Emily Cook: My time as Media Producer and Press Liaison for the Isle of Man Film Festival 2016

An update from Film Focus’ Emily Cook

I’ve been rather busy…. I’ve spent the last week working as Media Producer for the fabulous Isle of Man Film Festival as part of their core team. Working with DOP and Editor Nick Coole, I produced and published a series of highlights videos across the week, arranged and ran press junkets as well as provided content for the Festival’s official social media platforms.


From left: Actor John Rhys Davies, Mark Kermode, Emily Cook, Nick Coole. Photograph ny Mark Boyd for D.E.D.

We welcomed back our patron BBC Film Critic Mark Kermode and special guests; visionary artist Roger Dean, world class actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Sliders) and Hollywood Props Master Linda Reiss (Stanger Things, American Beauty, True Detective) for a week of events from daily free screenings with exclusive previews of international shorts and features, to a Q&A with the Props Master of hit Netflix show Stranger Things, to outdoor screenings of cult films in the grounds of a medieval castle, to an all-Island, four-venue movie pub quiz, to Hollywood actor John Rhys Davies sharing hilarious and poignant stories of his life behind the lens and treading the boards with our gracious and always-entertaining patron Mark Kermode. And much more.

It was such fun conducting the interviews and producing the videos .You can find them below.

Our Video Series:

Mark Kermode behind the scenes interview – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Mark Kermode explains what he feels a Film Festival is all about.

‘Stranger Things’ an audience with Hollywood a Props Master Lynda Reiss – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The highlights from the Isle of Man Film Festival’s evening with Hollywood props master Lynda Reiss. Freshly back from working on Netflix Sensation Stranger Things in the States, Lynda gives an intimate talk to a packed house at Interior Rehab.

An Evening With…John Rhys Davies and Mark Kermode – IOMFF2016 Highlights

BBC reviewer and patron to IOMFF Mark Kermode returns to interview our special guest, acclaimed British actor JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings) about his life and career, before a screening of one of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in the stunning setting of the Gaiety Theatre.

‘Pitch Fest’ – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The latest from Isle of Man Film Festival’s film pitching competition, ‘Pitch Fest’, where we welcome filmmakers to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of industry experts from the IOM and the UK.

International Short Film Competition and Award Ceremony – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Mark Kermode and our visiting filmmakers join us for a special screening and prize presentation for our 2016 International Short Film Competition. We also celebrate some of our home-grown filmmaking talent.

Manx Made Movies Preview Night -IOMFF2016 Highlights

Tuesday 6th-The highlights from our cast and crew preview night – an exciting billing of the latest Manx-made and MannIN Shorts Independent productions.

The Best Manx Independent Film category Shortlist screening and Filmmaker Q&A – IOMFF2016 Highlights

The Isle of Man Film Festival presents a special screening of this year’s shortlisted films from the Best Manx Independent Film category with a Q&A from the Filmmakers.

Island-wide Film Pub Quiz – IOMFF2016 Highlights

All the highlights from the Isle of Man Film Festival’s Island-wide Film Pub Quiz which took place in Ramsey, Douglas, Peel and Port St Mary simultaneously. An interactive, fun night featuring some quiz questions specifically devised by Mark Kermode. We also hear from the organisers of the quiz, Richard and Ed.

Roger Dean’s exclusive exhibition tour – IOMFF2016 Highlights

Visionary artist Roger Dean, whose work has influence filmmakers such as James Cameron, gives an exclusive tour of his exhibition to a lucky group of local artists.

Photos  Babb Photography Steve Babb.

Camera and editing work by Cooledit ‘Nick Coole’

The festival is only made possible by a core team of dedicated individuals who put their heart and soul into ensuring they provide the best programme of events for YOU, the audience.


If you like what you’ve seen do head over to the Isle of man Film Festival Facebook Page for more information.

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