developer who's handled interactivity and storytelling for a living for two decades. He's worked in interactive television, education, puppet-making, film, publishing and the video games industry, where he's helped bring to life award-winning LEGO games, the LittleBigPlanet series and science-fiction and horror titles. 

Simon Meek
Game Designer/Writer/ Creative Director, The Secret Experiment 

Simon Meek makes stories as interactive and video-game experiences.  He runs The Secret Experiment - a progressive video games studio that is entirely focussed on bringing compelling narrative experiences to games platforms. His approach is very much an inclusive one, working with key talent from across the creative industries to make ground-breaking product that aim to raise the bar of storytelling.

10:30am – 12:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Nordic Noir

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen (Zone2 Pictures, Finland), Anders Tangen (VIAFILM, Norway), Emil Nygaard Albertsen (Screenwriter,Denmark), Åke Lundström (Film Executive Producer, Sweden)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session.  Film: Switch Man (2 mins) Taiwan

A lively discussion about whether this genre has brought Nordic democracy into story-telling, creating roles that break the often restrictive patriarchal stereotypes of cinematic narrative and proven the hunger for such characters through attracting large domestic and international audiences.  Or is it playing on stereotypes of a different type?

The panel will explore the style and themes that define this genre, what has made it so unique and successful, its international influence and its limitations, and how it continues to develop.

Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
Owner/Producer/Cinematographer, Zone2 Pictures, Finland

Hannu-Pekka is a producer and award winning DOP.  His latest production Men of Talvivaara Mine (2015) has been extremely well received at festivals and has been chosen for the Visions du Reel Doc Outlook international market.  He is currently developing feature and documentary films, including the Nordic noir film series based on Kati Hiekkapelto's The Hummingbird trilogy. http://www.zone2.fi

Anders Tangen
Owner, CEO and Producer, VIAFILM, Norway

Anders is the producer of the TV series Lilyhammer and DAG and the theatrical features 5 Lies (2007), Fuck Up (2012) and The Immoral (2013).  He has also produced a string of short films and documentaries.  He has headed the Oslo-based film & TV production company ViaFilm for 10 years. www.viafilm.no

Emil Nygaard Albertsen
Screenwriter, Denmark

Emil graduated from The Danish National Film School in 2013.  He wrote the feature film ”ELITEN” which won the main award at CPH:PIX in 2015.  He created the TV series ”Freja For Fanden” for Danmarks Radio, a show for children which airs in September 2015.  He won the Dansk Dramatikers Talent Award 2015.

Åke Lundström
Film Executive Producer

Åke Lundström has worked as a screenwriter and in recent years has built up a regional film business.  Between 2007-2013 he was the first CEO for Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen. In this function, he was co-producer for over 20 feature film projects, including the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Arne Dahl series.  

Beatrix Wood
Screenwriter & Film-Maker, Trix Pix

Beatrix sculpts narrative in fact and fiction, for film, broadcast and multi-media.  As Screenwriter and Co-Producer, she has created many award-winning feature and documentary films, including with Finnish directors Pekka Lehto and Paul Simma and "An Dotair Mor" for MG Alba.  She is currently working on "Coast Clear?" and "Greylag:Corn:Crofter".

 

10:30am – 6:00pm
Various Venues

Conference Film Showcasing

Times: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Directors

With such a wide variety of films from all over the world that have come through our open submission process we wanted to get as much exposure as possible.  We have programmed a select few gems to screen before each conference session.  Don't be late, get comfortable and be transported for a few minutes...

Read the full programme of conference film screenings.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls

Trade And Showcasing Stands

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Delegate Centre, Old High Church Halls
Speakers: Various

We have reps from all our partner trade associations and UK agencies as well as our Showcasing Fashion Designers stalls open for purchase of their wonderful products.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer

Independent Sellers' Market

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer
Speakers: Various

Independent sellers set up stall.  time for some shopping!

