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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STEM Skills for the Creative Industries

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Are you a student, graduate or local resident looking to enhance your STEM, STEAM or soft skills? Access free upskilling courses through Birmingham City University’s STEM-Up!

STEM-Up is a professional development project that gives individuals and businesses access to free skills workshops and webinars in STEM, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Soft Skills. There are more than 70 free training programmes which are provided by BCU, Aston University and Solihull College University Centre, and which are part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The project supports current students, graduates, the unemployed and employees to assess the gaps in their skills and find the right training courses to meet those needs. By delivering soft, analytical and problem-solving skills training to the current West Midlands workforce (including job seekers, job changers and job returners), STEM-UP will encourage progression in employment and support business growth. The project can be accessed by people from any sector but there is a particular focus on supporting the Creative Industries and Digital Technologies sectors.

How does STEM-Up work?

You will be matched with a dedicated Skills Adviser from the project who will work closely with you to identify and match your skills requirements. As part of your development plan, your Skills Adviser will also go through the learning opportunities available through the STEM-Up partnership, to find the best courses suited for your career aspirations.

Depending on your training needs, you could participate in free learning provided by any of the STEM-Up partners including BCU, Aston University and Solihull College and University Centre.

But don’t worry, the support doesn’t end there. Once you’ve completed your Skills Support provision, your personal Skills Adviser will help you assess your professional development in line with your goals and ambitions.


You must be over 18, have Right to Work in the UK and live in the GBSLEP More Developed Area (Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch or Wyre Forest).

See information here.


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Crossroads for People Facing Challenges

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Due to the huge success of DV Talent‘s first round of Crossroads, the programme is back for a second intake.

Funded by Screenskills and delivered by DV Talent, in collaboration with The Talent Manager, this free scheme will give successful applicants the opportunity to have regular, confidential, one-on-one sessions with an experienced industry mentor over a 6–month period.

The Crossroads Mentoring Programme is aimed at people who have at least 2 years’ professional experience in the screen industries, and who are facing a particular challenge in their career.

Are you:

  • at a crossroads in your career?
  • returning from a career break or looking to raise your profile or widen your industry network?
  • facing a specific challenge preventing you taking the next step or progressing?
  • looking to raise your profile or widen your industry networks?
  • returning after a break?
  • Considering a career change?

If yes, then the Crossroads Mentoring Programme could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

To Apply

To be eligible, candidates need to:

  • have at least 2-3 years professional industry experience
  • be at a crossroads in their career
  • be able to nominate 3 ideal mentors

Cross Road Mentors

Fatima Salaria, MD of Naked, Quicksilver boss Eamonn Matthews, Lisa Holdsworth, All Creatures Great and Small writer and chair of the Writers Guild of GB, BBC3 commissioner editor Nasfim Haque, Man on Wire editor Jinx Godfrey and Sherlock DoP Neville Kidd are just some of those who are mentoring as part of the Crossroads Mentoring Programme.

“Navigating a career in the TV and film industry can be really challenging,’’ said Matt Born, the programme director. “Whether you’re trying to step up a grade, move genre, returning from a career break, raise your profile, or simply trying to get your focus and confidence, having a mentor who has a holistic view of the industry – and can be a guide – is invaluable.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all our mentors who are giving their time, expertise and experience to help others coming through to try and reach their potential.’’

Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills mentoring programme manager said: “Mentoring is a brilliant way of helping support people. It can be invaluable for those at a crossroads in their career. We are pleased to be supporting this initiative. We hope this will be of particular help to those from groups who are currently not well represented in the screen industries.”

The scheme welcomes applications from all genres/sectors in the industry and is particularly keen to recruit delegates from the nations and regions, and underrepresented groups.

Deadline for applications – Wednesday 2nd June

Please click here to apply.




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BFI Step Up for Underrepresented Crew

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The BFI Step Up initiative provides the opportunity for creative and technical production crew from underrepresented groups to work on a production supported by the BFI Film Fund.

Through the BFI Film Fund (awarding funds from the National Lottery), it aims to address the lack of diversity in crew by recognising and engaging with the wealth of talent across all creative industries. By matching this talent with BFI productions, Step Up provides a unique opportunity for crew from underrepresented groups to embrace new challenges and enhance their skills. This also provides the wider industry with the chance to engage in meaningful change.

BFI Film Fund welcomes applications from those who are ready to either step up in their department or step across from other creative industries (such as television, documentary and short form content).

How it works

  • This is not an entry level or trainee programme
  • Applicants must apply to Step Up via the link below
  • If an applicant meets the criteria they will be invited to discuss their objectives and current experience with a member of the BFI Film Fund team
  • The scheme skill-matches the applicant with a Film Fund production. They will then meet producers and relevant heads of departments
  • All Step Up crew will be hired directly by the production with additional financial support from BFI Film Fund for training, salaries and access requirements


Applicants should be from one of the following underrepresented groups:

  • Black, MENA (Middle East and North African), South Asian, South East Asian or East Asian background, including mixed ethnicity, working in any department
  • D/deaf and disabled people, including those who are neurodivergent, working in any department
  • women working in technical roles (for example: camera, sound, electrical, construction, stunts, props, SFX and VFX)

The BFI welcomes intersectionality across a number of areas. These include ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, geographical location (nations and regions) and socioeconomic circumstances across all departments.

The individual must have proven experience in their chosen department. Also they must provide references from either a producer, head of department or equivalent.

The scheme supports candidates from trainee programmes who are ready to take the next step. However, this is not an entry level/trainee programme.

How to apply

Would like to be considered for Step Up and be part of a production supported by the BFI Film Fund? Find the link to apply here.

There is no deadline, and the team reviews applications monthly.

If you have any questions regarding the programme, please email




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Core Skills for Cinemas – Independent Cinema Office

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The Independent Cinema Office’s new core skills webinar series will provide relevant, practical learning on a range of topics with sessions specifically designed for those working across the independent film exhibition and distribution sectors. Each month, industry experts will share their experiences, offering guidance and illustrative case studies with lessons that can be easily adapted by participants.

We currently have two upcoming sessions:

  • Wednesday 14 April, 14:00-15:30 – Social Media Advertising
  • Thursday 13 May, 14:00-15:30 – Researching screening materials and film rights

Each session costs £10 to attend with free places available for individuals that are currently unwaged. If you’d like to request a free place please contact

Register here.




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