You might think July is a summer holiday month, but for BAFTA it’s a time for TV previews, masterclasses and interviews. The BAFTA Learning and Events team aren’t just sitting back to enjoy tennis, Pimms and scones. They’ve set up a range of events across the country for media professionals and members of the public to gain an insight into the inner workings of the media industry. So, let’s see what they’ve got for us this month!
Also in Cardiff, on 8th July you can catch a screening of the feature-length version of The Marriage of Reason and Squalor. Written and directed by visual artist Jake Chapman, the Mills and Boon parody starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark aired in four parts on Sky Arts. The screen will be followed by a Q&A session with Jake Chapman and producer Colin Vaines.
Also on 8th July, this time in London, BAFTA are previewing Melvyn Bragg – Wigton to Westminster. The one-off documentary film collaboration between Storyvault Films and the BBC explores the career and life story of BAFTA Fellow Melvyn Bragg, best known for his work as presenter of The South Bank Show. The night will also feature a Q&A session with Melvyn Bragg and producer and director Olivia Lichtenstein, in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell.
BAFTA love giving industry professionals a chance to pass on their knowledge to budding media makers. So, on 11th July they’re hosting the Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers Forum. If you’re an emerging filmmaker who wants to improve your creative and business skills (that all important networking and distribution knowledge), you can’t afford to miss this day crammed full of masterclasses and panels from some of the UK’s major film industry organisations. Speakers will include director Lone Scherfig (An Education) and BAFTA-winning writers Stephen Beresford (Pride) and Jeff Pope (See No Evil: The Moors Murders).
BAFTA are continuing their Breakfast With... TV Controllers series this month, with Sky1 controller Adam MacDonald in the breakfast interview hotseat on 28th July. Hosted by journalist Benji Wilson, the interview will be delving into the channel’s current roster of programming and its future commissioning needs.
Awards shows aren’t just for people at the absolute pinnacle of their careers – it’s also to celebrate those just beginning. The BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) Awards are taking place in London on 25th July. The games creators of the future, young people aged between ten and eighteen, will be receiving 2015’s Game Making and Game Concept Awards at a special ceremony. There’ll also be two new awards this year, YGD Mentor and YGD Hero, recognising those who have inspired young people in games. The shortlist of finalists will be announced on 1st July.
On 28th July, there’s a chance to see a BAFTA Games Showcase of BAFTA-winning British developer Mike Bithell’s latest game, Volume. With a voice cast including Charlie McDonnell, Danny Wallace and Andy Serkis, the stealth game offers a unique modern-day interpretation of the legend of Robin Hood.
Find out more and buy tickets here!