12:00pm – 1:30pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Anatomy Of A Hit: Format Entertainment

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: David Flynn (Independent TV Producer/Executive), Paul Murray (IWC Media), Karen Smith (Tuesday's Child), Nathan Eastwood (Independent TV Producer/Executive)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Hole (3 mins) Iran

How do you create a hit entertainment show for television?  What makes some ideas grab the attention of the nation and certain formats sell around the world?  How much does luck or timing play in some of today's most successful TV shows?  Join a high ranking panel of television creators and producers to discuss and dissect the anatomy of a hit, sharing the stories of their success.  

Karen Smith
CEO/MD, Tuesday's Child Television

Karen joined BBC Entertainment and was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing, one of the world's biggest entertainment formats.  Karen was then Joint Managing Director of Shine TV, helping the company become one of the largest indies in the UK.  She launched Tuesday's Child in 2012 and has so far scored success with new entertainment shows Superstar Dogs (C4) and You're Back In The Room (ITV1).

David Flynn
Independent Television Producer & Executive

David Flynn is a leading light in television entertainment whose credits include creating and executive producing the 'Million Pound Drop Live'.  The format, internationally known as The Money Drop, plays across TV and online and has now sold to more than 50 countries with over 30 million second screen games played. David also co-created and has executive produced the hit game show 'Pointless' (BBC1).

Nathan Eastwood
Independent Television Producer & Executive

Nathan Eastwood has extensive credits in television entertainment including TFI Friday, Hell's Kitchen, I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here and Balls of Steel. He was Head of Comedy Entertainment at Objective Productions from 2009-2015, where he developed a range of new formats and executive produced The Cube (ITV1) and Reflex (BBC1).

Paul Murray
Head of Formats, IWC Media

Paul Murray is the Head of Formats at Scotland's largest indie, IWC Media.  He is credited with creating shows including IWC’s own Location, Location, Location (Channel 4), as well as You Can’t Fire Me I’m Famous (BBC1) and Antiques Road Trip (BBC2).  Prior to joining IWC he was Creative Director at both Matchlight Productions and STV Productions and also Head of Objective Scotland, where he worked on The Real Hustle, Killer Magic and Face The Clock.  

12:00pm – 1:30pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

The Importance Of Brand For Your Fashion Business

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Anne Ritchie (Creative Conversations), Karen Mabon (Designer), John Sugden (Campbell's Of Beauly), Laurian Davies (UKFT (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Lovearthcam (3mins) Spain

This panel discussion will look at the way different companies have approached their branding and will give you inspiration for building your own fashion brand nationally and internationally.

Anne Ritchie
Director, Creative Conversations Ltd

Anne worked in Asia and Scotland in both design and marketing roles at senior levels, before founding her consultancy in 1990.  In recent years, she has carried out extensive work for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Enterprise Textiles and UK Fashion Textiles delivering design and trend presentations, organising trade events overseas and leading Learning Journeys to key international trade shows. 

Karen Mabon
Designer

Karen Mabon established her luxury scarf label in 2012, after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London. Her collection received instant recognition with a raft of stockists around the world, coverage in titles such as Vogue and Grazia, and commissions from the likes of Anthropologie USA.

John Sugden
Owner, Campbell’s Of Beauly

John worked for 10 years at Johnstons of Elgin, in the main as London Sales Director, but with significant exposure to export markets, in particular Japan, Korea and the USA. He then moved onto Mackintosh, the luxury British outerwear brand as Marketing Director. After three and a half years there he is developing his own business, Campbell's of Beauly, established in 1858 as a bespoke tailoring and countrywear outfitters.

Laurian Davies
Business Development, UK Fashion and Textiles

Laurian Davies is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the World.

 

12:00pm – 1:30pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

MPA presents...Monetising Your Songwriting Skills: The World Of Music Publishing

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Steve Farris (Polar Patrol Publishing), Nick Oakes (Sony/ATV Publishing), Ally McCrae (Sentric Music), Mick Cooke (Too Many Cookes), Allan McGowan (VIP News (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session! Film: Way Out (3 mins) United Kingdom

If the art of composition has changed relatively little over the decades, the possibilities for licensing music have multiplied dramatically - and particularly so with the advent of digital distribution. Whereas songwriting revenues once flowed from a handful of places, they now cascade from an ever-expanding range of sources: from one-off placements in films or advertising - so-called “syncs” - to download sales, streaming micropayments, printed sheet music and the licensing of lyrics. As a result, music publishing itself has evolved into one of the most dynamic and fast-moving sectors of the business. Hosted by the MPA, this hands-on panel will highlight what a modern day music publisher actually does and how they make you money.

