Back In 2019

Apply for Back In 2019 – Deadline March 25th

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Applications are open for the Back In 2019 programme run by creative agency Punch and Birmingham director Daniel Alexander. The Back In programme aims to increase diversity in the city’s film industry and creative sector. This year’s programme will reach creative talent from across the city region’s diverse communities and vibrant neighbourhoods and support them through a training & commissioning programme. It is a detailed 6 month programme that needs a minimum of 2 days per month.

Budding movie makers will attend boot camps and classes, receive expert mentoring and gain the professional connections needed to get their big breakthrough. By the end of the project, which is part of the BBC Digital Cities programme, they will have completed a short small budget film.

Back In 2019 is inviting applications from individuals or companies that want to gain practical real life training and experience around the following areas:

1. Networks around new funds and commissions

2. Budgeting and planning

3. Pitching (format and methodology)

4. Trips to film venues and Independent festivals

5. Technical guidance and grading

6. One to one discourse with Film Production CEO’s

7. Conference on Black Filmmakers

8. Small film commission

Those interested can sign up here for Back In 2019.

Closing date for applications is March 25th 2019, 12pm.

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Effective Leadership for Creative Businesses

Effective Leadership for Creative Businesses – Apply by 24th March

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Leaders of creative businesses are faced with a changing and evolving industry in an often fast-paced environment. Therefore Creative England are running an exclusive programme in Manchester called “Effective Leadership for Creative Businesses”. This two-day mini MBA, set over two months targets business leaders in the Film, TV and Games industry. They will learn how to adapt as well as succeed against the uniquely complex challenges of the creative industries. Below are the details of the programme.

Effective Leadership for Creative Businesses

  • For business leaders of film, television and games companies
  • The cost for participation is £100 (this has been subsidized by the Creative Enterprise programme)
  • Dates you must be available: Tue 2 April and Fri 3 May
  • Location: Manchester Art Gallery
  • Led by PressurePoint
  • Application only

People development agency PressurePoint will lead Effective Leadership for Creative Businesses.  Participants will learn how to identify and isolate the main problems facing their business and develop strategies to find solutions.


Applicants must have:

  • A base in the English regions outside London
  • A relevant track record in the film, TV or games industry
  • Ambitions for company growth and a clear vision for your business
  • Also, a business proposal that includes storytelling through creative content

Application deadline is 5pm Sunday 24 March. However, spaces are limited to 12 companies.

Apply here

About Creative Enterprise

Creative Enterprise is an ongoing national programme. It brings together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television as well as games and technology, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. Creative Enterprise therefore will provide expertise and training to future-proof the next generation of moving image companies. This is through exclusive events and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors. Email for enquiries.

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Military Veterans

Military Veterans Invited to Work in Television

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Initiative for Military Veterans

Military veterans now have the chance to retrain to work in the location and unit management department. This is through a new initiative by ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund.

The ScreenSkills location and unit management training will help ex-Armed Forces personnel identify how skills acquired in the military can be translated into behind-the-camera roles in high-end TV production. The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) and Creative Media Skills will deliver the programme, which targets professionals who are within two years of leaving the forces. It will introduce the professionals to careers options in the location and unit management department. Careers in this department make up key skills shortages in the screen industry.

The investment in location management training is a response to the projected recruitment difficulties highlighted by the ScreenSkills Quarterly Barometer. This state-of-sector snapshot published in December 2018 concluded that location managers are high in demand. Vacancies in this area are therefore increasingly difficult to fill.

About the Programme

Interested ex-Armed Forces professionals will learn about the challenges and rewards of working in the screen industry during an initial information held at Pinewood Studios on 21 March. There, they will network with location managers and have access to a number of online modules . This will introduce them further to a range of topic. These include the life-cycle of a high-end TV production and the different roles in the department.

Following this, 12 interested participants will attend a two-day intensive boot camp. This will provide a thorough overview of the knowledge needed to be a valuable member of a location team. Finally, six participants will put the knowledge gained from the course during a six-week paid work placement on a high-end TV show.

Why It Works

Kaye Elliott, ScreenSkills Director of High-end TV, said: “ScreenSkills is dedicated to developing talent and crew across the UK. Helping experienced professionals who are looking for a career change to identify how they can use their existing skillset in the screen industry is one way of achieving that. Locations and unit management departments experiencing skills shortages would really benefit from the skills of ex-Armed Forces professionals. So, we are really pleased to support this scheme.”

Kristen Platt, Client Success Manager of SSVC, said: “Self-motivation, resilience and problem-solving are very much in demand in the high-end TV industry. And especially in the location department. We’re delighted that the industry recognizes this and is investing in people coming out of the armed forces, to help them establish careers.”



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Inside Pictures

Inside Pictures Programme – Apply by 10 March

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Inside Pictures is a business training and leadership programme for the next generation of Europe’s film executives and producers.

