Thursday 19th May 2015
BECTU’s annual event for freelancers in film and TV (Friday 29 May at Ravensbourne) boasts a great line-up this year. Visitors will be treated to nine group sessions, as well as the fair exhibition and technical area and opportunities for one-to-one advice on tax and careers.
We’ve certainly met the need for topicality with the inclusion of What future now for the BBC? where we’ll be joined by Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, and Gerry Morrissey, BECTU’s general secretary; the session will be chaired by Chris Curtis, editor of industry weekly, Broadcast.
Also under the microscope will be the industry’s reputation for elitism with a session dubbed The Class Ceiling which will examine class bias both on screen and behind the scenes. Filmmaker Ken Loach, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, TV Collective founder Simone Pennant, and the BBC’s social media executive Cheryl Varley will join the discussion.
Practical advice will be delivered too in sessions dealing with marketing your project (Marketing Your Project: The Programme Makers’ View), choosing the right camera for the job (Close Up on Cameras) and how to treat crew well even on a low budget (Low Budget, High Ethics).
Accountancy Question Time provides a welcome opportunity for visitors to ask those essential questions about tax and to secure guidance on which business option is best suited to the individual.
In the afternoon, the BBC Academy will be offering insights into digital storytelling (Digital Storytelling with the BBC Academy) and Pitch Perfect: Meet the Commissioners will deliver the inside track on what commissioners from ITV (Peter Davey), Discovery (Rob Holloway), BBC (Jane Merkin), and Channel 4 (Tom Porter) are looking for. And last but not least, for those looking to work in the US, we’ll be joined by Joe Adams, US immigration lawyer, and actor and writer Sherill Turner, to discuss that move across the pond in Diamond Visas.
“There’s no doubt the team in our Writers, Producers and Directors’ branch, with the generous support of so many industry figures, has lined up a great day with plenty of opportunities to discuss industry challenges and to secure the kind of advice which can only help to move careers forward. All visitors have to do is to choose which sessions to take part in.
“It’s also the Fair’s 10th birthday so we’ll be celebrating too,” said Mike Dick chair of BECTU’s Writers Producers Directors branch.
The event is part-funded by BECTU, the media and entertainment union, with assistance from sponsors, Blue Skies Partnership, Creative Skillset, Hencilla Canworth, ProductionBase and Thompsons Solicitors. BECTU members attend for free; non-members pay just £13.25 (which includes lunch where tickets are booked in advance).
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Note for editors:
1. Full programme information and booking link are set out here. Link.
2. Check the exhibitor line-up which includes Media Parents, whose team will be providing a Back to Work Surgery, and Blue Skies Partnership whose team will be offering one-to-one advice sessions (one-to-one appointments for both bookable on the day). Link.
3. Follow BECTU on Twitter @BECTU. The hashtag for the event is #freelancersfair
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