BAFTA announced this morning that they are launching a new festival this year dubbed “Guru Live,” where established names from the film, television and game industries will closely interact with aspiring artists and technicians. The three day networking event will include masterclasses, panels and keynote talks by professionals yet to be announced. However, BAFTA has made a point to include that the vast array of notable names speaking during the summer festival will includes many of its winners and nominees from the spring’s BAFTA Awards.
Those who have confirmed their place speaking in the summer festival include games producer Dan Gray (“Monument Valley”), film producer Mark Herbert (“This Is England,” “Submarine”), games writer Meg Jayanth (“80 Days”), talent agent for film and television Sara Putt and games creators Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell (“Lumino City”).
Tickets for individual sessions will cost a mere £6. What’s more exciting for hopefuls of the business is that BAFTA is offering all professionals (who have a minimum of six months’ worth of a resume in the industry) the chance to buy 150 all-access “Guru Pro” tickets to the event. The exclusive opportunity will allow individuals to participate in a day tailored to their craft and desired areas of interest, led by a respective leader in that field.
Excited by the prospect of Guru Live’s impact, the Director of Learning and New Talent at BAFTA, Tim Hunter said, “We’ve already seen huge success with our previous industry-specific events Generation Next for television, Filmmakers Forum and Inside Games, and we’re looking forward to Guru Live streamlining the best elements of those events to create a new BAFTA flagship festival for anyone hoping to build a successful career in film, television or games.”
The entire list of masterclasses, keynotes speakers and events will be announced by BAFTA on Monday, February 29.