Founder and CEO
Katie’s background is predominately writing, being a graduate of both Bournemouth Media School in Scriptwriting for Film & TV, and the Royal Court, London. In her past writing career she received funding from Arvon Foundation, support from the ICA Lab, as well as mentoring from the Blaine Brothers, Leo Butler, Polly Clark, and Simon Stephens. She also worked with several companies to create one-on-one theatrical experiences and site specific narratives. Her work was performed at: Arcola, Battersea Arts Centre, ICA, Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre, and many more.
Katie also has a background in constructing and implementing Social Media Campaigns for a variety of creative projects. These include: industry events at East End Film Festival, SKATE at Somerset House, multiple successful Kickstarter projects for several debut feature films, and she filled the Head of Social Media role for LOCO – London Comedy Film Festival from 2013 – 2016.
Festival Formula was created after discovering a gap in filmmakers’ knowledge, and realising she could help manage their time, expectation, and admin levels. After 9 years of providing the service on a word-of-mouth basis she decided to leave the writing and focus on festival strategy by launching Festival Formula and developing it to be the respected and trusted company it is today.
She cannot pick favourite films, but is known to be a massive fan of Magnolia (and American Graffiti, and The Fountain, Harold and Maude, oh and definitely On Body and Soul…).
Ted Byron Baybutt is the director of Chasing The Bear Films, a successful production company based in Greenwich, London. Ted worked at BBC Solent, production managing BBC News and Children In Need. Graduating from Southampton Institute and the London Film Academy, he worked on over 50 productions ranging from The Secret Agent at Ealing Studios to The Mummy at Shepperton Studios. He produced and directed short film Putt, which was screened before a Vin Diesel Disney film in the UK and has produced a nationally acclaimed play, Auntie and Me. In 2015 he produced the short film SexLife, and later went on to produce another multi-award winning short film called Surgery.
Ted successfully supplements his independent filmmaking by producing and directing large corporate film productions in all media sectors for the likes of Hiscox Insurance, Capita Personnel Development and Royal Mail.
Submissions Coordinator & Festival Liaison Manager
After an extensive career in retail Ian made the transition to the film industry in 2017 by joining Festival Formula and he has never looked back. His passion for film has always been strong but it’s only now that his true potential is being unleashed. Ian’s role as Submissions Coordinator sees him handle the festival submissions for all of the current slate as well arrange the deliverables to the circuit worldwide – he is the point of contact for all festivals once a film gets selected and the guru of all things submission material wise (which means his inbox is always a busy place).
Ian has also joined Katie on the festival and education circuit by delivering talks and masterclasses on how best to prepare yourself for the festival journey. With his wide knowledge of submission materials and exhibition files he is an asset to the Festival Formula family, and is the King of telling everyone to stay awesome and a Spreadsheet Wizard™. His favourite film is The Crow.
Admin Assistant & Education Outreach Officer
Frankie has a passion for film and grew his enthusiasm by completing a creative media production diploma. He enjoys connecting with filmmakers and has a fast-growing knowledge of the festival circuit.
He has a vast background in customer service and applies this, as well as his knowledge and energy, to the dynamic of the team. Already possessing a diverse and growing portfolio of independent creative video, Frankie has also been involved with some of the latest Chasing The Bear productions. Bringing original ideas, creative energy and dedication, Frankie is the and youngest member of the Festival Formula family, and continues to further the homegrown elements of the FF brand.