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7 May 2010

BECTU's annual Freelancers' Fair is now taking bookings. The event, on Friday 11 June, offers a rich mix of seminars, an industry exhibition and two sessions of the popular Freelance Toolkit workshop.

A new riverside venue - Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2 ORL – will host the event. In fact, Savoy Place was the location for the BBC’s first experimental radio broadcasts in 1923, so visitors will feel at home.

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BECTU members can attend the event for free; non-members pay £10.

“New, established or prospective freelancers, all are welcome” said Mike Dick, chair of the Writers Producers and Directors branch (WPDs) which puts the Fair together. 

Fair Exhibition

Twenty-two organisations offering support to workers in film and tv will make up the Fair Exhibition, sharing news, offering advice and providing updates on their services. This year the newly formed BBC Academy joins a strong exhibitor line-up which includes event sponsors Broadcast Freelancer, accountants Hard Dowdy, Production Base, Skillset and Thompsons Solicitors.


Seminars to choose from

Visitors will have the choice of a morning or afternoon session on file-based acquisition presented by the Televisual Roadshow; Nicola Lees, author of Greenlit: Developing Factual and Reality Ideas from Concept to Pitch, will offer her expert take on how to prepare and deliver that winning pitch.

At the 2009 event one visitor laid down a challenge to the WPDs branch. Could they provide a seminar under the title 50 Ways to Get Funding Before You Die!? Well the branch has delivered: Steve Hewlett from Radio 4’s The Media Show will be joined by Christo Hird (End of the Line) and Chris Atkins (Starsuckers) to debate the life blood of every film-maker: finance.

“In truth, we may not have found 50 solutions to the problem, but this session is certain to shed light on the issue,” commented Marc Sigsworth, programme maker and one of the session producers. 

Another highlight of the day will be the session titled Ethical Film-making Explored where the results of the BECTU/DV Talent Short Film Competition will be announced. 

Three finalists will have their work screened and will join the audience in a discussion about approaches to film-making led by a high profile panel. The session and the related competition have been organised by documentary film-maker, Benetta Adamson. The deadline for entries to the competition is Friday 4 June. 

Book now

Visitors are encouraged to book their place online. 

(Please help the organisers by not booking sessions where times conflict and save your booking form for easy recall).

"The Freelancers' Fair is the result of months of work by several people; central to this effort is the creativity and generosity of leading members of the Writers, Producers and Directors branch."

"We thank them and our many contributors for their support and we wish everyone an enjoyable day," said Tom Bell, supervisory official.

Contact us if you have queries about this event.