Collaborative event to help shape our Creative future

The West Midlands Screen Bureau is bringing together industry professionals and key national organisations on November 22 at Millennium Point in Birmingham to help shape the future of the Creative Screen Sector.

An event called Diverse, Sustainable, Competitive: Our Creative Industry – running alongside the Birmingham Film Festival – will bring potential national partners in developing the Creative Sector in the West Midlands, to debate the future with industry professionals and public sector stakeholders.

It will begin in the morning with open sessions that will focus on the opportunities for building a strong Creative Screen Sector.

  1. The British Film Institute will lead a session on the current state of the region’s creative screen sector, which will look at essential areas of research, policymaking and funding. Creative England will be part of the roundtable alongside other stakeholders from the public sector with a focus on building partnerships. The session will be led by BFI Director of External Affairs, Harriet Finney, Julia Lamaison, Head of Research and Statistics, BFI and will cover core issues in the growth of regional creative clusters and the business and international implications of Brexit. 

  2. The second session will focus on the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy for the creative sector. David Furmage, Creative & Cultural lead at Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP will highlight the core themes of the wide-ranging strategy and Kully Khaila, BBC, will discuss proposals around a Regional Creative Talent Platform. Michael Gubbins (WMSB) will run a roundtable discussion to discuss the plans.

  3. The final open session will be a case study and presentation from StoryFuturesa Royal Holloway-led coalition on building a programme to drive growth in new areas of storytelling. The aim will be to think about a potential programme to partner the scheme, which was one of the winning bids in the recent Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Clusters Programme. It is a collaboration between academia and leading industry players, including BBC Worldwide, Sky VR, Immerse UK, Sony Interactive Entertainment, BFI, Endemol Shine UK, Heathrow and Pinewood-Shepperton Studios.

The second part of the day will see a group of invited professionals from across different sector industries and across the region to consider ways to turn the morning’s potential opportunities into actions.

It is part of a series of Design Labs, which aim to create momentum behind sector growth through a united, active network with a clear narrative.