Top film and TV professionals help creative-minded young people at College careers event

A Waltham Forest College event this week saw leading creative professionals give young people advice on how to break into the film and TV industry

Future Film Focus at Waltham Forest College, Credit: Waltham Forest College

A careers event at Waltham Forest College on Wednesday (29th November) saw industry leaders from organisations like the BBC and Channel 4 speak to local young aspiring creatives.

Organised by E17 Films and Emerging Talent CIC, the three-hour event featured panels which informed students on entry-level pathways into the creative media landscape, and which discussed available job opportunities, and work experience opportunities.

Liza Fletcher, co-director of E17 Films CIC and founder of the Future Film Focus strand, said the event was “centred on extending opportunities” to creative neurodivergent and dyslexic individuals. She added: “Foundation for Future London and Waltham Forest College’s support enabled the training of approximately 70 students, providing life-changing prospects for young creatives across East London.”

Actor Alessandro Babalola speaking to Waltham Forest College students, Credit: Waltham Forest College/ Future in Film

Carol Minto, strategic projects partner for Waltham Forest College, said the event was “truly transformative” adding, “I’m thrilled to have been part of the event team, dedicated to fostering talent and building exciting career pathways in the industry, and I can’t wait to see the impact it makes on our creative growth and the students at Waltham Forest College.”

During the event, Waltham Forest College students engaged in specialised in-person and online workshops facilitated by Microsoft UK, focusing on accessibility, and gaining insights from industry experts.

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Amari Stephenson, a digital media student at Waltham Forest College, said that the “work experience has been invaluable.”

Amari added: “I applied my course-learned digital skills to my marketing role, gearing up for my aspirations in graphic design apprenticeship post-college. The chance to learn from industry experts is priceless”.

If you are a young person interested in the creative industries, you can find out more about the Emerging Talent programme here

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