ScreenSkills launches free remote training

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ScreenSkills has launched a free package of remote and interactive training, online talks and masterclasses with industry leaders. These will support freelancers in upskilling and staying in touch with industry during these difficult times.

Leading figures from across all the broadcasters, indies and the new content providers have stepped forward to give their time to share insight and show solidarity with the screen industries workforce in this unprecedented period of lockdown. The new package builds on initial support in mental health, wellbeing and practical issues such as employment law that have been underway since the beginning of the week.

Announcing the extended programme today, Seetha Kumar, chief executive of ScreenSkills, said: “We know the big worry for many freelancers right now is the impact of lost jobs and income due to the Covid-19 crisis. ScreenSkills, with colleagues across the creative industries, has lobbied the Government to act and gave a cautious welcome to news of some financial support for freelancers.

“However, we thought it was important to play our part in making sure the industry and its workers stay as resilient as is possible in the circumstances. So we have built a range of online sessions – some offer practical guidance on issues such as employment law, others on skills from pitching and development to managing teams and others offering useful industry insights from executives, creatives and commissioners that we hope will be helpful for your return to work when it comes. Still others are just to help you get through the day.

“It’s a programme developed in haste with enormous support from our colleagues across the industry and will evolve in coming weeks. But it is being shared in a spirit of all doing what we can to support the amazing screen industries workforce during this hiatus in production.”

Training and support is being offered from the High-end TV Skills Fund with industry contributions and through ScreenSkills film team investing industry contributions to the Film Skills Fund and National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI. This builds on work kickstarted by the ScreenSkills Indie Training Fund who have been offering rapid response support including an employment and contract law surgery, business skills for freelancers and mental health and wellbeing sessions since Monday with more to follow.

Now the TV Skills Fund is investing contributions from BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in a programme led by media consultant Donna Taberer of six sessions a day for forthcoming weeks including Q&A sessions on finance, business skills and working from home.

ScreenSkills Online Training Schedule

The schedule will be:

  • 10.00 – 11.15 – training workshops including storytelling, commentary writing, pitching and development and managing and leading teams.
  • 11.30 – 12.45 – industry great masterclasses with Simon Ford, Ken Loach, Tim Wardle, actor Con O’Neill, Rowan Deacon, Zac Beattie, Kate Thornton, Sanjay Singhal, Mobeen Azhar, Olly Lambert, Dan Dewsbury, Anna Hall, Amy Flanagan, Lisa Holdsworth, Pete Beard, Jon East, Nicole Taylor and Jenny Ash signed up so far.
  • 1.00– 2.00 – lunch with a commissioner. Enthusiastically supported by broadcasters, this is an opportunity to “have lunch” with a commissioner. Nearly 40 have volunteered including from: Channel 4 – Karl Warner/Kelly Webb Lamb/Phil Harris; BBC – Emma Loach/Jack Bootle/Tommy Bulfin; Channel 5 – Guy Davies/Lucy Willis; UKTV – Helen Nightingdale; ITV – Kate Teckman and Amanda Stavri; Amazon Studios – Dan Grabiner
  • 3.00 – 4.00 – talent manager takeovers. More than 60 talent managers from across the UK and the widest spread of indies will cover general career advice, networking, CV clinics, juggling portfolio careers, interview practice and how to manage you career and development plans
  • 5.00 – 6.00 – craft workshops and partner sessions with practitioners including James Green, Matt Rudge and Sophie Jones and music in documentary with film-maker Neil Crombie, composer Alex Parsons and editor Rupert Houseman. Sessions will cover presenting skills, how to get an idea out of your head and onto paper, guiding UGC in filming during isolation, improving your sound, diverse and inclusive casting, presenting skills and how to be a great freelancers and how to be a great entrepreneur.
  • 7.00 – 8.00 – peer-to-peer support sessions and socials.

There will also be mini writers’ rooms to support writers including first-time writers.


