Screen Futures 2020: How to get in and get on in the screen industry

A host of organisations present a day of masterclasses, screenings, networking and information about the screen industry

Screen Futures Manchester



manchester, The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, M1 5GD


ScreenSkills are working with BBC Academy, BFI NETWORK, SODA, BBC Writersroom, New Creatives, Creative England and Channel 4 to deliver a day of masterclasses, screenings, networking and information about the screen industries.

In the evening, you’ll have the chance to meet Channel 4, ScreenSkills, BFI NETWORK. New Creatives North (managed by Tyneside Cinema), Creative England and SODA (MMU’s School of Digital Arts).

You'll find out about a range of opportunities from bursaries which can help fund everything from training to driving lessons, to funding rounds, how to find a mentor, and many other great local and national schemes.

Employment growth in the screen industries between 2013 and 2017 was more than twice as fast as employment growth in the general economy, so if you want to be a part of this boom in creative jobs, then this event is for you.

The day is for people already in the industry who want to further their careers, as well as for those who want to get in.

It will be hosted at The Shed and is split into two sessions - day and evening  - and you are welcome to join us for either or both.



13.30 - 14.00 Registration
14.00 - 15.15 BBC Writersroom
Shortform Storytelling
Tyneside Cinema: New Creatives North
Telling stories via film and audio
15.30 - 16.45 BFI NETWORK
Funding your next film
Employability toolkit
17.00 - 18.15 Creative England
shortFLIX showcase
SODA (School of Digital Arts)
Driving the next generation of creative content
18.00 - 18.30 Registration for evening event attendees
18.30 – 19.30 Networking and nibbles





13.30 - 14.00 Registration

There are two sessions available in each timeslot.


14.00 - 15.15

BBC Writersroom: Shortform storytelling masterclass

Want invaluable tips on short form storytelling? Have a burning desire to make compelling short drama or comedy for social media? Then this is the session for you! 

The BBC team behind successful shortform content for BBC Three, Radio 1Xtra, Asian Network and BBC Music will focus on what you need to think about when developing scripted short form, how to stand out in a digital world and the opportunities for writers in the BBC.


New Creatives North & Tyneside Cinema: Telling stories via film and audio

New Creatives North offers 16 to 30-year-old creators commission opportunities for film, audio and interactive works. A partnership between the BBC and Arts Council, it is an exciting talent development scheme that provides opportunities for artists to be mentored by industry professionals to make new works designed for BBC channels.

Join us for a screening and listening experience of a selection of works from the scheme, followed by a panel discussion with the artists and members of the producing team, where you can find more about the process behind making the pieces and how to apply for a New Creatives commission.


15.30 - 16.45

BFI NETWORK: Funding your next film

Are you a budding writer, director or producer?  Would you like to find out more about funding for short films and getting your work made? BFI NETWORK provides up to £15,000 of funding and development support for new and emerging filmmakers through their short film fund. Come along to this session to find out more. Hosted by North West Talent Executive, Amy O'Hara.


ScreenSkills: Employability toolkit

Are you struggling with your CV? Would you like to know a little bit more about how to manage freelance work and tax? How do you go about approaching potential employers and how do you build your own network of contacts who might give you some work in the future? Are there any skill shortages for certain roles?

Whether you are a new entrant, a returner or a career changer ScreenSkills will give you the basic essentials of becoming employable in the screen industries.


17.00 - 18.15

Creative England's ShortFLIX showcase

ShortFLIX, Creative England’s cutting-edge short film-making programme is a valuable opportunity for young voices to create new and diverse films for broadcast.

Run in partnership with Sky Arts and ScreenSkills, the scheme actively seeks aspiring filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training. Each shortFLIX filmmaker is given a production budget and their finished film is broadcast on Sky Arts.

Creative England will be talking to both previous and current shortFLIX cohorts - Luna Carmoon, Dior Clarke. Carrie Battram and John Akinde - discussing their experience on the programme and screening some of their work.


SODA: Driving the next generation of creative content

Digital content is all around us, spreading across a variety of screens, networks and platforms. With the rise of this media comes the need for professionals ready to adapt to an industry that thrives on change.

Join industry specialists and leading academics from Manchester Metropolitan University’s new School of Digital Arts (SODA) as they explore the school’s unique interdisciplinary offer.

Learn about 3D printing for animation, how AI can revolutionise the way audiences interact with content, UX apprenticeships, and what it means to be a creative media practitioner at the convergence of storytelling, technology and innovation.


EVENING SESSION - 17.30 – 19.30

Networking and nibbles with ScreenSkills, BBC Academy, BFI NETWORK, SODA, BBC Writersroom, New Creatives, Creative England and Channel 4.


Screen Futures Manchester
Dior Clarke Actor, director, writer and former ShortFLIX cohort


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