XpoNorth Festival Programme 2019

Day 1 Wednesday 3rd July 2019

9:00am – 5:00pm
Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court

Conference Registration and Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

You can collect your pass at the Delegate Registration point in the Main Foyer at Eden Court (Inverness) which is open until 5pm each day. Make sure you register as a festival delegate to access all the events on the programme. Register for free today here

10:00am – 11:15am
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

NASA: Reverse Engineering a Global Brand

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Dr. Ed Hoffman: Former Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA / Jay O’Callaghan: Storyteller / Chair: Jessica Fox: XpoNorth

The NASA logo is recognised globally, how did they create a coherent narrative that reflected what NASA is all about - from cutting edge science to tourist attraction.  Ed Hoffman takes us through the reverse engineering process that ensured a clear story that maximised the impact and value of the NASA brand.

10:00am – 11:15am
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Modern Music Entrepreneurs

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Michele Wernick: Music Consultant and Manager / Teriy Keys: Musician and Creative Consultant / Joe McAlinden: Owner, Single Track HQ / Be Charlotte: Artist / Chair: Dougal Perman: XpoNorth

The contemporary music industry professional must be entrepreneurial to get ahead. How do you pivot your business model? How do you harness and utilise the power of your data? What do you need to know to stay on top? Where are the opportunities for future business development in music? SMIA chair Dougal Perman invites a panel of modern music entrepreneurs to talk about how they answer these questions, keep focused and be progressive.

10:00am – 11:15am
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

Meeting the Demands of Today’s Media Consumers

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Lisa Clarkson: Executive Director, Business & Rights and Content Optimisation, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) / Martin Trickey: Group Head of Digital, Warner Bros. International TV Production / Alexander Knetig: Head of Digital, interactive commissioner, Arte /

So, What Exactly Does the Future of Media Look Like? Most of us will have heard Dame Helen Mirren criticise Netflix and its impact on cinema audiences.  Cinema attendances don't tend to support this claim, but arguably it is television audiences who are more likely to be affected and influenced by streaming services and new platforms for screen content- meaning owners, producers, distributers, broadcasters, advertisers and brands have to constantly diversify their models to meet these new consumer demands. This exciting panel session will discuss the challenges faced by content creators and distributors, look at what customers want to see and how do they want to see it, and offer an insight into how broadcasters and brands are moving to meet these changing demands. Essentially, who is buying what- and where and how are they buying it?

10:00am – 11:15am
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Exploring International Fashion Markets

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Adam Mansell: CEO, UKFT / Paul Alger: International Business Director, UKFT / Angela Quaintrell: Director, AQ Markets / Chair: Anne Ritchie: Director, Colour Conversations

Discussion and workshop around preparation for the Paris and Japanese markets with a focus on fashion and accessories.

10:00am – 11:15am
SGL Room, Eden Court

Introducing JUMP European Market Accelerator and Live Business Pitch

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Various JUMP Tutors and Participants.

JUMP – the European Music Market Accelerator provides a framework for music professionals to develop innovative business models. It aims to help the music sector adapt to the recent transformations of the market, while encouraging it to work on a transnational level. This will also include a live element to allow businesses to pitch their ideas to a network featuring some of the leading music and digital networks in the UK and Europe.

11:15am – 12:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

A&R Worldwide Global Keynote with Dougie Bruce

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Dougie Bruce: A&R Consultant, Universal Music Publishing / Chair: Sat Bisla: Owner, MUSEXPO/ A&R Worldwide

Dougie Bruce who famously signed Adele to UMPG before joining Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment will sit down with Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide, for an inspirational and insightful conversation about music publishing and A&R . Returning to UMPG in 2018 after his tenure as MD at Sony’s Epic Records, major UK success stories over the past years have included the companies relationship with British songwriter Steve Mac, who co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, in addition to hits by the likes of Rita Ora, Clean Bandit and Liam Payne. As the music ecosystem continues to evolve amidst changing consumption platforms, data/metrics, streaming, revenue platforms and more, the art form that is A&R only continues to grow in importance, especially as social, digital and mobile arenas fuel the increasingly over-stimulated music fan and consumer. What does it take to create and develop a hit song and the artist behind it? Our special A&R keynote will highlight creativity in the music business with a discussion on the art, gut instinct, science and business behind the next wave of global hits and artist development. 

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Creating a Life Beyond the Building

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Arwen Fitch: Press and Communications Manager, Tate Gallery, St. Ives. / Stephanie Smith: Director, Nova Scotia Museums / Anne Chevalley: Head of Educational and Cultural Services, International Olympic Committee/ Olympic Museum / Andy Cameron: Business Manager, V&A Museum Dundee /

Museums and galleries offer a fantastic venue for audiences to engage with the culture and heritage of a place, society or time period.  However, not everyone can or will choose to actively go to the building.  The panel will discuss the ways that they have made the buildings relevant to the community it is situated in, engaged with business, encouraged with more diverse audiences, and catered to wider audiences, who because of geography, may never be able to visit the building.

