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Film-makers, content producers: Friday 19 May is your day

Don't miss BECTU's Freelancers' Fair for great debate, support and fun.

11 May 2017

The Freelancers' Fair is the best value industry day out there is and we'll definitely be putting on a show for film-makers and content producers on Friday 19 May. Whether you're new to the industry or more established, this day is for you.

Our session on fake news, with special guests, Peter Barron, VP at Google, Gavin Allen, the BBC's head of daily news programmes, and professor Jonathan Hardy of the University of East London is proving very  popular.

So too are our sessions on Brexit, copyright, getting your script to screen, vlogging and blogging, getting the best from small kit and film budgeting. Which will you choose?

Together, thanks to the generosity of more than 20 guest speakers, including awarding winning film-makers, cutting edge producers, senior executives, leading academics and breakthrough talent, we'll be examining some of the biggest challenges of the day, as well as looking at the perennial tests for film-makers and opportunities for today's content makers. 

Take a look at our fab speaker line-up here and book 

Members attend for free; non-members pay just £12.30. And we'll be toasting a successful day at our networking social, when everyone gets a complimentary drink. 

Seven seminars and a happy hour

In addition to our seven seminars, lunchtime will be our happy hour, with a session of Brexit Bingo hosted by actor and comedian Samantha Baines. There will be prizes!

We also have workshops on finance for freelances, social media for creatives, networking do and donts and advance screenwriting. And safety expert Chris Lawton and careers and CV adviser, Beverley Hills, will be delivering 1 to 1 advice.

Exhibitors with advice on many key topics

Running throughout the day too will be our exhibition - made up of a record 28 diverse exhibitors - including an expanded technical area put together by ARRI and Alias HIre with input from Mission Digital. Download the event flyer here 

New exhibitors

We're also pleased to host new exhibitors this year, including Backstage, whose team will be demonstrating their popular online casting tools used by over 30,000 projects every year to find talent across all genres. Be sure to find out more about their service and exclusive BECTU Backstage offers.

We also have several returning exhibitors, respected for their support for freelancers in several areas including training. Once example is the Indie Training Fund (ITF) a registered charity totally committed to training freelancers to achieve their potential. Day courses are available to freelancers at a heavily subsidised rate of £95 covering a wide range of production and people skills including technical, drama and comedy, production management, HR, digital, business and legal, compliance, diversity and self shooting (£200). Do visit ITF in the exhibition.  

The Freelancers' Fair is organised and largely financed by BECTU but the support of our sponsors - Blues Skies Partnership, Creative Skillset, Euroscript, Hencilla Canworth, PG Mutual, Pinewood, Thompsons Solicitors - assure we can deliver a quality event in a great location, the Royal Institution (close to Green Park, in central London). Be sure to take advantage of the input of our sponsors, and of the other organisations dedicated to you, taking part in the exhibition.

Full exhibitor line-up here

On offer from our sponsors is tax advice (Blue Skies Partnership), advice on career development and training (Creative Skillset), drop-in advice on scripts (Euroscript), advice on public liability insurance, kit cover and other policies (Hencilla Canworth), options for income protection (PG Mutual) and guidance on employment issues, including copyright (Thompsons Solicitors). 

More than 330 people attended the event last year and we're set to increase visitor numbers markedly next week.

Interest in the Freelancers' Fair reflects the determination of representatives in our Writers Producers and Directors branch (WPDs) led by chair, Morag Livingstone, (who is about to premiere her own film, Belonging), to deliver a topical event, full of resources to inspire and support our film-making community.

Commenting on this year's line-up, Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU, said

"The creativity and industry knowledge of our WPDs representatives make the union very proud."

BECTU will also be taking part in the exhibition; find out more about our support for organisation in your workplace, as well as low cost training, low cost public liability insurance (just £31 for a £10m policy for the whole or part year), low-cost kit cover and much more. Future new member? Join on the day and save 25% on your membership. 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 19 May, 9-6pm, Royal Institution, London.

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