Production Accounting Fast Track Training Programme – Deadline 9th September

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Do you know any assistant accountants, who would benefit from some additional training to progress their career?

This fast track training programme by Production Guild, devised due to industry demand, will give them the knowledge and confidence to make the transition to production accountancy positions in film and High-End TV. The programme will run over 5 weekends in September, October and November at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park. It is heavily subsidised by both the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and the High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK film and high-end TV productions and is being delivered by the Production Guild in partnership with ITV Studios.

Trainees will not only benefit from invaluable training from Becca Wolf (Film) and Lucy Drake (TV) but also be offered 1:1 mentoring and development support to help progress their careers to the next level.

Cost: £550 + booking fee + VAT for all five weekends.

To apply click here or, download application forms directly here. For more information on the fast track training programme, email The application deadline is Monday 9th September at 12.00pm.

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B3 Talent Lab for BAME Creatives – Deadline August 5th

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Are you the creative who needs to skill up? Do you have an amazing story to tell across a range of platforms? Does your project need that extra ‘edge’ ? See the opportunity by B3 Creative netowrk below:

What is TalentLab ?

B3’s TalentLab is a bespoke talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) creatives working in film and across multiple platforms (digital storytelling (VR/ AR) , photography, theatre, spoken word and music). TalentLab aims to reach writers, directors, creative producers, artists, digital artists and media creators, helping them to re-assess their professional practice, improve their skills, and give them the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.

We want to take you and your project to the next level and beyond.

Who are we looking for ?

Be part of our cohort group this year if your project is digital art, cross-platform film: shorts to features (fiction and documentary) . Take part in a series of intense development labs this November. Up to 12 projects will be selected for further development and 6 will be given a development commission of up to £1000. You will also get an opportunity to present your project to funders at our B3 Futures industry showcase in November 2019.

Project ideas

• Apply with a short or long form film or cross platform project or a multimedia project which includes moving image as a key component.
• Submit a project appropriate to your level of experience. For example, if you’re submitting a feature idea to us, we need to see a short or evidence of commissioned
work in other areas (e.g. tv, theatre, digital media) that shows that you have fresh, original and unexpected ideas and narratives.
• Non-genre, genre and cross-genre films – drama/comedy/horror/thriller/sci-fi, etc. – are welcome.

How do I apply ?

• You can apply as a writer, director, writer/director, artist, creative producer, or digital artist.

• Read through the FAQs and submission guidelines.

• Complete and submit an online application by Midday on Monday 5th August, 2019.

See more FAQ’s.

Apply for the Talent Lab HERE.




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Production Guild Movie Magic Budgeting training – July 20th

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Do you want to learn more about Movie Magic Budgeting? Over the weekend of the 20th July, the Production Guild will be delivering a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park.

This is a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting. No previous experience is required but basic computer literacy and a familiarity with Film / TV production basics is assumed. Training includes practice in breaking down a narrative script and extracting data from the script at a level of detail required to build industry standard budgets and schedules.

Course outline

Introduction to the principles of budgeting
Overview of Movie Magic Budgeting tools
The interface between the Movie Magic Schedule and Budget
Setting up and applying and working with: currencies, globals, fringes and groups
Setting up and using library
Setting up the topsheet
Contractual charges and tax incentives
Preparing for cost reports

By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the whole budgeting process and feel confident about starting to use Movie Magic Budgeting software on your own productions. Where required, laptops and software will be provided for use during the course.

This training will be delivered by highly experienced Executive Producer, Producer and Line Producer Paul Sarony. Paul has extensive experience of working across feature films, dramas and documentaries. His credits include Mrs Brown, Show Dogs, Juliet Naked, and Being Mick.

Event details
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

For more information and how to book visit:
For any enquiries, please email

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FREE WFTV Midlands Hair and MakeUp Masterclass – June 20th

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Do you dream of breaking into the world of hair and make-up design? Whether it’s designing a wig for a period drama, prosthetic make up for a zombie movie or making up film stars, find out what it takes to become a top hair and make-up designer by joining this masterclass on Thursday, 20th June at The Custard Factory.

Women in Film and TV (WFTV) Midlands is hosting a Hair and MakeUp Masterclass with Oscar-nominated and multi-award winning film and television designer Veronica McAleer, from the Academy of Film & Media Makeup, Birmingham.

You will benefit from hair, make-up and prosthetic demonstrations plus an introduction to the technical side of makeup artistry and the skills that are a basic requirement of a makeup training. Plus, you might get chosen for a 1940s period style makeover! An event packed with tips on lips, eyeliners and bases, if this sounds like your dream career then book fast.

