A warm welcome to the 8th annual Belfast Media Festival! We’ve spent a long time putting together some amazing speakers and sessions for you. We hope you’ll be inspired enough to connect with others and create fantastic content and new business opportunities. We know that networking opportunities are the key to making this happen, so as usual, there will be ample opportunities to do this in-between and after the sessions.
We’re delighted to be hosting the 3rd Annual RTS awards and also welcoming fabulous and inspiring speakers like Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE; Jed Mercurio, writer and producer, Line of Duty; C4’s Jon Snow and a whole host of commissioners and distributors.
For the first time this year, we are also partnering with the BBC Academy who will be running one of their Digital Cities events in the early part of the week across Belfast.
What a week it’s going to be!
Advance registrations for the The Belfast Media Festival is now closed. Should you wish to attend, please come along on Thursday or Friday and we will do our utmost to accommodate you however access to particular sessions is not guaranteed
Digital Cities Belfast is a week long series of free events and workshops across the city aimed at developing digital skills, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities for Belfast’s creative and digital sector.
Digital Cities Belfast has a packed programme of events including a VR Hackathon, School Report Day, Creative Industry Careers Day, ProductTank, Games NI Meet up, A Digital Cities Londonderrry / Derry Day and BBC Academy Skills Day among others.
The BBC Academy Skills Day which takes place on Wednesday 14 November at The MAC offers free training for both experienced professionals wanting to enhance their digital skills and new entrants to digital production. Please click here to register.
For further information on events and workshops taking place as part of Digital Cities Belfast please follow this link.
William Crawley is a BBC journalist and broadcaster who presents programmes covering everything from news, current affairs and hard-hitting debate to entertainment, arts, religion and ethics. William’s television work includes Blueprint, a three-part multi-platform series which told the story of 600 million years of Ireland’s natural history, the documentary Frozen North, which explored the likely future impact of climate change, and a trilogy of semi-autobiographical films examining three Northern Ireland taboos: death (Sorry For Your Trouble), religion (Losing Our Religion) and alcohol (Dying For A Drink). His television interview series William Crawley Meets featured leading thinkers and activists across the world, including the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, the philosopher Peter Singer and the gay bishop Gene Robinson. His roundtable TV dinner and discussion series What’s Wrong With ? pitched distinguished guests in debate about some of the biggest questions facing today’s world.
Sunday Sequence, which he has presented for BBC Radio Ulster each week since 2002, has won the UK religion and ethics programme of the year award and other specialist religion reporting awards. For that programme, William has interviewed the Irish President at her state residence, presented special editions of the programme from Ground Zero in New York City and Robben Island in Cape Town, and cross-examined some of the world’s leading thinkers on subjects as varied as the politics of dealing with the past and the ethics of the human genome project This year, William joined the presenting team for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, and acts as a consultant associate producer for BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live. His broadcasting diary, Will & Testament, is one of the most popular BBC blogs (bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni). William regularly interviews major cultural figures as part of his Out to Lunch with William Crawley series and other events: these one-hour interviews before a live audience include the poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, the politicians Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness, former hostage and writer Brian Keenan, the musicians Phil Coulter and Brian Kennedy, the historian Roy Foster, the novelist Edna O’Brian, the political activist Noam Chomsky, and the Economics Nobel prize-winner Amartya Sen.More ›