BAFTA Guru Live 2017

Film Feature by Chris Olson

The perfect event for filmmakers of all levels to mingle with some of the leading artists in the industry, this year's BAFTA Guru Live 2017 film festival looks to be filled to bursting with insightful masterclasses, special Q&As, panels featuring top guests, as well as a lovely mixture of film, TV, and games.

Taking place over two days (May 6th - May 7th), and in both London and Glasgow, tickets are currently available for a smorgasbord of fantastic events, several of the best film-related ones of which we will go into a bit of detail in this article.

Telling Stories: Film

Saturday 6 May, 10.30-11.45

at The Big Screen, BAFTA, London

Featuring a panel of superb screenwriters, including Prevenge's Alice Lowe as well as Lady Macbeth's Alice Birch, this event for the BAFTA Guru Live 2017 showcase could be the one to beat. The expectation is that attendees will be given some crucial insight into the journey of a film, from start to finish, but also it will be more than likely that anyone who turns up will also be given fascinating detail about the arenas surrounding making a movie in 2017 from the spectacular panel.

Making a Debut Feature: Film

Saturday 6 May, 2.30-3.15

at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Not based in London? Never fear, film fans will be treated to a top notch even in Glasgow on the Saturday afternoon. Speakers include the producer of Mad Max: Fury Road, the writer of Slow West, and the producer of the superb '71. They will be speaking about the daunting task of making a full-length film, providing a unique collaborative discussion about what's in store for anyone taking up the challenge.

How to Pitch

Saturday 6 May, 15.00-16.00

at The Workshop, BAFTA, London

Possibly one of the most harrowing aspects of filmmaking, the BAFTA Guru Live 2017 hosts know what their audiences want to know, and that is how to pitch an idea. Director and screenwriter David Keating and producer Gavin Humphries will be on hand to shed a light on this ghastly challenge.

Masterclass: Notes on Blindness

Sunday 7 May, 15.45 - 17.00

at The Big Screen, BAFTA, London

One of the most affecting films of last year, Notes on Blindness was a critically acclaimed piece of filmmaking directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. The pair will be on hand to talk all things film when it comes to achieving nominee-level success.

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