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BAFTA to Host Three-Day Festival For Career Starters in Games, Television And Film

17 February 2016
Al Overdrive

Inaugural Guru Live event to take place 30 April – 2 May

London, Wednesday 17 February: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced a brand new three-day festival that will give aspiring creatives the opportunity to meet and learn from leading names in the film, television and games industries.

BAFTA's Guru Live will run from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London, and will feature masterclasses, panels and keynote talks by professionals including BAFTA winners and nominees. Tickets for individual sessions will cost £6, and professionals with at least six months’ experience will have the chance to purchase one of 150 all-access ‘Guru Pro’ tickets to the event, which include a day of bespoke one-to-one meetings and round tables with top industry speakers.

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. Each day will focus on a different one of the three industries that BAFTA represents, and will comprise: a ‘Creative Keynote’ talk from a highly acclaimed figure; sessions covering specific craft skills and areas such as finance and distribution; case studies showcasing recent success stories; examples of cross-sector working; and networking events.

Speakers confirmed to attend include: games producer Dan Gray (Monument Valley); film producer Mark Herbert (This Is England, Submarine); games writer Meg Jayanth (80 Days); talent agent for film and television Sara Putt; and games creators Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell (Lumino City).

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, said: “Guru Live brings our successful BAFTA Guru online channel to life, giving emerging talent the chance to learn first-hand from some of the leading figures in the moving image industries. Film, television and games can be among the hardest industries to break in to, so this opportunity to meet and engage with BAFTA members, nominees and winners is a brilliant way to help break down the barriers new talent may be facing. Guru Live also offers a chance for attendees to network with peers at a similar level, which is essential for career starters.

“We’ve already seen huge success with our previous industry-specific events Generation Next for television, Filmmakers Forum and Inside Games, and we’re looking forward to Guru Live streamlining the best elements of those events to create a new BAFTA flagship festival for anyone hoping to build a successful career in film, television or games.”

Applications for Guru Pro tickets, which cost £40, are open now at and close on Wednesday 23 March. Bursaries will be available to support expenses. General admission tickets are priced at £6 per session and open for bookings on Monday 29 February. To book, go to:

Guru Live has received funding from generous individuals and BAFTA partners supporting ‘Give Something Back’ – BAFTA’s campaign to support emerging talent from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries.

Highlights from the event will be available on the BAFTA Guru website:

Follow Guru Live by using #GuruLIVE and following BAFTA Guru on Twitter and YouTube.

(The full programme will be announced on Monday 29 February)

Guru Live: Games (Saturday 30 April)

  • Games Creative Keynote
  • Game Masterclass
  • Turning Points
  • The Storytellers
  • Capturing Performance
  • Virtual Reality
  • Microtalks

Guru Live: Television (Sunday 1 May)

  • Television Creative Keynote
  • How To Direct Your First Hour Of Television
  • My First Three Years In Television
  • Masterclass: Scripted Show
  • Idea, Pitch, Commission?
  • Casting Real People
  • Where Are All The Milennials?
  • Entertainment Live!

Guru Live: Film (Monday 2 May)

  • Film Creative Keynote
  • Panel: British Films & How To Fund Them
  • Panel: My First Three Years in Film
  • Producing A Debut Feature
  • How To Budget And Schedule Your First Credit
  • Masterclass: BAFTA Nominees
  • Panel: Big Screen On The Small Screen
  • How To Be A Successful Freelancer

For further information, please contact:

Eleanor Thrower
T: +44 (0)20 7292 5863
E: [email protected]

Niyi Akeju
T: +44 (0)20 7292 5865
E: [email protected]

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit For more, visit