Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers

CIPPM, together with CREATe (University of Glasgow) is delighted to co-host the event ‘Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers’ on Tuesday 21st November 2023.  The event will take place at The Regent cinema in Christchurch, near Bournemouth – 51 High St, Christchurch, BH23 1AS – bringing together a panel of leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of filmmaking and copyright law.

The event is free and can only be attended in person. Places are limited and can be booked through this bookitbee link: CREATe and CIPPM event – Bournemouth.

The event – co-hosted by Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe) and Claudy Op den Kamp (CIPPM) – will kick off at 2pm with the screening of two short films produced by Bournemouth University BA (Hons) Film students, who will present their work and describe their understanding of the exceptions they relied on to produce them. Following the screening, the panel of experts and practitioners will respond to the students’ presentations and will discuss the scope of application of exceptions that are relevant for filmmaking and film education. After a short break, Professor Stef van Gompel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Chris Morrison (Bodleian Libraries) will introduce a panel discussion by briefly presenting the codes of best practices for documentary filmmakers and for film educators.

The event in Christchurch on 21st November will offer a great opportunity to hear from experts how existing materials such as film and TV clips, music and images can be reused lawfully and creatively under UK copyright law, whether for educational purposes or in the creation of new films. Filmmakers, film and law students, lecturers, and anyone with an interest in filmmaking or copyright law (or both!) are encouraged to attend. The discussion will focus on copyright exceptions, provisions in the UK copyright act that enable the lawful reuse of protected works without permission from the copyright owner. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the Code of Best Practices in Creative Reuse for Documentary Filmmakers, co-developed by CREATe and IViR (University of Amsterdam) as part of the ReCreating Europe consortium; and the Code of Fair Practice in Film Education, co-created with Learning on Screen, the Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford, and City, University of London.

Attendees are in for a treat. After a drinks and canapes reception in the foyer of the cinema, at 5pm, award-winning filmmaker Charlie Shackleton will present their masterpiece The Afterlight.

Fragments of hundreds of films from around the world bring together an ensemble cast of actors with one thing in common: each is no longer alive. Together, they contend with a fragile existence lived solely through these traces of their work. The Afterlight exists as a single 35mm film print. Further eroding every time it screens, the film is a living document of its life in circulation. Eventually it will disappear entirely.

Still from The Afterlight (2021), directed and assembled by Charlie Shackleton.Still from The Afterlight (2021), directed and assembled by Charlie Shackleton.


Our wonderful line-up of speakers includes, in alphabetical order:

Tanya Aplin – Professor of Intellectual Property Law at King’s College London
Elizabeth Gibson – Senior Counsel, BBC Legal
Charlie Shackleton – Filmmaker
Inge Sorensen – Lecturer in Media Policy (Theatre, Film & Television Studies) at the University of Glasgow

The full schedule is available below. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about filmmaking and copyright from a panel of distinguished speakers. Register now through bookitbee at CREATe and CIPPM event – Bournemouth.

Can I really use this? Copyright exceptions for filmmakers

The Regent cinema, 51 High St, Christchurch, BH23 1AS. Tuesday 21st November (14:00-19:00)

14:00 – Welcome and introduction (Bart Meletti)
14:10-15:00 – Screening of students’ short films and panellists’ responses
15:00-15:15 – Short break
15:15-16:30 – Panel discussion chaired by Claudy Op den Kamp and introduced by Stef van Gompel and Chris Morrison
16:30-17:00 – Drinks and canapes reception
17:00-19:00 – Screening: The Afterlight by Charlie Shackleton + Q&A

Panellists: Tanya Aplin, Elizabeth Gibson, Charlie Shackleton, Inge Sorensen