Crossover Labs and Sheffield Doc/Fest invited creative businesses and freelancers working in digital media across West Wales and the Valleys to apply for a 2 day bespoke conference and unique mentoring opportunity.
We invited applications from creative professionals from diverse disciplines, including film and TV production, animation, games, theatre, web design and new media, willing to share an understanding of a rapidly-changing mediascape.
Convergence Catalyst trained digital media professionals to create long term sustainable careers in the Creative Media Industries, enabling them to create their own opportunities and engage directly with consumers, rather than waiting for traditional commissions, and so reaping longer-term and larger profits.
The conference included seminars and discussions led by internationally-respected experts on:
- Commissioning and Producing for Convergence
- The Future of Distributiom
- What does convergence mean for the Welsh creative industries?
- Cross-media idea development
- New media business models
- Transmedia Storytelling.
- Working with Higher Education
- How to Plan a Cross-Platform Production
- Making the most of what is around you: Games and the ARG
- Exporting Creativity
- Your fans, family and friends are your funders
The conference also included networking time with experts and alumni from Crossover Labs and Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket.
Sean Coleman (Red Kingdom)
Marc Goodchild (Formerly Head of Interactive at BBC Childrens)
Mark Atkin (Documentary Campus)
Emily James (Leftfield Films)
Peter Gerard (Distrify)
Jo Roach (Multimedia Exec Producer)
Simon Smith (BBC Academy)
Jeanie Finlay (Glimmer Films)
Alex Connock (PRETEND)
All of the training was carried out as part of Skillset Cymru’s £4.5m Skills for the Digital Economy programme, backed with £2.7m from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.