ScreenSkills Demystifying Unscripted TV Production

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Do you live in the West Midlands? Could your next job be working in TV? Join ScreenSkills, Alison Grade & guest speakers for a free online event on 21 June, 18:00 – 19:30 where you will:

  • Meet TV industry professionals
  • Find out what role might be right for you
  • Hear about local TV job opportunities

There are roles for all skills and experience levels,  and attend to the many job shortages currently in the industry. Transfer your skills and find out how you can work in television. No media qualification needed and no experience required.


This ScreenSkills event is hosted by Alison Grade, CEO, Mission Accomplished and author of The Freelance Bible. Alison will be joined by a panel of local industry professionals who will share their expertise and insights into the world of unscripted TV production.


Emma Riley, Productive Executive, Optomen, (Great British Menu)

Colette Foster, Creative Director, Full Fat TV, (Joe Wicks: The Body Coach, The Thames: Britain’s Greatest River with Tony Robinson)

Dom Sant, Co-founder + Producer, Common Story.

Elvinah Xhingesse, Researcher, 24 Hours in A&E, Also worked on: All That Glitters, The Love Trap.


This session is recommended for anyone who is interested in knowing more about and working in unscripted TV production in the Midlands. You might be from Coventry, Wolverhampton, Black Country, Birmingham, Worcester , Staffordshire, Dudley, Walsall, Warwickshire and Leicestershire! If you want to know more,  read more here.


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Channel 4 Production Training Scheme

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The Channel 4 Production Training Scheme is open for entry level talent who want to break into the media industry and are passionate about making television programmes. Applications for the next round of the Production Training Scheme with unscripted companies (factual, entertainment, documentaries, etc) are open with 18 opportunities across the UK – in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow.

Due to Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to attracting, recruiting and employing disabled talent, they are opening 5 of the opportunities exclusively to Deaf and/or disabled applicants. These will be based across Glasgow (Firecrest Films & Mighty Productions), Birmingham (North One Television), Manchester (Studio Lambert) and Leeds (True North). However, they would encourage Deaf and/or disabled applicants to apply for any one of the 18 roles available.

Applicants applying for this scheme may already have a degree in Film and Television (or related) or have some previous experience of the television industry through running, work experience or short term placements, but no more than 6 months.  The scheme aims to offer opportunities to those currently underrepresented in the TV industry, so we are particularly keen to hear from Deaf and/or disabled people, ethnically diverse people and people from lower socio-economic groups.

If successful, you’ll spend a week in TV Boot Camp to get things underway. Here, you’ll hear from graduates of the scheme and Commissioning Editors who’ll give you the lowdown on what it takes to succeed. Then your career in TV starts for real at your production company. You will connect with Channel 4 once a month for training to help you further your career.

If you require any adjustments to complete your application or if you have any questions relating to the application process, please get in touch at

Want to find out more about the Production Training Scheme?  

Unscripted Production Training Scheme Candidate Workshop: Tuesday 31st May, 1pm-2pm.

Join the upcoming candidate workshop to find out more about the Production Training Scheme, what makes a great candidate, and how to take your first steps into TV

A BSL interpreter will be present and captions will be available. If you have any questions or require adjustments to attend please email

Sign up for the workshop HERE.



Apply to Grierson DocLab 2022 – Deadline Feb 11th

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Grierson DocLab is a training scheme that helps UK-based new entrants aged 18-25 thrive in the world of factual TV and documentary filmmaking.

The scheme takes place over approximately one year, and due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, will be run as a combination of online and in person. It aims to equip up to 12 successful trainees with the skills and networks to pursue a career in the UK factual industry.

Successful applicants to the scheme will receive:

  1. An intensive hybrid training programme (details of the areas covered can be found below), supported by industry professionals
  2. A placement at an independent production company, up to four weeks in length, supported by a bursary
  3. Full registration for Sheffield Doc/Fest (subject to it taking place given COVID developments)
  4. Mentoring from an industry professional
  5. Matched with a Grierson DocLab Alumni buddy
  6. Networking opportunities
  7. A ticket to the Grierson Awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, 10 November 2022 at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London
  8. Access to, and membership of the Grierson DocLab Alumni network
  9. Bespoke ongoing support to help career progression within the sector

The hybrid training programme will include:

  1. An outline of the variety of routes into the industry including editorial and production management
  2. An overview of different documentary genres, their grammar and conventions
  3. How to find and develop ideas
  4. How broadcast commissioning works
  5. Practical exercises to hone pitching and teamworking skills
  6. Discussions about digital platforms, branded content, feature documentaries, and other ways to develop your career
  7. Talks from guest industry speakers as well as Grierson DocLab Alumni about how their careers have progressed since being on the scheme

All expenses associated with participating in Grierson DocLab will be covered by The Grierson Trust. All placements will be paid for via bursaries to help with living costs.

