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BBC Academy Digital Cities returns this January with a series of free events
13 Jan 2021 : News Desk
Digital Cities
Digital Cities Virtual returns on January 26th for another fantastic lineup of Online events for people working in or interested in TV and related creative industries.

ScreenSkills, the organisation for TV, film, VFX, animation, and games, will be back with their careers team and a full line-up of sessions called ‘New Year – New Job’. They’ll be running best practice and advice sessions on transferable skills for the industry and how to sell them to others; Opportunities and advice on how to review your career to date and plan for the future; and there’ll be up-to-date information on training schemes, apprenticeships, work placements, and job opportunities. 

Insights on careers and opportunities in the screen industries continues with Northern Ireland’s ScreenWorks, who’ll be taking your career questions for triple Emmy award-winning casting director Carla Stronge. She’ll be talking about her role in shows such as Game of Thrones, The Fall, and Derry Girls and what it takes to make casting your career. If you have an interest in working as a location manager then the Nations and Regions Media Futures session on the role of the Location Manager is not to be missed; LA Smith from Manchester film company Red Productions, and Jack Thompson technical director Manchester International Festival will be discussing how locations are decided to fit the script and what skills you need to become a location manager. If you’re looking to develop your skills as a short filmmaker, then join this year’s BFI Future Film Festival filmmakers, for advice on how to develop and shoot your short, promote your work, and submit it to festivals.  

If that’s not enough to get you excited this new year, then take a look at digital cities’ masterclasses and panel sessions to inspire:  Fans of Line of Duty and the writing of Jed Mecurio will be able to hear from the man himself when Hat Trick’s Louise Gallagher talks to Jed about his career and the eagerly awaited sixth series of his gripping police drama; BBC News’ Babita Sharma will be in conversation with Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Creative Diversity Network; and for a look to the future of virtual experiences – join the STEAMhouse team at VR Birmingham, with the Keiken Collective and host Taran Singh as they explore World Building in Virtual Reality.

Other sessions from the BBC Academy include skills training on demystifying the Instagram and Facebook Algorithm and a Masterclass with the top social media and marketing team behind smash BBC hit His Dark Materials. The BBC Young Reporter Team will also be delivering workshops for young people looking to start their career journey in TV with a focus this month on VFX and immersive tech.

For more information, head over to the Digital Cities Home Page.

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