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Learning and New Talent Initiatives in Scotland and Wales

We take our workshops and masterclasses with industry talent around Scotland and Wales making sure those who live outside industry hubs, have access to our events and opportunities. Our branch offices, BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Scotland, offer a range of events for career starters which allow new talent the opportunity to network with high level industry practitioners working in the UK today. 

BAFTA’s learning and new talent work is generously supported by a number of individuals and trusts and foundations. If you are interested in supporting BAFTA's regional work please contact: [email protected].

Our learning and new talent initiatives in Scotland and Wales include:

BAFTA Guru Live in Cardiff and Glasgow

BAFTA Guru Live is our flagship weekend of talks, workshops and masterclasses for career starters, held in London, Cardiff and Glasgow. In 2019, we held 46 events and had 2050 individual attendees across our three locations. Sessions include: 

  • How to Freelance
  • CV Surgeries
  • Masterclasses with the industry such as cinematographers, directors and game designers
  • Moving Up In TV
  • Storytelling workshops
  • Producing Your First Feature

We offer Access Passes for those with two years industry experience or students in their graduation year on a film, games or television course. Access pass holders are offered 1-2-1 meetings and roundtables with top industry talent, tailored to match their experience and interests. We also offer hardship bursaries for those who need financial assistance for travel, accomodation or ticket costs.

Gaining an access pass has been an unforgettable experience, being a part of it has opened so many doors for me and really helped to launch my career in the AD department. I am now making to steps to move up from being a runner to a 3rd AD and have gained many contacts who I now work with regularly! - Danielle Scott, Access Pass holder, Guru Live Glasgow 2018

Event: Guru Live GlasgowDate: Saturday 30 March 2019Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow -Area: Access Pass One-to-Ones & RoundtablesBAFTA/Carlo PaloniBAFTA Guru Live Glasgow 2019 roundtable event.

BAFTA Cymru Career Clever

This programme offers students and career starter members a chance to hear about the career development of individuals in key industry roles in Wales. Special guest speakers in 2019 included BAFTA nominated actor Celyn Jones, nominated editor Kevin Jones and BAFTA winning director Martin Thomas. 

Event: Gwen Q&A Screening with Career Clever Date: Wednesday 10th July 2019 Venue: Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor  Host: Pauline Williams-BAFTA/Lindsay WalkerBAFTA Cymru Career Clever preview screening and Q&A of Gwen, 2019.

BAFTA Cymru Sinemaes

Launched in 2016, Sinemaes is a very special cinema space in a tipi at the National Eisteddfod of Wales offering an exciting programme of screenings of new and archive films, workshops for children, discussion panels, networking events and more - to promote Welsh screen content. We welcomed 2,500 people to events in 2019, with 47 events and 50 guest speakers.

Sinemaes 2017BAFTA Cymru Sinemaes Tipi at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey, 2017. 

BAFTA Scotland Industry Insights

These events are specifically aimed at individuals who are actively pursuing a career in the screen sector or currently in entry level positions and consist of 3 x 20 minute roundtables. Each session takes place prior to a BAFTA Scotland screening or event, allowing the applicants an opportunity to attend an exclusive members’ only preview or screening.

Event: BAFTA Scotland at GYFF: A Day in the Director's Life with Marilyn Edmond Date: Sunday 15 September 2019 Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Host: GYFF Youth Programmers-GYFF/Tiu MakkonenBAFTA Industry Insights - Directing with Marilyn Edmond at Glasgow Youth Film Festival, 2019.

BAFTA Scotland Career Close-Up

Career Close-Up is a free programme of events focussing on different skills and craft areas including but not limited to; directing, screenwriting, producing, editing and cinematography. Each session is small and intimate, allowing for one to one discussion and the chance to network following the event. 

Career Close-Up is specifically aimed at individuals who are actively pursuing a career in the screen sector and have a named credit on a least one production. 

Event: Guru Live GlasgowDate: Saturday 30 March 2019Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow -Area: Access Pass One-to-Ones & RoundtablesBAFTA/Clark JamesCV Workshop at BAFTA Guru Live Glasgow with Mark Leese, 2019.