11:15am – 12:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Lifestyle Choices Non Fiction : Creating Beautiful Illustrated Nonfiction

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Emily Dewhurst Kate Davies Chair: Jenny Brown

Join two creators of beautifully illustrated books as they discuss the market for lifestyle non-fiction with Jenny Brown, and talk about the pros and cons of conventional and independent publishing models. Kate Davies established KDD in 2010, when a stroke at the age of 36 ended her career as a literary academic. While recovering from her stroke, Kate supported herself by designing digital patterns for hand-knitting, established an independent publishing company, and began to produce books that combined her skills as writer and designer.  As of 2019, Kate has published eleven books under the KDD and Makadu imprints and is currently at work on two new titles.  KDD has won a number of awards, including UK Microbusiness of the Year in 2016.  Emily founded specialist food and drink imprint Kitchen Press in 2011. She started her career at Canongate in the mid nineties, moving to Leckie & Leckie before abandoning the book trade to set up a record label with her husband. She then spent the next ten years working in music development before the idea of making a cookbook with Dundee cafe The Parlour took hold. The Parlour Cafe Cookbook went on to win a Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best First Book and Kitchen Press was born.  Recent titles include two by Highland-based cooks, Spirit and Spice by Ghillie Basan and The Mountain Café Cookbook.

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

The Outlander Effect

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Audrey Jones: Head of New Business and Film, Historic Environment Scotland / Bonnie Edgecombe: CEO, AbbyShot / Tracey Milton: Sales Manager, Kingsmills Hotel / Chair: Jenni Steele: Film and Creative Industries Manager, VisitScotland

From Local Hero, Highlander, Harry Potter and Skyfall through to The Outlaw King, Scotland has a track record of successful screen tourism campaigns. In 2017 there was a record number of visitors to Scotland with a 17% rise and a 23% rise in visitor spend.  There are many reasons visitors come here - from scenery and landscapes to history and culture – and Outlander clearly demonstrates the role it has played in attracting fans from around the globe. This panel session will discuss the benefits and opportunities of screen tourism, and how to maximise the Outlander Effect.

11:15am – 12:00pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Sarah Jane Douglas Book Launch

Times: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Sarah Jane Douglas: Author/ Peter Urpeth: XpoNorth/ Jenny Brown: Owner, Jenny Brown Associates

Moray-based author Sarah Jane Douglas will be in conversation with XpoNorth’s Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, Peter Urpeth, and literary agent ,Jenny Brown, about how her acclaimed memoir Just Another Mountain came to be written and its route to publication and to national and international media interviews. In 1997, at the age of 24, Sarah lost her mother to breast cancer. Alone and adrift in the world, she very nearly gave up hope – but she’d made a promise to her mother that she would keep going no matter what. So she turned to the beautiful, dangerous, forbidding mountains of her native Scotland. By walking in her mother’s footsteps, she learns to accept her own troubled past, finding the strength to overcome her grief – and, ultimately, to carry on in the face of her own diagnosis twenty years later. Searingly honest and utterly relatable, bringing the exhilarating triumphs and challenges of mountain walking to life with wit, charm and raw candour, Just Another Mountain is a story of hope and redemption, of a mother and a daughter, and of how we can learn both to live and to love. Sometimes, all you can do is put one foot in front of the other … and just keep walking. During the writing process Sarah Jane contacted and met with XpoNorth for advice on developing and publishing her work. Just Another Mountain is published by Elliott & Thompson and the discussion will be followed by a signing session.

11:15am – 12:00pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

JUMP Presents: Digital Marketing Workshop

Times: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Andrew Rhodes: Artist Manager

Andrew Rhodes presents a dynamic, multi-faceted  and practical workshop on digital marketing in the streaming age.


Andrew Rhodes: Artist Manager
Andrew is an artist manager currently working with Norwegian pop singer Hanne Mjøen and the Swedish/British dream pop duo, Girl Crush. He also runs the UK office for Brilliance, a Norwegian born label where he regularly signs and releases music through Diamond Club - a label under Brilliance devoted to releasing singles from emerging artists. Originally from Australia, he spent many years  DJing in nightclubs and watching bands in basements which prepared him for the vitamin D deficiency-inducing conditions of northern Europe.

 

1:00pm – 2:15pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Circumpolar Crafters Network

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Janelle Kennedy: Director of Fisheries, Nunavat Goverment / Netty Sopata: Director, The Tailors House / Deirdre Nelson: Director, Deirdre Nelson Andree Gracie: Director, Event Organiser / Chair: Helen Voce: Director, H Voce

The Circumpolar Crafters Network session will look at a fascinating, multi-dimensional collaboration organised by the Government of Nunavut and involving makers from Scotland, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Sami and Norway.  This discussion will bring together makers including Netty Soppata (Diggory Brown), Deirdre Nelson, Jannelle Kennedy and Andree Gracie

1:00pm – 2:15pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Page to Screen – Keynote with Jason Lust

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Jason Lust: Producer

A must-attend Keynote exploring Screen Adaptations of Children’s Content.  Producer Jason Lust and his company Soluble Fish Productions has set-up a wide variety of movies throughout his career, most recently The History of Tom Thumb.  Previously, Lust had a producing partnership with Animal Logic Entertainment, and during his tenure there the Lego Movie was produced.  Lust was responsible for contracting over $1 billion dollars’ worth of pipeline business, in conjunction with setting up approximately fifteen features including Peter Rabbit (Sony) which was the second highest grossing feature in the UK for Sony in their company’s history behind James Bond.  While serving a 7-year tenure as head of Jim Henson Company’s feature film division, Lust built a feature slate which includes Guillermo Del Toro’s 'Pinocchio' (Netflix).  Lust is one of two founding partners at Circle of Confusion ('The Matrix' and 'The Walking Dead'), where he began his practice of using visual material to support the development and sale of genre movies.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

