RTS Midlands Career Fair: 12th-15th October

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RTS Midlands TV Career Fair – Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October 2020 sponsored by NFTS

In the most ambitious Careers Fair yet, the RTS four day event from Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October will bring together people from across the world of TV for SIX hours of live-streamed sessions, masterclasses and workshops each day.

Alongside Q&A panel sessions with the people who work on the biggest shows and brands, there will be some incredible practical workshops and masterclasses including help with your CV, an animation workshop, sessions on digital effects, working on location, podcasting, TV News and post production.

People confirmed to do sessions include: Barbara Slater, OBE, Director BBC Sport; Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three; Isa Guha (BBC cricket presenter and commentator); Chris Stark (The Peter Crouch Podcast); Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani (Brown Girls Do It Too podcast); Jacqui Oatley (sports broadcaster/journalist/presenter); Mark Cole, MD, Whisper TV;  Martin Dougan (Newsround) and Louis Cryer (Comedy Central).

In a first, we will also visit the set of BBC One’s award-winning Doctors in Birmingham to see how and where they film this brilliant drama. We’ll find out who does what, how they do it and more and do a Q&A with cast and crew live from the drama village.

This event is unmissable if you have ever thought about working in TV.


Monday 12th October

10:00-10:45  – Get Ready for your first job in TV with Jude Winstanley – BOOK NOW

11:15 – 12:00  – Thinking about the future of the entertainment business in a converging world:

                          consumer price, choice, regulation, and discoverability. – BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15  – How to kick off a career in TV Sport – BOOK NOW

1.45-2.30  – Is TV somewhere you can work if you have a disability? – BOOK NOW

3.00 -4.00  – ITV – CV Workshop – BOOK NOW


Tuesday 13th October

10:00-10:45 – How to make a brilliant podcast– BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15 – Working in the Locations Department with Film Birmingham – BOOK NOW

1.45-2.30 –Top tips for a career in Digital Effects– BOOK NOW

3:00- 4:00 – Ask us Anything – BOOK NOW


Wednesday 14th October

10:00 – 10:45 – Ask Us Anything – Join some awesome people from the world

                         of Entertainment and Factual TV and ask them anything! – BOOK NOW

11:15- 12:00 – Behind the Scenes:  Live from the set of BBC One’s Birmingham based soap Doctors – BOOK NOW

12:30-1:15 – Fiona Campbell, BBC Three – Baird Lecture – BOOK NOW

3:00 – 4:00 – CV Masterclass with BBC Experts BOOK NOW


Thursday 15th October

10:00-10:45 –  Post production – is this where the magic of TV really happens…find out from our super

                       panel of experts – BOOK NOW

11:15-12:00 – Working in News- is it the toughest gig in TV? – BOOK NOW

12:30 – 1:15 – In conversation.. with one of the country’s most high profile TV writers – BOOK NOW

1:45 – 2:30 – Animation Workshop – the world of animation is brought to life by our experts – BOOK NOW


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New “BAME Community Grants” scheme – Deadline 28th August

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The Film and TV Charity have opened a new fund, taking the form of “BAME community grants”.

The grants offer between £300 up to a maximum of £3,500 for projects that focus on bringing people together to:

  • Share experiences
  • Break down barriers and amplify underrepresented voices
  • Support access and career development
  • Provide education around issues such as discrimination and mental health
  • Promote industry engagement with work created by Black, Asian or ethnic minority talent

The activity must take place between September – December 2020.

If you’re interested in discussing these, email Lucy Powell at

The Film and TV Charity also provides mental wellbeing services, which are free to everyone in the industry.


You can find more information and apply at The deadline is 5pm 28th August 2020.


Source: Film and TV Charity


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Birmingham City University announces partnership with British Film Institute

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Birmingham City University has announced a new five-year partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). Formally beginning in September 2020, the collaboration will provide placement and secondment opportunities for BA and MA film students based within the University’s Department of Games, Film and Animation. All film students and staff within the department will also get access to the BFI Player as a key learning resource.

