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High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow 2023

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High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow 2023

The ScreenSkills High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow programme is a three-year programme focused on providing comprehensive support to mid-level professionals working in high-end TV (HETV).

It is designed to give them the tools to progress to head of department, above the line, or other senior decision-making leadership roles in the future.

Who it’s for

Screenskills are seeking mid-level freelancers who are looking to commit long term. The programme will actively support individuals to move towards career progression goals of reaching head of department or leadership roles at a future stage beyond the life of the programme. The programme’s ambition is to support individuals who are spotted and recommended for the programme by senior peers.

Please note individuals can only apply for High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow after being put forward by a nominator. The nominator must be working at a senior level within high-end TV. This will need to be evidenced in your application.

Please note Screenskills are not supporting candidates wanting to step up to producer level. If this is what you are looking for, find out about their co-producer placement programme.

Read more about Leaders of Tomorrow and meet the previous cohorts.

What it covers

This programme will provide mid-level freelancers across three years with:

  • A mentor or champion.
  • Access to a high-end TV professionals pool, made up of industry experts, for tailored one-to-one support, advice and expertise.
  • Up to three part-funded placements per year for up to three years.
  • Targeted grade and skills specific bespoke training.
  • Funding towards relevant equipment or software.
  • A range of coaching, leadership and management training sessions.
  • PR exposure, industry networking opportunities and introductions.

Key Dates

  • Applications open – Thursday 6th July 2023.
  • Applications close – Sunday 13th August 2023.
  • All candidates who will be invited to attend an interview will be notified by 30 September 2023.
  • All candidates will be notified of the success of their application by 15 November 2023.

How to apply

You will need to have a ScreenSkills account to apply for High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow. If you do not already have an account, follow this link to register.

To apply for the High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow programme, click on the ‘apply now‘ button.

If you require an alternative format for the application please contact Screenskills as soon as possible at leadersoftomorrow@screenskills.com.

Criteria:

  • Individuals must be a freelancer and not in permanent employment (HETV unscripted professionals on fixed-term contracts are welcome).
  • Candidates must currently be in a mid-level role and able to evidence at least two high-end TV credits in this role.
  • Candidates must provide contact details (email address and phone) of the nominator who has agreed to nominate you to apply for the programme so that Screenskills can contact them.
  • The individual must have a long term focus to step up to a senior, decision making role.
  • Applicants will be required to outline their career path and expectations in their application.
  • If shortlisted, candidates must provide one other reference, in addition to the person who nominated them.
  • Screenskills particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, because they are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce as well as individuals based across the UK.

ScreenSkills is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work.

Applicants must:

  • Live in the UK and have evidence of the right to work in the UK.
  • Make themselves available for placements offered to them during their time on the programme.
  • Be open and flexible to consider opportunities across the UK.
  • Make themselves available for press and PR opportunities across the three years if successfully offered a place on the programme.

Please note:

The High-end TV Leaders of Tomorrow team will shortlist applicants based on their nomination, application, ScreenSkills profile and CV.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in an interview, likely over Zoom or on the phone, with members of the HETV Leaders of Tomorrow team and a relevant industry professional.

If unsuccessful in getting to interview stage, please note that due to the volume of applications Screenskills receive, they will be unable to provide individual feedback.

Due to the high demand for places on Leaders of Tomorrow, Screenskills reserve the right to take into account the previous support you have received from the High-end TV Skills Fund as they wish to ensure their funding supports as many mid-level crew as possible.

ScreenSkills is an equal opportunities training provider. All applicants are judged solely on their ability to do the placement for which they are applying. However, where applicants are equally qualified, in order to address under-representation in the industry, Screenskills may consider a protected characteristic to determine who should be appointed. Screenskills consider that this positive action would be a proportionate means of achieving their legitimate aim, namely to improve diversity in the industry, and is compliant with the Equality Act 2010.

In order that Screenskills can comply with their reporting obligations, that they can appropriately monitor their data, and to inform their recruitment decisions in relation to positive action (described above), you are requested to provide this information on your ScreenSkills profile, which will be treated in the strictest confidence. Screenskills will ask for explicit consent of this on the application. 