Find out more about the scheme on their YouTube video Ask our Alumni: Past Grierson DocLab trainees answer your questions. The video introduces past trainees Azeem, Toni, Ramla, Rebecca and Sam as they talk about their experience of the scheme, what they’ve been up to since completing it and tips for applying.

Who should apply?

The scheme seeks young people who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. Applicants who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes.

In addition to the creative team roles (editorial), they welcome applicants from candidates who are strong communicators, who have excellent collaborative skills and are brilliant organisers who can multi-task; all key skills to work in factual production management. If you don’t know the difference between editorial and production, get up to speed with  this careers map, or further useful information can be found on the  Royal Television Society website.

The scheme is open to any UK resident aged 18-25 and aims to help new entrants become job-ready and able to take up opportunities in the factual programme-making industry. Therefore, applicants may be in full-time education at the time of applying but must be in their final year of studies to be eligible. Applicants will also not be eligible if they have undertaken an industry placement or work experience that lasted more than three months.

Grierson DocLab is aimed at helping those without connections to the factual TV and documentary industry get their first foothold on the TV career ladder. The Trust has an established track record of supporting under-represented groups in the factual TV industry. We therefore particularly encourage applications from people from those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people from ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people  and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Also encouraged are candidates from geographical areas across the UK that do not have many opportunities in the screen industries to apply. This is not a definitive list and those applying will have the opportunity to make their case as to how they meet these criteria. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

In return, this prestigious scheme will give successful applicants the support to take that first step towards a rewarding career in factual programme-making.


  1. Grierson DocLab is a new entrant scheme so no previous experience in the industry is required, you just need a passion for documentaries and/or factual television and a demonstrable desire to work in the sector
  2. You do not need to have studied film or television in order to apply, nor do you need to have a FE/HE qualification
  3. If you have more than three months’ experience in the industry, you are not eligible to apply


  1. You must be aged between 18-25 at the time of applying
  2. You must be a UK resident with the right to live and work in the UK
  3. If you are at college or university, you must be in your final year of study
  4. You must commit to the whole of the Grierson DocLab scheme (see schedule below)


  1. Online video call interviews – Tuesday, 29 March or Wednesday, 30 March 2022
  2. Second video call interviews – Thursday, 31 March 2022
  3. Five-day online training – Monday, 9 May – Friday, 13 May 2022
  4. Three-day in person training in central Birmingham – Sunday, 22 May – Tuesday, 24 May 2022
  5. Sheffield Doc/Fest – 24 June – 27 June 2022, pending COVID-19 restrictions
  6. Grierson Awards – Thursday, 10 November 2022
  7. Placement – to be arranged on an individual basis and to be completed by Easter 2023

Application Process

Applications closed at 5pm on Friday, 11 February 2022. Apply here.

Read the full scheme guidance, application questions and FAQs ahead of applying via the online application form. Please ensure you have your CV in a PDF format, saved with your full name in the file name, ready before applying. Please also have two references’ names, email addresses and contact phones numbers to hand on applying.

If you have accessibility requirements, would like help with your application due to a disability, would like to submit your application answers via video rather than written form, or have any other reasonable adjustments, please email at least two weeks before the deadline where possible, so that we can assist you promptly.

If you have been shortlisted you will know by Friday, 18 March 2022. Unfortunately, if you haven’t heard from us by then, this means you have not been successful on this occasion. Due to the high number of applications to the scheme, we regret that we cannot provide feedback to applicants who aren’t successful.

Hear from previous trainees about their experience on the training week, with mentoring and their different placements:

  1. Jess on her mentorship match
  2. Sameen on her placement with Blast! Films
  3. The 2021 cohort on their online training week
  4. Chandler’s placement at Wall to Wall
  5. Joe’s placement at Dragonfly TV


Watch films about previous iterations of the core Grierson DocLab scheme from 20182019 and 2020.




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Unconscious Bias Training – Creative Process

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BIFA’s industry-leading Unconscious Bias Training is set to return next month, with a session aimed specifically at the creative process! Suitable for any screen industry professionals responsible for creative narrative, this course is designed to help participants better recognise and mitigate against the impacts of unconscious bias when writing, directing, editing and producing content.

The session will take place via Zoom on 17 February 2022 from 4:30pm-6pm GMT. Tickets are £30 + VAT. Click here to book your place!


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Trainee Finder Recruitment Now Open

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Trainee Finder, ScreenSkills’ highly-respected programme of paid placements for new entrants into film and children’s and high-end television, is open with at least 250 places available.

The programme is open to candidates with less than a year’s paid experience in their chosen role or department from a range of jobs where there are skills shortages.

