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20 May 2010

Join Steve Hewlett, Christo Hird, Chris Atkins, Nicola Lees and many more for a day of great conversation at the union's Freelancers' Fair on Friday 11 June.

Visitors can still choose from a number of sessions although you'll need to be quick ...... 

The Freelancers’ Fair takes place on Friday 11 June at Savoy Place, London, and is open both to union members and non-members. BECTU members can attend for free; non-members pay £10. For more details go to

Non-members' booking form here.

BECTU members booking form here.

Advice on funding

Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show will chair a discussion titled 50 Ways to Get Funding Before you Die! with Christo Hird (producer The End of the Line) and Chris Atkins (director Starsuckers).

File-based acquisition anyone?

Experts from the Televisual Roadshow will present two sessions on the advantages of file-based acquisition and the challenges for post-production. (Spaces on the afternoon session are now limited so act now).

Pitch perfect

And Nicola Lees, a programme maker with 80 commissions to her credit will join us to share her knowledge of the pitching process. 

"My session distills more than ten years experience and interviews with fifty top international producers and commissioners, to reveal the insider development tricks and pitching secrets no one ever teaches you." said Nicola.

Short Film Screening

The day’s final slot will see a screening of the best three short films chosen from entries to the BECTU/DV Talent Short Film Competition. The closing date for entries is Friday 4 June; more details here 

"We'd be delighted to see more entries but everyone can play a part by voting for their favourites." said Benetta Adamson, competition organiser. View the entries at

Visit the Fair Exhibition

Alongside the day’s seminars, 22 organisations offering a variety of support to the freelance film and tv community will be on hand to deliver information and advice. The BBC Academy joins the exhibitor line-up for the first time. See the list of exhibitors

Production Base will be amongst those showcasing their services; the company is a co-sponsor of the event along with Broadcast Freelancer, Hard Dowdy accountants, Skillset and Thompsons Solicitors.

“ProductionBase is proud to be associated with BECTU in helping to encourage best working practices between production companies and freelancers.” said a spokesperson.