ICE Roundtable: 30th September 2015

Northern Powerhouse and Film Policy

Key film industry figures from across the UK met at Edge Hill University to discuss the significant contribution the film industry in the North can make to the overall economy.  The roundtable discussion was the latest in a series of similar events initiated by Professor Roger Shannon, Director of the University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise, bringing together experts to examine key issues in film policy.

The discussion – chaired by Eddie Berg (ex Artistic Director at British Film Institute and External Chair of Edge Hill’s ICE) – was attended by a host of experienced film professionals including Nik Powell (Director, National Film and Television School, and Oscar-winning producer), Professor Jason Wood (Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Manchester), Hugo Heppell (Head of Screen Yorkshire Content Fund, Leeds), Lynn Saunders (Manager, Liverpool Film Office) and Jo Wright (Executive Director, FACT, Liverpool).

Programme: The Conference Programme is available to download.
Speaker Profiles: The Speaker Profiles are available to download.
Venue:  The Creative Edge (building 26) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Introduction, and theme setting, by Professor Roger Shannon,
Director of Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE)

Firstly, a warm welcome from me as Director of the university’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) to our Film Policy Roundtable on the Northern Powerhouse. ICE is one of the university’s research institutes and functions as a portal to the regional and national creative industries, as well as contributing to, and intervening in, matters of cultural policy.

This is the third of such Film Policy Roundtables that we have held at the university, bringing together film industry professionals with academics/researchers and with representatives of the regional and national funders. The first two Roundtables came at the time of the seismic changes for UK film when in 2010 the UK Film Council was dramatically stood down after a decade of operation and the British Film Institute was re-engineered as both a cultural and an industrial body.
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CHAIR: Eddie Berg – Strategist/Consultant/Producer, Film, Creative, and Cultural Sectors
Eddie Berg is an independent consultant specialising in film, digital and media arts with a successful track record of establishing and leading major cultural venues, capital projects and strategic change, as well as building new audiences, resources, world-class teams and wide-ranging national and international partnerships.

From 2005 – 2014 he worked at the BFI, firstly as Artistic Director of BFI Southbank (leading the transformation of the venue) and then as Director of Partnerships where he was responsible for leading the BFI’s lottery investment in film exhibition, education and skills across the UK.
Read more from the profiles…

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ICE Film Policy Roundtable – enjoying the evening sunshine at Edge Hill University.


Public Lecture: 11th November 2015
Northern Powerhouse and Cultural Policy
Dr Ben Walmsley (School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds)
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