HMUK Scotland: Spotlight on Career Longevity

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Stuart Braithwaite: Mogwai / Rock Action Records / Dave Arcari: Blues Musician, Buzz Records / Jenn Butterworth: Folk Musician / Chair: Suzanne Miller: HMUK Scotland

Help Musicians Scotland will be discussing career longevity with Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai, Rock Action Records), Jenn Butterworth (one of Scotland's leading folk guitarists) and Dave Arcari (touring blues musician, Buzz Records). Help Musicians Scotland is the Scottish office of leading independent music charity; Help Musicians UK. The charity is there for professional musicians of all genres, offering a lifetime of support in times of crisis, illness, and funding for career development.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Remote Participation in Cultural Projects: Part One

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Kate McGeary: Content Creator, Inner Ear / Chair: Dougal Perman: Director, Inner Ear

For many cultural projects, its greatest asset presents its greatest challenge: the location. With reference to inspiring examples from Scotland and around the world, the Inner Ear team will present an interactive seminar on what’s possible, what to think about, how to approach a live stream, what the audience get out of it and how to ensure return on investment. Case studies will include Cowal Highland Gathering (Dunoon), Up-helly-aa (Lerwick), Donald MacLeod Memorial Piping Competition (Stornaway) and Glenfiddich Piping Championship (Blair Atholl).

1:00pm – 1:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Introducing Museum and Heritage Highland

Times: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Nicola Henderson: Project Coordinator, Highland Museums Forum

Museums and Heritage Highland exists to ensure that Highland heritage thrives, for the benefit of everyone living in and visiting the Highlands. We work with museums and heritage organisations located across this large, beautiful, disparate area - from Fort Willian to Wick and Nairn to Skye - to generate exciting and innovative projects that help them raise standards, engage with more people and be sustainable and resilient. Our museums have the stories, the objects and the people that bring the Highlands to life for all who visit and live there. They are an essential component in small, rural communities helping them to prosper, economically and socially. We want to ensure they can keep telling these stories in new and interesting ways for current and future generations.

1:30pm – 2:00pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

BFI: British Certification and Tax Relief

Times: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Stuart Burnside: Certification Analyst, the British Film Institute (BFI)

The BFI Certification Unit is the first point of contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film, video game, high-end television programme, animation programme and children’s television programme as British in order to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. In this talk find out how the creative tax reliefs could apply to you, what they’re worth and how to qualify regardless of the size of project or company.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

The Place Creates the Story

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Chibundo Onuzo: Writer / Chair: Beatrix Wood Owner, TrixPix Media

An authentic local look, feel, sound, smell and taste gives content creators the potential to develop something truly unique and exciting.   This fascinating session brings together two successful creatives, a writer and a film maker, with two very different geographical backgrounds, - Lagos and South Uist.  Despite these differences, both work across more than one art form, and both have place and a sense of authenticity at the core of their creative work.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

The Story Behind the Music

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Vic Galloway: Journalist, Author, Broadcaster / John Robb: Musician, Journalist, Author, Broadcaster / Stuart Cosgrove: Author, Journalist, Broadcaster

What does it mean to write about music?  Two leading authors and broadcasters lead what will be a lively discussion, have turned their passion for music into books, and present the story of how the music influences and is influenced by the politics, society and style of the community that creates and consumes i

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

MG Alba present: Re-orientating the Map: Minority Languages and the Creative Industries

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Na’alehu Anthony: Director Oiwi TV (Hawaii) / Stacey Aglok: Writer,Producer, Director Puhitaq Films (Nunavut) / Alethea Arnaquq-Baril: Filmmaker, Unikkaat Studios Inc (Nunavut) / Itziar Azpeitia Iruretagoiena: Head of Special Projects, ETB (The Basque Country) / Ingá-Máret Gaup-Juuso:Singer (Norway) / Chair: Domhnall Caimbeul: Chief Executive, MG Alba

With around 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, minority languages are in fact in the majority.  Rather than being seen as being on the periphery, these languages offer the potential for unique content and present consumers with a different view point.  This diverse and exciting panel will discuss the opportunities that technology and media change offer to bring exciting, authentic, new content to global audiences, putting them directly in the centre of everything.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Stories from the Shadows

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Chris Walker: Director, Bright White Ltd / Malcolm Maclean: Arts and Heritage Consultant / Stephanie Smith: Director, Nova Scotia Museums / Chair: Dr Thea Stevens: Design School, Glasgow School of Art

In this XpoNorth panel session, we’ll discuss how story telling plays into tourism and cultural heritage. From battlefields to urban landscapes, tragic tales and hidden stories, how do we narrate our heritage  – whether that’s orally, visually, or digitally – as effectively, and innovatively, as possible, and how can we communicate this to a variety of audiences?

2:15pm – 3:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Fortnite Effect: How Collaborations Between Gaming and Music Are Making an Impact

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Andy Farrow: Northern Music Co. / Sergio Pimentel: Senior Creative, Ninja Tune / Wayne Emanuel: Head of Gaming Partnerships at War Child / Chair: Nicky Carder: Music Managers Forum

From Deadmau5 and Twitch to Weezer’s “Fortnite Island”, collaborations between game developers and musicians are set to increase dramatically in the near future with lucrative benefits and challenges for both sides. What makes for a successful collaboration and what are the red flags to watch out for? Who are the partners being most innovative in this area? And what can streaming learn from gaming business models in terms of turning free to paid?

