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BFI NETWORK x BFI Film Academy online mentoring

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BFI NETWORK x BFI Film Academy+ Midlands online mentoring 2023/24

BFI NETWORK, with support from the BFI Film Academy+, is providing Midlands-based film producers, directors and screenwriters with the opportunity to spend three 60-minute mentoring sessions with an industry professional who will advise on projects and/or creative practice.

Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is designed for people 18-25 living in the midlands. However, on occasion and where appropriate we will invite applications from those 26 and over.
Please note, spaces on this mentoring programme are limited due to budget constraints.


You will have three 60 minutes mentoring sessions via Zoom. Filling in this short application before the sessions will help your assigned mentor understand where you are right now, as well as where you’d like to be in your filmmaking practice. These questions will also help you to focus on what you want to bring to the session and what you’d like to achieve in your time working together.

Once assigned to a mentor we will send you their name, email address and a copy of your answers; it will be your responsibility to organise sessions directly.


All of our mentors are full-time professionals working in the film industry. They bring a wealth of industry insight and experience to our programme.


We may share your name, email address, and Skype ID with external mentors and coaches to help your development. For more information on our privacy policy, see our website HERE.


You can apply by completing their form HERE.


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BFI x INTERMISSION FILM: Trailer Competition

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BFI & Intermission Film are running a film trailer editing competition for the forthcoming re-release of Horace Ové’s landmark feature PRESSURE (1976). Hailed as Britain’s first black feature film, PRESSURE is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

PRESSURE has been restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Previously very hard to see in cinemas, this vital partnership allows us to bring this key, Black British film to the big screen to be (re)discovered by audiences.

Entrants will submit a 30-90 second trailer for the re-release, after which three shortlisted entrants will be offered free in-house mentoring and training with Intermission’s award-winning editorial and production team to craft and polish their trailer, alongside a bursary of £500. These trailers will then be judged with the winning trailer spearheading the BFI re-release campaign for PRESSURE this coming autumn, ahead of its release on 17th November.

The winner will also receive an additional £500 and a fixed-term position with Intermission to work on future projects and further their career.

No experience is required to enter the competition, and they encourage entry-level applicants to take part. The final fixed-term position at Intermission will be an entry-level role. Applications close on Wednesday 28th June 2023 at 5pm.

They are pleased to be working with sector leading partners BIFA, The Kusp and Ghetto Film School to seek out new creative talent. As well as Ninja Tune Production Music who have kindly provided tracks for the competition.


  • Application deadline Wednesday 28th June 2023 at 5pm.
  • Three shortlisted entrants will contacted by the end of July 2023.
  • The shortlisted entrants will be invited to come in-house to Intermission Film for free mentoring and training at their London office, as well as receiving £500 each. This will be for one day a week, for three weeks in August – three days in total.
  • The winner will be offered an entry level full-time fixed-term position at Intermission in Autumn 2023.
  • Horace Ové’s feature PRESSURE release Friday 17th November 2023.


  • The trailer must not exceed 1GB in size
  • The trailer must not be shorter than 30 seconds, or longer than 90 seconds.
  • The music must only be chosen from the music selection provided by Ninja Tune Production Music, or the picture provided. You may record your own voice over or your own music if you wish.
  • All entrants MUST be the SOLE EDITOR of their own trailer.
  • The feature file must ONLY be used for the trailer editing competition. The file MUST NOT be shared with any third party or shared online.
  • Please only use the assets they supply for your entry’s edit.
  • Entrants can use any editing software. Please note they do not provide editing software for entrants to use.
  • Three shortlisted entrants will be offered in-house mentoring and training with Intermission, alongside a £500 bursary.
  • Entrants must be available to attend Intermission’s offices for mentoring/training. They can be flexible with dates/times to suit the entrant’s other commitments.
  • Travel bursaries are available upon request. If successful, they can discuss your travel and access requirements.
  • They regret that they are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications, but all applicants will receive either a declination email or an invitation to the next stage.
  • No experience is required to enter the competition, and they encourage entry-level applicants to take part. The final fixed-term position at Intermission will be an entry level role.
  • The competition is open to students, so long as they are able to commit to a full-time fixed-term position in Autumn 2023, should they be successful.
  • Intermission and BFI are committed to ensuring that they support applicants from a range of backgrounds and they encourage applications by those currently underrepresented in the industry.
  • You must be a UK resident to apply.


