Professionals from film, television and games will speak in London on 6-7 May and in Glasgow on 6 May

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will host its flagship festival for aspiring creatives, Guru Live in May 2017. For a second year, the festival will run at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London, from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 7 May and, for the first time this year, will also be taking place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Saturday 6 May. Professionals from across the film, television and games industries will speak at both venues.

Guru Live is an extension of BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online resource that shares advice and inspiration from the best creative minds working in film, television and games, and will feature industry-specific masterclasses, Q&As and panel discussions, as well as cross-sector skills-based sessions led by professionals including BAFTA winners and nominees. Tickets for all individual sessions are priced at £6.

Speakers confirmed to attend Guru Live in London include:

BAFTA-nominated writer-directors

  • Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes on Blindness);
  • writer, director and actor Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers);
  • games writer Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider, Heavenly Sword);
  • BAFTA-winning multi camera director Hamish Hamilton (London 2012Olympic Opening Ceremony, Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show);
  • BAFTA-nominated producers Tristan Goligher (45 Years) and Camille Gatin (Girl With All The Gifts);
  • BAFTA-winning producer Oliver Roskill (Under the Shadow);
  • Vinay Patel, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and BAFTA-nominated writer (Murdered By My Father).

In the games programme, speakers from BAFTA-nominated studios including Triangular Pixels, Creative Assembly, Inkle, Bossa Studios and ustwo will explore their craft and how to build a career in games.

GURU LIVE PANELS AND SESSIONS:

LONDON – SATURDAY 6 MAY 2017 – Telling Stories: Film | The Ladder: TV | Telling Stories: Factual TV | The Ladder: Games | The Money Box | Telling Stories: Games | How to Pitch | Your First Game | The Ladder: Film | How to build a BAFTA-nominee: Games | The Business of Creativity

LONDON – SUNDAY 7 MAY 2017 – Directing Your First Hour | Producing Games | Masterclass: Murder in Successful | Directing VR | How to Freelance (supported by Searchlight Recruitment) | Producing a Debut | Getting Commissioned | Masterclass: Notes on Blindness | Digital Creativity: Humans (supported by Channel 4)

The London event will open with an exclusive housewarming event for BAFTA-recognised new talent, including participants in the festival’s Guru Labs bespoke programme, on Friday 5 May, where the creative team from performance capture studio and production company The Imaginarium will share their visionary approach to storytelling, creative technology and performance. The opening night party is sponsored by Shutterstock. Closing the London festival will be networking drinks supported by Mad Dog Casting, open to all festival attendees.

Speakers confirmed for Guru Live in Glasgow include:

  • Writer-director Joe Ahearne and producer Nicole Cauverien (The Replacement);
  • producer for games Luci Black (LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway, Dreams);
  • producer Iain Smith OBE (Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of Men);
  • actor and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary, Two Doors Down); and the team behind the iconic Scottish sitcom Still Game.

GLASGOW – 6 MAY 2017 – The Ladder: TV | Making a Debut Feature Film | The Ladder: Games | Masterclass: The Replacement | Masterclass: Games | Masterclass: Still Game

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, said: “Building on the success of our inaugural Guru Live in 2016, this year sees the festival return, bigger and better than before. Breaking into the film, TV and games industries remains highly competitive, and by extending the festival to Glasgow, we’re enabling even more people to learn from the amazing talent recognised by BAFTA through our awards. This year’s festival has a cross-sector focus, recognising how so many of the creative challenges of all three industries are the same. We’re looking forward to helping aspiring creatives overcome those challenges, make connections with their peers and learn first-hand from leading industry figures through Guru Live.”


Tickets for individual sessions are all priced at £6. For full programme details and bookings go to the Guru website here and download the schedule here.

Highlights from both events will be available on the BAFTA Guru website

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