2:15pm – 3:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

JUMP Presents: Live Business Pitching Session

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Various JUMP Mentors

Following on from this morning’s session, the JUMP Network will deliver an opportunity for businesses to live pitch their ideas to a network featuring some of the leading music and digital networks in the UK and Europe.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Meet the Producers

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Micheal Flaherty: Producer / Valerie McGowan: Producer / Susanne Simpson: "Deputy Executive Producer, MASTERPIECE, WGHB / CHAIR: Helen Searle: Entertainment Lawyer

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3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Establishing Your Content Kingdom

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Craig Massie: Boiler Room / Nadine Walker: Tenement TV / András Bozán Bodrog: YouTube / David Mogendorf: YouTube / Sarah Johnston Client Services Account Manager, FUGA

In recent years global brands have emerged from DIY projects that began as amateur podcasts, basic web videos and simple live streams. Content creators can look to digital storytelling innovators to extend their brands, create deep engagement with audiences and develop new revenue streams and distribution models. Serialised, live and interactive content can extend the world of a story far beyond its original media. Case study references and discussion will chart the progress of pioneers who have created enviable empires from often very humble beginnings.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

International Making Projects with Crafting Futures

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Carol Sinclair: Chair and Crafting Futures Project Manager, Applied Arts Scotland / Ana Paula Fuentes: Social Designer, CADA / Netty Sopata: Director, The Tailors House / Lynne Mennie: Director, Lynne’s Loom / Chair: Helen Voce: Director, H Voce

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3:30pm – 4:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

XpoNorth Listening Room: Your Songs in the Spotlight

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Steve Farris: Head of Publishing, 13 Artists / Rachel Menzies: Music Supervisor, Native Music Supervision and Production / Sat Bisla: Owner, A&R Worldwide / Bjorn Sandberg: Promotions Manager, FUGA / Chair: Vic Galloway: Journalist, Author, Broadcaster

This informal listening session will offer showcasing artists a unique opportunity to gain constructive and valuable feedback on their material from a broad range of respected industry voices.

3:45pm – 4:10pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

The Canadian Creative Industries Export Strategy

Times: 3:45pm – 4:10pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Lara Thorpe: Manager of the Creative Export Strategy Policy Team at the Department of Canadian Heritage/ Isabelle Ringuet: Director, Strategic Policy and Management, for the Cultural Affairs (CA) sector of Canadian Heritage

Canada is highly regarded for the quality of its support for the Creative industries. Lara Thorpe and Isabel Ringuet of the Canadian Governments Department of Heritage, will present a short overview of the new Canadian export strategy, and how their support for the sector works.  Your opportunity to hear more about their highly effective policies.

5:00pm – 6:30pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Opening Reception with HIE and SMIA

Times: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Iain Hamilton: Head of Creative Industries, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)/ Dougal Perman: Chair, SMIA (Scottish Music Industry Association)

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) warmly welcome you to the XpoNorth Opening Reception featuring live performances, refreshments and food. 

7:00pm – 11:15pm
Old High Stephen’s Church

XpoNorth 2019 Film Screening Programme

Times: 7:00pm – 11:15pm
Venue: Old High Stephen’s Church
Speakers: XpoNorth 2019 Film Screening Programme

VenueOld High Stephens's Church HallAcademy StreetInvernessIV1 1LU
 

The Racer, Director, Alex Harron, Documentary, PG (13 Minutes)

Jodie lives and breathes motorcycling. But the road to reaching the top is paved with difficulties. An impossible dream, if it wasn't for her dad's unwavering support.

 

Slingshot, Director, Robin Haig, Drama, PG (16 Minutes)

Slingshot is the spirited tale of overlooked Highland woman Kath who works in the ticket booth of a Scottish castle. On the day of her local village’s Pict vs. Viking battle re-enactment she longs to join in but is thwarted by her annoying boss Gordon. Worse still, she has another run in with teenage daughter Emily. Kath’s world unexpectedly changes when enigmatic tour guide Flora gifts her a mysterious hagstone. Kath finds herself reliving an ancient legend which inspires the courage in her to answer the battle cry and finally become a warrior queen.

 

BIYIK ZHERDE (In the Green Land), Director, Suiunbek Gulzhigit Uulu, Documentary, PG (13 Minutes)

IN THE GREEN LAND Synopsis of the documentary film The life of ancient Kyrgyz people, their li livestock farming and life conditions deeply connected with the great mountains.The shepherd and his family living in the mountains by tending and rearing sheep. Despite of it is at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, their happiness fully associated with this land. The livestock breeding for them are their happiess, sadness, life challenge and their future.

 

Simply Runderful, Director, Marcin Walczak, Documentary, 12 (28 Minutes)

Lucja and Marina are two young females who attempt to run 500 km in 5 days in a self-organised challenge. While pushing their bodies to the limits they constantly fight with pain balancing between endurance and reaching the breaking point. Neither of them had ever run such a long distance before. Organisation and planning are crucial to make it successful, but not everything goes as it had been planned. Would they manage to accomplish their 500 km in 5 days challenge?

 

Everything is Fine, Director, Avi Sidi, Drama, 12 (14 Minutes)

Noam is a discharged soldier from a combat unit in the Israel Defense Forces. On his way to celebrate his birthday, a series of memories surface in his head and as a result, bring his traumatic service to the center of Tel Aviv.

 

Moon Drops, Director, Yoram Ever Hadani, Fantasy Romance, PG (16 Minutes)

Moon Drops is a magical fairy tale with no dialogues. A factory worker tired of his dead-end job, assembles an enigmatic machine that produces liquid drops from the moonlight. The bottled drops are a hard sell at the town market. But all changes when their surprising effect is revealed.