Steve Farris
Managing Director, Polar Patrol Publishing

Steve Farris is managing director of Polar Patrol Publishing, set up by members of Snow Patrol.  He progressed from doing lights for The Levellers while he was still in his teens, to becoming A&R Assistant at EMI then A&R Manager at Sony/ATV.  Steve signed Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian to their first publishing deals.

Nick Oakes
Head of Sync & Creative Licensing, Sony/ ATV Publishing

Nick has worked in sync at Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing for over ten years and currently co-runs the department. Previously he was Senior Creative Director at music supervision company Soundlounge and placed tracks on high profile ads for companies like Adidas, Vodafone and Peugeot. 

Mick Cooke
Artist/Composer

Mick is a BAFTA award-winning composer, songwriter and orchestral arranger, and was a member of Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years.  Since 2007, he has been composing for animation with The Happy Duckling winning over 10 international awards and The Tannery being long-listed for an Oscar. He’s currently composing for animated television series’ Zack & Quack for Nick Jr. 

Ally McCrae
A&R, Sentric Music

Ally’s career in the industry began at Stirling University, where he managed student station, Air3, before going on to present BBC Introducing on BBC Radio 1. He is currently  working in A&R for Sentric Music and manages the band Prides. He is co-creator of Detour Scotland; an online video blog.

Allan McGowan
News Editor, VIP News

Allan McGowan has 30 years experience in the advertising, music and entertainment industries. He has worked in record retail, as a concert promoter, artist manager and booking agent for companies including Chrysalis and Virgin. He is currently news editor for VIP News, an on-line data and news service for the live music industry.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Selling Overseas With UK Fashion & Textiles

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Laurian Davies (UKFT), Anne Ritchie (Creative Conversations), Peter Brooks (Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership), Sally Maidment (Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session!Film: The Longest Day (2 mins) Glasgow

Workshop on international, craft, fashion and textile trade shows, the support available from UKFT, the process of getting accepted and the best shows for you.   The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership (STSP), will provide a short introduction to the support available from Scottish Textile Skills Partnership at the end of this session.

Laurian Davies
Business Development, UK Fashion and Textiles

Laurian Davies is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the World.

Anne Ritchie
Director, Creative Conversations Ltd

Anne worked in Asia and Scotland in both design and marketing roles at senior levels, before founding her consultancy in 1990.  In recent years, she has carried out extensive work for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Enterprise Textiles and UK Fashion Textiles delivering design and trend presentations, organising trade events overseas and leading Learning Journeys to key international trade shows. 

Peter Brooks
Industry Engagement Co-ordinator, Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership

The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership working to support the fashion, textiles and leather industry address the skills challenges it faces. He brings a wealth of experience to this role having held Senior HR positions within Courtaulds and the Wm. Baird Group and more recently delivering a number of key skills development projects for Government agencies across Scotland. Peter is also Company Secretary for the Scottish Textiles & Leather Association, Scotland’s textile industry association. 

 

Sally Maidment
Education Engagement Co-ordinato, Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership 

Currently Education Engagement Co-ordinator at the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership, Sally has worked as a freelance project coordinator, arts administrator and visual artist through a range of media including: film, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. She has experience in the arts, higher education, community and health sectors in UK & Europe.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Production Masterclass: Behind The Scenes With Screen Facilities Scotland

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Eileen Byrne (Visual Impact), Clare Deas (FreakWorks), Hamish Allison (FreakWorks), Duncan Barbour (All Terrain Tracking), Caroline Gorman (Rage Music (Chair))

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: My Sardasht (3 mins) Iran

A behind the scenes look at the production of the latest International advertising campaign for China’s leading water brand “Ganten”. Screen Facilities Scotland members give you a glimpse behind the screen, at the successes and setbacks of this commercial colossus. A 5 day shoot, with a crew of over 60 specialists (including classic cars & horses on the winding streets of Edinburgh’s old town and the famous Castle - all in Scotland’s renowned unpredictable weather). Looking specifically at the Production/ Direction, Camera/Lighting, Animal Actors, Off Road Camera Tracking and Post Production. 