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Screenskills Film Forward 2023-2024

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Film Forward

Film Forward is designed to create change in the UK film industry by supporting experienced Black and Asian professionals to advance to more senior roles.

The programme matches participants with 5+ years experience in below-the-line roles in paid production placements. The initiative provides key on-the-job training alongside bursary access to help effect real change in the industry and improve the diversity of productions across the UK.

Film Forward is part of ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund’s wider commitment to increasing and improving diversity and inclusion at every level of the film industry regardless of background or educational attainment.

The programme outline

First launched in 2021, Film Forward is part of ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund’s wider commitment to increasing and improving diversity and inclusion at every level of the film industry regardless of background or educational attainment.

Film Forward has been specifically designed to tackle the under-representation of Black and Asian professionals at mid to senior levels in the UK film industry, by matching participants with 5+ years experience in below-the-line roles in paid production placements. The initiative provides key on-the-job training alongside bursary access to help effect real change in the industry and improve the diversity of productions across the UK.

Successful candidates will gain experience, training alongside crew, in a step-up role, that will enable them to apply for future positions at that level.

Candidates will become a part of the production they are placed on, additional to crew, and will have an associated development contract from the production for their placement.

As a successful candidate, ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund offers the opportunity to:

  • be matched with a paid placement in film, to support career development
  • collaborate with teams currently outside of your network and broaden access for future opportunities
  • access an individual bursary of up to £1,500 to support the step up for expenses such as equipment or software
  • benefit from a framework of support from ScreenSkills including opportunities for personal training and development

Key Dates

  • Applications open – 00:00 on Monday 24 July 2023.
  • Applications close – 23.59 on Monday 21 August 2023.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual meeting with a ScreenSkills panel to go over application forms.
  • Successful candidates notified – no later than Friday 20 October 2023.

How to apply

Eligible applicants should be Black or Asian professionals with 5+ years of experience in their chosen department. More information on Screenskills commitment to diversity and inclusion in the screen industries can be found here. Ethnicity information from the ScreenSkills profiles of applicants will be reviewed to check eligibility, so applicants must ensure that their ScreenSkills profile is accurate and up to date. Once eligibility is confirmed, this information will not be accessed again.

Any questions regarding eligibility for the Film Forward programme, or objections to the use of individual ethnic diversity information as part of the programme, can be forwarded to film.team@screenskills.com.

This year Film Forward will support professionals working in the following below-the-line skills grades:

  • accounts
  • art department
  • assistant director
  • costume
  • hair and make-up
  • locations
  • production

In-house, writing and development roles are not eligible for this programme.

Applicants must have 5+ years of experience in a below-the-line role in film (or a very closely related industry such as HETV). Applicants must show a clear desire to continue their career in the film industry. Applicants should be ready to make their next move within their area of expertise. Applicants must be prepared to be flexible with dates and locations of potential placements.

You will need a ScreenSkills profile to apply to Film Forward. If you do not already have a profile, you can register here.

To apply for Film Forward, click on the ‘apply now‘ button above.

If you require an alternative format for the application, or have any questions about the programme, please contact Screenskills as soon as possible at film.team@screenskills.com 

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Apples and Snakes’ Future Voices

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Future Voices

To celebrate Apples and Snakes’ 40th anniversary, they’re launching Future Voices – a project that seeks to nurture and grow emerging talent from across England.

They have invited leading spoken word artists and filmmakers to run a jam-packed masterclass programme, available to 40 emerging poets online. The aim of the programme is for participants to produce a short poetic film (one minute long) to accompany a new poem about their ‘world’ – their life, local environment or city. At the end of the project, these films will be shared and celebrated at small live events and an online showcase.

Each of the 40 selected poets will receive a commission of £500 for taking part and producing their film and poem. The programme will happen online, apart from a final celebration event at a local hub. To take part, you will need WiFi connection, a recording device (most smartphones will be fine for this) and access to Zoom.

The programme outline

The partner organisations represent five different regions across England – North, Midlands, London, South West and South East. You will be assigned into groups of eight and this will be based on your location. They are not able to allocate your group based on preference and sadly they are unable to receive applications from those based outside of England.

