Bafta: Upcoming Events in February 2012

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Thursday 9th February, 19.30pm: Transmedia Meetup
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Transmedia Meetup is a new event for London-based creatives, academics, and enthusiasts to gather informally and share information and news about cross-platform projects and ideas.

This month, speakers include:

Joseph Lidster – discussing his work on the transmedia components of Doctor Who and Sherlock
Patrick O’Luanaigh – console-based ARGs and cross-media narrative gaming; nDreams’ vision for the future
Alex Macmillan and Matt Wieteska – on the making of crowd-funded fitness app Zombies, Run!
Chair: Rachel Clarke works in social media and is one of the organisers of Gamecamp London.

Friday 10th February, 18.45pm: And The Winner is….BAFTA Nominated Short Films And Short Animations Screening
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Celebrate the UK’s talented crop of new filmmaking talent with a programme featuring all of the 2012 short and short animation nominees ahead of the Film Awards. Join us for a screening of all of the films followed by a Q&A with most of the film teams.

Saturday 11th February, 16.00pm: The Guardian Gamesblog Indie Social
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Come and meet the brightest stars of UK indie games development, find out about creating games on mobile and consoles, plus play on the PS Vita ahead of its retail release!

To celebrate the rise of indie gaming, the Guardian has teamed up with BAFTA to host a special event dedicated to sampling new projects from independent developers across the UK. Studios including Mode 7, responsible for the award-winning Frozen Synapse, and HoneySlug, developing PS Vita launch title Frobisher Says (pictured here), will be on hand to demo their games, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing in the indie sector. Sony will also be showing off the PS Vita and offering attendees a hands-on look at the console ahead of its UK launch.

This is an amazing chance for fans of independent games to meet with stars of the UK scene and play lots of astonishing titles. It’ll also be a chance for burgeoning iOS, Android and console developers to get some advice on creating and distributing games.

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Monday 20th February, 18.45pm: Games Question Time In association with Gamesindustry.biz
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Your chance to ask a range of experts about the issues affecting our rapidly-evolving industry. Confirmed panellists include:

David Braben – founder and chairman of BAFTA-nominated Cambridge developer Frontier, and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation producing accessible, programmable computers for $25.

Jason Kingsley – co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, developers of the BAFTA-nominated Alien Vs Predator and Rogue Trooper games, owner-publishers of the long-running sci-fi comic 2000AD, and genre book publisher Abaddon and Solaris books.

Dr Jo Twist – CEO of UKIE, the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment. Jo was previously Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Education, overseeing a range of games projects including the BAFTA-winning Privates

Monday 27th February, 10.00am, Breakfast with TV’s Controllers: Janice Hadlow
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA continues our series of ‘Breakfasts with’ the major channel controllers with BBC Two’s Janice Hadlow.

2011 has seen BBC Two become the ‘home of original British drama’ showcasing acclaimed, sophisticated and emotive pieces including The Hour, The Crimson Petal and The White, The Shadow Line as well as last year’s BAFTA award winning Eric and Ernie. The Channel’s genre defining factual output continues to be a jewel in its crown, winning BAFTA awards for Wonders of the Solar System and Welcome to Lagos. BBC Two has also experimented with live events like Lambing Live and World Book Night as well as growing new talent including Mary Beard, Lorraine Pascale and Brian Cox. BBC Two continues to produce hit comedies such as Rev, with series three of Miranda moving over to BBC One this year. Ambitious factual, drama and comedy appeared to be at the core of the channel’s identity in 2011, so how is Janice looking to shape BBC Two’s schedule and identity moving forward? We’ll be finding out what Janice is looking for across the genres – come and hear where the opportunities lie and how you can be part of the picture.

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