Freelancers' Fair 2019 - the place to be

Freelancers' Fair 2019 logo in pink, grey and white Discussing the issues freelancers care about and providing a range of practical support

28 May 2019

The Freelancers’ Fair, BECTU’s annual open event for freelancers in film and TV, is just weeks away. Join us on Friday 21 June in central London for lively debates and active support on the range of issues freelancers care about.

Find out more in the press release BECTU has issued today, Tuesday 28 May 2019

Freelancers’ Fair: the place to be for film & TV workers

Speaker line-up for 2019 includes representatives from BAFTA, Doc Society, Drone Training, FreeAgent, National Film and TV School and Raindance

The Freelancers’ Fair, BECTU’s annual open event for freelancers in film and TV, is just weeks away. Book now to join us on Friday 21 June in central London for lively debates and active support on the range of issues freelancers care about.

Practical advice on career progression combines with insights into a number of current production challenges. One day, packed with industry experts, delivered in an atmosphere of mutual support and with a networking social to seal the day. There’s a lot to love!

Wide range of seminars

The session on drones led by Drone Training  will see founder Elliott Corke team up with leading drone cinematographers Carys Kaiser (The Drone Lass), Helena Kardova (Monocle) and Dani rose (Flying Pictures) to deliver an aerial action masterclass.

But if you’re keen to learn more about all-important industry training, and how best to find and fund the best course for you, join our session: The good, the bad and the exploited with Gilly Cohen (Indie Training Fund), Femi Kolade (London Film School), Alex Pumfrey (Film & TV Charity) and Jon Wardle (National Film and TV School).  

Tax doesn’t need to be taxing

Tax also features on this year’s programme with a special lunchtime session, led by new sponsor FreeAgent, on how to handle Making Tax Digital.

We’ll also be showcasing a group of diverse film-makers who’ve made their mark despite the inequality which continues to dog the sector; find out how they cut through.

Climate change and making films on mobile

Climate change savvy production makes its debut with a session which will include a contribution from Roser Canela-Mas, industry sustainability manager at BAFTA; our discussion on making films on your mobile is also certain to attract a large audience.

We ask too, whilst online platforms are providing a fresh approach to content, how can new entrants protect themselves from exploitation? The session Looting people: navigating the online collaboration world will hear from innovators Elliot Grove (founder of Raindance), Simone Pennant MBE (founder of The TV Collective) and Jude Winstanley (founder of The UnitList).

We’ll also be discussing pitching and commissioning trends at Commissioning Live!

Alternative models of film-making

In addition, visitors will be treated to a session on authorship, skill-sharing and alternative models of film-making and distribution at Radical Film: community and collective film-making – working methods, funding and distribution with speakers Ed Webb-Ingall (film-maker/London Community Video Archive), Beverley Bennett (film-maker), Taylor Le Melle (currently setting up Not/Nowhere film-makers’ co-op) and Lisa Marie Russo (Doc Society).

Check the full line-up

Find full details of the line-up on BECTU's website (this page is regularly updated as new speakers are confirmed) along with the booking link on Eventbrite. Also listed here is this year’s roll call of exhibitors including ARRI which once again hosts the event’s technical area.

“Our thanks go to everyone supporting the event and to our sponsors, FreeAgent, Hencilla Canworth, Pinewood Studios, PG Mutual and Thompsons Solicitors. The Freelancers’ Fair is just the best of industry collaborations led by active BECTU members in our Writers Producers and Directors branch. All is set fair for a great day,” commented Jane Perry, lead organiser.

Sponsor PG Mutual is encouraging visitors to look at protecting their income and will be available in the event exhibition to discuss this further:

“Protecting your income may not be something you have considered before. But have you thought about how you would pay your mortgage or rent and meet your monthly overheads if an accident or illness left you unable to work temporarily or longer term? The good news is that PG Mutual could provide you with a regular monthly income to protect you. And, as a BECTU member, you would receive 20% off your first two years’ cover. Come and talk to us at the Freelancers’ Fair. Or for a quick preview visit PG Mutual.”

Returning exhibitor Euroscript is also looking forward to the event:

“Euroscript is delighted to be supporting the unmissable BECTU's Freelancers' Fair again. Visit our Drop-In Desk in the Exhibitor’s Hall and get an on the spot one-to-one script/story idea feedback session and industry advice from one of our friendly professional Script Consultants. Find out about our consultancy services, industry events and BECTU member discounts for Euroscript’s script development workshops and courses at BECTU. See you there!”

BECTU members attend the Freelancers’ Fair for free; non-members pay a small fee. The event provides something for all, whether new to the industry or more established.


For more information contact BECTU’s communications team on 020 7346 0900 or email  

Note for editors:

  1. The Freelancers’ Fair happens on Friday 21 June 2019, 0900 – 18.00, Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS. Albemarle Street is off Piccadilly; nearest tube station, Green Park on the Victoria Line; several buses serve the area.
  2. BECTU is a growing trade union representing the employment interests of staff and freelancers in the creative sectors including in film and TV production, broadcasting, theatre and the arts, cinema exhibition and live events. BECTU is a sector of Prospect.

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