To Register

The detailed programme will be released a week at a time to allow everyone a chance to benefit.

All ScreenSkills events can be found in the directory here. Numbers will be kept modest in the first week of pilots but will be adjusted where possible after that to meet demand.

ScreenSkills politely ask freelancers not to over-book as we want to reach as many freelancers as possible. And if you need to cancel please let us know them we can release the place. They hope to record most industry great masterclasses and craft workshops and these will be shared at a later date for those freelancers who can’t make the allotted time or if sessions are over-booked.

In order to apply for opportunities, make sure you’re registered and logged in to your ScreenSkills account.


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Apply for Barbican Cinema’s emerging film curator lab – Deadline April 30th

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London arts venue the Barbican has launched an Emerging Film Curators Lab in a bid to widen the range of voices and perspectives across its cinema programme.

The inaugural lab, which is free to enter, will invite proposals from individuals or collectives of up to three people for public screenings at the Barbican in autumn 2020.

A total of 10 projects will be shortlisted to take part in the lab, which will comprise group and one-to-one sessions over a few days. Four projects will be selected for development and hosted at the Barbican this autumn.

The arts venue, located within the City of London, recently announced it would extend its closure to June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic and this lab will take place online as a result.

Gali Gold, head of cinema at the Barbican, told Screen: “Our aim is to provide career development opportunities to emerging curatorial talent, as well as opening up the Barbican programme to a wider range of voices and perspectives, enriching the offer to existing and new audiences. This is part of the Barbican’s wider commitment to artist and talent development.”

She added: “It’s important to stress that this is an open call. Equal consideration will be given to those without a degree or institutional affiliation who demonstrate a high level of creativity, critical thought and other potential in their respective fields.”

All projects will include a film screening with an additional live element and each will receive a curatorial fee as well as funds to cover the cost of event production.

Applicants are invited to enter before the end of April HERE.




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WFTV offers online legal, financial and well-being guidance

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Following the Women in Film & Television (UK)’s members’ survey  last week, they discovered that at the moment, two key areas of  interest were financial advice and well-being. WFTV therefore highlighted in their jam-packed April schedule the events which cover these subjects. They’ve also included two legal 1-2-1 consultation sessions as there are also likely to be issues and questions arising which would benefit from expert advice.


Monday 6 April | 16:00 – 16:45

Val Cazalet, Mike Hayes, Nicola Horton and Richard Cummings from Moore Kingston Smith will talk through the government’s support package. They will explain exactly what is covered and what is not, how to claim, and the information that the HMRC will require when making that claim.

If you’d like a more focused session to ask about the government relief funds or more general finance questions, then sign up for a private 1-2-1 with an expert. Various dates – please see below:
Register your place below:


If you’d like a more focused session to ask personal or business questions then sign up for a private 1-2-1 with an expert.

Tuesday 7 April | 10:00-13:30
Sara Griffiths Loosemores will be able to offer expert advice on contractual aspects of development, production and distribution, app development and chain of title and clearances.

Tuesday 21 April | 10:00-12:00

Hayley Brady, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP will be able to offer advice content creation, acquisition, aggregation and distribution, along with the adjacencies (including advertising and technology) that sit alongside the content value chain.


Thursday 9 April | 18:00 – 19:15

Nina Joshi Ramsey, Writer and Coach, will give an overview about our stress response and the importance of managing stress. She will lead a practical paper exercise and close with a guided relaxation technique that can be used regularly to release stress and tension.

Wednesday 22 April | 18:00 – 19:00

Sue Belton, Life and Executive Coach, will explain what values are, why they’re important, and how to identify your own. Sue will then help us set and commit to a short-term goal which will keep you honoring your values and focusing on what’s really important to you.  By reflecting and resetting, we can clarify our values and guide ourselves through an unpredictable period.

Wednesday 22 April | 18:00 – 19:45

Tracy Forsyth, Executive Coach and Yoga Teacher, will be taking us through a practical session which will arm us with yoga stretches and breathing techniques designed to help us stay comfortable and focused in our new home working environments.

