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

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.

This year, the conference’s Industry strand includes sessions on Alternative Film Distribution (a panel including Catherine Bray, producer of Beyond Clueless) Social Media and Marketing BBC’s Sherlock (Rajiv Nathwani, BBC), making the highly anticipated new film Suffragette with director Sarah Gavron, an overview of the possibilities of VR for immersive content (Mike McGee, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Framestore), the production story of the ITV News app (William Owen, Made By Many) and an insight into the thinking behind commissioning shorts for Channel 4 (Isaac Densu, Channel 4). The Teaching strand includes Steph Hendry on ‘Applying Media Concepts to TV Fiction’, Jonathan Nunns on ‘The BBC: Past, Present and Future’, Rob Miller on ‘Identities and the Media’ and the launch of a major new online media and film skills resource, UKfilmNet. The Research strand includes presentations by Ofcom and the BFI as well as Michael Lovelock on ‘Representing Gay Identity in Reality TV’, Anastasia Kavada on ‘Digital Media and the Occupy Movement’ and more!

We welcome Ben Roberts (Director, BFI Film Fund) and Polly Stokes (Senior Development Editor, Film4) to join us for the Film Plenary to discuss the state of the British film industry’s support for its new and emerging talent. For the TV Plenary, we are delighted that Will Saunders (Creative Director, Digital, BBC Productions) will be with us to discuss his work taking the BBC into the online world. Plenary sessions are supported by Creative Skillset.

Programme announcements: Thurs 2 July

  • Careers in Media: Creative Skillset’s Lydia Lewison is joined by Ailie Smith, CEO of Creative Media Skills and Geraldine Moloney, Policy Advisor for the Film Distributors Association
  • Film Plenary: Rachael Prior, Head of Development at Big Talk, is no longer able to join the panel. New panellist TBA.
  • Copyright and Creativity: Dinusha Mendis, Principal Investigator for, is no longer able to join the session. Their work is presented by Bartolomeo Meletti.
  • Launching UKfilmNet: Director Dom Foulsham is joined by project collaborator Kerstin Mey, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster
  • Screening of The Falling: Carol Morley is unable to attend a Q&A. The screening is introduced with an overview of Carol’s work by Helen De Witt, BFI Head of Cinemas

Programme announcements: Fri 3 July

  • Film Language with Into Film: Jennifer Johnson, Head of CPDR at Into Film, is no longer able to join us. She is replaced by Tom Woodcock, Film & Media Teacher, Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.
  • British Film and British Identity: Director of The Reel Britain Seraphina Gonzalez is no longer able to join us. She is replaced by Kate Miller, Executive Producer The Reel Britain. Also joining the panel are producer Tony Garnett (Kes) and director Debs Paterson (Africa United).

To book

  • Complete the Media Conference 2015 Registration Form and Media Conference 2015 Optional Session Selection Form.
  • Pay at the same time with cheque or card. Your booking/payment confirmation will be emailed to you.

Save up to 20% on the standard price of a conference pass with our Early Bird offer!

One full pass (2 days)* £245 £295
Two full passes** £220 £270
Three or more full passes** £195 £245
Day rate £170 £195
One full Concessionary/PGCE pass £120 £145

*Full passes may not be shared between delegates.
**Booked by same institution.

Any questions, please contact us:, 020 7849 4481

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.

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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 help us shape our plans.

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