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12 April 2018

BECTU issued the following press release today, 12 April, about the upcoming Freelancers' Fair on Friday 27 April.

BECTU Freelancers’ Fair 2018: hot topics & more in London 

Tackling sexual harassment across the entertainment industries will be a hot topic at this year’s Freelancers’ Fair, organised by media and entertainment union BECTU in London on Friday 27 April. 

Participants will take over the iconic Royal Institution building in central London for the day. Freelancers working across film and television will come together to debate current issues, make new contacts and hear experts talk about what’s new in the industry and how people can develop their careers. 

A great mix of seminars, workshops, and one-to-ones will be on offer, as well as dozens of exhibitors and a technical area and VR suite where people can try out new kit for themselves. 

'Freelancers play a crucial role'

Head of BECTU Gerry Morrissey said:

“Being a freelancer can be a lonely business involving very long hours and lots of rejection. Yet freelancers play a crucial role, alongside staff, in our media and entertainment industry, and the success of film and television depends on their talent, passion and dedication.

“The Freelancers’ Fair is run by our Writers Producers and Directors branch. They have a real understanding of the challenges that freelancers face and immense experience in how to support them. I am proud of this year’s varied and topical programme, with a fantastic array of high-profile speakers and lots of practical advice on offer.” 

No to bullying and harassment

The seminar on sexual harassment will flag up the vital work that BECTU and its sister unions are doing with the industry to call time on all abuses of power; we’ll also be discussing how to implement the recently agreed screen industries policy on bullying and harassment.

BECTU national secretary Sarah Ward, Equity general secretary Christine Payne, Women in Film and Television chief executive Kate Kinninmont and Thompsons' Solicitors' head of employment rights (client relations) Victoria Phillips will be our panellists.

Two other seminars will also explore diversity and equality issues. “A guide to authentic storytelling” will be led by directors Sasha Djurkovic (Addicted Last Chance Mums); Catey Sexton (Raped: My Story); Paul Sng (Dispossession: the Great Social Housing Swindle); and Orban Wallace (Another News Story, about the refugee crisis).

“Choice and diversity in film” will offer advice to people frustrated by the inaccessibility of major distribution routes.

The other seminars are:

• Virtual reality check –  opportunities for content creators in this new area, led by Peter Collis, head of 360/3D film production at Inition. 

• Making your mark with online content – how writers, directors and producers can earn a living online, with executive producers Kate Fagan and Pranav Arya, freelance director Bugsy Riverbank Steel and screenwriter, director and professional blogger Vicki Psarias.

• Licensing: rights and wrongs on working with archive – chaired by Madeline Bates of the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries, with an archivist, a lawyer and a producer/director.

• How to make money through online distribution – with an expert panel offering advice and pointing out the pitfalls for freelancers.

• Development labs: everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask! – with Lucinda Broadbent, producer of The Bridge Rising, and representatives from Film London and Creative England.

Workshops too

There will be four workshops. The first focuses on helping freelancers develop their business skills; another on shaping the political landscape for the creative sectors; a third on networking advice; and a fourth on storytelling for business.

Individuals can also take advantage of the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with experts on tax and insurance and income protection in the fair’s exhibition. 

The full programme and full exhibitor list is set out here

Booking is via Eventbrite

Entry is free for BECTU members and £13.31 for other visitors. 

  • Journalists wanting to cover the event should send a note to Sharon Elliott, senior communications officer.


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