Dan Simmons at Back to School with Creative Europe

Watch highlights from Back to School with Creative Europe

In September 2015, Creative Europe Desk UK welcomed over 100 UK-based audiovisual professionals for a special training fair event, showcasing the diverse opportunities for professional development which are funded through Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme. Each year Creative Europe co-finances nearly 60 courses spanning all stages and sectors of the audiovisual industry, and thereby giving more than 2,000 professionals the opportunity to benefit from teaching expertise, knowledge and experience. 

Around 20 international training providers joined us for Back to School with Creative Europe, including EAVE and Berlinale Talents. Each of them took part in panel discussions and there was an opportunity for networking and conversations with each programme at their stand. See the schedule for full details and have a look at our Facebook page to view photos from the day. 

Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, Agnieszka Moody, said: "There is an obvious link between improving our skills and becoming a better professional, a better connected professional and therefore turning out more successful, more competitive product. That's why Creative Europe invests over €7 million into training." 

Other speakers included Niombo Lomba from the European Commission, Chief Operating Officer at Archery Pictures, Alex Marshall (a “self-confessed training-aholic”) and Dan Simmons from Creative Skillset, which offers support for professionals to take part in training. Take a look at our video highlights below:

The lively panels were structured around five themes and each training provider gave an overview of what they offer, who their courses are aimed at and why they might be relevant. Take a look at the videos below to hear the individual discussions:

1. Business – EAVE, EWA Network, Screen Leaders, Erich Pommer Institute, Inside Pictures

2. Script & Talent Development – Berlinale Talents, Sources 2, Talent X, Feature Expanded, CPH:Lab

3. Documentary - Documentary Campus, Impact Producers Lab, EsoDoc

4. Digital, Animation & Games - The Pixel Lab, The Animation Workshop, Screen4All

5. Audiences - ICO's Developing your Film Festival, CICAE

Image: Dan Simmons, Creative Skillset, talks at Back to School with Creative Europe. Photo: Linda Nylind.