Law firm in the picture for international film project | 09 September 10
LAW firm Ward Hadaway has played a key role in a collaborative international film project.
The firm’s creative industries team, which recently moved to offices at the Sharp Project in Manchester, advised Salford-based independent production company Candella Films on a tie-up with Salford University.
In the picture – Stephen Mangan and Gina McKee in a scene from An Act of Love directed by Edward Dick, one of the short films featured in the Candella Films/Salford University joint project, on which Ward Hadaway provided legal advice.
The collaborative project saw them scouring the country for some of the UK’s best short films.
Following a judging process, a final portfolio of the finest submissions was put together and submitted to a series of international film festivals.
The project has helped to further raise Candella Films’ reputation for championing ground-breaking, innovative short films and Salford University’s profile as a UK centre of excellence for film makers.
Ward Hadaway’s creative industries team, led by partner Laura Harper, prepared the submission documentation for the films and advised on various intellectual property and commercial issues relating to the project.
Laura Harper, head of Ward Hadaway’s creative industries team, said: “Candella is a real beacon for innovative short-form film-making and is doing some great work around the world so it was really rewarding to be able to assist them on this project.
“The fact that it also involved Salford University made it even better and hopefully we have played a small part in helping to further the area’s reputation internationally as a great place for creative film-making talent.”
Mariela Artiles, director at Candella Films, said: “We had the pleasure of Ward Hadaway’s legal assistance for one of our most important projects this year, an international short film distribution for British short films.
“Now we can be confident that our international work and collaboration with the University of Salford has all the necessary legal back-up and more, thanks to the consistent support from Laura and her team at Ward Hadaway.”
As well as its film production work, Candella is also involved in putting together programmes for international film festivals and runs a film-making course – The World According to Film – which works with community groups in Manchester and a range of international locations.
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