The partner organisations are: Young IdentityGallery37Poetic UnityPeople Dem Collective, and Milk Poetry.

The tutors for this programme will be announced soon.

As part of the programme you will:

  1. Be paid a commission of £500 to create a one-minute poetic film to accompany a new poem – both created by you. This will be paid either 50% at the start of the programme, once an agreement has been signed and 50% after the piece has been produced, or 100% at the end of the programme.
  2. Attend a programme of eight online masterclasses (each up to 2.5 hours long) hosted by professional filmmakers and poets. These will happen on Zoom and will be hosted by Apples and Snakes and the regional hub partners.  These will take place on either a Monday or Tuesday evening.
  3. Share your work at a live celebration event with your regional partner at the end of the programme. You will be paid £100 fee to perform and they will cover your travel costs.
  4. Attend an online closing symposium to reflect on the programme, feedback on how it went for you and celebrate the work you’ve made.

Who can apply

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an emerging spoken word poet who performs (this can be at open mics).
  • They believe ‘emerging’ can happen at any age, you just need to be 18 years old or over (for safeguarding reasons) and be sharing poetry for under five years.
  • Be a poet who wants to develop their practice and add another string to their bow with visual skills
  • Have a desire to make new networks.
  • Be committed to the programme, be available for masterclasses and have time to produce a short film .
  • Have access to a recording device (a smartphone phone is fine)
  • Have access to WiFi and a computer.

Key Dates

Application process

  • Applications open – Monday 17th July 2023.
  • Applications close – 10am Monday 7th August 2023.
  • Applicants notified on their status – within three weeks of the closing date.
  • Cohort announcement /Apples and Snakes 41st anniversary – Monday 2nd October 2023.

Programme dates

  • Induction event online – 9th October 2023
  • Masterclasses will run once per week from week beginning October 9th until week beginning November 27th. These will most likely be on Mondays and/or Tuesday evenings around 6.30-8pm. This will be confirmed shortly but do get in touch if unsure.
  • Work on finishing the films – December 2023 – mid January 2024.
  • Celebration event at your local partner organsation’s hub – February 2024, final date TBC.
  • Online symposium –  28th February 2024.

How to apply

Apply online using this application form: apply online. Applications close on Mon 7 Aug   10:00 am.

You will be asked to include a 2 min video of yourself and answer some questions on why you would like to join. This is not a C.V – it’s a way for us to get to know you and if this programme is suitable.

Please do not send in applications via email or on socials, they will only consider applications through the link above.

Any questions, please email grace@applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes is committed to combating ableism and providing access for everybody. If you are offered a place on the programme, they will send you an access rider to fill out and sign. You can leave it blank if you wish. This will be communicated with the facilitator and access arrangements will be confirmed on the rider, so both parties have a signed record of access needs and agreements.

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Creative Producer Lab 2023

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BFI Network Creative Producer Lab 2023

Creative Producer Lab returns for its 5th year of developing the next generation of Producers from the Midlands and the North.

Producers are always in demand, and good ones are invaluable to the industry. They’re the people who identify talent, have a creative input to telling stories, raise finance and, most importantly, get things made. One of the questions they most often get asked at Film Hub Midlands is: “Where can I find a good producer?” Creative Producer Lab aims to answer that question by developing the region’s next generation of producing talent.

Running from late September and throughout October, the Lab takes eight early-career filmmakers from the North, and eight from the Midlands, through a 6-week training programme. Sessions occur twice weekly and cover topics such as producing fundamentals, building a slate, budgeting and scheduling, pre-production, shooting, post-production, casting and distribution.

Creative Producer Lab is delivered through a combination of in-person mixer events, online sessions and visits to facilities houses, and culminates in an industry day at Leeds International Film Festival. The course is led by producers Roxy McKenna and Radha Bhandari (Public Dreams Ltd), and features sessions delivered by professionals working across the film industry.

Participants will leave the programme with a foundation in all aspects of managing a production, an expanded network of peers, and the skills they need to impact the industry.

Who’s it for?

They’re looking for anyone with an interest in film producing.

