BFI Media Conference

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

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next BFI Media Conference, Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July 2016! The conference programme is available to download below.

Our programme includes industry plenary speakers Billy Corbyn (Head of Creative & Content Strategy, Entertainment at Google) and Adrian Mills (General Manager, BBC North). Further industry speakers include Meg Jayanth (award-winning games writer 80 Days), Rachel Springett (Commissioning Editor, Channel 4), Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Film Editor, Metro) and George Amponsah (Director, The Hard Stop). Teaching sessions cover areas including new ideas for finding resources, exploring film sound, using longform TV drama to investigate platforms and audiences, discussing identity in social networks and a fresh look at genre in New Horror. Research sessions include Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton Green on ‘Living and Learning in the Digital Age’, Jonathan Hardy on ‘Content Marketing’, David Dunkley Gyimah on How Modern Audiences Interpret Factual and Sophie Mayer on ‘New Feminist Cinema’.

New for 2016 are our intensive industry workshops led by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies, Suite Française, Our Zoo) and experienced line producer Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo (The Ones Below, Half of a Yellow Sun, Top Boy).

Additions and Changes to the printed programme

Please see our revised list of plenary speakers above. Owing to changes of roles and therefore schedules within ITV and Google our advertised plenary speakers, Angela Jain (ITV) and Bernardo Correia (Google), have had to bow out with apologies.

Session 2/Teaching
Speaker Victoria Grace Waldren (‘Ways into Theory’) has had to bow out with apologies.
We are delighted to be able to offer a replacement Teaching session: Teaching: How VLEs will Shake Up Education, and Improve your Life. The last decade has seen a whirlwind of accelerating tech in the classroom, and the social tidal wave that smartphones have unleashed are now starting to change education forever. What may initially appear threatening will actually turn out to be the biggest enhancement to how we can help our students learn since the invention of schools themselves. Join Quickclass to whip through the history of the VLE, where it’s up to now, and what the potential holds for enhancing film and media teaching and learning over the next five years. Speakers: StJohn Smith (Founder, Quickclass) and and Ralph Stenzel (Chief Technology Officer, Quickclass).

Networking Drinks on Thursday evening are courtesy of Creative Skillset.

Session 5/Industry: Cinemas, New Audiences & Alternative Content

Senior Programmer Deborah Allison replaces Madeleine Mullet for Picturehouse Cinemas.

Session 5/the Class: Living & Learning in the Digital Age
Julian Sefton Green will present this session on behalf of himself and Sonia Livingstone who is unable to join us. 

  Early bird offer until Friday 27 May Standard price
One full pass (2 days)* £255 £305
Two full passes** £230 £290
Three or more full passes** £205 £255
Day rate £180 £205
One full concessionary/PGCE pass £120 £145


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

For all enquiries, please contact us:
020 7815 1329


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