The partnership will also see the development of new BFI and Birmingham City University branded short courses for local communities and mid-career film professionals. Future plans include a new documentary film project that will draw on existing curriculum and research strengths that the university has in this area.

“Having used the BFI’s policy agenda to develop BCU’s Film Futures framework back in 2017, we’re delighted to now be working with the organisation to enrich the student experience and to highlight the importance of film education, mentoring and research in the region,” said Professor Xavier Mendik, who led the development of the partnership on behalf of Birmingham City University. “We now have official BFI University partner status, providing students with invaluable experiences of working in industry, exploring their interests and helping them to develop key transferable skills required in the workplace and when working with film. As we already have a track record of University staff and students collaborating on award winning documentary research projects, we are also excited to see how the BFI partnership can inform the future documentary teaching and research we undertake.”

The partners also plan on hosting an annual series of film industry talks at the university, as well as exploring the development of new postgraduate film courses in the future. Mark Prescott, head of business development at the BFI, said: “Partnering with Birmingham City University will provide fantastic opportunities, engaging students directly with the cultural and practical aspects of filmmaking.

“Students will gain access to content curated by the BFI and will be supported in their studies in various ways, including secondments, workshops and guest lectures. The relationship with the BFI will help support students directly but will also, create a legacy effect in the region as part of our desire to encourage and stimulate film in the West Midlands.




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Birmingham’s NEC to open as film and TV studio complex

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The arenas and exhibition spaces plan to transform into film and TV studio spaces to avoid staying empty during the pandemic

The arenas at Birmingham’s large-scale events space, the NEC, are to be offered as film and TV production spaces, to provide a use for them during the Covid-19 restrictions. Specifically, the Utilita Arena Birmingham in the city centre and the Resorts World Arena on the NEC campus are going to be made available to film and TV productions.

The Utilita Arena has 62,500 square feet of space inside the arena bowl with a sports hall with 16,000 square feet below. Already existing in the space are dressing rooms, furnished production offices, crew and catering facilities – including a fully-serviced kitchen – staging, as well as an on-site team of rigging and technical experts (sound, lighting, video PAs etc).

Meanwhile, the Resorts World Arena offers 49,000 square feet of arena floor space, and an annex, known as Forum Live, with 30,500 square feet of space. The roof height clearance through the vehicle entry doors at Utilita is around 20 metres and the Resorts is 10.8 metres, so articulated trucks can get in. There’s also a suite of offices, dressing rooms, and rigging capability and expertise.

Productions also have the opportunity to use the NEC’s vast exhibition spaces (250,000 square metres of space).

The managing director of arenas within the NEC Group, Guy Dunstan, said his team have already been in discussions with a number of UK-based film and TV production companies interested in utilising the arenas for filming this autumn.

Dunstan said: “We’ve got a clear diary for both our arenas from now until the end of the year, so we’ve been exploring ways we can utilise our space to get business into the venues, and film and TV production seemed like the perfect fit. We’re aware there’s a big backlog in schedules for film and TV productions, and a lack of space to support that, as the industry gets back to filming.

“These two significant areas can either be used concurrently for filming, or productions can utilise one space for set builds and workshops, and the other for actual filming,” he adds. “A lot of the infrastructure normally found on sets is already in place for film and TV productions, so they don’t need to bring in portacabins and mobile kitchens etc.”


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UK community cinemas call for zine and video submissions for visual project “Waves”

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UK community cinemas No Planet B (London), Caribbean Pop Up Cinema (Birmingham) and Sea/Film (Scarborough) are delighted to announce their collaboration on a special online screening event taking place in August 2020: WAVES

A wave is a form of affection and greeting, a valuable gesture in our current times. But waves are also what define and shape the movement of the sea. This project aims to bring people together, to think about and celebrate the sea, and how it both separates and joins us.