The ideal Creative Producer Lab candidate will have good communication skills, a commitment to storytelling and the ability to work collaboratively.

Applicants might be working in grassroots filmmaking and looking to take the next step in their careers. You may be transitioning from working in the commercial or corporate sector. Or you may have relevant experience in another art form, or be working as a production coordinator or assistant in production.

This isn’t exhaustive, though – if you’re interested in producing, they’d welcome an application.

Creative Producer Lab is not a programme for people primarily interested in writing and/or directing. Although they’re open to people moving over from those roles, they’re looking for people who genuinely desire to be a Producer.

To be eligible for the Creative Producer Lab, you must:

  • Have an interest in producing the work of others
  • Be over 18 and not in full-time education
  • Have a passion for cinema and an idea about what stories you want to tell
  • Be based in the North of England or the Midlands
  • Be able to attend the majority of sessions outlined in the programme timeline at the bottom of this page

Participation in Creative Producer Lab is free. Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands will cover travel costs to in-person events in Sheffield and Leeds.

How to apply

To apply, complete the online application form linked HERE.

The form asks you to share some information about yourself, your creative background, why you want to be a Producer and what kind of films you want to make.

If you’d like to prepare offline before completing the online form, they’ve compiled a downloadable list of the questions asked for reference. For some questions, there is the option to answer via a written response or an audio or video recording. If you’d prefer to answer via audio/video, upload the relevant file when prompted.

Key Dates

Some of these dates may be subject to change.

  • Applications open – 21st July 2023.
  • Online information session – Wednesday 2nd August 2023 at 12:00, sign up HERE.
  • Applications close – Monday 14th August 2023 at 17:00.
  • Applicants notified of decisions  – Friday 25th August 2023.
  • Mixer and in-person session in Sheffield – Thursday 28th September 2023.
  • Talks programme takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings weekly via Zoom – Tuesday 3rd October – Tuesday 31st October 2023.
  • Industry Day at Leeds International Film Festival – Wednesday 8th November 2023.

For any queries, send an email with the subject line “CREATIVE PRODUCER LAB APPLICATION” to bfinetwork@filmhubnorth.org.uk.

Creative Producer Lab is hosted by Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands, and was originally set up with Diploid Productions and Redbag Pictures.

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Momentum 2023

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Momentum by We Are Parable

Founded in 2020, the award winning film exhibition platform We Are Parable’s mentoring programme Momentum was created to help UK based Black content creators navigate their way through the Film & TV industry. They provide mentoring support, mental health and pitching sessions, as well as masterclasses and opportunities to screen their work. Thanks to previous partners Film & TV Charity, Channel 4 and 4Skills, Momentum has been able to support 80 Black creatives working in both film and television, across six cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds.

Previous participants have included Adura Onashile, whose feature debut “Girl” will be released later this year and Idurobo Gift Imafidon, who produced the award winning “All the Colours of the World are between Black and White”, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. This year’s programme will commence in October and will welcome another 60 filmmakers and content creators.

As part of the Momentum project, a series of training sessions are likely to take place in person in London, Leeds and Bristol. All training sessions will be hybrid. If you are unable to attend in person, you will be able to join online.

Applications are now open for 2023’s Momentum by We Are Parable, in partnership with Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television.

Key Dates

  • Applications open – 18th July 2023, apply HERE.
  • Online information session – 17th August 2023 at 13:00, sign up HERE.
  • Applications close – 13th September 2023 at 23:59.
  • Programme dates – October 2023 to April 2024.

For your application, you can either submit written answers or alternatively you can record yourself answering the questions. For any other queries, please email events@weareparable.com (allow up to 48 hours for a response).

For more industry information, visit Film Birmingham’s news page. Or add us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

BritAsia Academy: Digital Upskill Bootcamp

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BritAsia Academy

BritAsia TV, UK’s biggest broadcast channel for Brit Asians, with 15 years of broadcast experience reaching more than 1.5 million users. With a vision to bring high-quality training to users across the UK, BritAsia TV started the BritAsia Academy.

They are now a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) member and an existing delivery provider of excellent film, content, and social media training under their various bootcamps.

