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SCUDD 2021: Beyond Inclusion

The annual SCUDD conference will take place online on Thursday 24th and Friday 25thJune 2021.

The aim of this conference is to bring together artists, academics, and students to think together about the politics of inclusion: its opportunities, challenges, and limits. The conference begins with a sense that institutional work on diversity and inclusion has tended to rearrange the deckchairs but leave the ship intact and on course for disaster. This conference seeks to identify and interrogate inequalities of access, safety, and opportunity across experiences of exclusion. The purpose here is to identify both the specificities of lived experiences of structural and systemic exclusion but also to look across exclusory practices and phenomena to build resistive solidarities. Moreover, the conference will debate what it might mean to shift the conversation away from inclusion, which retains a sense of the centre enveloping the margin, and instead think through the possibilities for our campuses and our industry to become sites of anti-exclusion.  

The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) represents the interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance in the Higher Education sector in the UK. SCUDD acts as a mediator with bodies such as funding councils, the AHRC and the Arts Councils and is consulted by such organisations when matters of future policy are discussed and decided. Its annual conference concerns topics, issues and debates relevant to those working in drama, theatre and performance in HE. This year’s conference will make space for reflections on working in our field during covid-19 and will continue discussions around advocacy for - and threats to - the discipline. As part of the conference, SCUDD’s AGM will take place. The conference will be free to attend. 

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SCAPVC’s Lucy Brydon is serving as a judge on the The Hibernation Film Festival Bear Jam Productions:

The theme for the festival is positivity, something we not only want to encourage throughout this time but we are keen to see through people’s creative films.


The Brief

Positivity will always see us through. Create a short film to show how it does.

It’s moments like this in which creativity can flourish and we want to challenge you – to come up with a film that you can create at home within your household. No camera? Grab your phone. No lighting? Grab a lamp. There really is no excuse, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to start rolling… as there will be plenty of exciting prizes to be had.


Submission Eligibility

  1. You cannot not leave your house to shoot this film. (Please follow all guidance from the government during this time.)
  2. You can enter into more than one category with each film.
  3. 100 seconds is the maximum length for each film entered. This includes credits.
  4. All entries are to be created specifically for the film festival and should follow all submission guidelines.
  5. All foreign language films must be submitted with hardcoded English subtitles.
  6. All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm Thursday 16th April, 2020.


Selected films & winners

A shortlist will be selected by the Bear Jam team, which will then be put to our judges. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection process and the decisions of the Festival are final. We will be unable to offer individual feedback or enter into any discussion about your work. Successful submissions will be listed on our website, social media outlets and emailed.


Winners will be announced on Thursday, April 23rd 2020. The judges’ decision is final.

We will feature all shortlisted films (with credits) as well as the winners on our Bear Jam website.


Rights and permissions

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. BJHF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of anything copyrighted.



For promotion of the entire selection and of each selected film, the festival website is allowed to use any photo or digital film clip (less than 3’ duration).



All participants will receive an email notifying them of the information regarding the online screening, along with links to everyone’s entries. On Thursday, 23rd April 2020, the judges will then announce online, via a conference call, who are the winners. Participants will receive a link via email to join.


Where to send it

Email us a Vimeo or YouTube link, or send us your film via WeTransfer along with the title, synopsis, credits and any disclosures attached. Our email address is

Mon 06 Apr 2020, 13:07 | Tags: Student Media Postgraduate Events Undergraduate Visual Culture