Diod...

We spent the day watching each other's work and listening to everyone's professional journey, fortified by strong coffee and mountains of amazing strudel. 

There are much worse ways to spend a day but with a start at 9 and finish at 7 it was a bit of a marathon. There are plenty of opportunities for co-production ad by the end of the day I'd already been approached but a couple of producers about potential partnerships on projects. 

By the end of the day we'd learnt a lot about what united us as professionals; a passion for stories, a strong work ethic and a responsibility to the themes and subjects of these films and a complete and utter dedication to getting those stories into the world. Producers talked about their films wit the same love and intensity as they would their children.

Everyone's English is so amazing but it's an international English,  a dialect in it's own right but lacking the variety and flexibility of the mother tongue. As a native speaker you can be lulled into a sense of false security by people's perfect accents and think you can get away by a subtle joke or throw in some everyday vernacular and then all you get are some perplexed rowans and furrowed brows. YOu have to speak with the brakes o in some ways. It's exhausting having to weigh very word for it's ability to reach the maximum number of people in the room - keeping it simple, keeping it direct, avoiding idioms and slang and anything but the broadest humour.

The event took place in a venue called 'Diod' which is Welsh for a drink. There's a theme emerging here…

Shazia