Welcome to the Department of Media’s Festival in a Day!


#CreativeCrackers        #FiaD

Welcome to our third Festival in a Day (#FiaD). Once again, the aim of our #FiaD is to bring together a range of speakers from across the creative industries. It gives you the opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers, and celebrate the success of our graduates. You can also network with the speakers and get some tips on how to make it in the creative industries when you graduate.

As part of this event, we are delighted that Heidi Thomas is returning to Edge Hill University to talk to our students and staff, as well as members of the public. Heidi’s talk is part of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) public events, so take your seats early, as it is sure to be a packed auditorium in CE017 Lecture Theatre.

We hope you enjoy the day, and as the Christmas festivities approach, that you will feel #CreativeCrackers



10.00 – 11.00am
CE 222

Cinematography Masterclass with Len Gowing
Liverpool-born Len Gowing has worked as a Director of Photography and Cinematographer on shows including Call the Midwife, Moving On, Scott and Bailey, A Touch Of Cloth, Waking The Dead and Silent Witness. This masterclass will combine a technical skills lab with a Q and A.

10.00 – 11.00am
CE Animation Studio (CE 002)

Animation Masterclass with Susan Young
Susan Young is a BAFTA-nominated animation director based in London. Her films include The Doomsday Clock, Beleza Tropical, and Jimi Hendrix: Fire. Susan’s films, titles, promos and commercials have been screened worldwide and she has served on several international animation festival juries. Susan has recently returned to drawn animation and the making of Dead Reckoning, a collaboration with dir. Paul Wenninger.

10.00 – 11.00am

BBC CV Workshop – get that entry-level role in TV!
Come along and let the BBC talent Team guide you in all things CV. You will leave this session armed with all the knowledge you need to produce CVs that lead to interviews. With advice from Abi Caitlin who works at the Talent Department at the BBC so knows exactly what you need to be putting on those all-important applications.

11.00 – 11.45am

How To Make A Small Budget Film With Big Budget Results
Development Producer Michelle Billington from Liverpool Film Company Foot in the Door will talk about how she helps create independent films that offer the quality to attract large budget distributors.

11.00 – 11.45am

Using careers! 1 hour of your time = 100% guarantee to help you get that dream job (or get your money back!)
This is an opportunity for students to meet EHU careers team. In this session, the team will offer guidance on interview techniques as well as tips about how to approach companies who are not advertising. How to cold call and receive a warm reception.

11.45 – 12.45pm

How to get into film festivals workshop with Joan Burnett
Joan Burnett is Visitor Services Manager at FACT Liverpool. Her talk will cover topics including career opportunities in the arts sector and how to get films into festivals. Her involvement in film programming began with Liverpool’s Outsiders LGBTQ Film Festival as a volunteer, and has programmed film for Liverpool Pride as Trustee for Arts and Community, and has chaired Pride @ The Pictures.

12.00 – 1.00pm
CE017 Lecture Theatre

TV Times – Screening of Student Work
We proudly present a screening of the outstanding Year 3 student television programmes from the last academic year, including the winner of our annual prize for student project of the year, the Paul Cannon Memorial Prize. Be inspired by our talented students and graduates, and the work they have created.

12.00 – 1.00pm
CE Foyer

Live Music in the foyer with The Pre Amps
The afternoon festivities begins with a gig from The Pre-Amps. This 4-piece Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Newcastle upon Tyne are second year Music Production students, now located in Liverpool


1.00 -2.00pm
CE017 Lecture Theatre

Festival in a Day opening address from Professor Matthew Pateman, Head of Media

Followed by
Seb Cardwell – Commissioning Executive & Channel Manager at Channel 5 and 5Star

Seb Cardwell is Channel 5’s Commissioning Executive and Channel Manager, and oversees the programming strategy for 5Star. He has commissioned across genres, including factual entertainment, documentaries and reality He will talk to students about how to pitch shows that make commissioners pay attention .Followed by Q&A

 2.00pm – 2.45 PM
CE017 Lecture Theatre

Alumni Superstar Panel – Secrets to breaking into the Creative Industries
Be inspired by EHU Media Graduates who have carved out amazing careers in the worlds of film, television, and animation. Get hints and tips from our alumni. If they can do it, so can you! Alumni guests include:

Callum Jackson: graduated with a BA (Hons) in Television Production Management in 2015. He has worked as an editor at Sony PlayStation’s Film and TV department, a junior cinematic artist at the Imaginati Studio and is currently a junior Video editor for BBC Creative.

Antonia Fielding: is currently on a year-long Creative Producer internship with the Disney. She will share her experiences so far, which include creating three original promos as well as directing designing idents. Applications for the next internship starting June 2019 and is open to second years so don’t miss this session if you are keen to wear Mickey ears as part of your career progression.

Jack Leigh: graduated with a first-class degree in BA (Hons) Film and Television Production in 2012. He is now award-winning filmmaker with experience across a wide range of roles within the film and television industries. He has worked on content around the world, specialising in creative documentaries, theatre video design, and live multi-camera capture of theatre productions.

Joseph Lee: graduated with a first-class degree in BA (Hons) Television Production Management in 2015. His résumé includes a stint as an ambassador for Xbox and a researcher at the BBC, while his current role is digital media manager at Digital Republic. Joseph is also studying at EHU for a Masters in research in digital communication and media.

2.45 – 3.00pm  Short Break & Musical Interlude
Creative Choir – a short set by EHU Student choir in Foyer

3.00 – 4.30pm
CE017 Lecture Theatre

Heidi Thomas Women In Film Masterclass (collaboration with ICE)
Dubbed the ‘Queen of primetime TV drama’, Heidi Thomas is a multi-award winning screenwriter, producer and playwright. She is best known as the creator of the high-profile BBC TV series Call the Midwife and for her TV adaptation of the classic novel, Little Women. Don’t miss this inspiring speaker!


 4.45pm – 5.15pm
CE017 Lecture Theatre

Creative Crackers Work Placement Raffle.
Will you find one of the elusive golden tickets when you pull one of our Christmas Crackers? (#CreativeCrackers). If you do, you will win one of our amazing prizes and an exciting work placement opportunity. Make sure you attend the earlier sessions to get your ticket to be eligible for #CreativeCrackers

Placements are detailed below

From 5.30pm The Network Disco in the Creative Edge foyer

An opportunity to network with many of the afternoons speakers, enjoy refreshments and great music in Foyer. Dance around those business cards and make sure you leave with some contacts as well as some complementary food!
Grab that tinsel and shake those snow globes…


The Work Placement Raffle

Receive a raffle ticket for every session you attend at FiaD and you could win #CreativeCrackers!

  • A placement at ITV
  • A placement at the Liverpool Film Office
  • A placement at Foot In The Door films
  • A placement at FACT
  • A paid placement at Avanti/Nine Lives



Come and celebrate some festive cheer with the Careers Centre. Win Amazon vouchers, meet the team and grab yourself a freebie!


Live DJ set from DJ seeyouatmidnight, otherwise known as Felix Shipton.