Source: Women in Film & Television (UK)

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Free Sundance Masterclasses – Register now

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Sundance Collab is offering live, online learning experiences for creators who are ready to take their projects to the next level.

These monthly online Master Classes will let you delve into craft-based topics with top-level practitioners from the Sundance Co//ab network who are currently working in the field. These are open to everyone and don’t require an application. New classes will be announced regularly. See what is coming up below and reserve your spot. All Master Classes are currently a free feature to help offset the impact of COVID 19. Master Classes are always free with an All Access membership.


Master Class Archive: Comedy Writing for Features


Victoria Strouse

Master Class Archive: Pitching for Success


Jackie Miller

Master Class Archive: Crafting a Webseries


Marv Lemus

Master Class Archive: Screenwriting with Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL)


Meg LeFauvea




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ICO offers free course for film Exhibitors

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The Independent Cinema Office’s guide to building audiences from the ground up is now free. Read their message below:


We know this is a difficult time. There’s a lot of uncertainty and it’s hard to know where to put your energies. We will need to do everything we can to make sure when our cinemas re-open that audiences are stronger than ever before.

We’ve recently launched our online course, REACH: Strategic Audience Development. It’s a complete guide to increasing audiences for mind-expanding cinema. It’s especially useful if you are looking to bring people who have historically been excluded or marginalised in independent cinemas: people of colour, D/deaf and disabled audiences and young audiences. You can take a look at what the course covers here.

Usually it’s £50 to access the hours of essential content, but we are offering this course for free to subscribers to our mailing list. We want to do what we can to help independent cinemas find their route to financial sustainability after this difficult time.

Just click through and complete the short form to get free access.

Click here to start the course.




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BAME Sound Assistant Trainee Wanted for HETV Production

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A boom operator trainee is wanted for a HETV production filming in the UK from May 2020 – September 2020. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn from one of the best in the industry

This is a paid position. Applications are open to all, but a special invitation is open to people from BAME backgrounds. Please note there are available positions year-round so please apply for the chance to be added to the shortlist.


The candidate:-

  • Must have a love and appreciation of sound and want to work in the sound department.
  • Does not need to come from a conventional background i.e. does not need experience in film or TV
  • Does not need a CV to apply but you do need to show what you have done

Person specifications

  • Willing to learn
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Able to plan ahead
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to listen, take instruction and direction
  • Love of sound

To Apply

To apply, email Judi Lee at with a covering letter explaining:

  • Why you want to be a boom operator trainee
  • What you want to gain from the traineeship?




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New TV Skills Bootcamp to support creative talent in the West Midlands

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The region’s independent TV sector is calling on creative talent from across the West Midlands to join an innovative new skills bootcamp. The West Midlands Combined Authority is funding the innovative pilot scheme to help the region’s screen industry discover new talent, or to encourage people from other careers to switch to the TV industry. It is working in partnership with Create Central – the new industry-led body set up to turbo-charge the region’s film, TV and games industries.

Create Central members who work in the TV sector have helped to shape the bootcamp content and are offering real-life work experience for existing gaps in their businesses, with a guaranteed job interview at the end. The WMCA and Create Central have teamed up with Solihull College & University Centre and Screen Central who will provide the skills training.


About the Bootcamp

The bootcamp will consist of an intensive five-week programme and a three-week real-to-life work placement in one of the region’s top TV companies for people who have the drive and commitment to work as production coordinators, researchers or runners in the TV sector.

Developed by Create Central members working in the TV sector, Solihull College & University Centre and training providers, the bootcamp will help 20 creatives gain the experience needed to become researchers, production coordinators or TV runners. The WMCA is expecting to see 29,000 new, highly skilled jobs in the region’s digital and creative industries by 2030.