Entrants must submit an interest form via the Google Form HERE in order to receive the full feature for their edit.

Once entrants have completed the edit of their trailer, they must submit their MP4 file (H264 or equivalent) via the Google Form HERE.

If you have any questions, please email and they will get back to you as soon as possible. In the spirit of fairness, please note that they are unable to give informal feedback via this email but are happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Triple C Access Coordinator Programme

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TV and film are employing more deaf, disabled, autistic and/or neurodivergent people both on and off screen, so there is a need for more Access Coordinators.

Access Coordinators manage access and adjustments for everyone working on TV productions. They find accessible solutions so all cast and crew can do their best work and keep good physical and mental health.

TripleC, and partners DDPTVBrazen ProductionsC Talent and Access All Areas are running a new professional development programme. This will support you to become an Access Coordinator on High End TV (HETV) drama productions. The programme is funded by ScreenSkills HETV fund.


  • This is a paid opportunity.
  • The programme is funded by ScreenSkills HETV fund.
  • We can support you to submit an Access to Work application to cover your access costs.

There will be sessions delivered by experts working in the industry.

The sessions will be in person and online.


  • The skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an Access Coordinator on HETV drama productions.
  • A mentor to guide and support you.
  • A supported placement as an Access Coordinators on an HETV drama production.
  • Networking and other opportunities to secure further work.


  • Access, adjustments and inclusion for a wide range of deaf, disabled, autistic and/or neurodivergent people
  • Legal obligations, including the Equality Act and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Overview of an accessible and inclusive HETV drama production
  • The role and duties of an Access Coordinator
  • Casting and recruitment
  • Funding for access
  • Project management
  • Advocacy, people management and conflict resolution
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Health and safety


We ask that you ensure you are able to attend all sessions during this period.

  • Applications close on Friday 30th June.
  • Interviews will take place from Monday 17th July.
  • We will let everyone know whether or not their application has been successful by the end of July.
  • The programme will run from October 2023 – February 2025.
  • There will an initial 2-day in-person session at the start of October in Manchester or London.
  • There will be up to 12 online sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours between October and February 2024. These will be held on days and at times which best suit the participants.
  • There will a final 2-day in-person session at the end of February 2024 on the set of a production.
  • Between March 2024 and February 2025, you will complete a paid placement as an Access Coordinator on a HETV drama production.
  • There will also be monthly online drop-in sessions where participants can share the learning they have acquired on productions.


The programme is open to deaf, disabled, autistic and/or neurodivergent people. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of working on TV and film productions. We will also take into account experience gained in theatre, audio and visual media or other access-related roles and relevant voluntary work.

They have 12 places available.

We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge unfair discrimination. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is most suited and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. This includes people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and beliefs.


To apply for this course please tell us:

  • Your name
  • Where you live
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • The skills and experience you have which make you a good person for this role.
  • Why you would like to take part in the programme

You may also send us an up-to-date CV.

We welcome applications in English or BSL

You can apply by either:


Please email any questions you have to We will reply within 3 working days. Please send us your application by Friday 30th June.

If you want to you can fill out our equal opportunities form Your answers will not be used to decide if you get a place.


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4 Post Production 2023

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U.K. broadcaster industry Channel 4 has launched a new development program aimed at improving off-screen diversity in the post-production sector, by accelerate the careers of mid-senior talent.

The 4PP (4 Post Production) initiative offers five mid to senior-level individuals from underrepresented backgrounds a six-month program of bespoke skills gap training, mentoring from senior figures in the industry and shadowing and paid placement opportunities.