 

Icare, Director, Nicolas Boucart, Drama, PG (27 Minutes)

On a tiny island encircled by steep cliffs, a unique house stands alone facing the sea. Obsessed by the dream that, one day, man may be able to fly just like a bird, an inventor experiments with machines on this abandoned piece of land. For this man, only a pure, light and naive soul is capable of such a feat. Recruited from the continent, 11-year-old Joseph seems to be the perfect candidate.

 

A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm, Director, Martin Laird, Animation, PG (5 Minutes)

Campaigning for women to have the right to vote took place from the latter half of the 19th Century up to the start of the First World War. Orcadian suffragists were part of that activism. Researched and scripted by Fiona Grahame, the hand painted animation by Martin Laird references the world of 20th Century art. The Orcadian Woman's Suffrage Society had connections to the artist Stanley Cursiter, who designed their banner. The narration by Orcadian Kim Foden is upbeat and enthusiastic. The original score by James Watson sets the tempo for the animation.

 

SAMVEL, Director, Evgeniy Bakirov, Documentary, 12 (6 Minutes)

A short documentary film about Samvel Galstyan - a taxi driver from Erevan. The film puts his profession in the background focusing on Samvel's hobby - he's been an artist since his childhood.

 

Just Agree Then, Director, Duncan Cowles & Ross Hogg, Comedy, 12 (9 Minutes)

Contrasting artistic visions, misplaced confidence and blatant ignorance collide on the backdrop of an increasingly fragile and divided world. In August 2018, seven months before the UK is due to leave the EU, two stubborn Scottish filmmakers struggle to make a short film together in the Austrian Alps. Can they find common ground, or will they have to go their separate ways?

 

Metropolitan Spaghetti, Director, Alex Cormack, Entertainment, PG (8 Minutes)

Metropolitan Spaghetti is the tale of a lonesome Cowboy wandering the urban streets of a modern city. He faces constant rejection and humiliation as he desperately strives to make it to an unexpected destination.

 

Tell Me a Story, Director, Andy M Wells, Drama, PG (5 Minutes)

TELL ME A STORY is a film about a young relationship hitting a barrier. This couple (Lilly and Adam) are sitting in there favourite place, in front of the Scottish landscape. Lilly wants to leave, to move away, to go somewhere else. Adam doesn't want her to leave him.. But he knows that she has to.

 

Birthday Party, Director, Natalia Bereg, Drama, 15 (3 Minutes)

Is there life after forty years old? What does a girl come through when she becomes a woman? One wrong word that she is not yet ready to hear can hurt her and make her 10 years older…

 

Shab e Tavalod (Birthday Night), DirectorOmid Shams, Drama, PG (23 Minutes)

Ahmad and Ali are friends and job partners. On their birthday night they are on their way from a job outside of the city to Synopsis Ahmad's house where their wives are waiting for them. But on the road outside of the city, an accident is waiting for them that causes them to know more about each other…

7:30pm – 11:59pm
Various Venues

XpoNorth 2019 Music Showcase Schedule

Times: 7:30pm – 11:59pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: XpoNorth 2019 Music Showcase Schedule

Wednesday 3rd July 2019


Ironworks Venue

19.30-20.00: The 101
20.30-21.00: Broken Chanter
21.30-22.00: Megan Airlie
22.30-23.00: Keir Gibson
23.30-00.00: The Roov

Hootananny

20.00-20.30: Moonlight Zoo
21.00-21.30: Quiche
22.00-22.30: The Sea Atlas
23.00-23.30: THE WOODS

Mad Hatters

19.30-20.00: James Leonard Hewitson
20.30-21.00: Lunir
21.30-22.00: Mark McGowan
22.30-23.00: Wuh Oh

The Market Bar

20.30-21.00: Fabric Bear
21.30-22.00: Pure Grief
22.30-23.00: BooHooHoo

The Phoenix

20.00-20.30: Echo Machine
21.00-21.30: False Friends
22.00-22.30: Real Life Entertainment
23.00-23.30: Emme Woods

The Tooth & Claw

19.45-20.15: Elisabeth Elektra
20.45-21.15: Folda
21.45-22.15: Mt. Doubt
22.45-23.15: The Strives

PentaHotel

19.30-20.00: Hamish Hawk & The New Outfit
20.30-21.00: SHEARS
21.30-22.00: Cara Rose
22.30-23.00: Scholesy
23.30-00.00: Annie Booth

Day 2 Thursday 4th July 2019

9:00am – 5:00pm
Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court

Conference Registration and Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

You can collect your pass at the Delegate Registration point in the Main Foyer at Eden Court (Inverness) which is open until 5pm each day. Make sure you register as a festival delegate to access all the events on the programme. Register for free today here

10:00am – 11:15am
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Meet The Support Agencies

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Chair: David Oxley: Director of Business Growth, Highlands and islands Enterprise / Clive Gilman: Director, Creative Industries, Creative Scotland / Isabel Davies: Director, Screen Scotland / Neil Semple: Head of Creative Industries, Department of International Trade and Investment / Susan McColl: Creative Industries, Scottish Enterprise

Hear from representatives from a broad cross-reach of regional and national organisations on how you can access the support to bring your creative ideas to life, secure funding to develop your business and gain a valuable insight into current programmes which offer support to develop your project and innovate your business model.

