Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2015, BFI Southbank
The annual BFI Media Conference offers an exciting programme of presentations, panels and workshops to inspire and support teachers of film and media at 14+ and in FE/HE. It’s a uniquely valuable professional development opportunity, including everything from new teaching approaches and methods to be practiced right away to rare insight into the work of the media industries across platforms.
In 2015, we welcomed Ben Roberts (Director, BFI Film Fund) and Polly Stokes (Senior Development Editor, Film4) to the Film Plenary to discuss the state of the industry’s support for new and emerging talent, and Will Saunders (Creative Director, Digital, BBC Productions) to the TV Plenary to discuss his work taking the BBC into the online world. Plenary sessions were supported by Creative Skillset.
The conference’s Industry strand included sessions on Alternative Film Distribution (including Catherine Bray, Beyond Clueless), the social media campaign for Sherlock (Rajiv Nathwani, BBC), directing Suffragette (Sarah Gavron/UK2014), the impact of VR and immersive content on storytelling (Mike McGee, Framestore), the creation of the ITV News app (William Owen, Made By Many) and insight into commissioning shorts for Channel 4 (Isaac Densu, Channel 4). The Teaching strand included ‘The BBC: Past, Present and Future’ (Jonathan Nunns), ‘The Bechdel Test in the Classroom’ (Rebecca Ellis), ‘Identities and the Media’ (Rob Miller) and the new media and film skills resource, UKfilmNet. The Research strand included presentations by Ofcom and the BFI as well as Michael Lovelock (UEA) on ‘Representing Gay Identity in Reality TV’, Anastasia Kavada (Westminster) on ‘Digital Media and the Occupy Movement’.
Media Conference presentations and handouts