BFI Media Conference 2021

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

Blinded By the Light Entertainment One UK

Thu 1 and Fri 2 July


This year’s BFI Media Conference is smaller, neater and online. Its unique combination of industry, research and teaching strands offer support and inspiration to teachers of Film, Media and English.

A delegate pass buys you unique individual access: join us live for one or two days, combine attending live sessions with watching session recordings, or save the whole thing to enjoy at a later date to suit you.

The programme

The wide range of sessions includes:

Teaching sessions: Exciting ideas for exploring and deepening learning around Media Theory; Silent film; Social & Participatory media; Short film; Textual analysis; Representation; Production skills.

Special Focus sessions: Henry Jenkins discusses Textual Poachers, and Diversifying Film & Media Education invites teachers to contribute to a new action research project for autumn 2021.

Industry sessions: Bisha K. Ali (screenwriter, Ms Marvel, Four Weddings and a Funeral); Ronan Bennett (Top Boy); Moo Yu (gameplay designer, Foam Sword Games); Harjeet Chhokar (factual commissioner, Channel 4); Sarah Martinez (marketing, Entertainment One UK) on the marketing campaign for Blinded by the Light; research update from the BBFC; the UK Film Industry 2020-21 in statistics.

Partner sessions: Presented by Into Film, ScreenSkills, the English & Media Centre and the Media Education Association.

Specification Support Sessions: AQA Media, OCR Film & Media, WJEC Eduqas Film and WJEC Eduqas Film.

The conference also offers delegates a month’s free access to BFI Player!

Booking and further information

The conference runs 9:30am to 5:30pm each day.

Delegate passes are £75 standard, £20 PGCE students (status confirmation required)

Passes cover access to all live and recorded sessions. Recorded sessions are available on the secure conference platform for one year.

To book

  1. Please note that applications for student passes must be followed up by an email from your tutor or office confirming your student status and dates to
  2. After you apply, you will receive your individual booking reference number by email from BFI Education within five days.
  3. Call the BFI box office with your booking reference number and pay by card over the phone. You will receive an e-ticket and email confirmation of payment receipt. Further information regarding access to the conference platform and programme will follow from BFI Education.