Film programmes for crew and talent

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ScreenSkills invests in the development of all professionals who are in all careers stages, informed by findings of the ScreenSkills Skills Forecasting Service. 

Schemes supported by the Film Skills Fund

Film Forward
Film Forward is a new initiative designed to create change in the UK film industry by supporting experienced Black, Asian or minority
ethnic professionals to advance into more senior roles.

The programme will match film professionals who have at least five years’ experience in a variety of below-the-line roles with paid
opportunities which will also include professional coaching and access to a bursary of up to £3,000 to help with expenses needed to enable career progress. 

Short courses
In 2021/22 we are investing in training for production accountants, production managers, production coordinators, art directors, data driven marketing, and transferers in hair and make-up.

We are also investing in VFX compositing, VFX digital matte painting and post-supervision for film for disabled talent. Visit to find out more about the training that we currently run.

Courses we have funded in the last three years include:

  • First Aid for Film Freelancers (Mission Accomplished) : sessions covering learning skills on leadership, financial, management, career development and gaining new clients for freelancers.
  • Unconscious Bias Training (BIFA): encompassing many different workshops and sessions about how to deal with unconscious bias in the film workplace.
  • Online leadership sessions (TRC Media): sessions on how to learn to lead yourself, bearing in mind boundaries, personal development and mental health.
  • Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting (Sgil Cymru): practical course on how to work with the different Movie Magic software.
  • Women future leaders in distribution and exhibition (Birds' Eye View): a leadership training programme for women, and those who identify as women with distribution experience and who have the ambition to run or own a distribution business or operate at a higher executive level.
  • Afro Hair Essentials (Creative Media Skills Institute): online, practical afro hair essentials course led by an experienced trainer in afro hair.
  • Mindset (Ffilm Cymru Wales): training developed to initiate a conversation around mental health barriers in the hope that participating screenwriters will feel empowered and encouraged to progress despite these challenges and inspire others to do the same.
  • Data Driven Marketing (Independent Cinema Office): A professional network of peers specialising in digital marketing for film exhibition to share industry understanding.
  • Making it Possible (Raising Films): one-day personal development course with follow-up online support to help experienced professionals navigate their way back into the industry after a caring break and helps those who have already returned but feel their career has stagnated.
  • Social Media Marketing for Films and Filmmaking (Taylor Kerek): Course designed to help screen professionals use social media professionally.
  • Location Manager (Sgil Cymru): trainees on this scheme learned about the various elements of location management, including scouting, paperwork and permissions, working alongside other departments within the crew and more.
  • Film On (104 Films): 12 disabled course participants were trained to become camera trainees/assistants.
  • Script Supervision (GBCT): the course explored the core skills all good continuity/script supervisors must have.
  • Production Finance Market New Talent Strand/Market Place Live (Film London): the Production Finance Market's New Talent strand offered international financiers the chance to connect with a curated selection of the most promising emerging feature filmmakers from the UK and abroad.

Visit the ScreenSkills training and opportunity directory to find out more about the training that we currently run.

What our supporters say

Amy Smith, head of talent at Framestore, says: “It’s so important to provide the right opportunities to attract and retain an inclusive workforce across all parts of the industry including post and VFX and as a Film Skills Council member, I really value ScreenSkills’ work on this.”

Nicole Young, costume supervisor (Annihilation; Jurassic World; Fallen Kingdom), says: “I fully support the work that ScreenSkills does to support crew in craft and tech and ensure we maintain the UK’s reputation for having a brilliant skilled workforce that makes this a great place to make films.”

Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association and Film Skills Council deputy chair, says: “UK cinemas entertain audiences from all backgrounds and so it is vital that we ensure that the behind-the-camera talent reflects that same diversity. The work of the Film Skills Council is vital in this regard. I am particularly grateful for ScreenSkills’ online coronavirus training which supported cinema staff in returning safely to work.”

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