Digital Upskill Bootcamp

The BritAsia Academy has created industry ready creative Bootcamp programs titled “Digital Upskill Bootcamp” spread over 8-12 weeks. The curriculum is focused upon accelerating skills and closing the current skills gap. They have conceived the program taking into consideration skilling gaps in technical, creative, digital, and content creation skills and will provide learners with the opportunity to advance their career pathway in this chosen field particularly from a social media content and creative perspective.

The Skills Bootcamps will be delivered by their industry qualified team of specialist trainers, who are required to maintain their industry expertise annually to ensure that they keep abreast of industry regulations and requirements specific to the use of technical equipment, manufacturers guidance and working practices whilst operating their suite of technical equipment.

You can choose between two courses; TV & Film Production and Upskill Your Business Idea.

TV & Film Production (3 months – part time)

Do you have a passion for media? Or maybe you’ve just finished university and looking to step into the industry but you lack of real practical experience?

They are a well connected platform that prioritises innovation and making a difference. 
 During the bootcamps you will learn industry standard best practice and work on live briefs with the opportunity to include what you produce in your portfolio.

Upskill Your Business Idea (3 months – part time)

Do you have a business idea but not sure how to develop it? Their bootcamp will provide your with the right knowledge and skills to turn your idea into something real.

The course includes business training and development and is attached to the ‘Pitch It’ event which has links to individuals such as Ray Chohan (founder of PatSnap), Joe Sekhon (founder of IPass) and partnerships with the Birmingham LEP, Birmingham Growth Hub, HSBC and more.

How To Apply

The application process will consist of 3 stages; initial application, shortlisted phone interview, and a final interviewselection
 of the candidates.To apply, write to BritAsia Academy at hr@britasiaacademy.com with the following details:

  • Contact Details – email and phone number
  • City
  • CV & Cover Letter
  • Showreel/Portfolio (Optional)
  • List of your skills
  • Availability – days and times

FAQs

What skills will you develop?

  • Project Management
  • Research and Pre-Production
  • Content Creation
  • Postproduction & Editing
  • TV Production
  • Short films & documentaries
  • Social Media
  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • Camera Production Skills
  • Green Screen Shooting
  • Presenting
  • Radio
  • Podcast

Commitment?

The recruited will train for 8-12 weeks, 24 hours per week with a commitment of 2-3 days per week depending on the program.

Time?

They run the bootcamp every month and recruit new students every 3 weeks for the following round.

Venue?

The course will be delivered at the BritAsia TV office, in Birmingham city centre. They will make sure to run the bootcamp in safely for everyone, following covid proof procedures. The studio address is BritAsia TV Network, 158 Broad St, Birmingham, West-Midlands, B15 1DT.

Application help?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact sharon@britasiatv.co.uk or call 0333 444 0840.

 

For more industry information, visit Film Birmingham’s news page. Or add us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

BFI NETWORK@LFF 2023

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BFI NETWORK@LFF 2023

BFI Network are thrilled to announce the return of BFI NETWORK@LFF. Their prestigious talent development programme centred around the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) is now in its tenth year and better than ever!

BFI NETWORK@LFF will run during the festival, from 6 October until 11 October 2023. It presents an incredible opportunity for emerging filmmakers to access the programme, hear from UK and international filmmakers premiering their work as well as connecting with peers to share industry knowledge and experience.

Up to 15 outstanding UK-based writers, directors, and producers, who are poised to make a significant impact in the film industry, will immerse themselves in a journey of screenings, events, and personalised sessions with industry professionals.

They are looking for filmmakers from across the UK with a significant body of short-form work that could support a move to feature films.

Read the full guidelines to check if you are eligible for this program. BFI NETWORK@LFF is made possible thanks to National Lottery funding.

Making an application to BFI NETWORK@LFF

BFI Network expect the programme will be made up of screenings and events within the festival programme as well as networking opportunities and showcasing of participants work.

All of the activity will take place during the first week of the festival (6 to 11 October) with scheduled sessions that all participants must attend between 6 to 9 October. It will include allocated free time for participants to engage in the festival programme and interact with each other, all taking place in London.

Within reason, travel and accommodation requirements will be covered as part of the programme.