 Hear More about the Trainee Finder

A series of online Open Doors events about the Trainee Finder, where you can hear from people already working in the industry are open to people based anywhere in the UK. Book now for a session nearest to you: London and South EastNorth East and YorkshireScotlandNorth West and Midlands, Northern IrelandWales and South West.

Additionally, they are hosting a series of online events focusing on different departments available for placements through Trainee Finder: accountsart department, editsoundlocations and script supervisor

Trainee Finder trainees receive an induction into the industry which includes sessions that cover set etiquette, health and safety, mental health and wellbeing and being a freelancer alongside paid placements over the course of a year.


The programme is funded by contributions from productions to the ScreenSkills Skills Funds in children’s TV, film and high-end TV. Productions that contribute to the funds are encouraged to offer training opportunities to the trainees and receive a subsidy to support their salary.

The Trainee Finder programme has run since 2013 in its current form but started earlier in film. It has had notable success in matching participants on productions including films such as Fantastic Beasts, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and 1917, high-end TV including Sex Education, ShetlandPeaky Blinders, The Crown and All Creatures Great and Small and children’s TV including My Mum Tracy Beaker, Molly & Mack, and Andy and The Band.

Claire Anne Williams, one of Trainee Finder’s hair and make-up alumni, was this year named by Screen International on its 2021 list of UK and Ireland Stars of Tomorrow. Go to Stars of Tomorrow to read more.

You can read about the experience of other former Trainee Finder trainees on the website.

Apply to the Trainee Finder

Applicants can apply for Film Trainee Finder or for High-end TV Trainee Finder which includes the opportunity to work in children’s television.  For full details of criteria and to apply go to Film Trainee Finder or High-end TV Trainee Finder. Applications will close on 5 December.

Applications are particularly encouraged from those currently under-represented in the industry including disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent and those in the nations and regions, because we are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce.




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‘Making My Mark’ for Young Producers – Deadline October 18th

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Get involved in Making My Mark, a free programme for 16 – 25 year-olds to be one of 10 young producers that go on a creative journey to make a film exploring personal heritage and identity. Selected producers will be invited to an in-person Bootcamp in Swindon on the 6th and 7th of November 2021, and to participate in two more virtual Bootcamps. Throughout the programme, you will be supported by a filmmaker mentor to assist your creative journey.

Creative Studios will look at each story submission and will be in touch with 10 budding filmmakers to offer free training this autumn for a mentored production period in the Spring of 2022.  All completed films will be part of a touring exhibition around English Heritage properties across the country in Summer 2022.  The films will also act as inspiration to hundreds of other young producers responding to a Making My Mark Open Callout next year.

In a 2 minute short film, you will inspire Creative Studio and others with your personal story celebrating your identity and heritage – what makes you, you.

Fill out this application form by October 18th –

Entry Requirements:

  • Aged 16 – 25
  • Previous filmmaking experience is not required
  • Have an interest in storytelling
  • Must live in England
  • Must be available to attend the in-person Bootcamp on the 6th of November and 7th November 2021
  • Under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian over 18 years of age at one weekend of  in-person training and any on-location filming which you will plan with support near you.

More Info:

It is FREE to participate in the programme

You will be provided with all the equipment to make your film

The travel and accommodation to the Bootcamp in Swindon will be paid for. One in-person in Swindon (over a weekend), two virtual (during the evenings in the week).

If you change your mind at any point and no longer want to participate in the Making My Mark programme, please contact

*This programme has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England National Lottery funding and Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme





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British Film Designers Guild Mentoring Scheme – Deadline September 26th

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The British Film Designers Guild (BFDG) are thrilled to announce the launch of their Mentoring Programme in partnership with the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network which is supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. The programme is being launched in response to increasingly raised concerns regarding a shortfall in talent and the relentless need to fill Art Department vacancies, resulting in many working beyond their skillset.

In a recent open letter to the Art Department, the BFDG Committee stated, “The UK is so busy, we need to mentor each other. We need Senior Guild members to offer their knowledge, experience to guide the UK Art Department, so when we are judged, the standards and skills so prized and admired in the past, are still evident and continue to flourish today and into the future.”

The BFDG Mentoring Programme is designed for all members of the Guild to participate in whether they are a junior member looking for advice and guidance or a more senior member with years of industry experience to pass on. The scheme continues the BFDG’s commitment to maintaining excellence within, and raising the profile of the Art Department.

Being a Mentee

We are calling for applications from Guild members who feel they could benefit from the added guidance that a mentor can bring. Mentors can offer support in focusing on a specific goal or challenge, and career development strategies. They can be your personal cheerleader, encouraging and championing your progression. All we ask from our mentees is that you have at least one credit to your name, and have a clear understanding of your career path within the Art Department.