10:00am – 11:15am
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

SDS: Inspiring and Developing the New Creative Workforce

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Tyler Polzin: Director, A&R Worldwide / Tom Duncan / Chair: Anthony Standing

Skills Development Scotland will run through the inspiring range of programmes they deliver and how they can support young creatives. There will also be an opportunity to hear a range of XpoNorth speakers detail the journey they took to break into the creative industries and forge a successful career. This interactive session will offer practical advice on routes into the industry, setting goals, top tips on how to achieve them and give attendees an invaluable opportunity to ask our panel of experts how you can drive your creative career forward. 

10:00am – 11:15am
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Trends- Writing for Children

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Felicity Trew: Sheldon Agency / Chair, Peter Urpeth: XpoNorth

tbc

10:00am – 10:30am
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands Welcome Breakfast

Times: 10:00am – 10:30am
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, EmuBands/ Toni Malyn: Head of Artist Relations, EmuBands

Join EmuBands for a welcome breakfast and overview of their day’s schedule.

10:00am – 11:15am
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

PRS for Music: Rights & Royalties - Understanding PRS for Music

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: TONY BARTON: Head of Writer Support & Relationships (PRS for Music) / STUART FLEMING: Senior Writer Relationship Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland (PRS for Music) / ANDREW PROVAN: Head of licensing & Sales (PRS for Music)

PRS for Music licenses the rights of over 140,000 songwriter, composers and music publishers in an increasingly global market. Have you ever wondered how those royalties flow from the music user to your bank account? Do you want to find out more about new licensing models? Join the discussion with our panel of experts from PRS for Music.

10:30am – 11:15am
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: Intro to Digital Distribution & Rights Management

Times: 10:30am – 11:15am
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

Join EmuBands and Rightsbridge for an introductory session on their roles within the wider industry structure, which of your copyrights they represent and how they help you monetise them.

11:15am – 12:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Small band....BIG synch. Success stories in pitching emerging music to film, tv and advertising

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Simon Pursehouse: Global Director of Music Services, Sentric Music / Dan Butler: SVP, Business Affairs & Legal- Music, Paramount Pictures / Roxy Shah: Music Supervisor, Record-Play / Sue Crawshaw: Pick & Mix Music / Chair: Mark Gordon Owner, Score Draw Music

In 2019  music sync revenues (when a band's music is used for example in a scene on a TV show, or on a film trailer) continue to be very important for emerging as well as established artists. But the creative gatekeepers in television, film and advertising can often appear to be opaque and hard to reach for bands and songwriters who perhaps are not with a major publisher or label ; and thus struggle to pitch music towards opportunity. In this session key individuals (from one of Adidas's global music team to a VP from Paramount Pictures Music) will share stories of situations where a key music placement went not to a global superstar, but rather an independent individual or band. They will also open up the pathways independent music can take to be at the front of the queue for sync opportunities.

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Interface – Innovative and Sustainable Materials

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Dr Sandra Wilson: University of Dundee, Reader Jewellery and Metal Design / Sam Vettese: Edinburgh Napier University / Lorna Fraser: Director, Fraser Ceramics / Chair: Fiona Pilgrim Interface

tbc

11:15am – 12:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Remote Participation in Cultural Projects: Part Two

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Jo Johnson: London Symphony Orchestra / Helen Urquhart: National Pipine Centre / Karen Palmer: Senior Marketing Manager, NT Live

Live streaming an event creates a suite of valuable assets which include the shared experience, another property that can be monetised and a catalogue of valuable content assets. Leading cultural organisations have utilised digital content production and distribution successfully to build their brands and widen their audience reach significantly. Dougal Perman will chair a panel of cultural content pioneers who have utilised remote participation to engage audiences who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience their work. Panelists will include producers from Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, UK National Theatre’s NT Live, The Met: Live in HD, National Gallery Live Broadcasts and Scottish Ballet’s Biennial Digital Season.

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

In Conversation with Ian Hunter

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Ian Hunter: Oscar Winning Visual Effects Supervisor, New Deal Studios

A very special Keynote with Oscar Winning VFX Supervisor, Ian Hunter (Co-Founder / Creative Director, New Deal Studios). Hunter is a highly innovative storyteller in the field of motion picture visual effects and has overseen the production of many complex sequences from some of the great blockbusters of our time. Securing numerous awards for his work in both features and commercials, Hunter has won several VES Awards for his work on sequences for the likes of 'The Dark Knight', 'Inception' and the Bafta and Oscar nominated, 'First Man'; he was also recently a visual effect supervisor on the film Interstellar.  A true visionary, Hunter deftly utilises his experience in visual effects and film design into the cutting-edge virtual reality world.

11:15am – 12:30pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Marketing to Children’s Literary Agents

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Felicity Trew: Sheldon Agency

tbc

11:15am – 11:45am
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: 1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

Times: 11:15am – 11:45am
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

11:45am – 12:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: Beyond DIY: Building your team

Times: 11:45am – 12:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

Understanding the value of building the right team for your campaign - what help you do need and from whom?

