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Career Building: Careers Advice for Non-traditional Routes & Graduates
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Career Building: Careers Advice for Non-traditional Routes & Graduates

With more opportunities available for young people to get on-set experience as apprentices or interns, many are questioning whether formal education for creative subjects is the right path for them. Come hear from some of the top people across the UK who present the alternative to college or university. 

Tickets are free, but you must book to reserve your place.


Runtime: 1h 30m



Roxy McKenna, Film Hub North

Before joining Film Hub North as BFI Network Talent Executive in June 2019 Roxy worked at film and television development agency Northern Film and Media for 12 years across short and feature film production and development, television development and digital innovation. BFI NETWORK brings together the UK's film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers.
Film Hub North is network of organisations committed to fostering a vibrant, flourishing film culture in the North of England. Led in partnership by HOME, Manchester, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, FHN support and represent a wide-ranging group of exhibitors and filmmakers throughout the region.

Jamie Hutchison, Studio12

A continual passion of mine is to provide a free, accessible multifunctional space for people. Where people can access the latest industry developments, software, and hardware. A space that allows people to grow, develop and find a way into a positive and fulfilling role within the media arts industry. We are very lucky in Leeds to have such a place with Studio12. Each year I open my door to 1000’s of young people with the expectation of discovering the latest groundbreakers from this city. To be in a position where I can offer opportunities to young people to reach their full potential fills me with great honour and I champion the talent we have, and to support the great creativity and richness in this city. Studio12 specialises in media arts programming including film, VR, 3d, Music and Photography.

Studio12 is an award winning digital media initiative run by Leeds City Council Library Service. For over 14 years it has invested in the creative talents of young people aged 16-30 living in Leeds and the surrounding areas. The Studio has a consistent track record of working with thousands of young people each year from disadvantaged, excluded and non-university backgrounds - with a reputation for producing the next generation of media experts for industry and high end projects. Studio12 strives to provide young people with a creative process to educate, engage and include young people in producing new work. It provides free access to a production studio, training and an industry panel of creative professionals that links closely with industry. The space houses a fully equipped studio with a wide range of industry based multimedia, Film, VR, photography, music equipment and software packages.

Roxy Shahidi, Actor

Shahidi began her career as part of Contact Young Actors Company in 2004 and went on to work for Peskar Productions as a drama workshop leader in Oldham and Bolton. She is known for playing Leyla Harding in Emmerdale, as well as appearing in National Theatre Live: Othello and Sinchronicity. She has been married to Arsher Ali since 2010.

Jen Sobel, BFI Head of Futures and Skills

Jen Sobol is the BFI’s Head of Futures and Skills. She has been responsible for running the BFI Film Academy programme since 2012, which is now in its eighth year and delivers 46 regional courses and seven residential courses across the UK with a focus on increasing inclusion and reaching a diverse mix of young people. Jen is responsible the continued strategic development and direction for the BFI Film Academy and more recently, the BFI Future Film Festival. She additionally contributes to the implementation of the Film Skills Strategy which is being delivered by our partner ScreenSkills.

Sam Fray, Screen Yorkshire's Beyond Brontës Programme Manager

Sam manages the Beyond Brontës programme, that has been established to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries by supporting young people in the Bradford District and Leeds City Region to develop the skills, confidence and connections to enter and succeed in the screen industries. Previously Sam worked at ITV in Legal and Business affairs and was also co-chair of ITV Embrace, ITV's BAME staff network.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills

Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries. He is leading on delivering the BFI’s action plan, Future Film Skills, and also manages the Film Skills Fund (formerly known as the film levy). Gareth was previously co-founder and CEO of multi-award-winning Bedlam Productions, which was formed in 2000. He was producer of the critically acclaimed The King’s Speech, the highest grossing British independent film to date, which won four Academy Awards including Best Film and seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.  His other credits as producer include Zaytoun, BAFTA-nominated British war film Kajaki: The True Story and Exam, which was also nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. His most recent film, Steel Country, starring Andrew Scott and Denise Gough, was released in Spring 2019. Gareth remains involved with Bedlam’s current projects as a non-executive director of the company.



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