The IVFAF Industry Programme of Events is for Vampire professionals from across the genre of film, TV, literature, performing arts and gaming. It's aimed at writers, actors, producers, composers, directors, designers and artists from established professionals and students. The programme will continue to develop and expand as the festival approaches, so make sure you check back here or follow us on social media to be kept up to date.
Two presentations from our key-note speaker. The first on the background and legacy of Dracula, his great-grand uncle’s novel. The second on the history of Vlad Tepes. Plus an opportunity for Q&A
Sighisoara City Hall
DELEGATES CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
Meet your fellow industry delegates in the Baroque splendor of the Sighisoara City Hall.
GALA AWARD PRESENTATION
The judges will have decided and it’s time to give out the awards of the very first ‘Golden Stakes’ to the best entries to the festival.
A full screening programme of selected films submitted to IVFAF, shown in unique Pop-Up basement cinemas within the Citadel. Film categories include Features, Shorts and Smart Phone produced films.
Film, TV, games and books
We have selected our 6 best published and self-published novels from 2015. Readings and Author Q&As. Plus the best 6 Short Stories submitted.
iVAMP PRODUCTION MASTERCLASS
Just because it’s filmed on your phone does not mean it has to be rubbish! This masterclass will teach you how to use mobile technology to make a slick looking no-budget vampire film with real bite. Attendees will be able to form the film crew on the festival vampire movie…
SELF-PUBLISHING YOUR VAMPIRE NOVEL – HINTS AND TIPS
It used to be so difficult to get a vampire story published – now it’s easy! Just do it yourself! This panel, made up of experts and authors who’ve become self-published successes, reveals whether it really is as simple as it sounds and give tips for a successful self-publishing campaign.
SCARY SCRIPTING MASTERCLASS
It looks great in your head – but how do you get that terrifying trapped-in-vampire-castle-as-sun-sets scene onto paper effectively? This masterclass will help you scare the pants off the script readers – and get your vampire film or TV idea into production.
THE ‘RULES’ OF VAMPIROLOGY
‘Ooh there’s a trickle of running water in the street, the window frame looks like a cross, they’re not inviting me in and it smells like they had garlic bread with their pizza! Nope! I’m not going anywhere near it!’ A panel of experts discuss whether you should you stick to the traditional rules of vampire folklore or break them.
FILMING IN THE LAND OF VLAD DRACUL
Romanian locations and facilities available presented by Castel Studios.
VAMPIRE ACTING WORKSHOP
A professional acting coach and a seasoned vampire film actor will teach the best techniques to make sure your acting is frightening, not frightful – including tips for directors on getting the best from the talent.
FEEDING FROM THE HERD – CROWDFUNDING HINTS AND TIPS
Crowdfunding (arguably invented by rock band Marillion – check out their vampire inspired ‘Afraid of Sunlight’) is a method of raising money that fits all creative projects. This panel hears both success and horror stories from crowdfunded projects and tips to give you the best chance of hitting your target.
GO FOR THE JUGULAR – HOW TO PITCH YOUR VAMP IDEA TO PRODUCERS
A workshop where a pitching expert will hone your fanged film, game or TV idea ready to deliver it to an audience of producers and funders. Your film idea must be submitted to the pitching competition to be eligible for this workshop – or you can register as a viewer to just watch and learn.
VAMPIRE FILM & TV PRODUCING MASTERCLASS
They operate in a world of darkness and many believe they feed on the blood, sweat and tears of others… Yes, we’re talking Vampire Film and TV Producers. But what are the secrets of being a great producer? This panel of top producers, followed by a masterclass (limited numbers) will shine some daylight on the subject.
RAISING FINANCES TO RAISE YOUR DEAD
A panel of experts answer your questions and discuss the best ways to raise cash to get your vampire project out of that coffin and chomping some necks…
HORROR MAKE UP MASTERCLASS
There’s nothing more embarrassing for a vampire than going in for that big bite only to find your fangs are wonky… This masterclass from the experts will show you how to make sure your vamp looks as scary as possible, whether it’s on screen or stage… without breaking the budget.
VAMPIRE SFX MASTERCLASS
OK, you’ve mastered the terrifying look – now we need some gore! This masterclass reveals some industry secrets about spilling blood while saving cash.
UNDEAD AND UNFINISHED
An opportunity to showcase up to 10’ of your unfinished project vampire for audience and expert feedback.
When is a film not a film? This panel looks at interactive story platforms – will it revolutionise storytelling?
An open discussion sharing – and learning – from mistakes in low-to-no budget filmmaking.
PRODUCERS LUNCH IN FÄ‚GÄ‚RAÈ˜ CASTLE
A networking lunch for producers in the spectacular castle that the real Dracula called home for six years. Now a perfectly preserved location for your next medieval blockbuster. Transport from Sighisoara provided. (Producer Badge Holders only)
VISIT TO CASTEL STUDIOS
An opportunity to visit the foremost film studio facilities in eastern Europe. Castel Studios are based near to Bucharest. Visits can be arranged on Wenesday 25 May or Monday 30 May. (Producer Badge Holders only)
CRITICS TOP TRICKS
Two top film critics choose their top 5 vampire movies. They play their cards one-by-one with the audience deciding who wins the trick.
INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
An audience with Vlad Tepes.
INDUSTRY DELEGATE BADGE will get you into all events apart from those exclusive to Producer Badge Holders. Numbers at certain sessions will be limited and access on a front of line basis. As an Industry Delegate you will also receive a full weekend pass to VAMPFEST. Cost £100 plus Booking Fee. To purchase CLICK HERE
PRODUCER BADGE will get you everything included in the Industry Delegate Badge plus the VIP Lunch at Fagaras Castle and a tour of Castel Studios. You will also be guaranteed access to the Champagne Reception and reserved seating at the Gala Awards Dinner. Also exclusive access to the VIP Bar. Cost £150 plus Booking Fee. To purchase CLICK HERE