Developed in partnership with dialogue editor and dubbing mixer Emma Butt, who has over 12 years of experience in the industry and recently wrote a paper on the lack of diversity in the post-production sound sector in TV, the program is the first of its kind. The initiative was created following a panel session hosted by Channel 4 and Butt earlier this year, which discussed diversity, equity and inclusion in post-production.

Successful applicants will be mentored by Butt and other leading industry professionals throughout the program, funded by Channel 4’s training and development strategy, 4Skills. The positions will be based with Channel 4’s production company partners, offering mid to senior-level craft and technical talent an opportunity to progress their careers in the post-production sector.

The initiative has been welcomed by industry experts, including Diane Kemp and Marcus Ryder from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, who said: “This is an excellent example of why we believe that practitioners and academics must work together if we are to meaningfully increase diversity in the media industry.”


Applicants must have a minimum of 5+ years’ experience in the area that they want to develop in.

Please submit your CV and your application responses if this placement is of interest to you.

Please do not apply via the Channel 4 Portal, apply directly to Neila Butt ( and Georgina Dodds (


To help us identify the most appropriate candidates please could you answer the following questions. You can collate your response in a single attachment when emailing your application. The format of your application can be a PDF or Word document.

  • Do you have 3-5 years’ experience in the job role you want to progress in (Yes/ No)
  • How do you think you could benefit from this programme (max 250 words)
  • What craft and technical training do you think would benefit you to help further your career? (max 250 words)


Applications for 4PP are now open until May 31st 2023


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Gallery37 2023

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Gallery37 is a creative development programme investing in Birmingham and its young artists through masterclasses, commissions, residencies, and workshops.

This FREE programme offers Birmingham-based artists (16-25 years) a significant opportunity to boost their career in the creative industries, focused on nurturing creative talent from across the city’s diverse communities and neighbourhoods.

Focusing on multiple artforms, they experiment and collaborate, responding to the next generation of creatives, makers and producers. They offer personal, professional and creative development support and opportunities and aim to help build and encourage artists to fulfil their ambitions.


The Gallery37 residency is a two-week experience; where they will develop up to 100 hand-picked young creatives across 10 creative camps with nationally recognised specialist artists & tutors.

You will get the chance to develop your skills in your chosen artform, meet like-minded creatives, showcase your work in front of audiences & industry figures, and be supported by established & nationally renowned artists. Now have a think, what does ‘Elements’ mean to you?


  • Music Production
  • Vocal Performance – including rap, singing, and spoken word
  • Acting
  • Creative Writing – including journalism, blogging, novel writing
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Digital Arts – including animations, graphic design
  • Podcasting
  • Visual Arts – including painting, crafts, sculpture


Week commencing Monday 14th August at Aston University Campus


Week one: Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August, 10am til 5pm
Week two: Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September, 10am til 5pm
At Aston Students Union & Centrala


Friday 1st September


• You must be available for the dates outlined above
• You must be aged between 16 – 25
• You must be based in Birmingham or in the surrounding areas of the West Midlands


Gallery37 is your chance to take your future into your own hands. Spaces are extremely limited – there are only 10 available per creative camp. Applications will close on Thursday 29th June, midnight. Apply here 

If you would prefer to apply via video please contact, with a video of no longer than 5 minutes, answering each of these questions in the application form above.

If you require additional support to complete the application please contact or call Punch HQ on 0121 794 0244 between 10pm – 5pm on a weekday.

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BAFTA Breakthrough

BAFTA Breakthrough 2023

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BAFTA Breakthrough UK is now open for applications

BAFTA Breakthrough UK showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent working in British film, games and television, identifying excellent individuals who have had a breakthrough year in the industry.

Every year, a group of on and off-screen talented newcomers are selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in the Breakthrough UK year-long programme. See the 2023 eligibility criteria here.

