The Grierson Trust and Second Light launch new documentary training lab

Posted on 23 April 2012

A great opportunity for new entrants, aged 18-25, to work with experienced professionals to begin a career in documentary production.

Working in partnership with The Grierson Trust, First Light is offering free places on a new Second Light training Lab which will concentrate on documentary filmmaking.

This is a great opportunity for new entrants, aged 18-25, to work with experienced professionals to begin a career in documentary production.

The Grierson Trust and First Light are looking to nurture enthusiastic, committed young people with a fresh take on documentary filmmaking and factual content, who have stories they want to tell that are not currently not being reflected on the screen.

Participants will get access to some of the UK’s leading documentary filmmakers. As part of the programme they will go to the Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, to gain an overview of the industry, go to screenings, network and attend events. Successful applicants will be further supported to maximise their potential through mentoring.

The Lab will ensure that participants learn how to turn their documentary ideas to pitches; get a comprehensive introduction to the genre focusing on story, script, structure, production and exhibition, as well as gain information, advice and careers guidance for those important next steps following the Lab.

The Lab will be held in Birmingham for 3 consecutive days from Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th May 2012


Second Light Doc Lab will recruit trainees who can demonstrate a strong interest in documentary filmmaking and factual content. We will look for participants with views, factual stories/ideas that they are passionate about, and who are from backgrounds not currently represented in the documentary filmmaking sector.

You must be aged between 18-25
The Lab is open to anyone however we are particularly looking for applications from new entrants under-represented in the industry, e.g. non-graduates, women, young people from BME backgrounds and those with disabilities.
Be available to attend the selection day on Tues 8th May 2012
Be available to attend the 3-day Lab in Birmingham, which will be held week beginning 28 May 2012
Be available to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest 13-15 June for 3 full days
Be available for a week long work placement (schedule to be confirmed)
Be able to access accommodation in one of the cities which will host paid work placements
To apply for a place please complete all sections of the application form and return to along with a current CV. The application form and tips for completing it can be downloaded directly from the First Light website.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited, by Tuesday 1st May, to a selection day on Tuesday 8th May which will be held in Birmingham. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered and lunch provided. (If you do not hear from us by 1st May 2012, your application has not been successful on this occasion)

Deadline for applications: 12noon, 26 April 2012

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