Eileen Byrne
Manager, Visual Impact

Eileen Byrne has worked in camera and grip rentals for 12 years. She currently manages Visual Impact’s Scottish branch based in Glasgow.  She has seen the industry move from 16 & 35mm film to the current data based formats.  Eileen and her team have the job of keeping on top of current equipment trends and advising their ever budget conscious clients of kit solutions. 

Claire Deas
Facilities Manager, Freakworks

As Facilities Manager, Claire has over 25 years experience in advertising, TV and corporate production, with experience on a diverse range of clients from Scotland’s leading agencies to corporate, production and broadcast clients. 

Hamish Allison
Creative Director, Freakworks

Hamish has been working in the Film and Television Production and Post Production business for over 24 years. Directing, Editing and creating graphics for literally thousands of commercial and corporate films. As Creative Director he oversees and supervises all of the creative output. 

Duncan Barbour
Director, Barbour All Terrain Tracking

Duncan has carved an impressive 25-year career as a world-leading exponent in Expedition Leadership, 4x4 Driving and Off-Roading. The launch of his specialist company Barbour All-Terrain Tracking (BATT) allowed Duncan to bring his unique and in-demand skills to Film (Braveheart, Goldeneye, Harry Potter & the Chamber Of Secrets), Television and commercials.

Caroline Gorman
Head Of Music, Rage Music Ltd

Caroline works across all projects overseeing the production. She has worked on a diverse range of productions including box office feature films (Walking With Dinosaurs, DREDD, Limitless, Despicable Me 2 Minion Movies), numerous TV series’ (Spooks, Blockbusters) and many international advertising campaigns (UPS, IBM, NBC, Disney, Amazon, Irn Bru). 

1:30pm – 3:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

SMIA Presents...The Album Will Never Die (But You Will)

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland (Chair)), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Joe Cuello (TuneCore), Joe McAlinden (Artist/Composer), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: False Allegory (2 mins) Canada

Join a lively debate about the validity of the album hosted by the Scottish Music Industry Association (the organisation behind the Scottish Album of the Year Award) featuring contributions from across the music industry.

Stuart Braithwaite
Musician, Co-Founder Mogwai

Stuart Braithwaite is best known as the guitarist and co-founder of legendary Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, as well as co-founding the bands record label, Rock Action Records. Mogwai have also composed music for a diverse range of visual media projects including  French Zombie TV drama The Returned and Zidane A 21st Century Portrait.   

Joe Cuello
CCO, TuneCore

In 2014, Joe joined TuneCore as CCO, overseeing the operations of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration which helps songwriters collect 13 composition royalties from over 60 countries. Before joining TuneCore, he was Senior Vice President at MTV where he established the Creative Music Integration Department, which was responsible for music across all programming.

Mark Jones
Founder, Wall Of Sound

Mark’s label has released music by artists like Grace Jones, Royksopp, Robyn, Propellerheads, Reverend and The Makers and Les Rythmes Digitales. As a musician Mark has performed at Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall and appeared on the cover of magazines like Just Seventeen. He has worked with Basement Jaxx and hosted shows on BBC6 Music. 

Joe McAlinden
Artist/Composer

Joe McAlinden writes and records music from a studio in Argyll. He released the Edwyn Collins-produced solo album, ‘Bleached Highlights’, on AED Records in 2012, and will follow up in June with ‘Rest and be Thankful’. His band Superstar, were signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and he has played/written/collaborated with Rod Stewart, Teenage Fanclub.