The first bootcamps will focus on:

  • Researchers
  • Production Co-ordinators
  • TV Runners

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “In the heart of the UK and the home of TV and film hits like Peaky Blinders, Citizen Khan and the Nativity franchise, there has never been a more exciting time for local residents to start a career in the creative sector. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and are worth over £1 billion. We are ensuring people in the West Midlands have the right skills and talent to meet this increased demand.

“This pilot bootcamp shows we are delivering on the promises we made at the launch of Create Central, when we pledged up to £500,000 to train more people for jobs in the film, TV and games sectors.”



The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills and attributes;

  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dedicated to pursuing a career in the screen industry.
  • Highly organised and resourceful with ability to constantly prioritise and re-prioritise tasks.
  • A team player with a ‘can do’ attitude who is flexible and adaptable.
  • Self-starter with the ability to use their own initiative.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Crazy about content making opportunities.
  • Over 21 years of age.


How to Apply

To start your pathway into the screen industry, submit CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the person specifications and why you want to be involved in this exciting initiative. You may submit additional supporting evidence alongside your CV. CV’s and covering letters should be emailed to

The closing date for applications is Monday 9 March and the bootcamp starts in April.


About Create Central

Create Central was developed with national bodies including the BFI, ScreenSkills, UKie, Creative England, the Creative Industries Federation and PACT to build on the region’s existing creative and cultural talent and take it to the next level, helping to drive investment, growth and thousands of new jobs.

Chaired by international industry heavyweight Ed Shedd, Create Central’s members include Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight and Nativity film franchise founder Debbie Isitt.



Independent TV companies from across the region are involved in the first bootcamp, including Wonder, Full Fat and the sector’s largest employer, North One.

Neil Duncanson, CEO of North One, whose Birmingham base produces Gadget Show, Fifth Gear, Travel Man and all Guy Martin’s programming, said: “It’s great for Create Central to partner with the WMCA to develop these bootcamps, so the indie TV sector can get the right talent into our businesses to meet our immediate needs.

“Create Central members are really supportive of an industry-led approach, so that further education colleges can provide as real-to-work training as possible. We are looking forward to hosting the first work placements in the next few months.”

Lisa Cleaver, head of school for visual performing arts and media at Solihull College & University Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with the WMCA and Create Central on this exciting project. It gives us the opportunity to work alongside industry to develop meaningful training which directly prepares people for the realities of a career in the screen industry. Every aspect of this programme is being co-designed and delivered with the industry, it is set to be an engaging and exciting programme.”

Cllr Ian Brookfield, WMCA portfolio holder for economy and innovation and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Expanding our TV and film sector is a great way of growing our economy in a way that benefits all our communities.

“We will help by equipping local people with the skills and hands-on experience they will need to land these new jobs.”


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ScreenSkills Film ‘Make a Move Funding’ – Deadline March 31st

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Make a Move encourages the on-the-job training of crew identified by productions as ready to move up into a more senior role with some support. At the end of the programme, the beneficiary will be established in a new role, or able to apply for a promotion.

The programme will be delivered by ScreenSkills and is supported by the BFI as part of its National Lottery funded Future Film Skills strategy.

Productions that contribute – or plan to contribute – to the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund, hitting the cap of £55,000 per production, are eligible to receive funding to enable a crew member to step-up in their career and/or to fill a skills gap or skills shortage in their crew.

In 2019/20 Make a Move will focus on supporting talent from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, working in both narrative and documentary features.

What kind of training are we looking to support?
All ScreenSkills investments are guided by the need to address skills gaps in the UK film industry. Please see below for a list of roles which currently require investment in skills development. This list is not exhaustive and ScreenSkills welcomes applications from productions that can make a convincing evidence-based case for investment in other roles which they believe are difficult to recruit for.

Shortage roles identified in 2019/20: 1st assistant director, editor, line producer, production accountant, production manager, script editor, script supervisor, location manager and post-production supervisor.

