What Else?

Alongside our many sessions we have some exciting things to do and see throughout the festival:

XR Experience Foyer 1

Ever wanted to try out the next generation in screen entertainment? Now’s your chance. Thanks to HTC, Future Screens NI, Digital Catapult NI and BBC Rewind, a collection of exciting and ground-breaking XR experiences and technologies will be available at the festival for everyone to sample. A few tasters can be found on the first floor of the MAC, as well as a larger display – XR Alley – just across the street on the ground floor of Ulster University, offering some of the world’s best XR entertainment including award-nominated content from the 2019 Raindance Festival. The future of entertainment is here!

Digital Catapult Foyer 1

“Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre and aims to make the UK the best place in the world to produce immersive content and applications through our projects such as CreativeXR, Augmentor and the Immersive Labs.

Digital Catapult NI, is based at the Ormeau Baths complex
in Belfast and features an immersive technology lab for companies and individuals to learn more about the ‘art of the possible’ of this emerging technology and its application across a range of sectors, including the Creative Industries, by offering events, workshops and demos using the latest

VR and AR devices and related production techniques.”

Further Information below:


BBC Rewind Foyer 1

BBC Rewind is an archive initiative based in Belfast that seeks to unlock the potential of the BBC archive and explore new
and innovative ways to bring it to the audience. As part of that ambition, we have brought a vivid piece of audio from World War Two to life in virtual reality and contributed to range of other BBC 360 experiences. You can experience 1943 Berlin Blitz and a range of 360 films at this year’s Belfast Media Festival. 

For more on what the Rewind team does, and everything else going on in the world of the BBC archives, visit www.bbc.co.uk/ archive 

Writing Sitcom for Screen The Hub 4

Creating great situation comedy is a major challenge.
You need a strong, relevant and accessible idea, you have to create characters we can relate to, a story that fascinates us… and it’s got to be funny. This session discusses where brilliant characters come from and how to create a saleable idea for a situation comedy. 

And across ninety minutes, Graham Smith and Mark Robson take you through the practical stages of what is actually involved in writing a script. This includes the basics, how culture impacts on narrative and tips and tricks for pitching your projects. So come and get the theory AND solid, practical advice! 10:00 -12:00 at The HUB 

Speakers: Mark Robson & Graham Smith 

My Left Nut: From award winning stage play to BBC Three Series The Hub 4

In 2019 Oisin Kearney and Michael Patrick wrote their first
TV show for the BBC starring Sinéad Keenan (Little Boy Blue, Being Human, London Irish). In this session Oisin Kearney and Producer Sian Palfrey (Overshadowed, My Left Nut) talk us through the writing and development process from a writer’s perspective, from idea to play to scripts, production, post, delivery and promotion. Full of industry insights, practical tips and professional experiences this is a session for writers of comedy or drama looking to make the leap to screenwriting and TV production. 12:15 – 13:15 The HUB

Speakers: Sian Palfrey & Oisín Kearney 


This year we have a number of drop by booths located on the Ground Floor of the MAC.


Matisse provides strategic, commercial and creative advice to television production companies. Our mission is to help indies thrive, particularly those in the Nations and Regions. 

We’re very experienced. We know what we’re doing. And we’re friendly, helpful and reassuring. Many TV production businesses are brilliant in lots of ways but could be just that little bit better in some ways. And that little bit better can make a big difference, reputationally and financially. We know. We’ve been there. Nick Curwin has launched, grown and sold two exceptional indies – Dragonfly and The Garden. They’ve had 

7 BAFTA nominations between them and 2 wins. The Garden was also twice voted the UK’s best indie.“I’ve always been as passionate about building fantastic production companies as I have about any one show,” says Nick. “Now I want to help make lots of companies fantastic.”Working with him at Matisse are Scarlett Ewens, formerly The Garden’s Managing Director, and Edwina Silver, formerly Dragonfly’s Head of Specialist Factual. 

Find timings of the Matisse booth on the BMF website. 

To prebook a meeting contact Edwina Silver via: edwina@matisse.media or +44 (0)7970 764 933 


Pact is the UK trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. 

Pact supports members with advice on a wide range of business and production related issues, and recently opened a Nations & Regions office in Leeds. 

Pact’s Head of Nations & Regions, Tris Payne, will be speaking at the Belfast Media Festival on ’The Surgery: The Doctor Will See You Now’ panel. 

Date: Wednesday 6th November 2019 Time: 10.00 – 11.00a.m Location: Theatre Two 

Following this, Tris will be available for drop in sessions based at
the Pact booth located in the MAC, to help answer any questions and advise on how Pact can best support you in the nations and regions as well as answering any questions you may have about membership. Tris will also be talking about the launch of the new Pact Business and Production Accelerators. 

If anyone would like to request a meeting email: tris@pact.co.uk or hannah@pact.co.uk 

BECTU / Film & TV Charity 

BECTU along with the Film & TV Charity will host the What About Me Session taking place on Thursday 7th November in The Works from 11.30-12.30. In addition, BECTU and the Film & TV Charity will have a drop by booth located on the ground floor throughout the festival. 

Find further details on the BMF website. 

Contact Rupert or Angela to pre-book a meeting:
Rupert Lee (Thursday Only) – rupert.lee@filmtvcharity.org.uk or Angela Moffatt – NI@prospect.org.uk 

Resourcing and Talent 

Ever thought about working at the BBC? Come and speak to our Resourcing and Talent team; ask questions, get advice on your CV and applications or just find out a bit more about the types of roles and opportunities available. We are always looking for new talent so come over and have a chat! 

Over the two days we’ll have Angela MacKinnon (Lead Talent Manager Scotland and NI), Nicola McConville and Victoria Adams (Senior Resourcing Advisors NI) and Nicola Hollis (Project Manager HR) 

Our Sponsors

Principal Partners


  • Belfast City Council


  • PRS


  • Pact
  • Crawford McCann
  • Imagine TV
  • Creative Europe Desk UK
  • Virgin Media