About Inside Pictures

Inside Pictures comprises three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project and is now in its sixteenth year. The programme takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2019 and January 2020. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a cross-industry contact network needed for leaders from across the industry to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and networking events cover all aspects of the international film business. This is from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments.

There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry.

The programme is suited to those already working in feature films. It may also benefit you if you work in an associated creative industry, such as television if you have transferable skills and are committed to a career in film.

You might be running your own company or be encouraged to apply by your employer. To benefit most from this programme you will have proven business experience in film or a related creative industry. This may include, but is not limited to, the following fields: production, development, acquisitions, directing, marketing, distribution, exhibition, advertising, sales, legal, talent representation and finance. Click here to read testimonials from alumni across a range of these sectors, or find out more here about what the programme entails.

How to Apply

Before you apply, Inside Pictures recommends that you take the following steps:

  • Read through the Inside Pictures website: especially the page pertaining to fees, scholarships and bursaries, so that you are clear on the costs involved.
  • Make sure you can commit: Applicants need to be sure they can commit to the dates of the course prior to applying and will be asked to confirm their availability on the application form. Please note that full attendance is one of the terms and conditions of participation. The dates of the modules tend to remain the same from year to year, i.e: Interviews: mid-April, Module One: second week of June. Module Two: third week of September, Module Three: second week of November, Module Four: second week of the January following the start date.
  • Speak to alumni to find out what kind of course it is, what will be expected of you, and whether it’s the right thing for you at this stage in your career. Inside Pictures management can put you in touch with alumni if necessary.
  • Reach out to the Inside Pictures team. If you have any questions or wish to be put in touch with alumni please contact

Application Form

You can find the online application form here. You will have to login or register for a ScreenSkills account to complete the form. Please note: there is no built-in facility to save the application form. The page can be left open and will not time out, but if you close it you will lose your information. Therefore, Inside Pictures strongly recommends that you prepare your answers fully before filling out the online application.

The application form asks for information about you, including your availability for interview and the programme dates, why you want to apply, your references, scholarship application and an Equal Opportunities questionnaire. When applying you will need to upload the following:

  • a photograph
  • your CV (we do not take kindly to being sent biographies instead)
  • a signed and dated reference
  • Equal Opportunities monitoring form


If you are applying as a producer, you should insert a list of your credits into the template provided. This is to get a sense of the sorts of films you have made, their scale, budget, distribution and genre.

Competition is particularly tough for producers, as they are over-represented compared to other sectors. Inside Pictures asks that any producer applying have already completed one feature that has been through the international distribution cycle. At the application stage, all producers must provide a minimum of five credits, with key information about each film. If you wish to supply a more thorough filmography, you are welcome to upload one via the application form.


If you wish to apply for a scholarship to contribute to your fees, you should do so at the application stage via the appropriate section on the application form. Inside Pictures will not consider scholarship requests after the application.

Inside Pictures management will determine the first pass at an allocation of scholarships, and representatives may contact participants to ask whether they would be able to accept a place with a lower amount of scholarship than they originally asked for on their application. It is therefore crucial that you apply for a scholarship at the application form stage if you wish to be considered for one, so that Inside Pictures management can be clear about each applicant’s situation. Management will not consider application forms and scholarship requests received after the deadline.


Inside Pictures asks applicants to provide two references at the application stage: this is a written reference to include with your application and is to vouch for you in your professional capacity. It should be from someone in the industry with whom you have worked extensively during the last year. It should not be from someone in your company or someone who works with you on a daily basis. The reference should be on company letterhead paper and should be dated. It should bear the name, company, job title and signature of the referee.


The Inside Application process happens in three stages:

Stage 1: Application form

You should submit your application online, via the application form. Selection for interviews will take place after applications have closed. Inside Pictures will contact shortlisted applicants in mid-March.

Stage two: Interviews

Interviews Round One:

  • Conducted over Skype with our Programme Directors around mid-March
  • Those who have not made it through to round two will be advised shortly after

Interviews Round Two:

  • Conducted in London with a panel of interviewers, comprised of alumni and Programme Director Julia Short, in mid-April
  • Please make every effort to attend in person (although Inside Pictures cannot cover any travel costs)
  • If an applicant cannot attend in person, a Skype interview will be offered instead

Stage three: Selection

  • Successful applicants will receive an acceptance email in the third week of April
  • Inside Pictures will inform applicants at this stage as to what amount, if any, of scholarship it is prepared to offer
  • The new line up of participants will be made public before the Cannes Film Festival



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make a move

Make a Move Funding to Boost Employee Skills – Deadline March 31

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ScreenSkills is offering to subsidise the cost of employing and training individuals into higher grades. This “Make a Move” funding is open for applications until March 31, 2019. After training, employees should be already in or able to apply for their job at the next grade up. Up to £15,000 is available for High-end TV productions to offer on-the-job training.