What does the Make a Move fund cover?
Funding is available to support an individual to make a clear step forward/progress in their screen career. At the end of the Make a Move programme, the beneficiary will be established in a new role, or able to apply for a promotion.

  •  individuals can only participate in Make a Move after being put forward by their employer. Retrospective applications will not be accepted
  • in this intake beneficiaries must be from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background
  • individuals on Make a Move are not trainees and must be at experienced or expert career stage
  • those put forward for the programme must be ready to move up to their next career grade
  • ScreenSkills reserves the right to meet with the production company and potential beneficiary prior to the start of the Make a Move programme to review the development plan

Make a Move funding can be used for:

  • continuing professional development training courses, including management and leadership training programmes. Please refer to our framework to help select suitable training opportunities for your crew member
  • a part salary contribution
  • professional coaching
  • shadowing
  • childcare
  • costs towards buying equipment or software related to the duties of the job role
  • travel, subsitence and relocation expenses where the beneficiary is required for work or training away from home

Make a Move funding can’t be used for:

  • retrospective claims. Applications must be received at least four weeks before the Make a Move beneficiary starts their development programme, to allow us to process the associated paperwork
  • individuals who are already established within the grade
  • individuals who have been supported through Make a Move or a similar stepping up scheme in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the last two years.
  • activities that do not meet ScreenSkills skills shortage criteria
  • activities that do not directly benefit the UK’s feature film industry
  • the production of a film or TV series

How to apply

Before applying for funding, please contact ScreenSkills’ Film Production Liaison Manager Tariq Wahr via email on, or call him on 0207 713 9895.

Productions that contribute – or plan to contribute – to the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund, hitting the cap of £55,000 per production, are eligible to receive funding to enable a crew member to step-up in their career and/or to fill a skills gap or skills shortage in their crew.

The amount of funding requested should be the amount needed to successfully upskill the beneficiary efficiently and effectively.

ScreenSkills awards up to £10,000 of Make a Move funding. Productions receiving Make a Move funding are expected to invest in the beneficiary as well (co-investment).

When planning your project budget, you will need to consider the following as eligible cash and in-kind co-investment and budget expenditure. You will be asked to supply evidence of your co-investment and budget expenditure if your grant is awarded.

What counts as co-investment?

  • direct cash co-investment from the production. This cash must not be accounted for in any other activity
  • course fees paid by the individuals
  • labour costs – evidence of hourly rate should be provided by the organisation/individual donating time (mentoring or training). This can include time spent by staff who are already on the payroll of the project and therefore not on any work that is income generating or commercially valuable.


  • research or professional activity (eg mentoring, consultancy) – evidence of standard hourly rate should be provided by the person donating time
  • donation of goods/services: evidence of third parties donating goods or proof of value should be provided.
  • meeting space.

Sources that equate to public funding are not eligible. For example, if you or any of your partners are in receipt of National Lottery funding, this cannot be used as co-investment.

Using the online application form
In order to apply, the production company and crew member being put forward for training should each complete their half of a joint application form by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button and selecting either the production company or individual option. You do not need to submit these forms at the same time, but your application will not be able to be processed until two matching sections are completed.

The application form will ask questions about the production, details of the training plan and the budget of associated costs you are putting in place to help the beneficiary step up, as well as information about the production company. The production company and beneficiary must complete the application form and attach the required documents, including CVs and any other documents to support the application.

Answers will be saved when you click the ‘save and continue’ button at the end of each page. Once you are ready to submit your application, press the ‘submit’ button. Until you do this, your application has not been sent to ScreenSkills to be assessed.


Our assessment process takes place in two stages:

  • Stage 1: we review all applications for completeness and assess them against the programme’s criteria and scrutinise financial viability.
  • Stage 2: applications will be assessed by the ScreenSkills film unit team.

