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Film Locations Course – Apply by 18th February

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This film locations course is delivered by Film Birmingham and will run over 2 weekends, it is designed to inform, educate and give hands on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV Location Managers.

Dates:                    Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March, 2019

Location:              Library of Birmingham

Time:                      9:30am – 5:30pm

Course Leader:   Harriet Lawrence

Course Fee:          £100

An Introduction to Working in the Locations Department will be led by top UK film and TV drama Location Manager Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes prime time TV shows Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation and Dancing on the Edge and Hollywood movies My Cousin Rachel, Suffragette and Burton and Taylor.

Outline of the Film Locations course:

The locations department has a wide and varied remit within a production. It extends from the creative beginnings of a script breakdown, working alongside Directors and Designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of a shoot. It enables all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible. This film locations course will cover what to expect in this challenging, yet rewarding work environment. It will also advise on potential routes into film and TV location management.

It will briefly look at an overview of the industry, the different types of productions and then move on to the exciting challenges of scouting, planning a shoot and managing all aspects of the shoot day. The sessions will also outline some of the essential principles of health and safety, touch on some of the many things included in the locations budget and give tips on how to take great location recce pictures. The first weekend will be classroom-based and the second will be putting into practice all that was learnt during the first weekend.

How to apply to the Film Locations Course:

Film Birmingham welcomes applications from a broad range of participants; from new entrants with some production experience to those more established in the media industry. If you are interested in being considered for the course, please complete an application here.

The course fee (£100) will be required once a participant has been accepted on the course and full payment will be required before the course commences. There will be 3 subsidised places available for qualifying participants. Please email for further information on these subsidised places.

Applications close Monday 18th February 2019.

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grierson doclab 2019

Grierson DocLab 2019 – Apply by 15th March

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The Grierson Trust are now seeking applications for is Grierson DocLab 2019. Applicants should be 18-25 years old with a passion for television and factual storytelling. They should have ideas to contribute to the industry and fresh perspectives not currently reflected on the screen.

The Grierson DocLab and Mentoring Scheme offers participants the support they need towards a successful career in factual programme making. This includes a residential training programme – the DocLab, access to award-winning industry professionals and structured mentoring support. It also includes the chance to attend the internationally recognized Sheffield Doc/Fest and a paid placement with a production company. The Trust will also provide ongoing support for participants,  to help progress their career choice within the sector.

Grierson DocLab 2019 Training includes:

  1. An introduction to the genre covering different types of documentaries and styles of shooting.
  2. Learning how to research ideas, develop and pitch them.
  3. Script development focusing on structure and story.
  4. Exploring production roles and a practical exercise to experience the different positions.
  5. Information, advice and careers guidance.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a three-day self-shoot/editing training weekend.


Grierson DocLab 2019 Applicants must be:

  1. Aged between 18-25
  2. Available for the selection day in central Birmingham
  3. Able to attend all days of the Birmingham residential
  4. Present at the Sheffield Doc Festival
  5. Available to attend the Grierson Awards, 14 November, central London

To apply for a place on Grierson DocLab 2019 and Mentoring Scheme, see the Scheme InformationThe applications form – [SurveyMonkey], and the Guidelines and FAQs. Please note this scheme is only open to UK residents.

Visit the Grierson DocLab alumni page to have a look at what the earlier Groerson DocLab trainees are doing now.

The closing date for Grierson DocLab 2019 applications is 5pm, Tuesday 15th March 2019.

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Film bursary for freelancers

Film bursary for freelancers – Deadline March 31

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Our friends at ScreenSkills are offering craft, technical & production bursaries for industry freelancers. This film bursary for freelancers supports training in the following departments:

  • Art department
  • Camera
  • Construction
  • Costume
  • Electrical
  • Hair and make-up
  • Post-production
  • Production department
  • Health and safety

You can apply for the film bursary for freelancers if you:

  • Are a proven full-time freelancer
  • Are working in a craft, technical, production office or post-production role
  • Can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable as long as it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is not considered suitable experience
  • Have a history of work in feature-length films and/or feature-length documentaries which have been distributed
  • Have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend
  • Are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the industry

The film bursary for freelancers will support training:

  • Through structured courses with training providers
  • Outside the UK, but you must clearly demonstrate why this is more appropriate than training in the UK
  • Which takes place before 30 April 2019. If this is not possible due to the schedule of the course, please contact the Fund Team for further advice

The film bursary for freelancers will not support:

  • Full-time graduate, postgraduate or educational diploma courses
  • Training that is already supported by other ScreenSkills funds
  • Attendance at networking, festivals or social events, or trade exhibitions
  • Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre
  • The purchase of equipment
  • Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date your application is received
  • Travel, accommodation and childcare costs only

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. However, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date.

Film bursary for freelancers: How to apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Applications for funding for training are made using ScreenSkills’ online application form: Apply here.

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. Should you be successful you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Name of your chosen training course(s)
  • Name and address of the training provider
  • Cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • Dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • Direct link to or a copy of the course outline ready to upload

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the submit icon on your screen. You need to do this for your application to be submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed.

You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact ScreenSkills immediately.

What happens next?
ScreenSkills’ bursaries team will assess applications individually . If you are successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions. If your application is unsuccessful ScreenSkills will notify you by email.


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Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV – Deadline March 1

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The Television Skills Fund is offering bursaries of up to £1000 to go towards training costs for diverse workers in the UK screen industries. This training should be in the area of Non-scripted TV.

ScreenSkills and its Television Skills Fund partners are committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce and know that people with a disability, those from a lower socio-economic background, people from BAME* (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds and women (depending on job role) are under-represented across non-scripted genres within the TV industry. Therefore, all applicants to the Television Skills Fund Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV must be from one or more of these groups.

