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Freelancers' Fair 2012 - don't miss it!

Image of a young man with a clapperboard extracted from the programme flyer. The Freelancers' Fair 2012 on Friday 29 June offers something for all freelancers in film and tv.

17 May 2012

Book now for the union's annual event which celebrates and supports freelancers in tv and film: the Freelancers' Fair happens on Friday 29 June.

Take a look at this year's programme and you'll find sessions which tackle essential policy issues as well as technical and practical challenges; join us for an informative and enjoyable day.

In addition to our key speakers, we'll be joined by more than 20 industry exhibitors each of them specialists in their own field. (The full list is displayed right).

Full programme details here including access to booking forms. (Bookmark this page for programme updates).

What's in store?

This year has seen the publication of a major review into British film; budget constraints continue to test programme makers; 'data wrangling' is the latest technical headache and the challenge of getting started is ever-present  - join us to debate these topics, share your thoughts and be inspired.

  • Back to the Future: What lies ahead for British film? with Maggie Ellis, Film London, Roy Button OBE from Warner Bros Pictures, film-maker, Ken Loach and BECTU's Martin Spence.
  • Budget Blues: Making shows on a shoestring  - with John McVay from pact and Kate Townsend from Storyville; chaired by Lisa Campbell, editor, Broadcast More speakers to be announced.
  • Data Wrangling: How to master this key technical challenge (session produced by DV Talent).
  • Get Your Career on the Right Track with Caroline Carter, BBC talent executive, Colin Campbell-Austin, head of Channel 4 People Development, Alison Small, director Craft and Tech Skillset Academy, Sarah Lee, DV Talent/Talent Manager and Carys Morgan, former Broadcast HotShot and executive at Minnow Films.

Plus 60 Minute Talks

In addition this year's line-up includes four 60 Minute Talks covering:

  • Business and accountancy in a 'Question Time' style discussion to be led by Blue Skies Partnership.
  • New entrants and the battle to get paid with representatives from BECTU and the HMRC.
  • The art of scripting for factual TV: a masterclass delivered by the BBC Academy's Frank Ash.
  • Casting for Tv Drama: Cast, Direct, Produce with leading industry figures (this session is aimed at casting directors, directors and producers).

The Freelancers' Fair, now in its seventh year, is the work of a small group of dedicated members in our Writers Producers and Directors branch (WPDs). Each year they search their contacts books to entice leading industry figures to support the event and every year they come up trumps!

"We are indebted to this year's speakers and we want them to enjoy the day as much as our visitors do," said Mike Dick, producer and chair of WPDs.

Thanks to our 2012 sponsors

Huge thanks are also due to our event sponsors, all of whom help us to deliver a quality event in a great venue. Their representatives will also be part of the event exhibition. This year's sponsors are Blue Skies Partnership, Creative Skillset, Hencilla Canworth (the broker's behind BECTU's new PLI policy), Pinewood Studios, ProductionBase and Thompsons Solicitors.

And the good news doesn't stop there. Visitors also have the opportunity to book ahead for a CV/Showreel One-to-One with the Crewing Co; in addition careers advisor Beverley Hills will be with us.

David Thomas, of David Thomas Media, will also deliver two sessions of his ever popular Freelance Toolkit workshop helping freelancers to manage their business affairs with greater success. And if you want to have a quick chat with an accountant who knows our industry arrive early to sign up for a One to One in Accountancy Corner.

Read the programme in full and book online (please avoid booking sessions where times conflict). Download the event flyer (also attached to this page).

BECTU members attend for free (members' booking form at the foot of this page); non-members pay £10 (non-members' booking form here). The Freelancers' Fair 2012 will happen on Friday 29 June at Savoy Place, home to the Institute of Engineering Technology off London's Embankment with excellent transport links.  Location map attached to this page.

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