An example of potential ‘move ups’ could be a location assistant moving up to unit manager for instance. Or, a make-up artist to make-up supervisor, or production secretary to production coordinator. The scheme covers all departments on a production.

High-end TV Skills Fund-contributing productions can apply for up to £15,000 per production.

  • Individuals can only participate after being put forward by their employer
  • Employees on Make a Move are not trainees, but part of a scheme to encourage and promote professional development
  • Those put forward for the scheme need to be a professional who is deemed ready to move up to their next career grade
  • They can be a completely new person to the team and department. Or, they can be an individual that has already worked with the team on a previous production

How to apply

Please contact ScreenSkills’ senior High-End TV new entrant manager Nicky Ball on, Or, give her a call on 07432 591 375.


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film locations course

Film Locations Course – Apply by 18th February

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This film locations course is delivered by Film Birmingham and will run over 2 weekends, it is designed to inform, educate and give hands on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV Location Managers.

Dates:                    Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, 2019

Location:              Library of Birmingham

Time:                      9:30am – 5:30pm

Course Leader:   Harriet Lawrence

Course Fee:          £100

An Introduction to Working in the Locations Department will be led by top UK film and TV drama Location Manager Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes prime time TV shows Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation and Dancing on the Edge and Hollywood movies My Cousin Rachel, Suffragette and Burton and Taylor.

Outline of the Film Locations course:

The locations department has a wide and varied remit within a production. It extends from the creative beginnings of a script breakdown, working alongside Directors and Designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of a shoot. It enables all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible. This film locations course will cover what to expect in this challenging, yet rewarding work environment. It will also advise on potential routes into film and TV location management.

It will briefly look at an overview of the industry, the different types of productions and then move on to the exciting challenges of scouting, planning a shoot and managing all aspects of the shoot day. The sessions will also outline some of the essential principles of health and safety, touch on some of the many things included in the locations budget and give tips on how to take great location recce pictures. The first weekend will be classroom-based and the second will be putting into practice all that was learnt during the first weekend.

How to apply to the Film Locations Course:

Film Birmingham welcomes applications from a broad range of participants; from new entrants with some production experience to those more established in the media industry. If you are interested in being considered for the course, please complete an application here.

The course fee (£100) will be required once a participant has been accepted on the course and full payment will be required before the course commences. There will be 3 subsidised places available for qualifying participants. Please email for further information on these subsidised places.

Applications close Monday 18th February 2019.

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grierson doclab 2019

Grierson DocLab 2019 – Apply by 15th March

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The Grierson Trust are now seeking applications for is Grierson DocLab 2019. Applicants should be 18-25 years old with a passion for television and factual storytelling. They should have ideas to contribute to the industry and fresh perspectives not currently reflected on the screen.

The Grierson DocLab and Mentoring Scheme offers participants the support they need towards a successful career in factual programme making. This includes a residential training programme – the DocLab, access to award-winning industry professionals and structured mentoring support. It also includes the chance to attend the internationally recognized Sheffield Doc/Fest and a paid placement with a production company. The Trust will also provide ongoing support for participants,  to help progress their career choice within the sector.

Grierson DocLab 2019 Training includes:

  1. An introduction to the genre covering different types of documentaries and styles of shooting.
  2. Learning how to research ideas, develop and pitch them.
  3. Script development focusing on structure and story.
  4. Exploring production roles and a practical exercise to experience the different positions.
  5. Information, advice and careers guidance.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a three-day self-shoot/editing training weekend.


Grierson DocLab 2019 Applicants must be:

  1. Aged between 18-25
  2. Available for the selection day in central Birmingham
  3. Able to attend all days of the Birmingham residential
  4. Present at the Sheffield Doc Festival
  5. Available to attend the Grierson Awards, 14 November, central London

To apply for a place on Grierson DocLab 2019 and Mentoring Scheme, see the Scheme InformationThe applications form – [SurveyMonkey], and the Guidelines and FAQs. Please note this scheme is only open to UK residents.

Visit the Grierson DocLab alumni page to have a look at what the earlier Groerson DocLab trainees are doing now.

The closing date for Grierson DocLab 2019 applications is 5pm, Tuesday 15th March 2019.

