We've rounded up some of the best workshops and events for filmmakers in October

There are plenty of things to do all over the UK for aspiring filmmakers, with events, workshops and networking going on all the time.

In a constantly expanding industry, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with new ideas like virtual reality and self-distribution. But, if you manage to get to grips with terms like these through workshops and events, then you can create a niche for yourself and your filmmaking.

Check out some of our picks for October below to see what appeals to you.

‘Litterbugs Character Creation’ workshop

Bournemouth Based production company Treehouse Digital are running this workshop to give filmmakers a behind the scenes look at their Creative England backed short film ‘Litterbugs’. The premise of the workshop is to understand their use of practical special effects and work out how you can use it in your own work. Geared around working on a low budget, this could be really interesting for amateur filmmakers.

What: A workshop on low budget filmmaking

When: October 14 | 2pm-4pm

Where: Absolute Music, Wallisdown, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE

Price: £3, www.eventbrite.co.uk


How to set up and run a production company

The London Film School offers frequent workshops on the ins and outs of being an aspiring filmmaker. This one-day workshop aims to provide a practical guide to people wanting to set up and run their own production company.

What: A workshop on setting up your own production company

When: October 13 | All day

Where: 24 Shelton St, London WC2H 9UB

Price: £150, www.lfs.org


Experimental animation workshop with Jessica Ashman

If you’re looking for things to do in London, this practical workshop with animator Jessica Ashman invites participants to collaborate on an animated short film. The activity is aimed at people with little or no experience in animation in an effort to broaden their filmmaking skills.

What: An animation workshop led by Jessica Ashman

When: October 23 | 11am-4pm

Where: Animation Studio: KPNE 157, Knight’s Park Campus, Kingston University London, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2QJ

Price: Free, eventbrite.co.uk


Call-and-Response: Workshop on Music Documentary

This workshop will give an introduction to musical and filmic call-and-response techniques. Organised by the Africa in Motion Film Festival, it touches upon the representation of the musical wealth and traditions it calls upon.

What: A talk and workshop on musical documentary making

When: October 29 | 2.30pm-5.30pm

Where: Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Price: Free, eventbrite.co.uk


BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

Credit: MaryG90 via Wikimedia Commons

Of course we keep harping on about this one but if you’re about in London this month then you should definitely try to check out some of the events going on around the BFI London Film Festival. There are talks on everything from virtual reality to acting, alongside plenty of film screenings.

What: A fortnight of talks and film premieres in London

When: October 2-15

Where: Venues across London

Price: Various, bfi.org.uk

Keep checking back to The Video Mode for more filmmaking things to do