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


#CreativeCrackers        #FiaD

The aim of our Festival in a Day 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 when you graduate. From picking up new skills, enhancing your existing skillset or focusing on your future career or international study, Festival in a Day has got an activity for you. Pull a cracker (no booking required) and plug into the suite of activities curated exclusively for all Media and Performing Arts students. Don’t forget to check our Twitter feed for all the #CreativeCrackers news and updates leading up to the day


The Extraordinary Club Room

CE 105
  Make the most of your chance to attend a Digital Skills Training session where you learn everything about building a successful social media brand. A great opportunity to fine tune your digital skills and at the end you’ll receive a Facebook Digital Skills Certificate – a perfect addition to your CV. There are two sessions to choose from, so what are you waiting for?

10.00am Web Presence – SEO, UX & Analytics. How to create your own personal website
11.00am Social Media – Marketing Campaigns and Audience Insights – how to market yourself on the web

The Beginners Guide to Film Festivals

CE 102

Elizabeth Costello, founder of Leigh Film Festival, will share her experiences of setting up a North-West screen event. Students will also be offered guidance on how to make their film stand out to selection panels.

Broadcast Masterclass

CE Broadcast Studio
Nazia Mogra Masterclass 11.00am

Nazia Mogra is a TV Journalist, Presenter and Producer. She graduated from Edge Hill’s Media department with a First-Class degree in 2006. In this masterclass Nazia (Newsround, North West Tonight), along with Floor Manager Dona D’Stefano, will offer an interactive session on how to work with presenters in a live television studio environment.

Costumes and Make-Up Masterclass

CE Multi-Purpose Studio
Costumes Masterclass 12.00pm
The fascinating world of costumes and props and theatre at the Liverpool Everyman TheatreJacquie Davies, Head of Wardrobe at the Everyman will show a selection of costumes from the Everyman Theatre archives and share the fascinating world of costumes, props and theatre.

How to create Horror Make up for film and TelevisionBack by popular demand, this workshop will share the secrets of how to create make up to work on film and television. Focusing on realistic horror film make up.



12.00 – 1.00pm in CE 206

Work Placement Support surgery with Emma and Alex from the E3i team. Find out what Edge Hill can do to support your work-related learning and explore placement opportunities.

International Office-Study Abroad Q & A. Interested in studying abroad at one of the many wonderful institutions we are partnered with around the world? Find out how during this drop-in session.



All speakers in Creative Edge Lecture Theatre (CE 017)

Screening of students’ animation, film and television productions

Bring your popcorn and enjoy some highlights from student film and television productions.

Headshot Paul Stead

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

Keynote Speaker – Paul Stead
The Ultimate Producer (DaisyBeck Productions)

Paul has been a creative and managing director in the independent TV sector since 1993 and has conceived, produced and directed many programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, MTV, A&E Networks UK, UKTV and NBC Universal. He is now Executive Producer at DaisyBeck Studios. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most successful television producers in the UK.

Location Secrets of The Peaky Blinders with Claire and Faye Newton

During this session, learn about the role of a film and television location manager with Claire and Faye Newton. From films such as Jack Ryan and Kingsman to shows including Peaky Blinders and Hollyoaks, the Newton sisters have a wealth of experience of bringing mood boards and scripts into physical reality.

3.15 – 3.30pm BREAK – refreshments in the foyer


Keynote Speaker – Dhyvia Chetty

Documentary Film Maker– When the Personal meets the Political

Dhyvia will discuss the challenges and rewards of telling real stories. Focusing on her BBC documentary Glasgow, Love and Apartheid. In the year when Nelson Mandela would have celebrated his 100th birthday, and screened on the 25th anniversary of Mandela’s historic visit to Scotland – the personal meets the political in this intimate documentary about family, love, racism and activism.


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!

Lee Royle – teaches at North Liverpool Academy and Wigan & Leigh College. He graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) in Media, Film and Television TV in 2013, before moving on to a PGCE (also at Edge Hill).

Charlotte Sharpe – is Media Manager for Move Residential. Charlotte also has a BA (Hons) in Media, Film and Television as well as an MA In Critical Screen Practice which she completed in 2015.

Abby McCrorie – graduated with a BA(Hons) in Television Production Management in 2018 and is now Programme editor for Learn Live, a digital broadcast company aiming to help educate businesses, colleges and schools by holding live broadcasts across the UK.

Peter Matthews-Shuff – started off on camera at IMG, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television Production in 2009. He is now a senior producer at Aurora Media Worldwide, which is focused on sports media.




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

From 5.30pm The Network Disco in the Creative Edge foyer

An opportunity to network with many of the 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…

5.30pm Pink Narcissus Theatre Performance in the Creative Edge foyer

This entertaining and offbeat performance by Edge Hill Performing Arts students delves into political conversations around feminism, immigration policies, the loss of nature and the HIV crisis.

Live DJ set from Television Production Management student Jorge.