BBC Academy’s Digital Cities Returns To Birmingham
Do you have a burning desire to write compelling drama or comedy for social media? Want to learn how to use your phone to create broadcast quality video? Or maybe you’d like to get hands-on with the latest Apps that can transform your video shorts into professional looking attention grabbers – Digital Cities Birmingham has all this to offer and more.
BBC Academy’s Digital Cities is returning this month, with a series of masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities, for those looking to thrive and learn in the digital sector. The exciting week-long event kicks off on the 24th September and includes a special day focusing on BBC Three’s presence in Birmingham on Thursday 27th September.
A Digital Skills Day kicks off the week at The Bond on Monday 24 September, with the aim of developing skills in the region around digital content making. The event on Fazeley Street will feature experts behind short form content for BBC Three and BBC 1Xtra, livestreaming influencer Amrit Singh and producer of the Birmingham Podcast Festival, Mark Steadman. Local lifestyle blogger, Ting, who runs her own blog (www.thetingthing.com) will also be talking about her own experience and giving advice on becoming a successful blogger.
Joe Godwin, Director BBC Academy & Director BBC Midlands said: “I’m really pleased that Digital Cities is returning to Birmingham this year. With our brilliant set of partners, who represent much of the amazing talent within the digital sector in Birmingham, it’s going to be a really exciting week. There’ll be masterclasses, workshops and networking events, delivered by the BBC and our partners’ right across the city.”
Partners for the week include: Creative Skillset, BBC Academy & BBC Writers Room, Hello Culture: Remix, STEAM house, BBC Three, Fazeley Studios, BBC School Report, and Google Digital Garage.
The BBC Three Day on Thursday 27 September will be a day full of digital creativity, screenings and masterclasses. The line-up includes a screening of BBC Three documentary Ellie Undercover followed by a Q&A session with its investigative journalist, Ellie Flynn, who shares the tricks of the trade. There will also be a masterclass from BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh and his team, looking at how the channel commissions and how to pitch your ideas to them. For short form film enthusiasts and budding producers, BBC Three’s award winning Amazing Humans production team will also be sharing how to get your films on BBC Three.
Other events during the week will include a ‘Digital in the Arts’ themed conference at Fazeley Studios, a specialist hack day hosted by the innovative technology hub at SteamHOUSE and a showcase of the work of Gallery 37 and Punch Records’ Back-IN young film-maker cohort, hosted by award winning film maker Daniel Alexander at The Everyman Cinema.