Sign up here for your FREE ticket.


Event Details

DATE: Thursday, 20th June 2019

LOCATION: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA

TIME: 1830-2030

Refreshments provided.

Free – book your spot here.


About Makup: Academy of Makeup

The Academy offers exceptional yet affordable training in all aspects of hair design and makeup. All students receive personal attention from Veronica, who is still very much active in the industry, having worked last year in the Crowd Room on the  live action remake of  ‘Dumbo‘. In 2018  Veronica Designed the new  Back In School series for Wall to Wall Productions.

Connect with the Academy here:

TWITTER:- @makupacademy

INSTAGRAM:- mmakup_academy

FACEBOOK:- Makup Academy




Paras Production Training for Creatives with Disabilities – Deadline June 21st

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Please see the opportunity below offered by our friends at Channel 4 for the Paras Production Training Scheme:


We are looking for disabled people who want to start a career in television. Applications now open!

As part of our commitment to recruiting and promoting disabled talent in television, Channel 4 is launching the PARAS Production Training Scheme. Sixteen people will be given the opportunity to work for an independent production company during 2019-20.

About PARAS Production Training Scheme

This is a 12-month paid opportunity, working with an independent production company, which also includes industry training and support from ThinkBIGGER! This is an entry-level scheme aimed at people with no or limited industry experience.

This programme is aimed at disabled people, as disabled people are currently underrepresented in the media industry and this is something we want to change. You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

If successful, you’ll spend a week in TV Boot Camp to get things underway. Here, you’ll hear from graduates of the scheme and Commissioning Editors who’ll give you the lowdown on what it takes to succeed. Then your career in TV starts for real at your production company – but we’ll still see you once a month at Channel 4 for training to help you further your career. 

Placements this year will begin on 23rd September 2019.   


We have roles across companies that make sports, live and entertainment content, as well as placements in social media and graphic design teams.

We are recruiting for the following roles and you will be asked in your application which role you think your skills and experience make you most suited to:  

Researcher – A good researcher watches a lot of television, is interested in people and can build good relationships. They have a keen eye for detail and are able to acquire an in depth knowledge of any subject they are tasked with. They are persuasive and demonstrate tenacity to get the job done.

Junior Production Coordinator – A good production co-ordinator is a team player who is responsible and able to work independently. They have a good eye for detail, strong IT skills and comfortable working with budgets. They can prioritise tasks and work well under pressure and manage deadlines.

Junior Social Media Producer – A good junior social media / digital producer loves communicating with other people in new and creative ways. They may be a talented content creator, or may enjoy the more analytical side, spotting trends and finding ways to boost social reach for maximum impact.  

Junior Graphic Designer – A good junior graphic designer is highly visual and enjoys coming up with creative solutions to briefs. They have excellent IT skills across a range of software packages, are fast at learning new skills and relish training and development opportunities to expand learn new things.

Opportunities will be available across the UK, potential placements include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Click on this link to apply now. The deadline for this opportunity is June 21st.




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Apply for BAFTA Breakthrough Brits – Deadline June 12th

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Applications are now open for BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. The programme showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, games and television, identifying excellent individuals who have had a breakthrough year in the industry. The application deadline is Wednesday 12 June 2019, 5pm.

About the Programme

Every year, BAFTA selects up to 20 on and off-screen talented newcomers to take part in the Breakthrough Brits year-long mentoring and guidance programme. Successful Breakthrough Brits receive non-voting membership of BAFTA for a year, giving them free access to BAFTA events and screenings and to the member’s space at 195 Piccadilly. In addition, BAFTA supports each Breakthrough Brit individually, working with them to create a tailored year of support, mentoring and career development.

Building on the success of Breakthrough Brits, BAFTA will be working with partners to facilitate the expansion of the ‘Breakthrough’ initiative globally. For updates on this, and other global initiatives, please register your interest here.


The criteria varies for Film/TV and Games.

Among other criteria, for Film and TV, you must have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be:

  •  theatrically released in the UK;
  • broadcast on a UK television channel;
  • commissioned and broadcast by an online broadcaster or streaming service
    available in the UK

Among other criteria, for Games, you must have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be, published or released in the UK between August 2018 and August 2019, or is reasonably expected to at the time of application.

Click here for a full list of eligibility criteria.

To Apply

Applications are open to anyone over the age of 18 on 1 November 2019 who also satisfies the applicant experience criteria.

Submit your applications here. As part of your application, you will need to complete the online entry form, and include your CV, a showreel and any supporting materials
as required.  You can also recommend a Breakthrough Brit by emailing

The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Wednesday 12th June 2019.