About the Project

Waves is a new collaborative environmental film event devised by No Planet B, London, Sea/Film, Scarborough and Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema, Birmingham. It is a special online event comprising of three parts; an online screening event of short films and presentations, a digital zine and a community-made film, all celebrating and exploring the theme of waves and how the sea connects us.

Martha Cattell of sea/film says: ‘Waves offers a great opportunity to create new partnerships with other community film organisations, and bring together new audiences and ideas in the process.’

Denyce Blackman of Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema says: “The Caribbean has a special relationship with the sea. The blue of the waves feature on island flags and form a vital part of Caribbean livelihoods, and West Indians of the Windrush generation traveled by sea to begin new lives in the UK. We invite everyone in the Caribbean diaspora to join this project which celebrates this significant part of our story.

Julia Brow of No Planet B says: ‘The oceans are integral to our life on Earth. Nearly half the global population depends on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. We are looking forward to engaging with audiences with this new creative project that explores both our interconnectedness with the sea and with each other.’


How to Get Involved

Zine Contributions: You can contribute to the community zine via submitting your work around the theme of waves, from poetry, art, photography, writing, histories here.

WAVES will be publishing the Zine as a free PDF and every contributor will receive a copy of their published work. Rules for contributions: Writing 550 words or less, the deadline for submissions is August 9th.

Video Contributions: Have you taken a clip of the sea whilst on holiday, or do you live by water? WAVES are creating a unified and continuous wave, so need your help via short clips of waves, 30 sec or less which will be edited together. Submit your video clips here. 

Attend the Screening: Details of the screening will be announced once confirmed, on the groups’ social media pages and newsletters (see social media links below).

Zine Call Out: WAVES

Images and Artwork: submissions of photos, a drawing/painting of waves and an image or set of imges, with maybe a small piece of text accompanying it, explaining the view depicted/your thoughts on the view. The description can be in the poetry or prose and may even just be a caption. Image or set of images + suggested word count: 250.

Creative Writing: Writing and poetry on waves, interpret how you like! Suggested word count: 500.

Non-Fiction Writing: Is there some waves from a film, a memory or history that have interested you or even the science behind oceans/rivers? Text word count: 500.

​This zine will form part of a collective project on the theme of waves; it will explore different ways of looking and depicting the same topic. WAVES want this project to be as accessible and inclusive as possible, so please email us with any questions or suggestions.  They will be producing an online version of the zine, which will be free to download and sent to all participants.


Film Call Out: WAVES

30 second or less clips of waves, maybe you live by the sea, from a past holiday, a clip someone sent you, or even a brief animation!


Video and Zine Submissions

Anyone can contribute to the zine or with video. Submissions are welcome from contributors of different ages and geographical locations.

Submit your work using this form: 

Deadline for submissions is August 9th.

Email any questions to

WAVES want this project to be as accessible and inclusive as possible, so please email them with any questions or suggestions.


Stay Connected

No Planet B: @noplanetbfilm on Instagram and Facebook, sign up to newsletter here.

Sea/Film: FacebookTwitterInstagram or visit our website.

Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema: TwitterFacebook and Instagram


The project is kindly supported by Cinema for All and BFI





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Film Birmingham

Submissions open for Heritage Films

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Film Birmingham is proudly hosting a culturally significant programme of films as part of This is My City – Sports & Culture Festival.

From August 29th to August 31st, our ShortFuse film programme will move online, showcasing a selection of local films of all genres. We invite you to submit yours! These films will form the official ShortFuse selection for the festival.


 About This Is My City

This annual project will showcase the heritage, history and successes of Asian, African, Caribbean and European migrant communities within the city. It features a weekend online festival combining the universal elements of food, film, music and sport, under the hashtag #TIMCBHAM. Participants in the festival will have a platform to showcase their creative projects and innovative activities, all aimed at supporting the health and well-being of communities during COVID-19.


