BFI Media Conference

Inspiring and supporting teachers with the latest trends and approaches across industry, research and classroom teaching.

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2015, BFI Southbank

Issac Densu, Channel 4

Issac Densu, Channel 4

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.

Rajiv Nathwani, BBC social media

Rajiv Nathwani, BBC social media

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’.

‘Pixel Ripped’ for Occulus Rift, Ana Ribeiro and Stef Keegan

‘Pixel Ripped’ for Occulus Rift, Ana Ribeiro and Stef Keegan

Media Conference presentations and handouts




We look forward to welcoming you to the next BFI Media Conference, Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July 2016.

Past BFI Media Conferences

  • BFI Media Conference 2014

    BFI Media Conference 2014

    Read the full programme, watch the conference sessions with Adam MacDonald (Director, Sky 1) and Jesse Armstrong (writer Babylon, Peep Show, The Thick of It) and access speakers’ notes and presentations from our 2014 conference.

  • BFI Media Conference 2013

    BFI Media Conference 2013

    Read the full programme, watch the plenary sessions with Christine Langan (Head of Film, BBC) David Abraham (CEO, Channel 4) and access speakers’ notes and presentations from our 2013 conference.

  • BFI Media Conference 2012: Creativity, Industry and Learning

    BFI Media Conference 2012: Creativity, Industry and Learning

    This conference is a must for teachers of Media, Film and ICT from Key Stage 4, 16+ and in Higher Education.

  • Into Film

    Into Film

    A funding scheme for education activities, encouraging 5-19 year olds across the UK to watch, make and understand film.

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  • Film education strategy

    Film education strategy

    Find out about the BFI’s review of its strategy for film education, and how to help us shape our plans.

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