Applicants can be:

  • new entrants (those training to achieve their first job in non-scripted TV, or currently in their first job)
  • those already working in the industry looking to move up to a more senior role or move across/up in a different genre (NB: if you are looking to move from non-scripted to scripted genres you will not be eligible to apply, please go to the HETV information)
  • those with industry experience looking to re-enter the workforce after a prolonged career break due to carer responsibilities, disability or illness
  • those with transferable skills and experience from another industry looking to work in non-scripted TV

You cannot apply if you:

  • are in full time education
  • are employed on a permanent contract
  • do not have a permanent UK address
  • are applying on behalf of an organisation
  • have already received bursary funding from the Television Skills Fund in the last 12 months

Apply for Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV

The first page of the online application is an eligibility test which you must comply with in order to proceed. Please carefully read the TV Diversity Bursary Guidelines (PDF) to check your eligibility before you apply.

Before filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • the name of your chosen training course(s)
  • the name and address of the training provider
  • the cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • the dates of your training
  • your CV ready to upload
  • copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (i.e. a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • link to the course outline or a copy you can upload
  • a completed Inclusivity Monitoring Form (pdf)

To apply for the Diversity Bursary for Non-Scripted TV, follow this link.

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BAME and Disabled Female Directors wanted for Free Training Workshop

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The NFTS is looking for talented female, BAME and disabled filmmakers to apply for the Diverse Directors Workshop, which is supported by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK. If you’re currently working professionally in screen directing and want to take your career to the next level, then this is the opportunity for you! The NFTS is looking for 6 filmmakers to take part in a two-day introductory session (12th and 13th January 2019) followed by intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative, two-week workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). Production of the film projects will take place in in Spring 2019 (April/May). Post Production in July and August All participants are guaranteed an interview for the NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA.

This is an opportunity to take your film-making career to the next level with this unique workshop at ‘The world’s best film school’ (The Observer). You can direct a short film with all production costs covered by the school, benefit from the NFTS’ facilities, receive a guaranteed interview for NFTS’ Directing Fiction MA, get taught by top industry professionals and attend special masterclasses and events organised by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.

There will be no course fees and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK / the NFTS – with the additional support of EON Productions and ScreenSkills – will cover all production costs; inter-School networking will also be facilitated to help crew the films across all disciplines from producing to cinematography to sound and music.

You must fulfil these criteria:

  • The scheme is aimed at women and people from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities.
  • You must be a UK national and able to commit to the programme for its duration.
  • The scheme is for people of talent who have either directed or written or performed in screen theatre or the arts already, whether as an amateur or professionally.
  • You need to be 21 plus years of age.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you have applied for the scheme previously. The first two iterations of the scheme were entitled the ‘Directors Workshop and the Diverse Directors Workshop’.

To apply, please complete the application form here and return it by midnight on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

If you apply you are confirming, you are available to attend the introductory session (12th-13th January 2019) and the two-week intensive workshop (25th February – 8th March 2019). You must also be available for pre-production and production during April – August 2019.

Candidates are expected to receive selection confirmation by the 3rd January 2019.



Market Trader Training For Film Producers and Junior Executives

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Creative England is offering subsidised training for its intensive development programme for talented professionals from different parts of the film value chain. The Market Trader programme is for British producers and junior executives outside of London working in sales and distribution. The purpose of this programme is to equip participants with the knowledge and support they need to understand the film market better, to plan and target their approach and come away from international markets with the best possible results.  Bringing together producers, distributors and sales agents at the earlier part of their career will also increase awareness of each other’s roles and help build stronger networks for the future.

Market Trader will be delivered through a combination of intensive workshops, mentoring, market attendance & networking with a specific focus on EFM/Berlinale 2019. The programme will consider and contrast differing needs and perspectives from filmmakers, buyers and sellers and hone skills in pitching, negotiating & closing deals.

Participants will receive guidance and training to:

  • Improve their knowledge of international markets, how they differ, who attends what and why;
  • Gain a clearer perspective on the context of UK film within domestic/international markets and a better sense of how and why this matters;
  • Identify the most suitable market(s) for their own individual projects and film slates;
  • Develop tools and strategies for successful market engagement;
  • Improve their skills, knowledge and confidence in packaging, pitching, negotiating, selling, understanding and closing deals;
  • Achieve effective follow-through and maximise the benefits of international relationships and opportunities.

Find out more about the programme and its guidelines here.


Source: Creative England



Creative Skillset announces new funding for UK film skills training

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UK screen skills charity Creative Skillset is investing £600,000 in training to combat skills shortages identified by the film and TV industries. Through the new funding, training providers will deliver programmes in four areas:

  • New entrants
  • People returning to work after a career break or transferring from another sector/industry
  • Film professionals in priority areas such as art directing, locations, accountancy and VFX
  • Developing management and film executives

All trainers must meet targets for improving inclusion in the industry in the participants they recruit.

This forms part of efforts to address low numbers of women and people from black, Asian or minority ethnic or disadvantaged backgrounds in many jobs and grades.

Applications for training provision must be made to Creative Skillset by September 28. Successful bids will be announced in October.

The investment is funded through National Lottery funding awarded by the British Film Institute for its Future Film Skills programme, and receipts from films that have contributed to the Film Skills Investment Fund.

The investment follows Creative Skillset’s first Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event that took place in Salford in July, bringing together training providers from the screen industries to address training needs.

The body is also preparing the launch of a Skills Forecasting Service, aimed at gathering data to better understand industry demands in the future. Talks with cities across the UK are ongoing regarding investment to support the development of centres of excellence.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, head of film at Creative Skillset, said of the new investment, “It is not a silver bullet to the skills gaps or to longstanding problems such as a lack of diversity but will make significant strides in addressing them.”


Source: Screen Daily