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Screen Futures: Careers lightning talks

In November we welcomed current and future screen professionals to Screen Futures, a screen careers-focused event providing opportunities to expand professional networks and get insider tips on everything from transferrable skills to training and funding streams.

A series of 10-minute lightning talks and discussion panels proved particularly popular on the night, all packed with advice and encouragement for anyone embarking on a screen career. You can re-watch all of the talks below—be sure to have a pen handy!

Lightning talks

Louisa Rose Mackleston, freelance filmmaker

Filmmaker and founder of Northern Fortress Films, Louisa Rose Mackleston championed diversity and representation in the screen industries and the importance of loving what you do.


Olivia Thomas, Film Office Co-Ordinator, Screen Yorkshire

Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire’s Crew Service and gave a talk crammed with tips and advice about how to find work in the screen industries.


Amie Berriman, freelance lighting engineer

Amie provided an insight into what it takes to be a successful lighting engineer, in this Q&A with Screen Yorkshire’s Head of Skills and Industry Engagement, Beatrice Neumann.


Helena Jones, Engagement Manager, Ay-Pe

What do you want from your screen career? Helena gave valuable insight into a more unusual, but no less exciting, screen job.


Chloe Martin, freelance producer

Producer Chloe told the story of her route into the screen industries and how “it’s never easy, but it’s always worth it!”


Alicia Womersley and Tom Joslin

Fellow graduates of Screen Yorkshire’s COSE:Y UK Film & TV Craft Certificate Art Direction and Props, Alicia and Tom shared what the course has given them.

Freelance panel discussion and Q&A

Alison Surtees, freelance producer, consultant and trainer

Conor MacMahon, Production Coordinator, Bradford UNESCO City of Film

How do you find work as a freelance screen professional, and just how important are websites, CVs and LinkedIn? Alison and Conor gave an invaluable insight into the sometimes daunting world of screen freelancing.

Transferrable skills discussion and Q&A

Caroline Officer, Series Producer and Trainer at ScreenSkills

Louisa Rose Mackleston, freelance filmmaker

Caroline and Louisa discussed what opportunities there are for new starters in the screen industries, how to get that first credit, and just how important transferrable skills can be.

For loads of other fantastic screen resources, be sure to take a look at The Future is Northern Padlet, full of links to organisations, funding and training opportunities to advance your screen career.

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