About ShortFuse

ShortFuse is Film Birmingham’s short film event, providing a platform for the work of emerging regional filmmakers and engaging with audiences. We have been proud to premier a number of regional films at our film nights, and opened the floor to a number of award-winning filmmakers. 

Past events at the Mockingbird Cinema showcased regional films, including the BAFTA-winning short 73 Cows, directed by Alex Lockwood, Sylvia, winner of the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker award at Cannes and award-winning Faith, by renowned stuntman Nick McKinless.


What We Are Looking For

We want to celebrate authentic voices from migrant communities in our ShortFuse programme. 

Our themes centre around identity, heritage, migration and cultural linkages to the United Kingdom.

We are accepting short films under 30 minutes long, including narrative films, art films, documentaries and music videos. Emerging as well as experienced filmmakers are welcome to submit. 

For this event, submissions are open to film-makers from the diasporas of Asia, the Caribbean, Africa or Europe. Films are also accepted by non-residents if they speak to the above themes.


To Submit Your Film

Submissions close on July 31st at midnight. Please email with the following info:

All films must be under 30 minutes. If selected, you will then be asked to provide a hi-res version of your film. Please email


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WOFFF – Short Script Contest for woman over 50 now open

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The WOFFF20 short script competition is now open. The competition is open to as-yet unproduced, complete short drama scripts, under five minutes, centring on a woman over 50 or written by a woman over 50. Shedunnit Productions returns as the key partner sponsoring this competition.

WOFFF Awards and Prizes

The Shedunnit Productions Prize awarded for the winning script is a script consultation with Helen Jacey, founder of Shedunnit Productions and Author of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters. This consultation can be for a feature screenplay, TV pilot or short film. She says: “It’s a privilege to be judging the WOFFF Best Short Script Prize for the second year. I’m excited to discover some fantastic older female characters on the page – or scripts penned by fabulous older women filmmakers! Short scripts are not necessarily easy to write, but done well, they are utterly impactful.“

Other 1st place prizes include a signed copy The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey, a winner’s certificate and a bottle of Mother’s Ruin gin. This prize is sponsored by Mother’s Ruin Gin. Runner-up short drama scripts prizes include a signed copy of a Helen Jacey book and a winner’s certificate

Submit Your Short

This is a competition for completed short drama film scripts up to five minutes in length with a woman over 50 at its centre or written by a woman over 50. Submissions are open from 22 June 2020. The deadline for this competition is 25 July 2020 or the date when 50 scripts are received by WOFFF, whichever is sooner.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updated Guidance

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On July 7th, the UK Government announced an exemption to the quarantine requirements for film and high-end TV cast and crew. The exemption relates to those working on productions which qualify as British under one of the Government’s cultural tests or official co-production treaties.

This result is partly testament to the hard work of colleagues in the Screen Sector Task Force, who have campaigned for the change. The British Film Commission have issued further guidance via the Covid-19 section of their website. It is as follows:

British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production

This document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage COVID-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK. It has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) with input from crew and crew representatives, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance. Productions based in Northern IrelandScotland and Wales should additionally check for the relevant devolved Government guidance as it may differ.


  • Download British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance here.

Current version: V.2.0 Published 6th July 2020

For optimised viewing, please open the PDF through Adobe Acrobat Reader or Google Chrome. If you read the PDF using Safari or Apple Preview, links to certain sections of government guidance may not work but Apple Mac users can access an adapted version of the guidance here.


  • Download Travelling to the UK for work in Film or High-end Television Drama Production During COVID-19: Self-isolation (“Quarantine”) Exemptions guidance here.

Current version: V.1.0 Published 6th July 2020

For optimised viewing, please open the PDF through Adobe Acrobat Reader or Google Chrome. If you read the PDF using Safari or Apple Preview, links to certain sections of government guidance may not work but Apple Mac users can access an adapted version of the guidance here.

Always make sure you are working from the current version.


  • The UK TV industry has produced guidance for managing the risk of COVID-19 in programme making which applies to all TV production and can be found here. In the case of high-end TV drama productions, this guidance should be considered alongside the UK TV industry guidance.