Vic Galloway
DJ, BBC Radio Scotland

Vic is a veteran presenter who has hosted shows on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC6 Music. As a TV presenter he has broadcast from T In The Park, hosted The Music Show on BBC Two, BBC Four’s Caledonia Dreaming and Channel 4’s Transmission. His first book Songs in the Key of Fife was recently published. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Digital Scotland: Tech Tactics - Four Thriving Businesses Talk Shop

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Tom Duncan (Northport Studios), Natalie Agnew (Muckle Media), Ally Gray (EmuBands), Kirsteen Stewart (Fashion Designer), Caroline Parkinson (Consultant, Creative Industries)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: One In A Million (2 mins) United Kingdom

Four creatives from the North share how they have embraced digital opportunities. Hear from Caithness based Ally Gray, founder of leading digital distribution service, EmuBands; Kirsteen Stewart, renowned Fashion Designer from Orkney; Nathalie Agnew of award winning PR company Mucklemedia and Tom Duncan, television Producer/Director who has set up digital creative hub Northport Studio in Elgin. 

Ally Gray
Managing Director, EmuBands

Ally is a board member of the Scottish Music Industry Association and a music industry mentor for the Music+ project. As well as digital distribution, Ally has experience in concert promotion and artist management, and regularly lectures on the music industry and digital distribution specifically.

Kirsten Stewart
Fashion Designer

Kirsteen Stewart started her fashion career studying Fashion Design & Surface Print at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle.  Kirsteen worked in New York with independent label Elizabeth Powell and Gap as a design assistant. After returning to her hometown of Kirkwall, in Orkney Kirsteen started her design and retail business.  Opening The Studio Shop in 2009, in Kirkwall, which stocks own brand products alongside UK independent and up and coming UK designers.

Natalie Agnew
Director Muckle Media

Natalie formed Muckle Media in 2012 after working for international PR company, Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli.  She specialises in working with brands to create marketing programmes which ensure excellent return on investment (ROI). Brands she has worked with include; Akamai, British Airways, Butlins, Campbeltown Picture House, Casio, Easynet, The Employee Relations Institute and Musical Fidelity. 

Tom Duncan
Founder, Northport Studios

Tom is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who has produced work for BBC Scotland, Glasgow School of Art and Amnesty International.  His work has screened in the Scottish Parliament and at the BFI.  A terrible golfer and lapsed Aberdeen fan he recently founded Northport Studio, a creative co-working space in Elgin, Moray.   

Caroline Parkinson
Consultant in the Creative Industries

Caroline is a freelance consultant in the creative industries and a professional photographer. Caroline was Director of Film, TV, Music, Creative Industries & Skills at Creative Scotland for four years, and prior to this was Director, Scotland & Northern Ireland for Creative & Cultural Skills. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Raindance Presents... Screenage Hacks - From IndieGoGo to Google Cardboard

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Simon Boswell (Composer/Musician), James E Marks (Screenage Renegade), Lee Hardcastle (Missing Head Ltd), Elliot Grove (Raindance, (Chair))

Raindance present PsychFi Live the first of two premier events celebrating the Tech & Digital (Film, TV, Game, YouTube, VR) musical art of Original Sound Track PsychFi Composer Simon Boswell.

Simon will talk about his experiences in composing Music for film from a tech point of view and spotlighting his cult horror/tech/geek retro-mania OST music for Shallow Grave, Hackers, Hardware, Burn:Cycle, Killer Net, Ashens & The Quest For The Gamechild.  While exploring the creative tech involved & LoFi digital Hacks, including the C64, IndieGoGo, YouTube & Google Cardboard VR.

2015 is the 20th Anniversary of Danny Boyle's BAFTA Winning Best British Film Shallow Grave for which Simon composed the musical score.  As a celebration Simon and theAND will be performing PsychFi Live digital sound & vision show at our Closing Party in the Ironworks from 11.30pm.

James Edward Marks
ScreenageRenegade

Digital Arts & Social Video Maven @jamesemarks. An award-winning digital provocateur with 14 years of hands-on branded entertainment experience. Recent projects include Simon Boswell: PsychFi Live, #HackThePlanet VR, Ashens Movie, British Red Cross Social Video for Social Good, Harry Partridge - Elder Scrolls, Eddsworld: Legacy, Lee Hardcastle: Claysplotation, Raindance Web Festival, Sci-Fi London, Digital Shoreditch & DCUK.

Simon Boswell
Composer and Musician theAND

Simon Boswell is one of the UK’s finest living soundtrack composers, whose work has graced films such as Danny Boyle’s debut ‘Shallow Grave’, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-melting ‘Santa Sangre’, loopy Angelina Jolie cybercrime flick ‘Hackers’ and shedloads of European horror movies by the likes of Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Michele Soavi.

