The Televisual Factual Festival is the UK’s leading business forum for factual television producers and film-makers. Held at London’s BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly, across two days – Tuesday 14th Wednesday 15th November – the Festival is a hub for programme makers to find out about the here and now of factual TV.

Opportunities in the genre come thick and fast, in the UK and on the international stage, but the shape of what’s wanted by broadcasters and viewers is changing all the time. This is where you can get clarity from speakers working across the gamut of factual programming

The Festival will hear from the top UK and international commissioners in factual entertainment, documentary and specialist factual. And delegates can arrange meetings with commissioners from core factual channels.

World-beating producers, broadcasters and film-makers will inspire and inform, sharing their know-how to help create the next generation of factual programming.

Be on the ground with the latest demands for factual TV
Get one step ahead with insight from the best in the business
Hear from top commissioning execs and world class film-makers

A series of insightful panel sessions across the two days are organised into three strands:


This is a chance to go beyond the broadcasters’ websites and published wish-lists. Top commissioners from the UK and international channels explore the real differences between channels and give an up-to-the-minute view on what they really want and how they want it.
The Factual Festival is all about the business of TV – giving producers the chance to glean useful, practical information which will take projects and indie businesses to the next level. Speakers will share the secrets of their success, revealing different approaches to developing, pitching and creating great TV – in the UK and worldwide.
We all know that TV is going through a massive period of change. But how is this affecting factual producers? Sessions and panels will give the low down on critical changes in the way that audiences are coming to TV, the pressure to create great narratives and the best way to harness the indisputable power of the medium.

There is the opportunity to have a 5-minute one-to-one meeting with commissioners across the terrestrial and digital channels at the Meet the Commissioners networking lunches on both days.

After the final session on Day One: Directing Factual - Contributors, all delegates are invited to a drinks reception hosted by Directors UK.

 The Festival is a must-attend event for anyone in the business of factual TV, with all the market intelligence, networking opportunities and the chance to kick start your business creativity and expand your bottom line.

Who should attend?

From independent production companies
Chief executives, managing directors, commercial directors and managers, department heads (including production and development), executive producers, senior producers, producers, directors and researchers.

From broadcasters
Channel controllers, commissioners, commissioning editors, department heads (including production and development), executive producers, senior producers, producers, directors, commercial managers and researchers.

Independent filmmakers, freelance producers, directors and researchers.

All those who are actively involved in the commissioning, funding and creation of factual content, including rights management agencies, content distributors, NGOs and charitable foundations. The Televisual Factual Festival is a highly focused, two-day event for everyone working in the world of factual television.

Central London Venue

The Festival is being held at BAFTA (in the heart of the London's West End). It is a stunning, spacious venue, a few minutes walk from Piccadilly and Green Park stations.

Competitive rates

The extraordinarily keen delegate rate, £355 (plus VAT) for both days, includes all 14 sessions, refreshments, lunch, and of course the chance to connect with your community.

We look forward to seeing you there


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