RTS Bristol

RTS Bristol Futures Festival

Come along to meet the many media organisations in the region-  independent production companies, broadcasters and post production facilities- including RDF West, The Bottle Yard Studios, Films@59, Drummer TV and more. You'll be able to chat informally to people already working in the industry, ask for advice and find out more about production in the region...and any potential opportunities....

RTS West of England talk documentary filmmaking at Abbas Media Law workshop

The two media lawyers looked at the contractual, legal and regulatory issues that can crop up in access docs – films that that require access to institutions such as hospitals  or communities – including data protection, defamation and advice on drafting access agreements. 

They also tackled other thorny issues such as the police requesting rushes and contributors withdrawing consent.

Fortitude creators: "Bristol is the ideal place to make great drama"

(Credit: Justin Yockney)

Twenty-four local writers attended a writer’s workshop with Fortitude creator/writer Simon Donald; executive producer and managing director of Fifty Fathoms Patrick Spence; and script producer Ben Stoll.

After discussing how the project moved from idea to script to screen, the execs each hosted a round table with the writers to answer questions, and provide insights and career advice.

Channel 5's Ben Frow: I like to let the commissioners do their job

The channel’s commissioning editor Adrian Padmore added: “We have lots of shows doing one million – [we want] to get three million and take the channel forward.”

At the RTS Bristol event – held at the Everyman Cinema and chaired by Plimsoll Productions founder and CEO Grant Mansfield – Frow explored the evolution of Channel 5. “We are working with people now who we would never have worked with five years ago,” he said.

Frow described the channel’s tone as “populist but never ordinary. We are unashamedly mainstream, down to earth, honest and warm.”

Sherlock, Jago: A Life Underwater & Planet Earth II win big at the RTS Bristol Awards 2017

The Royal Television Society West of England Awards in association with Evolutions Bristol took place at the Bristol Old Vic on Sunday 19th March with a gala ceremony hosted by Countryfile’s Anita Rani.

Guests included Nick Knowles and Mark Millar from DIY SOS, writer, chef and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, CBBC favourites Andy Day and Naomi Wilkinson, broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and actor Susan Wokoma (Crazyhead).

Bristol buzzes with media festival fun

Attendees enjoying a session at the Bristol Futures Festival (Credit: (Credit: Ellie Kynaston)

"Mists and mellow fruitfulness” means festival season in Bristol. This is when the city’s creative sector comes together to celebrate its talent and share a sense of belonging. 

A festival is all about entertainment. Those festivals with a specific focus on cultural groups often seek to inform community members of their traditions and involve elders who share stories and experiences. 

That couldn’t be a more fitting description for the creative-industry family that calls Bristol home.