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CREATe@10 event: Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers

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CREATe@10 event: Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers

By 24 January 2023August 25th, 2023No Comments

[cancelled due to strike action by UCU; the event has been re-scheduled to 21st November 2023 at the Regent Cinema in Christchurch, near Bournemouth]

On 27th February 2023, CREATe (University of Glasgow) and CIPPM (Bournemouth University) are co-hosting the event ‘Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers’. The event – which is part of CREATe’s Policy Futures series – will take place in the evocative Andrew Stewart cinema in Glasgow, bringing together a panel of leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of filmmaking and copyright law. The event is free and can only be attended in person. Places are limited – you can book your seat at this link: 

Original illustration by Ilaria Urbinati for The Forger’s Apprentice, episode 3 of The Game is On! series.

Original illustration by Ilaria Urbinati for The Forger’s Apprentice, episode 3 of The Game is On! series.

The event will offer a great opportunity to hear from experts how existing materials such as film and TV clips, music and images can be reused lawfully and creatively under UK copyright law, whether for educational purposes or in the creation of new films. Filmmakers, film and law students, lecturers, and anyone with an interest in filmmaking or copyright law (or both!) are encouraged to attend. The discussion will focus on copyright exceptions, provisions in the UK copyright act that enable the lawful reuse of protected works without permission from the copyright owner. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the Code of Best Practices in Creative Reuse for Documentary Filmmakers, co-developed by CREATe and IViR (University of Amsterdam) as part of the ReCreating Europe consortium.

The event – co-hosted by Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe) and Claudy Op den Kamp (CIPPM) – will kick off at 5.15pm with the screening of two short films produced by Bournemouth BA (Hons) Film students, who will present their work and describe their understanding of the exceptions they relied on to produce them. Following the screening, the panel of experts and practitioners will respond to the students’ presentations and will discuss the scope of application of exceptions that are relevant for filmmaking and film education.

Attendees are in for a treat. After a drinks and canapes reception in the foyer of the cinema, at 8pm award-winning filmmaker Charlie Shackleton will present a programme of essay films that explore the ephemeral (yet eminently familiar) terrain of popular television, nested within a larger essay film by Shackleton himself. The programme will culminate in a screening of Missing Episode, Shackleton’s 2017 collaboration with the poet Ross Sutherland, in which the latter digs deep into the recesses of his memory with the aid of a twenty-year-old episode of EastEnders. The Village Voice called it ‘a dazzling sung-through monologue … a bravura feat of choreography and music, staggeringly complex and almost unaccountably beautiful‘.

Still from Missing Episode (2017), a one-take audio-visual poem directed by Charlie Shackleton in which artist Ross Sutherland revisits a twenty-year-old episode of the popular English soap opera EastEnders as a form of self-reckoning.

Our wonderful line-up of speakers includes, in alphabetical order:

Tanya Aplin – Professor of Intellectual Property Law at King’s College London

Elizabeth Klinck – Archival producer, visual researcher and clearance specialist

Dinusha Mendis – Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law and Director of CIPPM at Bournemouth University

Charlie Shackleton – Filmmaker

Inge Sorensen – Lecturer in Media Policy (Theatre, Film & Television Studies) at the University of Glasgow

The full schedule is available below. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about filmmaking and copyright from a panel of distinguished speakers. Register now at EVENTBRITE.

Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers

Andrew Stewart cinema, Glasgow. Monday 27th February (17:15-21:45)

17:15 – Welcome and introduction (Bartolomeo Meletti)

17:25-17:45 – Screening of students’ short films

17:45-18:10 – Each panellist responds to the students’ presentations (5 minutes each)

18:10-19:00 – Panel discussion chaired by Claudy Op den Kamp

19:00-20:00 – Drinks and canapes reception

20:00-21:45 – Screening: Missing Episode and other episodes by Charlie Shakleton

Panellists: Tanya Aplin, Elizabeth Klinck, Dinusha Mendis, Charlie Shackleton, Inge Sorensen