Successful applicants would need to be able to commit to attending at least 6 to 9 October to attend about 10 scheduled in person events with 4 to 6 overnight stays. If you’re successful, the exact programme schedule will be provided to you.

If you’re unable to attend the scheduled dates, you’ll have the opportunity, prior to commencement, to elect to leave the programme without financial implications (see Offer of place — Special terms and conditions for participants below).

Events and opportunities covered during the programme are likely to include but are not restricted to:

  • Access to the Festival and Industry programme
    • You’ll have festival accreditation allowing you full access to the festival screenings and industry events. Recommendations will be made along with allocated time to engage with the festival freely.
  • Private Screenings + Filmmaker Q&A from the festival programme
    • A selection of work will be screened privately with filmmakers at the festival who will be invited to meet the cohort for a Q&A on their work. Previous screenings have included Pretty Red Dress (Dionne Edwards and Georgia Goggins) and Joyland (Saim Sadiq)
  • Networking opportunities
    • The cohort will be invited to industry events throughout the programme to meet filmmakers, commissioners and other guests in attendance. Along with a closing drinks reception hosted by BFI NETWORK there will be an opportunity to join similar events with invites historically from BFI Filmmaking Fund, BBC Films and BFI London Film Festival.
  • Showcasing of work 
    • As part of the LFF For Free programme you’ll be invited to introduce and screen your work at a public screening hosted at BFI Southbank.
  • Introduction to BFI Filmmaking Fund 
    • BFI Stephen Street will be the main venue throughout the festival with a dedicated space for you to meet and interact throughout the programme. As part of the introduction to the event members of the BFI Filmmaking Fund will meet with filmmakers and discuss the festival and their picks.

Who can apply?

BFI Network are looking for the brightest emerging filmmakers 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 UK film. They want to hear from filmmakers who have a distinct quality to their short form work, a unique tone that sets them apart, a perspective they’ve yet to uncover.

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

In order to be eligible to apply you must be able to satisfy all of the following conditions:

  •  resident in the UK
  •  over 18 and outside of 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 short-form work and be looking to make the step to your first feature or long-form commission. By significant body of work, they 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.

If you are unsure if this programme is suitable for you or you have enough experience, email bfinetwork@bfi.org.uk.

How to apply 

Complete and submit the online application for BFI NETWORK@LFF via the link below by midday on Friday 4 August 2023. They are unable to accept any applications after this point.

They can provide assistance to applicants who have access requirements and need some support to make an application. See Access support for BFI fund applicants.

If you require any other support to complete or submit an application contact bfinetwork@bfi.org.uk before the closing date and they will be happy to assist. They anticipate a very high volume of applications. Competition for places will be considerable, and they can only support a small number of applicants.

APPLY HERE

What happens next? 

Participants will be selected on the overall strength of their application, as well as their eligibility for the programme. They will also take into account:

  • the extent to which the programme is likely to benefit your career progression as a filmmaker
  • the strength of your work to date and your upcoming projects
  • representation of all UK regions and nations across the cohort
  • your demonstration of need for BFI NETWORK support. Places can only be offered to creatives who demonstrate a compelling case for National Lottery support and a clear public benefit from the activity being funded.

Stage 1 – Eligible applications will be read and assessed by the BFI NETWORK team and/or BFI Filmmaking Fund team. They may also use external assessors depending upon the overall number of applications that they receive.

Stage 2 – Following assessment, a shortlist of applicants will be invited for interview; the panel will include members of the BFI NETWORK and Film Fund team. Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 11 September 2023. Those not selected for the shortlist will be notified by email.

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 September.

They regret that owing to the large number of applications they receive, they are unable to provide feedback to applicants other than those called for interview.

BFI Network are unable to accept resubmissions or alterations of applications after the application deadline unless further information or supporting material is requested from the assessment panel.

This date may change, depending on the volume of applications they receive.

Offer of place — special terms and conditions of participation

If you’re selected as a participant, you’ll be asked to enter into an agreement with the BFI setting out the terms and conditions attached to your participation in the programme. In addition to the General Conditions of National Lottery Funding for successful applicants, they will include a list which you can ready here.

