Become a Film/TV Assistant Production Accountant with APATS – Deadline 3rd June

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Do you have a desire to work in film and TV production accounting? Do you have previous experience of working in a junior position in accounts or finance? APATS might be the right fit for you!

About the Assistant Production Accountant Trainee Scheme 2019 (APATS)

The Production Guild are seeking to recruit and train TEN people from across the UK for this exciting course. It is designed for those wanting to work as Assistant Production Accountants on feature films or high-end TV in the UK. The programme will last from September 2019 to May 2020, consisting of a month of classroom training at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden Park. This also is followed by up to three paid work placements on film and High-End TV productions in the UK. Applicants must have a permanent UK address and be eligible to work in the UK.

For over 12 years, the Production Guild has trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications who have consistently and successfully worked on film and TV production. This particular Scheme has trained over 50 new entrants to enter UK production.

Application details

Deadline for APATS applications is 3rd June 2019. 

Recruitment and Selection for the scheme will take place in May and June 2019.

Interviews are on 24th, 25th and 26th June 2019.

Classroom training: Commencing Monday 2nd September 2019 for four weeks

To register your details and download the APATS application form and guidance notes click here.

We particularly encourage applications from women, those from LGBT communities, those with disabilities and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, since these groups are currently under-represented in the sector.

Don’t miss this opportunity to move your accounting career into Film & TV.

This programme is delivered by the Production Guild. It is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries. This scheme is funded by ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and from direct contributions from feature film production and TV companies.

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New Creatives Programme

Apply for the New Creatives Programme – Deadline July 16th

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New Creatives Programme

The New Creatives programme for young emerging talent is coming to the Midlands! Rural Media are currently looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive. The programme will help develop your original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. You will also receive the skill training needed to bring your idea to life and showcase it to audiences.

Ideas can come from many artistic disciplines. For example – dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers. You might not consider yourself an artist, but if you are passionate about your creative idea and have something to say, you should get involved. Each commissioned artist will work directly with a professional production company. The company will also manage the budget (up to £5k for film and £3k for audio) and mentor you through the process.

What They Want

From the serious to the comedic, the absurd to the challenging, the provocative to the abstract, Rural Media are looking for ideas that push the boundaries on what constitutes art. It should make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. So they want to unearth diverse, new talent and commission ideas that we may not have seen represented before on screen, on-air and online.

New Creatives content may be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts. It showcases and introduces new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. Rural Media will look to identify the best platform for each idea.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond. However they cannot accept any ideas that are journalism or current affairs documentaries.

To Apply

Please read the full Creative Briefs for film for audio for interactive to find out what Rural Media is looking for in your pitch.

The deadline for applications to the New Creatives Programme is July 16th, 2019. Click here to apply.

Click here for Eligibility & FAQs or call 01432 344039 for more information.


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Assistant Production Accountant

Train to be an Assistant Production Accountant – Deadline May 10th

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Do you have a desire to work in film and TV production accounting? Do you have previous experience of working in a junior position in accounts or finance? If your answer is yes, you might be a good fit for the Assistant Production Accountant Trainee Scheme 2019.

The Production Guild are seeking to recruit and train ten people from across the UK to become Assistant Production Accountants. The programme will last from September 2019 to May 2020 and will consist of a month of classroom training at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden Park followed by up to three paid work placements on film and High-End TV productions in the UK.

 For over 12 years The Production Guild has trained people from differing backgrounds, work experience and qualifications who have gone on to consistently and successfully work on film and TV production. The Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme has trained over 50 new entrants to enter UK production.

 This unique training programme is funded by ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and from direct contributions from feature film production and TV companies providing attachments to trainees on the scheme.

For more information and how to apply click here:

Deadline for applications is 10th May 2019.


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branded entertainment

Branded Entertainment Workshop for Creative Producers

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What is Branded Entertainment?

It is increasingly challenging for marketers to connect their messages to consumers. Consumers are exposed to marketing messages in all areas of life and are becoming increasingly resistant to established forms of advertising. We have long understood storytelling to be a valuable way of connecting to consumers and communicating key messages. This has led to the development of new ways of engaging with consumers such as branded entertainment. This is “the collaboration between a creative producer and a sponsoring brand in producing content that has the dual purpose of fulfilling the need to be a compelling stand-alone creative product. At the same time, it serves a communications need for the collaborating brand.”

This group of researchers have been working in the area of marketing and consumer behavior in film and television. And, they have observed the development of branded entertainment, noting the following:

  1. Developing projects that fulfill the communications objectives of brand owners while achieving the creative aims of creative producers and directors is challenging.
  2. Branded entertainment is not an extended form of advertising.
  3. When done well, branded entertainment projects can achieve creative objectives of the creative producers as well as the communications objectives of the brand and be enjoyed by audiences.

About the Workshop

So, we will hold a workshop designed to showcase examples of branded entertainment where the creative content produced has legitimacy as a film, television show etc., while at the same time achieving the communications objective of the brand or organisation.