For more information about the initiative, take a look at the terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions contact




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LaunchPad Funding

Apply for LaunchPad Funding for Community Screenings – Deadline June 6th

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Applications are now open for LaunchPad, Cinema For All’s BFI funded-coaching programme. It assists those who want to start screening films in their community and need the practical skills to do it.

Launchpad offers four focused coaching sessions with experts from the Cinema For All team and a £300 bursary to help you launch your amazing community cinema. The coaching sessions offer both motivational and practical support in areas including:

  • How to get started – licences and beyond
  • Venue and equipment
  • Marketing
  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • Special events
  • Accessibility
  • Selecting films

How It Works

Each workshop is conducted over Skype so they can happen at your convenience and with the option of multiple attendees. Alongside the advice from our friendly, expert team, the workshops will help you develop definitive skills and grow your confidence. The workshops are accompanied with a tool kit packed with information, tips and advice that will guide you through your coaching sessions and beyond.

The £300 bursary (£150 per screening) gives you the freedom to run two test screenings and learn from them without the financial risk. This helps you understand your audience and their tastes as well as grow your vision for your community cinema.

‘We would recommend anyone thinking about setting up a community cinema to take the leap with Launchpad. A scheme that supports, uplifts and helps shoulder the risk whilst you find your feet. The intensive coaching was brilliant for answering all our questions and signposting areas for future development. We wouldn’t be here without Cinema For All’s knowledge and encouragement. Thank you’ – Social Features, Scotland

The coaching sessions will begin from 12 June 2019 for successful applicants and all coaching sessions and both screenings must have been completed by 30 August 2019.

As a BFI supported initiative there is priority given to programmes that support British, independent and specialised cinema. You can read the BFI’s definition of specialised cinema here.

Launchpad Itinerary

Session 1: Assessment, goals and Starting Up workshop.

Session 2: Selected second workshop (topic of your choice)

Screening 1: Your first screening must take place by 18 July 2019

Session 3: Selected third workshop (topic of your choice) + review of your first screening

Session 4: Selected fourth workshop (topic of your choice)

Screening 2: Your second screening must take place by 20 August 2019 Final Session: Reflection session

How To Apply

Be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions and guidance notes before applying.

Please download the application form here and email it to Abi at by the 6 June 2019.

Cinema For All values diversity and we encourage applications from BAME, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities.

If you have any access requirements and cannot fill out the application form, please contact Abi over the phone on 0114 2210314 or email and we can arrange an alternative method of application.

Applicants will be scored on their knowledge and understanding of the make-up and diversity of their community and a range of efforts made to reach diverse groups within their community. You can read more about the BFI’s standards on and definition of diversity here.

Want to find out about all things community cinema? Sign up to our mailing list to find out about opportunities, exciting news and helping information for your community cinema here.


Source: Cinema For All

Find out more about Cinema For All here.


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BFI NETWORK Weekender for emerging filmmakers – Deadline June 2nd

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The BFI NETWORKS’s new and improved talent development programme is back for 2019. Through the NETWORK Weekender, they design a weekend to invigorate, challenge, inspire and connect the most dynamic new filmmakers across the UK.

This year, Weekender will welcome more than 20 female-identifying and non-binary writers, directors and producers. Together, they can expand their skillset in a workshop-style environment in Manchester, from 12-14 July inclusive. All selected participants must be able to attend the programme in its entirety, unless medical circumstances specify otherwise.

Who should apply?

The BFI NETWORK is looking for filmmakers at the start of their careers who are about to take that next step into the industry but may need support in terms of finding their voice as a creative, meeting potential collaborators or furthering their knowledge of how the industry works.

We are beginning to see ripples of change in the industry, and our programme aims to celebrate the rising voices of marginalised filmmakers while nurturing their talents and helping to guide their future work.

The NETWORK hopes that participants will emerge from the weekend full of fresh ideas, inspired by intimate talks with key industry guests, and brimming with new contacts ready to spark future collaborations.

To Apply

Complete your application here.

Applications will close at midnight on 2 June 2019. No applications will be considered after this time. Before you submit your application, please complete the BFI National Lottery funding equality monitoring form.
If you have any further questions about your application or the programme, please get in touch with to discuss your questions over the phone, via email or in person.

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

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

About the Assistant Production Accountant Trainee Scheme 2019 (APATS)

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

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

Application details

Deadline for APATS applications is 3rd June 2019. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Creatives Programme

Apply for the New Creatives Programme – Deadline July 16th

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New Creatives Programme

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

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

What They Want

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

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

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

To Apply

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

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

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


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