Equal Access Network Virtual Masterclass

Latest 8 Dec 2023

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Recently, members of the Equal Access Network (EAN) were invited to engage in a masterclass, all about finding training and employment opportunities. To serve the array of interests across the EAN’s membership pool, the team partnered with host organisations from the worlds of script development, production, programming, studios, apprenticeship schemes, social enterprise, and animation.

We would like to thank the following guest speakers and organisations for their generosity in listening, informing, and answering questions posed during each Q&A segment:

  • Alessandro Riconda from Unsolicited Scripts
  • Zahra Al-Sultani, Development Producer from BBC Writersroom
  • Sanj Krishnan, Film London’s Production & Development Exec in the Talent Development & Production Department
  • Ruth Trippitt, Freelancer Script Editor and Screenwriter
  • SISTER Pictures’ Magali Gibert (Head of Production) and Alex Wells (Head of Comms)
  • Michael Roberts, Employer Engagement Manager & Saskia Summerhill, Apprenticeship Operations Lead at Big Creative Education
  • Matt Gallagher, Managing Director of thecallsheet.co.uk
  • Niyi Akeju, Head of Film Academy Programmes at BFI Academy
  • David Martinez, Raindance Film Festival’s Executive Director
  • Philip Ilson, Director of the London Short Film Festival
  • Isra Al Kassi, Co-Founder of T A P E Collective
  • James Calver, Projects & Events Officer at Independent Cinema Office
  • Yasmin Mehmet, Early Careers Advisor from Channel 4 Skills
  • James Ellis, Business Development Manager at Creative Alliance
  • Ziya Jaffrey & Gloria Tergat from WBD Access International
  • Mariana Magnavita, Outreach Manager at MAMA Youth Project
  • Robert Douglas, Co-Founder of Hatch Films CIC
  • Shannice McCalla, Creative Skills Hub Programme Manager at NextGen Skills Academy
  • And Alexander Williams’ – Dean & Director of Animation & VFX @ Escape Studios

With 300+ members registering for last month’s masterclass, the high turnout was the most popular amongst a series of virtual talks run by the EAN in response to the WGA & SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Watch this space, for more networking, information, and training opportunities in the new year!

Find out more about Film London's Equal Access Network (EAN) here.