Lee Hardcastle
Film Director and Animator, Missing Head Ltd

Now producing his first claysplotation feature film, enter the not-for-kids world of British writer, director & animator, Lee Hardcastle, who began filming with claymation full-time in 2010 after garnering online viral success with The Evil Dead In 60 seconds.  Lee gambled on making short films on YouTube that has led to over 51 million views and working on claysplotation films for 20th Century Fox, Square Enix, Momentum Pictures, C4 Rude Tube and AdultSwim.

Elliot Grove
Raindance

Elliot Grove founded Raindance as a thought experiment.  In 1993 he founded the Raindance Film Festival, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance TV in 2007.  Elliot has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Music Producers Guild Presents... Can You DIY It?

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Andrew Hunt (Music Producers Guild (Chair)), Paul Savage (Producer), Robbie Nelson (RAK Studios), Marcus Mackay (Producer), Audrey Tait (Musician/Producer)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Curse of Society (2 mins) Bangladesh

The Music Producers Guild invite you to come and meet the music producers for an in-depth look at the logistics of the DIY approach.

Paul Savage
Producer (Arab Strap, Mogwai, King Creosote)

Former drummer with The Delgados and co-founder of Chemikal Underground label and Chem 19 studio, Paul has worked on some seminal albums for artists including; Mogwai, Arab Strap, King Creosote and The Twilight Sad. He has co-production credits on all 5 Delgados' albums and is a deserved winner of the MPG 'Breakthrough Producer of the Year' Award. 

Marcus Mackay
Producer (Snow Patrol, Frightened Rabbit)

A musician/producer who runs recording and production studio the Divingbell Lounge where Frightened Rabbit’s debut LP was recorded.  He has performed with the Zephyrs and Reindeer section, is signed to Polar Patrol Publishing and recently collaborated with Kathryn Joseph, Garden of Elks alongside established songwriters / producers like Joe McAlinden and Joe Foster.

Robbie Nelson
Engineer, RAK Studios (Beck, John Newman, Rizzle Kicks)

Robbie has won 2 Grammys (Best Album, Best Engineered Album) for his work on Beck's 'Morning Phase' and the 2015 MPG ‘Breakthrough Engineer of the Year’ award. After starting his career under producer Mike Hedges at the legendary Wessex Studios, Robbie went freelance in 2004. Recent work includes Bryan Ferry, John Newman and Birdy.

Audrey Tait
Musician/Producer (Hector Bizerk)

Audrey is a musician / producer co-founding the band Hector Bizerk with battle rap champion emcee Louie in 2011. Since then they were shortlisted for a Scottish Album of the Year Award for the LP ‘Nobody Seen Nothing’ which Audrey produced and she’s currently busy producing the band's third album, ‘The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry.’

Andrew Hunt
Executive Producer, Music Producers Guild

Andrew Hunt is a record producer, musician and Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild.. He is a member of the BRIT’s Voting Academy, an MPG LIPA Graduate Award mentor and although self-taught he’s worked alongside Grammy winning producers. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Room 2, The Ironworks

Going Green: Addressing Climate Change Through Scotland’s Music Festivals

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Room 2, The Ironworks
Speakers: Various

Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge facing our generation. But what, if anything, can artists, audiences, and festival organisers do about it? Find out and join the debate at this roundtable discussion. 

4:30pm – 6:00pm
The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House

Chemikal Underground Classic Album Playback: Mogwai 'Young Team'

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The University of the Highlands and Islands Stage @ the Town House
Speakers: Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)

As part of the XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast Showcase we will be screening a short film at the start of this session. Film: Companion (3 mins) United States 

To celebrate Chemikal Underground's 20th anniversary, the influential Glasgow record label has teamed up with XpoNorth, Loud + Clear and Linn Products to host some very special playbacks of two iconic albums.Young Team by Mogwai and Great Eastern by The Delgados'.