Successful Breakthroughs receive voting membership of BAFTA for a year, giving them free access to BAFTA events and screenings and to the members’ space at 195 Piccadilly. In addition, BAFTA supports each Breakthrough individually; we work with them to create a tailored year of support, industry introductions and career development.

Deadline: 12pm on Thursday 22 June 2023

For more information and how to apply, please visit BAFTA’s website here

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Slinky Productions

Slinky Production Assistant Internship 2023

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Production Assistant Intern (12 Months Full-Time)

1 Year Student Internship Placement for University Students Studying Video / TV / Film

Slinky Productions are a small-but-mighty busy video production company with large ambitions. They produce a wide variety of content working to very high standard with premium client service. Their roster of clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Autodesk, the NHS, L’Oréal, The PGA, West Bromwich Albion FC, Houses Of Parliament and The National Trust – as well as many other small and huge interesting clients.

Slinky’s successful Internship Programme is now entering its 8th year. Their wonderful Placement Interns have since gone on to complete their studies and embark on fruitful careers, including working on productions for Netflix, Channel 4 and job offers from themselves!

The Internship is for university students only. It must form part of your course and be permitted by your University. If you have completed your course or have already graduated then unfortunately they cannot offer you the position.


As a Production Assistant and junior member of the Slinky team, you will have a great positive ‘can-do’ attitude and work ethic. You will be self-motivated, extremely organised and committed to your role in Slinky’s close team. You will assist in a large range of production and business tasks, both in the office and filming on location.

They produce a huge range of productions at Slinky; from corporate and commercial promos, through to live event and conference videos, TV commercials, training films and animations. You will be comfortable in adapting and contributing to these styles and work well under pressure when required.


  • Assisting production planning and pre-production: including research, travel logistics, scheduling and call sheet drafting.
  • General assistance of crew, contributors and clients on shoots
  • Driving duties to/from shoot (if you have a driving license)
  • Shot logging
  • Manning the B-camera when appropriate
  • Behind The Scenes documenting (photo and video)
  • Assisting with and working alongside the post-production and animation department
  • Assisting in post-production Quality Control checks
  • Lots of other production duty opportunities to nurture and grow your skill set – including filming and post production opportunities.


  • Equipment prep and pick-ups
  • Office housekeeping and systems
  • Assisting with general marketing and business development duties
  • Client hospitality and coffee runs


  • Confident English writing and typing skills
  • Comfortable with office applications such as Excel and Google Docs
  • Excellent communicator
  • Highly organised


  • Experience with Adobe CC
  • Driving license
  • Likes Back To The Future

LOCATION: Based in Birmingham (UK), but you will be expected to travel throughout the UK – and occasionally internationally – when required.

DURATION: 12 months, full time (circa mid August 2023 to mid August 2024)

STANDARD HOURS: Monday–Friday 0900-1700 although you will be expected to work outside these hours, at weekends and bank holidays as and when production and filming schedules require.

SUBSIDY PAY: £750 per month student internship subsidy

HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT: 20 days paid leave, plus statutory Bank Holidays

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 4th June 2023 (3pm)

For more information and how to apply, please visit Slinky Productions’ website here

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Future of Film Incubator

Future of Film Incubator 2023

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Connecting the latest technology with new creative practice, Future of Film Incubator reimagines how screen stories come to life.

Future of Film Incubator (FOF INC) is the unique programme designed to empower storytellers and bring exceptional new projects to market, this 8-month process will mentor, guide and support creators with 1-2-1 coaching, sessions with some of the most respected players in the industry and dedicated learning opportunities with new technology.

Taking place virtually, the programme is open to all storytellers globally and they are particularly keen to encourage applications from marginalised voices and stories that have not been told elsewhere. Finalists will have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology partners and present their project to leading buyers, financier and investors.

