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Speakers at BAFTA festival for aspiring creatives announced

FESTIVAL: BAFTA's Guru Live connects those with dreams of working in film, TV or gaming with industry professionals

THE BRITISH Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the speakers for its careers festival aimed at aspiring creatives.

The academy’s flagship festival, Guru Live, will bring together film, games and television industry hopefuls and leading professionals on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018.

This year’s confirmed speakers include casting director Aisha Walters, executive producer of BAFTA award-winning Love Island Tom Gould and actor Craig Roberts. A full list of the speakers can be viewed at the end of this article.

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.”

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

Highlights of the programme, confirmed to date, include masterclasses with director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash), 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.

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.

The full list of confirmed speakers to date:
Actor/writer/director Craig Roberts (Just Jim, Submarine); actor/writers Charlie Covell (BAFTA-nominated The End of the F***ing World) and Charlie Cooper (BAFTA winner, This Country); producersJulia Nottingham (Kingdom of Us), Rachel Robey (The Levelling), Cecilia Frugiuele (Appropriate Behaviour), Emily Leo (Under the Shadow), Jonas Mortensen (BAFTA winner, Cowboy Dave) and Simon Mayhew Archer (This Country); editors Will Grayburn (BAFTA winner, Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me); directors Colin O’Toole (BAFTA winner, Cowboy Dave), Tom George (This Country), Jordan Hogg (Coronation Street), Dawn Shadforth (BAFTA Elevate, Trust); casting director Aisha Walters; commissioning editor Greg Barnett (Factual Entertainment, Channel 5); executive producers Tom Gould (Love Island), Karen Wightman (BAFTA winner, Panorama), Kirsty Cunningham (BAFTA winner, Ambulance) and Richard Cowles (I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here); production executive Helen Kruger-Bratt (Love Island); voice actor Doug Cockle (Horizon Zero Dawn); art director Alex Kanaris-Sotiriou (co-founder Polygon Treehouse).

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