Chemikal Underground 20th Anniversary

Second up is arguably Chemikal Underground's most important release, Mogwai's incendiary debut album, Young Team was released in October 1997 before being remastered and reissued in May 2008.  A ludicrously confident and wilfully abstract debut, Young Team effortlessly retains the capacity to thrill and move the listener eighteen years on.  Recorded by Chemikal Underground's Paul Savage in the studio that would soon become Chem19 ('Young Team's catalogue number was CHEM018), the album represents a timeless, important, contribution to Scotland's musical heritage. Vic Galloway discusses the album's legacy and recording process with various members of Mogwai including Stuart Braithwaite.

 

Stuart Braithwaite
Musician, Co-Founder Mogwai

Stuart Braithwaite is best known as the guitarist and co-founder of legendary Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, as well as co-founding the bands record label, Rock Action Records. Mogwai have also composed music for a diverse range of visual media projects including  French Zombie TV drama The Returned and Zidane A 21st Century Portrait.  

Vic Galloway
DJ, BBC Radio Scotland

Vic is a veteran presenter who has hosted shows on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC6 Music. As a TV presenter he has broadcast from T In The Park, hosted The Music Show on BBC Two, BBC Four’s Caledonia Dreaming and Channel 4’s Transmission. His first book Songs in the Key of Fife was recently published. 

4:30pm – 6:00pm
GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Scottish Development International And Global Scot Presents... Global Perspectives: International Distribution and Technology

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: GlobalScot Stage At the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide), Joe Cuello (TuneCore), Euan Macdonald (CryWorks), Neil Cartwright (Million Media (Chair))

Finding platforms that will allow you to access international audiences is something of a challenge. Not because there aren’t any, but because the last decade has seen such an explosion of choice. As audiences can now change platform en masse, is it possible to predict which platforms will stand the test of time? This panel will provide international perspectives on trends in mobile and other technologies.

Euan Macdonald
CEO and Founder, CryWorks

Euan has been at the forefront of Computer Generated Imagery for the past 25 years, in various pivotal roles in the Film, Visual FX and Games industries. Euan helped design and build Disney’s ImageMovers Digital(IMD), Bob Zemeckis' performance capture studio, in the role of Supervising Technical Director, which created Disney’s A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. He has also held the title of Digital Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), George Lucas' visual effects company, supervising on a number of productions including Star Wars & Harry Potter films.

Joe Cuello
CCO, TuneCore

In 2014, Joe joined TuneCore as CCO, overseeing the operations of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration which helps songwriters collect 13 composition royalties from over 60 countries. Before joining TuneCore, he was Senior Vice President at MTV where he established the Creative Music Integration Department, which was responsible for music across all programming.

Benedict Davies
Staff User Experience Designer, Google

Benedict has worked at Google since 2007 and is currently design lead for the Cultural Institute. During his time at Google he has worked on areas including emerging markets, mobile search, and second screen applications. Prior to Google he worked at Samsung's European Design Centre and for Hutchison 3G. When not in London or Paris (home of the Cultural Institute) he can be found in Shetland.

Sat Bisla
Founder, Pangaea Entertainment Group

Sat Bisla has extensive experience across the industry, from DJ, radio programmer, music journalist, club booker, artist manager to A&R scout/consultant. He founded Pangaea Entertainment Group in September 2006; encompassing MUSEXPO, A&R Worldwide and other world renowned music brands. Sat has played a key role in the early discovery, development and signing of artists including; Muse, Faithless, Keane, Adele, Coldplay and more.

Neil Cartwright
Managing Director, Million Media

Neil Cartwright joined Sony Music in 1997 as their first ‘digital’ executive. As Head of New Media at Sony Music UK he was responsible for negotiating the company’s first foray into digital downloads at a time when most people had never heard of an iPod. Neil was named in The Observer's "Courvoisier Future 500" as one of the 500 people who will help shape the future of the UK.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Screen Machine, Church St

The Golden Hour

Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine, Church St
Speakers: Various

The Screen Machine will be situated on Church St, between Baron Taylor St and Union St

This Golden Hour will see a special BFI Film Academy screening with Q&A from Neil Rolland.