If there are any delays in the processing of your application, we will let you know in writing. Similarly, if you have a problem meeting any deadlines we set for you during the application process, please email us.
We assess applications based on the information we receive when the application is submitted. The film team may contact you during the assessment process to request that you supply additional information within a certain timescale. Please tell us at the time of our request if you do not think your deadline is achievable, as your application may be rejected if you do not supply this information before the agreed time and date.

If your application is successful, you will be informed by a member of the film team by email. The funding offer email will outline the conditions of your offer before we issue your Make a Move award.

If we are not able to support your application, we will provide feedback in writing and give you a contact name if you would like more detailed information. Any request for additional feedback has to be made within three months of receiving notification of the decision.

To download the PDF version of the pitch click here.

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Funding for Women’s Leadership Development – Deadline February 14th

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A pool of scholarships are currently available for women in the UK to participate in a range of leadership development courses. This is a limited pool of seed funding and prompt registration is advised.

Expressions of Interest close Friday 14th February.



The Advanced Leadership Program is a high-impact and challenging developmental experience for elite female leaders. Over a career-defining, twelve-month journey, participants engage in a deep exploration of their own strengths and weaknesses as they relate to building and leading highly effective organisational communities.
Scholarship Funding available: Experienced senior and executive leaders/managers are eligible to apply for a £2,500 partial scholarship to assist their participation in the ALP.

Average Weekly Time Commitment Hours

Program Duration 12 Months
  • Leading Authentically
  • Empowering Teams
  • Reinforcing Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Redefining Your Role
  • Progressing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Engaging with Challenge and Conflict
  • Rewiring Your Networks
  • Evolving Strategic Change
  • Communicating with Presence and Influence
  • Developing a leadership Mindset
  • Creating Future Focus
  • Face to Face Workshops x 6
  • Executive Coaching x 4
  • Leader as Coach Sessions x 4
  • Women’s Leadership Symposium x 1
  • Psychometric Assessment x 1
  • Interactive Online Workshops x 10
  • Self-Paced Learning Modules x 8
  • Adaptive Leadership Challenge x 1



Executive Ready is a seven month leadership and career accelerator purpose designed to stretch mid-level leaders and rapidly propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. The program challenges participants to see themselves, their responsibilities and their opportunities with fresh eyes, enabling and inspiring them to achieve career and life goals.

Scholarship Funding available: Mid-level leaders and managers are eligible to apply for a £1,000 partial scholarship to assist their participation in Executive Ready.

Average Weekly Time Commitment Hours

Program Duration 7 Months
  • Leading Authentically
  • Communication, Presence and Influence
  • Team Dynamics
  • Driving Performance
  • Leading Innovation and Change
  • Thinking Strategically
  • Purpose, Priorities and Professional Development


  • Face to Face Workshops x 3
  • Capability Assessment x 1
  • Leader as Coach Sessions x 4
  • Interactive Online Workshops x 8
  • Self-Paced Learning Modules x 7


Delivered part-time over five months, Leading Edge is designed to enable the transition of aspiring and early career female managers into confident, capable and motivated leaders. The program equips participants with the knowledge and behavioural insights required for successful leadership, embedding and functionalising new learnings as real world behaviour and action.
Scholarship Funding available: Early career managers and team leaders are eligible to apply for a £1,000 partial scholarship to assist their participation in Leading Edge.

Average Weekly Time Commitment Hours

Program Duration 5 Months
  • Supporting Leadership Performance​
  • Effective Interpersonal Communication and Feedback​
  • Emotional Intelligence and Conflict​
  • Career and Professional Growth​
  • Elements of a Successful Team​
  • Presence and Presentation Skills​
  • Leading in Times of Change​


  • Face-to-Face Workshops x 2
  • Capability Assessment x 2
  • Peer Coaching Sessions x 4
  • Interactive Online Workshops x 5
  • Self-Paced Learning Modules x 7

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Applications for Grierson DocLab 2020 are now open! Deadline March 20th

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Grierson DocLab is a training scheme that helps new entrants thrive in the world of factual and documentary programme-making. The scheme takes place over the course of one year and is made up of a six-day residential training programme, an industry pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest, a Shoot/Edit weekend residential, attending The Grierson Awards in November, a bursary-supported two or four-week placement at a production company, mentoring, networking and one-day training opportunities too.