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WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme 2024

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Women in Film and TV: Four Nations Mentoring Scheme 2024

The mentoring programme is designed for women looking to take a significant step in their career. WFTV have four dedicated regions that our schemes cover: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Drama producer and 2023 mentee Claire Russell has described the mid-career scheme as “Outstanding! It’s hard to find the words. It has been amazing, inspirational, uplifting, life-changing!

You are eligible to apply for this scheme if you have five (Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) or seven (England) years’ experience or more in the film and TV industry. As well as the input of a mentor you will also benefit from a series of seminars, training sessions and peer-to-peer feedback designed to boost your confidence, enhance your skills and give you ongoing support.

WFTV Mentoring scheme purpose

  1. Empower and boost mid-career women.
  2. Give skills, increase profile and confidence.
  3. Help overcome a career obstacle or challenge.
  4. Create courageous inspirational leaders.
  5. Launch and maintain women in the highest echelons of the industry.

What makes the WFTV scheme unique

  • Industry leading mentors guiding their mentees.
  • Unique peer-to-peer mentoring and training.
  • Learn skills and techniques.
  • Life coaching.
  • Lifelong network.

Who WFTV want to help

  • Mid-career women – England 7+ years experience.
  • The scheme is about progressing and growing in your career, not starting again or figuring out what you want to do.
  • The scheme is about building a professional cohort who will pay it side-ways, backwards, and forwards. They do not want people who will take and not give back.
  • Each cohort is choses not just on the basis of the individual, but also of the make up of the group to make it the most diverse in terms of roles and genres.

Advice for the application form

You can apply via the application form HERE.

  • Read all the questions in advance and think through before answering.
  • Don’t write War & Peace!
  • Not too little, not too much, just the right amount!
  • Be honest, write from the heart.
  • Many people find the exercise of completing the form starts to help with career transformation.

Key dates

  • Applications open – Thursday 6 July, 10:00
  • Information webinar – Thursday 6 July, 13:00 – 14:00
  • Applications close – Monday 11 September, 17:00

If you want to find out more about the scheme you can watch their mentor producers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales talking about the scheme here, or you can attend an online session on 6th July to hear from Sarah Wright, their Director of Mentoring, and WFTV’s CEO Katie Bailiff. For Mentoring Scheme FAQs, please head here.

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MAC Introduction to Filmmaking

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Midlands Art Centre – Introduction to Filmmaking

Learn the art and techniques of film making and develop your ideas from script writing, filming, and editing.

What will you learn on this course?

Learn all the necessary skills to make a short film. Experience the entire process from developing ideas, writing a script, producing, directing, filming and editing.

You will work with MAC’s professional cameras and specialist sound recording equipment and learn how to edit using Final Cut Pro in MAC’s dedicated media studio.

This is a practical course taught through demonstrations and guidance from the tutor along with hands on experience. You will work in small groups to realise your ideas, enabling you to experience all aspects of short film production.

On completion of this course, you can expect to have developed an understanding of the film making process and produced your own short film.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers, suitable for those who are completely new to film making and those with some existing skills, including those who have attended the course before.

This course may be accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring a 32GB USB stick or external hard drive so that you can take your work home. MAC cameras and computers are provided whilst on site only. If you wish to film off site, you will need to provide your own equipment.

Are there any additional costs?

The course is priced from £169.50. All materials are provided. A memory stick must be provided at your own cost.

Who teaches this course?

Martin McNally graduated from Winchester School of Art (Southampton University) with a 2:1 Fine Art BA Hons, and has since gained a PTLLS teaching qualification. He has a love for all types of creative expression, however, drawing, animation and filmmaking in particular are at the core of his practice.

Autumn course dates

Online booking for this event opens at 09:00 on 01 Jul 2023.

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Channel 4 x NFTS online training

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Channel 4 x NFTS: Script and Story

Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have an exciting week of online sessions that are all free and open to anyone to join. The theme of the week is Script and Story. Kicking off on Monday 26th June, these exciting sessions will offer unique insights from a wide range of film & television experts, who will share their expertise and discuss the opportunities & challenges of successfully bringing your stories to life on the screen.