Location: The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA

Monday 29th April. 10am-12pm

The aim of the workshop is to inform participants about the potential of collaborating on branded entertainment projects. The workshop will take two hours and is open to all.

We will follow this with a project development lab, and invite you to apply for this separately. Please email your application to The project development lab will be open to creative producers and professionals from branding, marketing communications and sponsorship/ public relations.

Benefits of participation:

  • The chance to gain more understanding of the possibility of branded entertainment
  • Be able to meet others interested in collaborating
  • To work through the challenges involved in developing such projects

This is a free event. To register click here.

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bafta scholarship

Apply for a BAFTA Scholarship – Deadline May 28th

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The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, games and television. Applications for 2019/2020 are now open. So if you are interested in becoming a BAFTA scholar, please apply here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 May 2019.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open for British citizens to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. However, the scholarships are for those in need of financial assistance.  Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee. They will also have free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

Three individuals studying in the UK will each receive one of the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television. BAFTA and Warner Bros. supports this scholarship. It includes a short paid work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses.

Three BAFTA Reuben Scholarships will support one individual each on a film, games and television course respectively. BAFTA is also offering a Tinopolis Scholarship, with support from Tinopolis, to support a talented television enthusiast from Wales.

Read more on BAFTA’s past scholarship recipients here. You can also see the eligible courses for 2019-20 here.

If you have any questions about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme please take a look at the frequently asked questions or contact



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BBC Writersroom

Submit Your Comedy Script to BBC Writersroom – Deadline 29th April

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The BBC Writersroom regular window for unsolicited comedy scripts is open from 10am on Monday 1st April 2019. Writers have a deadline of 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019 for scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

What to submit to BBC Writersroom

1. One comedy script of at least 30 full pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online* with your personal details removed. (If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 minute episodes as a single PDF document.) Your script should be saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size, with your name removed from the document.

If you are writing your script using a piece of software called Final Draft and do not know how to remove your name and contact details from your script, please refer to Final Draft’s own trouble shooter. If you are using Microsoft word processing and do not know how to save your file as a PDF, please refer to Office Support(All software will come with its own user guidelines if the above links do not cover your queries. We cannot offer technical support for third party software).

2. A brief biography of your writing to date. Up to 1 paragraph to be included on your E-submission profile.

3. If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline, 1-3 pages, of further episodes. (This is not a requirement and would only ever be read if you made it onto our Comedy Room writer development scheme). This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script. Please note, the outline is not a requirement and would only ever be read if you made it onto the Comedy Room Scheme.

Please remember to remove your name and contact details from every page of your script. All scripts will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until after the full-read stage.

What BBC Writersroom is looking for

BBC Writersroom looks for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card to showcase a writer’s talent, ability and sense of humour.

Also, we are especially looking for distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding precincts or situations that have ‘never been done before’. But it means having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. Characters who are well rounded and consistent and who drive the comedy rather than serve it. A sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood.

We want to see the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready. This might mean waiting for a later Script Room submission window. We are not just looking for competent, well-structured pieces. Instead, we are looking to unearth the treasures, the page-turners, the new perspectives, the engaging dialogue, the surprising character creations. We want to find that special, funny something that makes us want to read more.

Outcome of the Script Room

Finally, a group of writers will be selected to join the BBC Comedy Room writer development group for 2019/20. Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We look for writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC. We know carving a career as a writer takes time, and each writer’s development needs will be different.

We will also consider whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If we believe a script could be developed further by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer’s knowledge. Original scripts written on spec’ are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec’ scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production.

BBC Writersroom will not accept late submissions under any circumstances.

Visit the Writersoom to submit your script. for additional information and advice, Terms and Conditions, or to read the FAQs for the E-Submissions system.

To contact BBC Writersroom, email or call 020 8743 8000.

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iFeatures Funding for Emerging Writers and Directors

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iFeatures, a premier UK filmmaking programme, is offering development funding for the UK’s emerging  writers, directors, and writer/directors. It is currently driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers. The programme is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

As well as receiving development funding, selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme. This includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, plus mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to at least three of the projects progressing to production.

The programme targets emerging writers or directors across the UK who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. We look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention. This includes short films, theatre, TV, web, art film, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels or music promos.

iFeatures believes that low-budget, ambitious, well-told stories can achieve critical, audience and commercial success. Multi-award winning and acclaimed films developed through the lab have included iFeatures productions ApostasyLady MacbethThe Levelling, and The Goob, as well as further films such as God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills and Pin Cushion.

Before completing an application form for iFeatures 2019, please read the following:

Apply for iFeatures by clicking here.

To find out more about last year’s programme, listen to this podcast and read up on the 2018-19 selected teams. You can also check out other funding opportunities for feature film development and production here. If you are an emerging producer not applying to this year’s iFeatures but interested in being considered for future selected iFeatures projects, contact them.


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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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