Train2Game News BAFTA Guru Live

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will bring together aspiring creatives and leading film, games and television professionals at its flagship careers festival, Guru Live, in London on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018.

The annual event, which is now in its third year, will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, and follows successful editions in Glasgow and Cardiff in April.

Guru Live is an extension of BAFTA Guru Guru.bafta.org, BAFTA’s online resource that shares advice and inspiration from the best creative minds working in film, games and television. Professionals from across these industries, including BAFTA winners and nominees, will present industry-specific masterclasses, Q&As and panel discussions, as well as cross-sector skills-based sessions aimed at aspiring creatives taking their first steps in their careers.

Highlights of the programme, confirmed to date, include masterclasses with director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash) the production team behind the BAFTA-winning Love Island, BAFTA-winning This Country’s creative team and co-writer and star Charlie Cooper and the team behind multi BAFTA-winning game Hellblade. These and further sessions throughout the weekend will focus on the essential skills required for anyone interested in pursuing a career in film, games and television from pitching through to producing with invaluable advice for every stage.

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, said: “Guru Live has become one of the highlights in the BAFTA calendar and an amazing opportunity for budding and established professionals to come together to network and share their experiences and advice. We’re looking forward to welcoming all the creatives so they can learn first-hand from the amazing talent we have lined up.”

Tickets for all individual sessions are priced at £6 (or 2 for £10). BAFTA is also offering the opportunity for individuals who have already started in the industry to apply for a Guru Live Access Pass and a bespoke programme of one-to-one meetings and career development sessions.

For details of confirmed sessions and to book tickets go to:Guru Live London. To apply for the Guru Live Access Pass go to: Guru Live London Access Pass.

Guru Live is funded by generous individuals and brand partners including: EE (official partner to Guru Live); Filmstro (session supporter); Harman (official craft partner); PlayFusion (official games partner); Sara Putt Associates (session supporter); Searchlight (session supporter); Shutterstock (co-host of opening party).

Follow Guru Live by using #GuruLive and following BAFTA Guru on Twitter and YouTube.

Train2Game News BAFTA Guru Live

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced a brand new three-day festival that will give aspiring creatives the opportunity to meet and learn from leading names in the film, television and games industries.

BAFTA’s Guru Live will run from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London, and will feature masterclasses, panels and keynote talks by professionals including BAFTA winners and nominees. Tickets for individual sessions will cost £6, and professionals with at least six months’ experience will have the chance to purchase one of 150 all-access ‘Guru Pro’ tickets to the event, which include a day of bespoke one-to-one meetings and round tables with top industry speakers.

Guru Live is an extension of BAFTA Guru (www.bafta.org/guru ), BAFTA’s online resource that shares advice and inspiration from the best creative minds working in film, television and games. Each day will focus on a different one of the three industries that BAFTA represents, and will comprise: a ‘Creative Keynote’ talk from a highly acclaimed figure; sessions covering specific craft skills and areas such as finance and distribution; case studies showcasing recent success stories; examples of cross-sector working; and networking events.

Speakers confirmed to attend include: games producer Dan Gray (Monument Valley); film producer Mark Herbert (This Is England, Submarine); games writer Meg Jayanth (80 Days); talent agent for film and television Sara Putt; and games creators Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell (Lumino City).

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, said: “Guru Live brings our successful BAFTA Guru online channel to life, giving emerging talent the chance to learn first-hand from some of the leading figures in the moving image industries. Film, television and games can be among the hardest industries to break in to, so this opportunity to meet and engage with BAFTA members, nominees and winners is a brilliant way to help break down the barriers new talent may be facing. Guru Live also offers a chance for attendees to network with peers at a similar level, which is essential for career starters.

“We’ve already seen huge success with our previous industry-specific events Generation Next for television, Filmmakers Forum and Inside Games, and we’re looking forward to Guru Live streamlining the best elements of those events to create a new BAFTA flagship festival for anyone hoping to build a successful career in film, television or games.”

Applications for Guru Pro tickets, which cost £40, are open now at http://guru.bafta.org/live/pros and close on Wednesday 23 March. Bursaries will be available to support expenses. General admission tickets are priced at £6 per session and open for bookings on Monday 29 February. To book, go to: http://guru.bafta.org/live.

Guru Live has received funding from generous individuals and BAFTA partners supporting ‘Give Something Back’ – BAFTA’s campaign to support emerging talent from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries.

Highlights from the event will be available on the BAFTA Guru website: www.bafta.org/guru .

Follow Guru Live by using #GuruLIVE and following BAFTA Guru on Twitter and YouTube.

GURU LIVE PANELS AND SESSIONS:
(The full programme will be announced on Thursday 25 February)

Guru Live: Games (Saturday 30 April)

    Games Creative Keynote
    Game Masterclass
    Turning Points
    Down with the Kidz
    The Storytellers
    Capturing Performance
    Virtual Reality
    Microtalks

Guru Live: Television (Sunday 1 May)

    Television Creative Keynote
    How To Direct Your First Hour Of Television
    My First Three Years In Television
    Masterclass: Scripted Show
    Idea, Pitch, Commission?
    Casting Real People
    Where Are All The Milennials?
    Entertainment Live!

Guru Live: Film (Monday 2 May)

    Film Creative Keynote
    Panel: British Films & How To Fund Them
    Panel: My First Three Years in Film
    Producing A Debut Feature
    How To Budget And Schedule Your First Credit
    Masterclass: BAFTA Nominees
    Panel: Big Screen On The Small Screen
    How To Be A Successful Freelancer