Application fee is  £27 (or £15 for applicants aged 25 and under). If you feel this precludes you from participating or accessing the programme, please get in touch at

Deadline: 23:59 (GMT), Wednesday 31st May 2023

For more information and how to apply, please visit the Future of Film website here

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West Midlands Production Bootcamps 2023

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Solihull College and University Centre have multiple free bootcamps aimed at people living in the West Midlands who would like to pursue a career in film, television, professional content creation and theatre.

The West Midlands Combined Authority is expecting to see 29,000 new highly skilled jobs in the region’s digital and creative industries by 2030 and these Bootcamp’s aim to help participants develop their skills and experiences in this industry.

The bootcamps are a mixture of classroom sessions, immersive practical workshops, guest speaker sessions and masterclasses and employability skills including a clear understanding of working successfully as a freelancer. The bootcamps are designed to complement and build on academic courses and identify transferable skills from your current career path.

Last year Solihull College and University Centre worked with Create Central and leading sports production company Sunset+Vine to enable 150 local people to work in production roles on the Commonwealth Games. The professional production team were very impressed with the ‘campers’ and many have been offered full time roles with companies involved in delivering the Games.

There is no better time to consider a career in production or the creative arts, and these bootcamps are designed to help you build on your existing skills or explore a new career plan, grow your industry networks and become a valued member of our inspiring community of professionals. Solihull College and University Centre continue to support everyone as their career develops.

TV Production Bootcamp

This TV Production Bootcamp aims to give you an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the key entry level and early career production roles of runner, researcher and production coordinator. In addition, there will be an opportunity to gain real world work experience with local production companies, effective employability skills, identify essential creative/cognitive skills, participate in creative teamwork and establish valuable connections across the sector. This bootcamp will run for 6 weeks.

Applications close:



TV Production Management Bootcamp

This bootcamp will prepare you for work as a Production Management Assistant, Production Co-ordinator or Production Manager by helping you to develop essential skills through a series of hands-on workshops and an industry placement in scripted and unscripted television. Participants will get the chance to work to industry standards and use professional processes, software and systems throughout the programme. If you works well under pressure, can manage budgets, can communicate well and who is passionate about working in the TV and film industry then this is the bootcamp for you! This bootcamp will run for 6 weeks and includes a 2-week placement with top industry professionals.

Applications close:

Starts: Tuesday 12th June 2023


The bootcamps are free for those aged 19+ who meet the application criteria and live in a West Midlands Combined Authority postcode, in Coventry, or in Warwickshire.

If you’d like further information about the bootcamps and details about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact

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Applications Open for the Sir Horace Ové Grant

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The Sir Horace Ové Grant, to help Black and Global Majority people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to access opportunities and navigate barriers to career progression, is now live for applications.

The Sir Horace Ové Grant will be awarded to support access to opportunities leading to paid work or to improve the chance of being offered paid work.

Grants up to £500 are available and could contribute towards:

Child or adult care

Travel costs

Equipment upgrades

Membership of or subscriptions to professional bodies

Short vocational and professional development courses

Any combination thereof


Eligibility for the Sir Horace Ové Grant

  1. You will have been in paid or funded film and TV industry work in a behind-the-camera role for at least 40 days in the last 18 months OR have worked at least two years in film and TV in the last 10 years and are seeking funding to return to work after a career break.
  2. The grant will enable you to seize a potentially transformative work opportunity and will have a demonstratable positive impact on your career or finances. Our awards will be prioritised to those who are experiencing the greatest need and have the least financial resilience. You will have no recourse to income, accessible savings or statutory funding to cover the cost.
  3. You must identify as Black or Global Majority. This refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’.

Please read more about the new grant and full eligibility criteria here.

The Sir Horace Ové Grant has been developed with the endorsement of his family, with his daughter, the actor Indra Ové, commenting: “Breaking down barriers was always at the heart of what Horace did, to educate and open doors, especially to Black and ethnic communities and populations. The Ové family is extremely proud that Black and Global Majority talent working behind the scenes today will receive support in his name to allow them to follow in his inspirational footsteps.”

Apply for the Sir Horace Ové Grant here.


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