ScreenSkills Select Congress 2021: Programme and information

This page provides further information about ScreenSkills Select Congress 2021 including the programme, speakers, the dedicated platform and contact information.

The content of the programme and choice of industry experts have been deliberately designed and crafted to feature the latest intelligence on current technical, production and employability challenges. This includes the impact of the on-going pandemic on working practice.

The Congress is hosted on a dedicated online event platform, and, features keynote addresses, case studies (academic and industry), panel discussions and breakout sessions

To book your place, please visit the congress event booking page (there is no charge for educators from ScreenSkills Select endorsed courses as this is a key part of the benefits of accreditation).

Post-event information such as videos of the Congress will also be hosted on this page and information will be sent you in the weeks after.

Congress Programme:

The following sets out the latest programme* for the Congress.

Speaker biographies will be available on this page (coming soon).

9:30 - 9:40: Congress welcome

9:40 - 9:50: Opening keynote: Skills for storytelling in an age of disruption (Alex Hope)
As business models, platforms and processes change, are industry and educators at a crossroads of opportunity?

10:00 - 10:40: Production case study 1: Crewing up in 2021
An illustrative look at the breadth of roles, challenges and innovation in a major scripted production.

10:50 - 11:30: Production case study 2: Crewing up in 2021
An illustrative look at the breadth of roles, challenges and innovation in a major unscripted production.

11:40 - 12:20: Industry panel: Entry-level essentials 
How to boost student employability and manage expectations.

12:30 - 14:45: Academic case study: Lessons we learned
How a world-leading education institution has stayed relevant and in-demand with industry.

13:45 - 14:45: Industry insights: Spotlight on emerging trends
From a choice of four specialist breakouts, delegates can register to hear about recent technical, process and production changes, and, what it means for new entrants.

The four breakouts are:

  • VFX 
  • Post
  • Games
  • Production

15:00 - 15:15: Closing keynote: We're in this together, plus review of polls (Alex Hope)
A reflection on views and opportunities from the day.

15:15 - 15:30: Closing remarks: What's next for Select? (Tim Weiss, Director of Vocational Skills)

15:45 - 16:45: Break-out rooms: Opening pathways through industry/education partnerships (Details to come)
An opportunity to discuss best practise in educator/industry partnerships and how to marry course-based learning with entry-level training.

* The programme may be subject to change


Platform Access:

Once a booking has been made, two weeks before you will be able to access the dedicated online event platform. Access details will be forwarded to you in a separate email.

Further information and support:

For enquiries and further information about the Congress, please contact Emelia Danso at