12:30pm – 1:00pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: 1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

1:00pm – 2:15pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Page to Screen: Impact of Screen on booksales

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Annie Stone: International Account Manager, Bookbub/ Chair: Jessica Fox: XpoNorth

Stone leads BookBub’s publisher relations group, working closely with partners across the US, Canada, UK and Australia.  The company helps more than 15 million readers internationally discover new titles and authors whilst facilitating thousands of publishers and authors to reach those audiences with their books.  Before joining BookBub, Stone was an editor at Harper Collins.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Music Producers Guild – what makes a great record

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Dan Cox: Producer / Dani Bennett Spragg: Engineer / Chair: Andrew Hunt: Producer

Come along and learn from the MPG’s all-star panel of producers, as they discuss the different ways they make hit records, and what the magic ingredients are.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

DIT Present: Canada Market Focus

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Marcel McKeogh: Executive Director - Culture and Heritage Development, Province of Nova Scotia / Nathalie Clermont: VP, Programmes and Business Development, Canada Media Fund / Brian Heatherman: Owner, Cerberus Management / Bonnie Edgecombe: CEO, AbbyShot / Chair: Neil Semple: Department for International Trade

tbc

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Travel Journalism: A Look at Where We’re At

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Lyn Hughes: Writer / Brigid Benson: Writer / Chair: Peter Urpeth: XpoNorth

tbc

1:00pm – 1:45pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: Maximising Your Potential on Spotify

Times: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

Essential information for artists, managers and their teams - covering tips and tricks on Profile Management, Playlisting and more.

1:45pm – 2:15pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: 1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

Times: 1:45pm – 2:15pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

Epiphany Story Lab – Routes Into Documentary Screen

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Micheal Flaherty: Founder, Walden Media / Chair: Valerie McGowan: Epiphany Story Lab

tbc

2:15pm – 3:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Innovation and the Industry Commons

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Michaela Magas: Founder & Creative Director, Music TechFest

The largest world technology companies have creativity as part of their business. The combination of music and tech is a powerful one for innovators, early adopters and startup communities - and it's been at the forefront of innovation in the cloud, data, IP, distributed technologies and AI. Music is a phenomenal social glue that brings together diverse people from all backgrounds and perspectives, and it's also led the way for policy recommendations and new methods for all industry. Music - and specifically music tech - provides a unique platform for cross-sector collaboration, bringing together artists and scientists, academics and industry to build new and disruptive innovation on top of existing industry capabilities.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Music Licensing, Sync and Placement in Advertising

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Nick Oakes: Head of Sync and Creative Licensing, Sony ATV Music Publishing/ EMI Music Publishing / Sophie Urquhart: Music Supervisor, Tin Drum Music / Josh Rabinowitz: Consultant and Music Supervisor / Chair: Mark Allen

Music sync placements in advertising can be a game changer for an artist, often boosting their profile and providing well needed income. However, they are notoriously difficult to secure. This panel will bring together music supervisor experts from across the globe to discuss the dos and dont's,  real life examples, things to look out for, and how to secure that golden sync placement.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Influential Women in Publishing

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Charlotte Dryburgh: Tourist Development Graduate, Shetland Amnesty Trust / Marion Sinclair: Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland / Jenny Brown: Jenny Brown Associates / Kate Davies: Self-Published Writer

tbc

2:15pm – 3:00pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: DIY Marketing Toolbox

Times: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

Simple, effective tools for independent artists & labels to market their releases. Covering best practices for digital campaigns, including utilising SmartURLs, Pre-Orders & Pre-Saves, as well as pitching to blogs, press & radio. 

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Writing to an Agent: Workshopping the Submission Letter

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Chair: Peter Urpeth, XpoNorth Writing and Publishing Specialist/ Felicity Trew, Literary Agent, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency

The second part of Felicity’s special training workshops will follow on from this morning with a masterclass on workshopping the submission letter. This fun, inspiring and practical workshop covers what a literary agent does, how to write a great submission letter and make sure agents want to open your manuscript. The submissions letter is the first example of your writing an agent will ever read, so getting it right is make or break. From dissecting the DNA of the perfect letter to analysing examples of the good, the bad and the ugly, this session will help you perfect the tricky art of pitching yourself and your work.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: 1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

Times: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

The Sunrise Sector: An Insight Into the Indian Music & Media Industries

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Mandar Thakur: "COO, Times Music  A division of The Times of India Group / Chair: Domhnall Caimbeul: Chief Executive, MG ALBA

Join us for an invaluable insight into one of the most diverse and vibrant media market in the world today. Mediums are converging, and successful media companies no longer think about print, TV, radio or digital, but simply about the consumer. This must attend opportunity to hear from one of the market’s largest players will look at where the entry points are and the diverse and growing opportunities for broad collaboration.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Narrative Non Fiction: What’s Selling Now?

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Andrew Franklin: CEO, Profile Books / Angie Crawford / Chair: Jenny Brown: Jenny Brown Associates

We are living in an age of nonfiction.  What are publishers looking for in good nonfiction, and what is selling in the shops?  And what are the titles booksellers would like to see on the shelves?  Andrew Franklin is the Managing Director of London-based independent publisher Profile Books which publishes history, business, science and biography.  Bestselling authors include Mary Beard, Alan Bennett and Atul Gwande. Profile's Scottish-based authors include Gavin Francis and Shaun Bythell whose Diary of a Bookseller has been translated into 20 languages.   Angie Crawford has been a bookseller for over twenty years starting first in Dillon’s and Waterstones in Inverness before moving to Waterstones head office to be a children’s buyer. After a four year stint at Ottakar’s Head Office she moved back to Waterstones to be the Scottish Buyer. There are currently 27 Waterstones stores in Scotland.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

The Iron Sky Story : Producing with the Audience

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Timo Vuorensola: Filmmaker, Writer, Director / Chair: Andrew Dubber