  • Guidance for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX, produced in consultation with, and endorsed by, the British Film Commission Recovery Group, is available here.


  • ScreenSkills, are adapting and developing training initiatives to support the film and HETV industries’ recovery efforts.


  • Read law firm Wiggin’s Returning to Production Employment and Data Protection FAQs here.


  • For additional industry advice and guidance on Coronavirus COVID-19, see BFI info here.


Source: Production Guild, British Film Commission


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S.O.U.L. (Screening Our Unseen Lives) – Britain’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic film talent

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The British Blacklist is working with S.O.U.L., We Are Parable and The New Black Film Collective to present S.O.U.L.Fest.

In the current climate it has proven a challenge to work out how best to deliver a socially-distanced film festival. The answer has been to team up with the BFI and present S.O.U.L.Fest 2020 via the BFI Player. Look out for more information soon about how you can take part in the festival, In the meantime S.O.U.L.Fest 2020 have opened up free submissions. The deadline is this Friday, 3rd July.

About S.O.U.L. 2020

S.O.U.L. (Screening Our Unseen Lives) celebrates and supports Britain’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic film talent. S.O.U.L. programmes two types of event each year, our quarterly film industry screening and networking events known as S.O.U.L. Celebrate Connect and our annual public film festival S.O.U.L.Fest. SOUL Fest 2020 is set to be a month long celebration of Black British talent in film, showcasing new features and shorts and allowing audiences the opportunity to see a diverse representation of Black Britain. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic S.O.U.L. Fest 2020 will take place online primarily on the prestigious BFI Player.

The festival is realised as a collaboration between four organisations who serve Black audiences and talent.

The British Blacklist is the online global home for African Caribbean British creative professionals on the Screen and Stage, in Sound and Literature – both up front and behind the scenes.

The New Black Film Collective is a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen.

We Are Parable specialise in film exhibition and believe in the storytelling power of events to enhance the experience of a cinema going audience.

S.O.U.L. Film a platform with the mission to make British Film and TV industry more diverse by celebrating and connecting BAME filmmakers and audiences.

The Celebrate:Connect event is a short film screening and networking platform that occurs 4 times a year at the British Film Institute in Southbank, London, UK.

Aiming to address the falling numbers of ethnic minority filmmakers in the UK, the event offers a platform to exhibit their work on the big screen, and a venue for them to meet. We believe the better fellow ethnic filmmakers know each other and each other’s work, the better able we are to support one another.
The events are open to and attended by filmmakers of all levels, industry executives, commissioners, exhibitors, actors, writers and film fans, and is a great opportunity to meet and develop relationships with your film making peers.
Add to this the benefit of being able to screen your work at one of the most prestigious film venues in the UK and you have a superb opportunity for emerging diverse British filmmakers.

Also of interest

We Are Parable are surveying our communities on how we feel about going back to cinemas. Please participate in their very short but vital survey now.

The BFI NETWORK team have organised a live conversation with director Dionne Edwards on July 30th. She will be discussing her career to date and her creative process offering insights into the industry including her stint as 2nd unit director on the recent Top Boy. It’s Tuesday, 30th June. Sign Up is free.


Source: The British Blacklist


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Birmingham and London Indian Film Festival goes digital

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The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival and Birmingham Indian Film Festival are excited to launch their first digital festival at from 25th June to 5th July, as the UK and Europe’s largest showcase of South Asian cinema. It offers the UK’s lockdown audiences a free programme of films and conversations with some of the world’s best loved Indian talent. LIFF’s platform Love LIFF at Home is now online!


Starting June 25th, the digital festival will offer UK premieres, our coveted annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition, exclusive ‘In Conversation’ and some iconic movies. Everything is free! The films will be available to UK audiences only while the ‘In Conversation’ series will be available world-wide.

See full programme here.

Source: London Indian Film Festival


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