Masterclass: How to Budget an Animated Short with Producer Chris Hees – BFI NETWORK x Encounters Film Festival

  • Tue 14 Sept

    Masterclass: How to Budget an Animated Short with Producer Chris Hees – BFI NETWORK x Encounters Film Festival


In this masterclass, animation producer Chris Hees will explore the most common issues faced when putting together an animation budget for a funded short film. Find out how animation technique, script length and post-production workflow can all have a large impact on your budget and how best to manage these areas to keep costs from spiralling out of control.

Open to animation writers, directors and producers, this session will be led by BAFTA winning, Oscar nominated producer Chris Hees, who recently produced BFI NETWORK South West backed short animated film KNOT, which is screening as part of the Animation ‘Elemental Moods’ programme at Encounters this year.  

Chris will use the short film KNOT as a real-world example, giving first-hand insight into the challenges the team faced and highlights of their journey. He will also elaborate on the role of the producer and how they work alongside the animation writer and/or director. 

The session will be talk-led, but with the opportunity to ask questions at the end around your own personal projects.  

This session is only open to those based in one of these South West counties: Bath & NE Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Wight, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay or Wiltshire (see BFI Regional Map). You must be actively working on a short animation project in either the producer, director or writer.  

Please register for a place via the Eventbrite link below, you will then be notified that your place has been confirmed and sent the zoom joining link. Places are given on a first-come, first-serve basis – please book early to avoid disappointment.

Live automated captions will be provided, if there is anything else we can do to make this event more accessible to you then please let us know in the relevant section of the registration form.  

Register here

If you would like to talk to one of the South West based BFI NETWORK Talent Executives about applying to the BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding with your animated short film project then book a place on our BFI NETWORK Animation Roundtable here.

Chris Hees

Director & Founder of Bridge Way Ltd (recipient of the BFI Vision Award 3), Chris Hees is a BAFTA winning, Oscar nominated producer and alumnus of the National Film and Television School. His BAFTA winning animation, “The Bigger Picture,” along with his live action short, “How I Didn’t Become A Piano Player”, racked up over 200 festival screenings and 75 awards between them.

With one hand on the pulse of the UK film industry in London, and the other on the thriving energy of regional filmmaking, Chris produces talent-led films with appeal beyond the UK. His current slate, a mixture of live-action and animation, includes adaptations, comedies, thrillers and period dramas – each project being packaged to suit its position within the international market.

Chris is also a two-time alumnus of the Berlinale Talents Campus. Working with UK-based European filmmakers such as Tommaso Pitta (“Little Boy Blue”) and Weronika Tofilska (“The Fall”) has allowed him to build a growing expertise and network within the world of European co-productions.

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