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November 2018

Apply for ScreenSkills’ Trainee Finder: Deadline Extended

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Update: This deadline has been extended to Sunday, 9 December.

Since its launch, ScreenSkill’s Trainee Finder has helped place trainees on feature films and high-end TV shows across the UK, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mamma Mia 2, God’s Own Country, Peterloo, Stan and Ollie, and Lady Macbeth, and high-end TV dramas Bodyguard, No Offence, A Very English Scandal, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Trainees have also been placed on children’s TV shows such as Millie Inbetween and Class Dismissed. This winter, Trainee Finder is recruiting for its 2019-20 intake of trainees, offering paid opportunities for work placements across the UK in either film or high-end TV drama – applicants cannot apply for both schemes.

Film Trainee Finder is looking for trainees who are passionate about a career in the following departments and grades: art department, assistant director, camera, costume, edit, hair and make-up, locations, production accountants, production office (suitable for aspiring production managers), production sound (location) and video assist departments. High-end TV Trainee Finder is seeking trainees, in the following departments and grades: art department, camera, costume, post-production (editorial), floor runner, hair and make-up, locations, sound (location) and production office runners who are committed to building a career in high-end TV drama.

For more information on ScreenSkills’ Trainee Finder and how to apply, visit their page here.


Source: ScreenSkills

Birmingham Filming Locations On Offer at FOCUS

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Following a highly successful 2017 event, FOCUS, The Meeting Place for International Production, will return to the Business Design Centre London on 4/5 December 2018 for its fourth edition. FOCUS is aimed at all the creative screen industries – including film, TV, advertising, animation and interactive – and is the only UK trade event where attendees can meet with content makers, film commissions, production services and locations providers from over 60 countries. Each December, the industry’s key players converge at FOCUS, transforming two days of meetings, networking events and seminars into deals and lasting business relationships.

Birmingham city council’s film and TV office Film Birmingham will be representing the city at the 2-day event, engaging with international production companies on how they can maximise their use of Birmingham’s filming locations, local crews and production services. Film Birmingham will be sharing a stand (L8 #FilmingInEngland) with Film Offices UK and Creative England. During the Happy Wine and Cheese Hour at 14:00 – 15:00 each day, event attendees are invited to liaise with Film Birmingham representatives while sampling regional wine and cheeses.

FOCUS 2018 is developed in consultation with leading industry organisations, including the British Film Institute, British Film Commission, Pact, Directors UK, Advertising Producers Association, The Production Guild, ScreenSkills, UK Screen Alliance, Creative Europe Media Desk UK and Women in Film and TV to ensure that it addresses current needs and concerns.

The event will remain completely free to attend for industry professionals. Sign up or find out more here.


Funding Award for Documentary Features

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Looking for funding for your first feature-length documentary film? Apply to The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award for the chance to win £80,000. Established to build on the legacy of award-winning broadcaster Alan Whicker, The Whickers support emerging documentary filmmakers to tell original and director-led stories with honesty, professionalism and wit. Their flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is currently open for applications and has available a main grant of £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. The award is free to enter and open to documentary talent anywhere in the world. The Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant international grants for directors working on their first feature-length (50 minutes+) documentary film. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.


  • Must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit
  • Open to filmmakers from anywhere in the world. We encourage international filmmakers to apply
  • Projects must be at the late development or early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund
  • Must provide proof of company viability. Award money will be paid into a registered company account in instalments; award money cannot be paid to an individual
  • Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying
  • Must be accessible for an English-speaking audience – whether in the English language, or subtitled in English
  • Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying. Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to the UK in mid-June 2019 to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest

It is recommended that, well in advance of the deadline, you go through the full application questions in order to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits, and gather the necessary links and information. Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified in April 2019, and will pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. Award-winners will be announced at the Doc/Fest ceremony.

For more information please click here to visit the Whickers website or contact Production Manager at The Whickers, Phoebe Hall at:

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The Last Word Film Fund: Deadline 28th November

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Do you have an incredible short film idea? Make it happen and get it screened at the Roundhouse! The Roundhouse Trust are looking to support three emerging filmmakers to create new short films exploring social and political issues from their unique perspectives for The Last Word Festival 2019, a festival of spoken word, storytelling and live performance.

Application deadline: 9am, Wednesday 28 November

Your film should be about social or political issues from your perspective. It should reflect the time we are living in now and identify the issues which are most important to you. To be successful you will need to have a strong film idea and the skills and experience necessary need to make it – this is an independent study programme. We’re open to all genres of films, from narrative to animation, documentary to experimental, but the film must be under three minutes long.

From taking part, you will receive a £500 production budget for you to spend on making your film and a professional mentor with industry experience and connections, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions.

There will also be additional support totalling £1300. This includes:

  • Technical equipment – one day access to Roundhouse Studios’ filmmaking kit and resources (including cameras, lenses, lights, sliders and green screens)
  • Two-three days of dedicated support from the Roundhouse Digital Productions Team throughout the filmmaking process.
  • The chance to showcase your film at a public screening event during the Last Word festival.
  • A free place on our upcoming spring Roundhouse Film Club sessions.
  • Free Roundhouse Emerging Artist Membership valid for 12 months from registration

You will be paired with an industry professional mentor, who will be able to share their experience and advice, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions. If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, Roundhouse can help.

Please click here to find out more about the project and how to apply.

Source: Screen Skills