MONDAY 26TH JUNE 2023

10:30 – 12:00 Masterclass with John Yorke – In Search of the Perfect Story

In this opening masterclass, John Yorke, widely acknowledged as the UK’s foremost expert on story, will take you on a tour on the origins of narrative structure, and how you can apply it to tell increasingly powerful narratives. There will be the chance to ask John questions at the end of the session.

16:00 – 17:00 Writers’ Rooms: Managing One, Working in One and Putting Them Together

In this session, screenwriter Matthew Barry will focus on UK & UK writers’ rooms. He will address frequently asked questions, unpack some of the concerns and potential pitfalls, as well as give advice on how to get the most out of the room, whatever its size or duration.

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE 2023

09:00 – 10:00 Drama Compliance – How To Get Away with Murder!

Join Channel 4’s Drama Compliance Editors, Danielle Jenkins & Ritu Emmerson, as they help you to navigate the tricky world of complying script content and how Channel 4 can support you.

11:00 – 12:00 Adapting Games Narrative to the Screen

Screenwriter Jessica Sinyard will join in conversation with Neil McPhillips (Head of Games, Operations) and Alan McDonald (Development Executive and screenwriter) from Blazing Griffin to discuss the challenges and nuances of adapting gaming narrative to the screen, from both a games and a screenwriting/production perspective. How do you translate the interactive experience into a linear story.

14:00 – 15:00 Adapting for the Screen

In this session, screenwriter Andrea Gibb (Mayflies, Elizabeth Is Missing, Swallow & Amazons) & Claire Armspach, Head of Drama Development at STV will discuss what the opportunities and pitfalls are of adapting from a book or real-life source material.

WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE 2023

10:00 – 11:00 Comedy Writing – The Mask Slips

Screenwriter & director, Hannah Robinson, will discuss the theory of the Comedy Mask and the techniques with which to make your comedy scripts work harder. There will be the chance, at the end of the session, to ask Hannah questions.

12:00 – 13:00 From Soaps and Continuing Dramas to Getting Your Own TV Show

In this session with Ben Wadey, Commissioning Executive at Channel 4, we will explore the pathways available through development and the transition from soaps to continuing drama to getting your own TV show commissioned.

14:00 – 15:30 Script Analysis & The Magic of Feedback

Join Jordi Wijnalda (filmmaker, festival programmer and film teacher) as he examines how a screenplay can actually improve on the way to becoming a film. This one-off interactive workshop examines some of the intricacies of script analysis – as well as the power of critical, yet generous, feedback – on the journey from script to screen. It aims to enhance the working relationships between writers, directors, producers, and those closest to them in the creative process and, by extension, the lasting quality of the films they make together.

THURSDAY 29TH JUNE 2023

10:00 – 12:00 Pitch Me Perfect

Whether you’re writing, directing, or producing, and whether your project is a short, feature, or TV series, you’ll likely be doing a lot of pitching! The good news is that pitching skills can be learned easily and adapted to your project, pitching circumstances, and your own personality. This session covers it all. Learn to identify your project’s hook and make it exciting, prepare effectively, and deliver a perfect pitch in various situations. Discover strategies for managing nerves, showcasing authenticity, and creating connections. PITCH ME PERFECT is a fun and interactive session with ample Q&A time. The session is led by Sasha Damjanovski, writer, director and producer and coach specialising in pitching and public speaking.

13:00 – 14:00 Script Editing & Development

David P Davis (Founder & Creative Director of 5 Acts Productions) and Gwawr Lloyd (Drama Commissioning Editor, Channel 4) discuss the realities of the script development process, with views from both sides of the table.

15:00 – 16:30 Virtual Production and Storytelling

Screenwriter Steven Lally will take us through the creative processes involved in the making of Fireworks – one of the very first films in the UK to be made using real-time Virtual Production technology within an LED volume. This session will include a screening of the film and a chance to ask questions at the end.

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE 2023

10:00 – 11:00 Next Steps For Your Script

Join New Writing North alongside a panel of industry speakers, as they host a session for inspiring screenwriters with advice and expertise on building your profile, sustaining a career, finding an agent and looking for opportunities.

 

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