With so many routes through to the industry, it can be tough to know which is best for you. Hear from a range of HE and FE course leaders as well as top freelance independents, regional and national organisations as they debate the importance of film school alongside alternative ways to ascend the career ladder.

Richard Knight - Career Support Manager, Screen Yorkshire/Connected Campus

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Richard helps to find and develop Yorkshire’s industry talent of the future. He assists with the development and running of Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes including our nation-leading Connected Campus initiative. Having worked for 20 years in the industry throughout the UK on feature films, television dramas, music videos and commercials, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.

Abigail Houseman - Beyond Brontes Senior Coordinator, Screen Yorkshire/Beyond Brontes

Abigail runs the Beyond Brontës programme, established in 2019 to address the lack of diversity in the screen industries workforce. Beyond Brontës supports young people across West Yorkshire to develop the skills, confidence and connections to enter and succeed in the screen industries.

Sam Fray - Media Consultant and Social Entrepreneur, Boujie Media

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Sam spent 6 years at ITV, throughout her journey she worked in a number of departments while always supporting the diversity journey of ITV. Towards the end of Sam’s time at ITV she co-chaired ITV’s BAME network group – ITV Embrace. Sam then went on to join Screen Yorkshire to run their inaugural Beyond Brontes programme, a programme designed to break down the perceived and actual barriers young people across the Leeds City Region faced when entering into the screen industry.

Sam is still very passionate about promoting and supporting diverse communities across the North to enter and thrive by running Boujie Media. 

Glen Meskell - Programme Delivery Coordinator, Into Film

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Glen is the Programme Delivery Coordinator for the North of England at Into Film. Into Film puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development. More than half of UK schools engage with our programme of Into Film Clubs, special cinema screenings, and resources and training to support classroom teaching. More than half of UK schools engage with our programme of Into Film Clubs, special cinema screenings, and resources and training to support classroom teaching.

Jamie Hutchinson - Head of Studio 12

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A continual passion of mine is to provide a free, accessible multifunctional space for people. Where people can access the latest industry developments, software, and hardware. A space that allows people to grow, develop and find a way into a positive and fulfilling role within the media arts industry. We are very lucky in Leeds to have such a place with Studio12.

 Each year I open my door to 1000’s of young people with the expectation of discovering the latest groundbreakers from this city. To be in a position where I can offer opportunities to young people to reach their full potential fills me with great honor and I champion the talent we have, and to support the great creativity and richness in this city. Studio12 specialises in media arts programming including film, VR, 3d, Music and Photography.

Jools Aydeji - BA (Hons) Filmmaking Course Director, Nothern Film School

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Julius is a writer and Filmmaker. He has written for Radio, the stage and short film scripts. He has also written and presented a number of papers for academic conferences worldwide. Writing as a way of thinking and how filmmaking might be used to express that is his major interest.

Martin Corner - Level 3 Course Leader, Leeds City College

Ulrike Kubatta - Documentary Film Producer/Director; Associate Professor at De Montfort University

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Ulrike Kubatta is an award-winning documentary producer/director and a Associate Professor in Research, Innovation & Professional Practice at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK).She is the founder and creative director of The DocHub@DMU, a centre that that connects audiences and filmmakers with the contemporary practice of documentary and hosts public screening events that engage with the creative growth and socio-political impact of the genre. http://www.thedochub.org/