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Actors Boot Camp
The revolutionary American-style creative process. Within a four hour workshop for skills in working with and directing actors, the opportunity to experience the technical and theoretical process of the television and film performance. Led by Trevor Etienne. Having worked on such television favourites as 'London's Burning', and the award-winning BBC2 drama 'Holding On', Trevor went on to star in ITV's post apocalyptic series 'The Last Train''. He then branched out into the world of film, bringing him into contact with such renowned film-makers as Stanley Kubrick. Recently Trevor won the short film award at the Acapulco Black Film Festival for 'Driving Miss Crazy', which he wrote and directed.

Audience with Alex Cox
The Liverpool-born director of 'Repo Man' and 'Sid and Nancy' discusses his new feature 'Revenger's tragedy', just finished shooting in Liverpool.

BAFTA North Evening - 'Whats Cooking'
Only Liverpool screening of latest feature film, 'Whats Cooking' by director Gurinda Chadha ('Bhaji on the Beach'), with a Q&A session with the director, and reception, sponsored by Northern section of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Thanksgiving Day dinner for four American families...

British Asian Film-makers
Movin As A Massive, a Manchester-based group, showcase some of their work, discuss their way of working and invite those present to consider some proposals.

Director's Cut
David Yip, Liverpool actor and director presents the story, and the continuing life of his documentary short 'Chinese Whispers', on the Liverpool Chinese community of the 1940s and 50s, as reflected by the rich archives of the The Hulton Getty Picture Collection.

Keeping History Alive
An opportunity for Merseyside school students to be involved in the festival.These might be the next emerging directors, producers, writers.
'Once We Were Numbers', a film made by Mersey Film & Video, will be screened, with the opportunity for students to be involved in a Q & A session with Leon Greenman OBE, Auschwitz survivor 98288. Leon was born in London's East End. Although a British citizen he still found himself in Auschwitz, but survived. His story has been recently published as 'An Englishman in Auschwitz', in the Library of Holocaust Testimonies series by Valentine Mitchell publishing, 11.95.

Script to Screen
The Bursary workshop hopefully takes some of the mystery out of script writing and development with practical advice from experts and commissioning editors. Four bursary awards sponsored by MIDA are available to new talent. Details of this, and the Digital Shorts will be announced during the workshop. (This workshop will additionally be held place in Manchester - ring for further details).