Our mentoring community
Here you can find information and links to organisations and charities within the wider screen industry across the UK who offer mentoring schemes or mentoring support as part of a wider initiative or as part of our Mentoring Network. Together we are providing a mentoring community of best practice. If you are an organisation or charity interested in finding out more about joining the community of best practice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ScreenSkills Mentoring Network is supported by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery under the BFI’s Future Film Skills Strategy. The Mentoring Network will run across all sectors of the screen industry and across the UK. It is aimed at:
- New entrants
- Those who want to progress within or across the industry
- Those who want to return after a break
ACCESS: VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of inspiration, education, mentoring and recruitment. ACCESS: VFX has united over 100 passionate people around the common goal of addressing the lack of diversity in the VFX industry. Together they have run more than 50 events and reached thousands of potential future employees of primary school age and above across the UK, US and Canada - working with organisations including We Are Stripes, Into Film, This Ability and The Foundry.
Directors UK is pleased to announce the continuation of Inspire, the year-round mentoring programme Directors UK members, which aims to encourage directors across all genres to seek structured support to enhance their career opportunities. Applicants should email a named mentor or mentee, an outline of key objectives of the mentoring experience (no more than two pages) and a CV to email@example.com. Applicants must be Full or Associate members of Directors UK. The third and final deadline of the 2018/2019 application cycle is Friday 5th April.
Edinburgh TV Festival
The Network is a free entry-level scheme for anyone aged 18+ who wants to start a career in television which takes place every August alongside the Edinburgh TV Festival. 60 delegates get four days of masterclasses, workshops and practical TV-making experience led by industry professionals, as well as a year of mentoring and access to exclusive paid jobs.
Ones to Watch gives television’s best and brightest access to four days of inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities at Edinburgh in August, as well as support and mentoring throughout the year. A place on Ones to Watch is a life-changing, money-can’t-buy opportunity.
If you are a freelancer within the creative industries and need help finding your next film job, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to join our #CreativeCollective. Our aim is to connect freelancers, from make-up artists and production accountants to camera operators and editors, with new contacts, networks, job opportunities and training. We can offer one-to-one sessions, help with travel expenses, subsistence, childcare and accommodation costs and we can offer small training and support bursaries tailored around you.
Royal Television Society
The Royal Television Society (RTS) runs two bursary schemes – one for undergraduate students studying television production, journalism or a related course at level 5 or above, the other (a technology bursary) for students studying a degree in computer science, engineering, physics or maths. All students are from lower income households. RTS arrange mentoring from industry professionals for bursary students, as well as providing masterclasses, invaluable networking opportunities, support into work and a summer tour of the Industry for technology bursary students. More information is available on the RTS website.
Sara Putt Associates
The Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme offers new entrants working in craft and technical roles a range of training, mentoring and professional support to help them successfully manage a freelance career. Over the course of ten months, trainees receive training in CV writing, networking, finance for freelancers, negotiation and resilience, as well as two 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with an agent and access to the diary service and production lists.