Screen Education Edinburgh, in partnership with Eden Court, is delighted to run the BFI Film Academy for the Highlands and Islands for a second year. The films in this screening were the result of the first year of the programme which ran in 2014.  The Academy will take place in Inverness over late June and early July 2015. Jointly funded in Scotland by Creative Scotland and the British Film Institute, the BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The BFI Film Academy, based at Eden Court cinema will take place over a one month period (27th June-20th July) and will involve an intro weekend, an intensive 4 day learning phase, a 4 day shooting and editing phase and a screening for friends and family. 

This opportunity is targeted at young people with a keen interest in filmmaking, whether through school, college or at home. It is not a beginner’s course; however, no young person should be put off by their lack of knowledge. If you are passionate about film and determined to forge a career in the industry then you are encouraged to apply. For more information and how to apply. Deadline 15th June.

Qwerty
Dir. Darren Paxton (16) Inverness
A love story about how two teenagers communicate online but struggle to connect in person.

Happy Birds
Dir. Susannah Johnstone (19) Inverness
Two teenage superheros use their powers to recover a very valuable object.

 

6:00pm – 8:00pm
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Networking Reception With SMIA and Publishing Scotland

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: Everyone

Hosted by SMIA and Publishing Scotland, a chance to network and connect with speakers and delegates from across the creative industries. Along with some nibbles and drinks, you can re-charge before the evening's music showcases.

8:00pm – 12:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 8:00pm – 12:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in XpoNorth's eagerly awaited 2015 showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness. This years full music showcasing schedule is available for view here.  All the venues are within close walking distance, which makes this festival showcase really accessible to our visiting music lovers.

8:00pm – 10:00pm
The Screen Machine, Church St

Screen Academy Scotland Celebrating 10 Years

Times: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: The Screen Machine, Church St
Speakers: Film Screening

The Screen Machine will be situated on Church St, between between Baron Taylor St and Union St.

Join us for a selection of curated films celebrating 10 years of the Screen Academy.

This screening is rated suitable for 15 yrs and older.

Maria’s Way (2009, 15min)
Director: Anne Milne, MFA Film Directing, Edinburgh College of Art

A woman sits by the side of the road behind a rickety, homemade stall, her expression a blend of forbearance and exasperation. Her name is María and she is an elderly Spanish woman who is continuing a tradition, which began with her mother some 30 years ago.

River Child (2006, 16min)
Director: Damian Wood, MFA Advanced Film Practice, Edinburgh Napier University
Screenwriter: Lin Anderson, MA Screenwriting, Edinburgh Napier University
Producer: Mattias Karlsson, MFA Advanced Film Practice, Edinburgh Napier University

A dramatic event by a river makes two girls choose different paths into adulthood.

Patata Tortilla (2014, 17min 14sec)
Director, Screenwriter: Ben Sharrock, MA Film, Edinburgh Napier University
Producer: Irune Gurtubai, MA Film, Edinburgh Napier University

Unable to fly the nest due to the economic crisis that grips Spain, a penniless couple attempt to find somewhere intimate to finally consummate their relationship.

Red Burqa (2008, 5min)
Director: Roxana Vilk, MFA Film & TV, Edinburgh College of Art

In the southern coastal region of Iran, women continue to wear ancient, beak-like red masks called Burqas. This short experimental documentary takes you behind the mask to reveal the lives of the women who wear them.

Mura (2012, 11min)
Director, Screenwriter, Producer: Ben Pace, MA Film, Edinburgh Napier University

Nino is a retiring mafia boss in hiding from the world in a small attic. A homeless family, trying to find a new house to squat in, stumble upon his hiding place.

Karama Has no Walls (2012, 26min)
Director: Sara Ishaq, MFA Film Directing, Edinburgh College of Art

A documentary made in the heart of the Yemeni capital’s 2011 revolution epicentre, Change Square, where the people of Yemen took to the streets, demanding the end to a 33-year-long military dictatorship.

11:30pm – 2:00am
MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks

Closing Party With Special Guests

Times: 11:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: MG ALBA Stage at The Ironworks
Speakers: PsychFi with theAND, KLOË , DJ Sets from Unknown Pleasures

As the festival draws to a close, join us in a final musical feast at our closing party in the Ironworks.  Confirmed artists are KLOË, theAND and Unknown Pleasures DJ sets.