About the Programme

The residential programme will include:

  • An overview of different documentary genres, their grammar and conventions
  • A look at how you find and develop ideas
  • A look at how broadcast commissioning works
  • Exploring the variety of routes into the industry
  • Practical exercises to hone your pitching skills
  • Discussions about digital platforms, branded content, feature docs, and other ways to develop your career
  • Talks from guest industry speakers including Grierson DocLab alumni about how they have got on since being on the scheme

The scheme is being enhanced this year through two additional three-month placements with a production company, made possible through our new supporter, Netflix.

Netflix’s partnership with Grierson DocLab also extends to the creation of two new trainee specialist residential schemes in editing and production management. More information about these schemes will be available later this year.


  • Selection Day – Tuesday 21 April
  • DocLab Residential – Sunday 10 – Saturday 16 May
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest – Friday 5 – Monday 8 June
  • Shoot/Edit Weekend – Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 July
  • Grierson Awards 2019 – Tuesday 10 November
  • Two or four-week placement – to be arranged on an individual basis and to be completed by Easter 2021.

For the Netflix placements:

  • Three-month placement – to be arranged on an individual basis and be completed by the end of 2021.

Who can apply

The scheme seeks young people who are passionate about factual television, from nature documentaries to reality TV; short-form content to feature docs and everything in between. We are looking for individuals who have ideas about how they can contribute to the industry, and who can offer fresh perspectives that are not currently reflected on-screen or behind the scenes.

The scheme is open to any UK resident aged 18-25. Applicants may be in full time education, but to be eligible must be in their final year of studies. The programme aims to help new entrants become job-ready and able to take up opportunities in the factual programme-making industry. As a result, young people will not be eligible if they have undertaken an industry placement or work experience that lasted more than three months.

We are particularly interested to receive submissions from people who are currently under-represented in the television industry including: women; people with a disability; BAME; people from the LGBTQ community; and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is in line with the positive action provision of the Equality Act 2010.

In return, this prestigious scheme will give successful applicants the support to take that first step towards a successful career in factual programme making. You will be enrolled onto a residential training programme, gain access to networking opportunities with award-winning industry professionals, structured mentoring support, the chance to attend the internationally recognised Sheffield Doc/Fest and a bursary-supported placement with a production company. The Grierson Trust will also provide bespoke ongoing support to help you progress along your chosen career path within the sector.

All expenses associated with participating in Grierson DocLab will be covered by the scheme, from the selection day, both the 6-day residential and the Shoot/Edit weekend which take place in central Birmingham, and an industry delegate pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest plus costs to attend the festival. All placements will be supported by bursaries to help with living costs.

How to apply

Application Criteria and Eligibility Check:

  • You must be aged between 18-25 at the time of applying.
  • You must be a UK resident with the right to live and work in the UK.
  • If you are at college or university, you must be in your final year of study.
  • You must be available to attend the selection day in central Birmingham on Tuesday 21 April 2020.
  • You must commit to the whole of the Grierson DocLab scheme (see schedule below).
  • You must be available for a two or four-week paid industry placement at a time to be agreed.

Before starting your application, please read the detailed criteria for the scheme, what assessors are looking for, the application questions and FAQs. Once you have done so, for a place on this year’s Grierson DocLab, complete the online application and upload your CV and a headshot. The closing date for applications is Friday 20 March 2020, 5pm.

Complete the online application

After Applying

By Wednesday 8 April, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day held in central Birmingham on Tuesday 21 April. Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 23 April. All travel expenses and lunch will be covered and for those travelling a great distance, we can provide overnight accommodation the day before the selection day.

If you have any questions or queries not answered on our website, or on the scheme guidance document, please email:

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