If you are a student member, please note that we do run quarterly peer mentoring surgeries which we are delighted to welcome you to. You can also join our Facebook group specifically for Students and Junior Art Department members, to stay in the loop for all the relevant information, and connect with others at a similar level. Keep an eye on our events listings for more information.

About the BFDG

The BFDG strive to maintain standards and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce within the British Art Department, and truly believe that mentoring is one way to do that. We also hope this programme will lead to opportunities for underrepresented groups to develop within the industry, and help to nurture developing talent as it progresses through the ranks. This links to three of our core values:

  • Promoting best practices, maintaining standards and encouraging departmental excellence
  • Mentoring, supporting and celebrating the individuals that work in the Art Department
  • Welcoming and nurturing the next generation of Art Department professionals

Applications for the scheme close on 26 September.

Further information about the scheme can be found here.




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Get Yourself Noticed with Film Birmingham’s CV Triage

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Film Birmingham’s CV Triage is an opportunity for West Midlands crew to improve their CV and get themselves noticed! With the region becoming increasingly busy hosting a variety of productions, we want to make sure you feel confident in applying for jobs. Most importantly, we want to increase the chances of you being crewed! Apply for a one-to-one in-person guidance session with experienced producer Jules Hussey, who will help whip your CV in shape.

How it Works

The CV Triage follows the three steps of: Apply, Assessment, Advice. If you believe your CV needs to be upgraded, you are welcome to apply to our CV Triage by emailing, with your full name as it is listed on the Film Birmingham Crew database. Apply by Tuesday, September 14th, 5pm.

We will then look at your CV via the database. If we believe you could benefit from a boost to your CV, we will contact you in late September to arrange a session with Jules Hussey. These sessions will be in-person, although virtual meetings can be facilitated.

About Jules Hussey

Jules Hussey has worked all around the world and produced a range of productions for BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, HBO, Sky and others. Jules worked for three years in the production division of The British Film Institute helping develop artist talent such as Andrea Arnold, Simon Beaufoy, Shane Meadows, Andrew Kötting, Carol Morley, Lynne Ramsey, Annie Griffin and Sarah Turner.

In 2017 she formed Brazen Productions, which works with a diverse talent base in development and production – in front of and behind the camera. Most recently, she was series producer for You Don’t Know Me, a BBC/Netflix production filmed in Birmingham in 2021.

To Add or Edit Your CV

In order to apply, you must be registered on the Film Birmingham database. There is no charge for doing so.  To register, click here, input your information and upload your CV. If you are already registered, but want to update your CV, please follow this link, using your registered email address to login and the password which you created.


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BFI NETWORK x LFF Training – Deadline August 2nd

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With this collab between BFI Network and BFI London Film Festival, you can benefit from a programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and industry insights. During this intensive programme, you’ll be given exclusive opportunities to interact with leading international filmmakers and industry executives, as well as receive accreditation for the duration of the festival. This year, they’re looking for the boldest and brightest storytellers that the UK has to offer. Those who are ignited by an insatiable passion to make their voices known and push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from British Film. 

Creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines who are looking ahead to their debut feature or long-form commission are welcome. Applications will close at 5pm on 2 August 2021. 

More info here.


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Apply to NETWORK@LFF – Deadline August 2nd

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NETWORK@LFF, the BFI NETWORK flagship talent development programme at the heart of the BFI London Film Festival, is back in full swing for 2021.


Up to 12 trailblazing UK-based writers, directors and producers can join in for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and industry insights. They’ll be given the exclusive opportunity to be immersed in the LFF Programme and interact with leading international filmmakers and industry executives, as well as receive accreditation for the duration of the festival. This year, they’re looking for the boldest and brightest storytellers that the UK has to offer. Those who are ignited by an insatiable passion to make their voices known and push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from British Film. We want to hear from filmmakers who have a distinct quality to their work, a unique tone that sets them apart, a perspective we’ve yet to uncover.

Creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines who are looking ahead to their debut feature or long-form commission are welcome. This is your chance to show us yourselves – Who do you want to be? What do you want to make?

To be eligible for this year’s programme applicants must:
– be based in the UK
– be over the age of 18
– not be in full-time education
– not have written, produced, or directed a feature film that has received UK distribution (this includes via online platforms)
– have produced, written, or directed a significant body of work and be looking to make the step to your first feature or long-form commission. By significant body of work we mean a creative track record of multiple works in your field (that might include short film, music video, theatre, TV, web series) that have garnered industry recognition by way of funding or commissions, awards, and festival selection, critical praise or a substantial online audience.

To Apply

Applications will close at 5pm on 2 August 2021. No applications will be considered after this time.

Before you submit your application, we ask you to complete the NETWORK@LFF 2021 Equality Monitoring Form .If you have any questions ahead of filling out your application form you can contact us on

Apply here


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