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Film bursary for freelancers

Film bursary for freelancers – Deadline March 31

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Our friends at ScreenSkills are offering craft, technical & production bursaries for industry freelancers. This film bursary for freelancers supports training in the following departments:

  • Art department
  • Camera
  • Construction
  • Costume
  • Electrical
  • Hair and make-up
  • Post-production
  • Production department
  • Health and safety

You can apply for the film bursary for freelancers if you:

  • Are a proven full-time freelancer
  • Are working in a craft, technical, production office or post-production role
  • Can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable as long as it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is not considered suitable experience
  • Have a history of work in feature-length films and/or feature-length documentaries which have been distributed
  • Have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend
  • Are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the industry

The film bursary for freelancers will support training:

  • Through structured courses with training providers
  • Outside the UK, but you must clearly demonstrate why this is more appropriate than training in the UK
  • Which takes place before 30 April 2019. If this is not possible due to the schedule of the course, please contact the Fund Team for further advice

The film bursary for freelancers will not support:

  • Full-time graduate, postgraduate or educational diploma courses
  • Training that is already supported by other ScreenSkills funds
  • Attendance at networking, festivals or social events, or trade exhibitions
  • Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre
  • The purchase of equipment
  • Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date your application is received
  • Travel, accommodation and childcare costs only

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. However, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date.

Film bursary for freelancers: How to apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Applications for funding for training are made using ScreenSkills’ online application form: Apply here.

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. Should you be successful you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Name of your chosen training course(s)
  • Name and address of the training provider
  • Cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • Dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • Direct link to or a copy of the course outline ready to upload

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the submit icon on your screen. You need to do this for your application to be submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed.

You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact ScreenSkills immediately.

What happens next?
ScreenSkills’ bursaries team will assess applications individually . If you are successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions. If your application is unsuccessful ScreenSkills will notify you by email.


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Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV – Deadline March 1

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The Television Skills Fund is offering bursaries of up to £1000 to go towards training costs for diverse workers in the UK screen industries. This training should be in the area of Non-scripted TV.

ScreenSkills and its Television Skills Fund partners are committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce and know that people with a disability, those from a lower socio-economic background, people from BAME* (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and women (depending on job role) are under-represented across non-scripted genres within the TV industry. Therefore, all applicants to the Television Skills Fund Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV must be from one or more of these groups.

Applicants can be:

  • new entrants (those training to achieve their first job in non-scripted TV, or currently in their first job)
  • those already working in the industry looking to move up to a more senior role or move across/up in a different genre (NB: if you are looking to move from non-scripted to scripted genres you will not be eligible to apply, please go to the HETV information)
  • those with industry experience looking to re-enter the workforce after a prolonged career break due to carer responsibilities, disability or illness
  • those with transferable skills and experience from another industry looking to work in non-scripted TV

You cannot apply if you:

  • are in full time education
  • are employed on a permanent contract
  • do not have a permanent UK address
  • are applying on behalf of an organisation
  • have already received bursary funding from the Television Skills Fund in the last 12 months

Apply for Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV

The first page of the online application is an eligibility test which you must comply with in order to proceed. Please carefully read the TV Diversity Bursary Guidelines (PDF) to check your eligibility before you apply.

Before filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • the name of your chosen training course(s)
  • the name and address of the training provider
  • the cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • the dates of your training
  • your CV ready to upload
  • copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (i.e. a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • link to the course outline or a copy you can upload
  • a completed Inclusivity Monitoring Form (pdf)

To apply for the Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV, follow this link.

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BAME and Disabled Female Directors wanted for Free Training Workshop

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The NFTS is looking for talented female, BAME and disabled filmmakers to apply for the Diverse Directors Workshop, which is supported by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK. If you’re currently working professionally in screen directing and want to take your career to the next level, then this is the opportunity for you! The NFTS is looking for 6 filmmakers to take part in a two-day introductory session (12th and 13th January 2019) followed by intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative, two-week workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). Production of the film projects will take place in in Spring 2019 (April/May). Post Production in July and August All participants are guaranteed an interview for the NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA.

This is an opportunity to take your film-making career to the next level with this unique workshop at ‘The world’s best film school’ (The Observer). You can direct a short film with all production costs covered by the school, benefit from the NFTS’ facilities, receive a guaranteed interview for NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA, get taught by top industry professionals and attend special masterclasses and events organised by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.

There will be no course fees and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK / the NFTS – with the additional support of EON Productions and ScreenSkills – will cover all production costs; inter-School networking will also be facilitated to help crew the films across all disciplines from producing to cinematography to sound and music.

You must fulfil these criteria:

  • The scheme is aimed at women and people from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities.
  • You must be a UK national and able to commit to the programme for its duration.
  • The scheme is for people of talent who have either directed or written or performed in screen theatre or the arts already, whether as an amateur or professionally.
  • You need to be 21 plus years of age.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you have applied for the scheme previously. The first two iterations of the scheme were entitled the ‘Directors Workshop and the Diverse Directors Workshop’.

To apply, please complete the application form here and return it by midnight on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

If you apply you are confirming, you are available to attend the introductory session (12th-13th January 2019) and the two-week intensive workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). You must also be available for pre-production and production during April – August 2019.

Candidates are expected to receive selection confirmation by the 3rd January 2019.