June, 2019

21Jun9:00 AM6:00 PMBECTU Freelancers' Fair 2019


(Friday) 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM BST


Royal Institution

21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS

Event Details

Come join us at our booth at the annual Freelancers’ Fair 2019 and celebrate all freelancers in film and TV. BECTU is offering workshops and seminars, insurance, income protection and CV advice.  The event is free to all BECTU Members & £13.31 to non-BECTU Members.  Details can be found below and tickets can be booked here.


09:45 -11:00 – Seminar 1 – Commissioning Live!

Seize the opportunity to hear from commissioners and development producers working
across a variety of genres. What factors inform commissioning decisions and how should
you prepare your pitch? Guest speakers will be announced shortly.

09:45 – 11:00 – Seminar 2 – Radical Film: Community and Collective Film-making

Three film-makers discuss issues of authorship, skill-sharing and alternative models
of film-making and distribution. Doc Society gives tips on how to successfully pitch
your idea to them. Panellists include Ed Webb-Ingall (film-maker/London Community
Video Archive), Beverley Bennett (film-maker), Taylor Le Melle (currently setting up
Not/Nowhere film-makers’ co-op) and Lisa Marie Russo (Doc Society).

11:15-12:30 – Seminar 3 – Drones: the Shots, the Gear, the Rules

What can you really do with a drone? Which drone is best for the job? And why even
hire a drone pilot when you can just stick one in the sky, right? Elliott Corke from Aerial
Academy (aka Drone Training) leads an aerial action masterclass with advice and insights
from some of the best drone cinematographers in the business: Carys Kaiser (The Drone
Lass), Helena Kardova (Monocle) and Dani Rose (Flying Pictures).

11:15-12:30 – Seminar 4 – The good, the Bad and the Exploited: How to Select the Best Training Opportunities

How do you spot worthwhile courses or training opportunities? How can you access funds
to help you up the career ladder? What is the industry doing to improve access to training
for those from more diverse backgrounds? Our speakers will include Gilly Cohen (Indie
Training Fund), Femi Kolade (LFS), Alex Pumfrey (Film & TV Charity) and Jon Wardle
(NFTS). The session will be chaired by Rachel Bennett, the union’s training officer.

13:00 – 14:00 – Seminar 5 – Tax Talk on Making Tax Digital with FreeAgent

The UK tax system is going through a huge modernisation and the transition is already
underway. If you’re VAT registered and turn over £85K plus, you’re already required to file
your return under the new MTD regime. And It won’t be long before small Ltd companies
and sole traders will be required to work under the new MTD requirements too. Join
FreeAgent’s Matt Perkins to learn more about MTD, when it will affect you and what
you need to do to comply.

14:15 – 15:30 – Seminar 6 – Production in your Pocket: Making Films on Your Mobile

With Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird the latest feature to be shot on iPhones,
what does this alternative means of recording moving images have to offer the lowbudget
film-maker? Join the debate with our panellists Dierdre Mulcahy freelance
lecturer and Owen Holdaway reporter.

14:15 – 15:30 – Seminar 7 – Cut! Content, Carbon Emissions and Climate Change

How do we respond creatively to climate change, one of the biggest global challenges of
our time and put care for the planet at the centre of our productions? Roser Canela-Mas,
BAFTA’s industry sustainability manager will be amongst our guest speakers.

15:45 – 17:00 – Seminar 8 – Looting People: Navigating the Online Collaborative World

With young keen graduates the most prized resource in TV and film, and with gender
and BAME pay gaps still on everyone’s lips, is it ever right to ask teams to work together
without pay? And when are online platforms simply taking advantage of the enthusiasm
of developing talent? Consider these issues with Elliot Grove (Raindance), Simone
Pennant MBE (The TV Collective) and Jude Winstanley (The Unitlist).

15:45 – 17:00 – Seminar 9 – With Inequality Still Real How Do Diverse Film-Makers Succeed?

Screen International recently published a list of the top 50 production companies in the
UK. Only one company has a ‘person of colour’ as a development executive and most have
never worked with a female director. However, despite the odds, diverse film-makers do
make their mark. Join our invited guests to find out how.

17:00 – 17:30 – Writers Producers & Directors Branch AGM

Join us to find out more about the branch committee’s dynamic work and how you can
get involved. Members of the branch who are keen to join the committee should contact
organising official Jane Perry jperry@bectu.org.uk

17:00 – 18:00 – Networking Social

Always a great way to end the day!


There are four workshops being offered:

09:30 – 12:00 – Freelance Toolkit with David Thomas Media

This session is for freelancers keen to develop their business skills. Whether you’re new to self-employment or more
established, this session will tackle financial control, getting paid on time, pain-free record-keeping and adapting to the
HMRC’s digital tax transformation. Maximum 16 people.

11:00 – 13:30 – Storytelling for Business

With film and high end TV delivering more than £91.6 billion a year to the UK economy (figure published 2018) it has
become even more difficult to gain access. Getting to the right people: cast, crew and finance, takes skills of true
persuasion. Actor/director and trainer Michelle Brooks uses tried and trusted theatre techniques and 5 Act story
structure in this part-theory, part-practical workshop to help you to present yourself and your projects with presence,
banishing nerves and giving you the edge. Maximum 25 people.

14:00 – 16:00 – Networking Dos & Don’ts with David Thomas Media

This workshop is for anyone who finds networking difficult or who doubts its importance. Learn how to leave the right
impression without being a pain, and why face-to-face networking is just as important as anything you do online.
Maximum 25 people.

14:30 – 16:30 – Using Social Video to Grow Your Audience

With the rise of social video and the ever-changing creative formats audiences swipe through on their phones, there’s
never been a greater opportunity to tell your story, nor a greater challenge in cutting through the noise to grow your
audience. In this two hour workshop, led by Tom Szekeres digital consultant and enterpreneur, you’ll discuss adopting
a social-first mindset in the current digital landscape; you’ll reimagine what a film/TV trailer should look like, and how
it should fit into a larger creative campaign. Be part of this session to explore a range of creative formats and digital
storytelling tools and techniques to bring to life your creative vision. Maximum 20 people.


About the BECTU Freelancers’ Fair:

It’s a day to come together to learn, to discuss and to enjoy. Programmed by leading representatives of BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch, the event helps freelancers to connect and to enhance their careers. Come alone, or in a group, you’ll be in good company.

Whether you’re just starting out, or more experienced, our mix of topical seminars and practical workshops, backed by an extraordinary exhibitor line-up and technical area, will deliver real benefit to you.

How will you spend your day? Full programme info can be found here www.bectu.org.uk/freelancers-fair including confirmed speakers.




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