The sci-fi comedy Iron Sky is the story of a Nazi invasion of earth from the dark side of the moon.  However, the making of the film is in its own right, a story well worth hearing.  Finnish film director, Timo Vuorensola’s first film Star Wrecks, was made with a largely with the aid of crowd participation, and went on to achieve over 8 million downloads. His second film, Iron Sky followed this model of producing with the audience, and absolutely maximising the input of the crowd economy, not just to raise money, but also to develop elements of the film itself. Iron Sky launched at the Berlin Film festival, and in  three months the trailer had been downloaded over 7 million times, a record for an independent film at the time, and sold in more than 70 countries.  Timo will talk about his enthusiasm for finding non-traditional models to create new films, looking at the role of the audience in production, funding, r&d and marketing, as well as producing other products from the iron Sky universe.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Screen Scotland

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: tbc

Screen Scotland is the new dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland, delivering enhanced support for all aspects of Scotland's screen sector. An increase in specialist staff and resources means that Screen Scotland offers more advice, engagement and development opportunities in all areas of production, exhibition, distribution, skills and training.
This open session will be led by Screen Scotland Executive Director Isabel Davis and is an opportunity to hear about the support and services Screen Scotland offer. There will also be an insight into new and ongoing equalities, diversity and inclusion practices. The session will be followed by individual one to ones with Screen Scotland staff.

3:30pm – 4:15pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: Where's My Money?

Times: 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

Track your royalties as they flow through the ecosystem, from music user to music maker via various intermediaries. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls that can slow things down.

4:15pm – 4:45pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

EmuBands: 1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

Times: 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jamie Gilmour: Founder and Director, Rightsbridge / Ally Gray: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Emu Bands

1-2-1 / Royalty Clinic

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Old High Stephen’s Church

XpoNorth 2019 Film Screening Programme

Times: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Old High Stephen’s Church
Speakers: XpoNorth 2019 Film Screening Programme

Venue: Old High Stephens's Church Hall, Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1LU


Discover Scotland: North Coast 500, Director, Sean Grieve, Documentary, (U)
 

Discover Scotland: North Coast 500 takes audiences on a breathtaking adventure around a 516 mile round-trip of Scotland's north Highlands to a soundtrack by Mànran (2012 London Olympics), and Kathleen MacInnes (Robin Hood). Presented by Malcolm Jamieson (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Howard’s Way) and filmed in 4K resolution with numerous partnerships with local businesses, the documentary explores the culture, history, and opportunity for adventure around the 516 miles of Scotland’s north coast.
 

The North Coast 500 has been hailed by many as one of the world’s essential road trips. While the driving experience is almost unparalleled, the 516 mile round-trip through the Highlands of Scotland is also home to breathtaking scenery, vibrant people, and a rich history. After seeing that most of the media coverage of the route was from first-time experiences, Sean Grieve decided to use his first year out of university to produce Discover Scotland: North Coast 500.
 

I wanted to show an honest representation of the Highlands with an authentic soundtrack that all point towards a contemporary, thriving Scotland that cherishes its culture and heritage.” – Sean Grieve
 

The Skye filmmaker’s perspective on the North Coast 500 culminates in a 90-minute documentary, featuring a blend of visits to listed historical locations, and adventures with locals off the beaten track. Sean hopes that his project will transport audiences to the remote regions and leave them with a deeper appreciation for the route that goes beyond its striking beauty. 
 

About Sean Grieve:

Sean Grieve grew up on the Isle of Skye and graduated last year with a BA (Hons) degree in Filmmaking from Screen Academy Scotland last year. After releasing several short drama films in Edinburgh and New York City, Sean self-financed Discover Scotland: North Coast 500 as a means to learn more about the culture and history of Scotland’s Highlands, and to take audiences on the same journey. Sean is currently on his way towards directing inspiring feature films in Scotland drawing from the country’s culture, history, and folklore.

Following the screening, there will be a special Q&A session with Sean Grieve.

7:30pm – 11:59pm
Various Venues

XpoNorth Music Showcase Schedule

Times: 7:30pm – 11:59pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: XpoNorth Music Showcase Schedule

Thursday 4th July 2019

Ironworks Venue

20.00-20.30: Fauves
21.00-21.30: Chuchoter
22.00-22.30: The Dazed Digital Age

Hootananny

20.00-20.30: Youth Team
21.00-21.30: Spoke Too Soon
22.00-22.30: Savage Mansion
23.00-23.30: Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves

Mad Hatters

19.30-20.00: Goodnight Louisa
20.30-21.00: Ükku
21.30-22.00: Ivy Flindt
22.30-23.00: Walt Disco
23.30-00.00: WHɎTE

The Market Bar

20.00-20.30: Calum Jones
21.00-21.30: Amy Lou & The Monday Club
22.00-22.30: Sam Cain
23.00-23.30: Pleasure Heads

The Phoenix

19.30-20.00: Russell Stewart
20.30-21.00: Lizzie Reid
21.30-22.00: Solareye
22.30-23.00: GHØSTWRITER
23.30-00.00: LaKyoto

The Tooth & Claw

19.45-20.15: Swim School
20.45-21.15: Shredd
21.45-22.15: Hannah Slavin
22.45-23.00: Andy Williamson

PentaHotel

19.30-20.00: Emiah
20.30-21.00: Roddy Johnson
21.30-22.00: Scarlett Randle
22.30-23.00: Mike Vass
23.30-00.00: Luke La Volpe