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.
Can your organisation give back to the industry whilst developing its own staff? Do you and your colleagues want to share your industry experience and boost your careers?
Follow these three steps to become of ScreenSkills’ mentoring partner organisations:
- Contact us to find out more about mentoring benefits and activities at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will provide free information and support to make sure your organisation has everything needed to start mentoring. This can include training, consultancy or funding to run your own mentoring programme.
- Recruit mentors in your organisation to help professionals across the UK develop and progress in their careers.
If you are an organisation or charity interested in finding out more about joining the community of best practice, please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
Talking Point is a film and television industry training provider, running a wide range of courses and programmes for those wanting to work in the industry and those who are already established in their department. Their Mentoring Network programme focuses on providing the film industry with the talent it needs in identified physical production roles.
Led by Helen Johnson, our project managers all have over 15 years of production experience and a wide range of industry relationships. Prior to working freelance and starting Talking Point, Helen delivered the UK Film Skills Strategy for ScreenSkills [then Creative Skillset] and was Head of Physical Production at the Glasgow Film Office.
Women in Film & Television
Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Members of our organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative media industry.
We host a variety of events throughout the year, present a glamorous awards ceremony every December, and run a mentoring programme for women in the industry. We also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests.
The Screen Community
The Screen Film Community has been running Film & Television training and Games Design courses aimed at a young and diverse audience, and its USP is that it brings in diverse industry professionals to teach. The mentoring scheme will comprise of 2 strands in that it will involve mentoring 30 mentees to include:
- Young, BAME and female beneficiaries, guiding them into roles such as running, production assistant / production management and also assistant directing.
- Providing mentoring for more experienced BAME + female members, with the aim of pushing their career further in producing and directing.
B E A T S is a not-for-profit organisation founded by British East Asians working in Theatre and across the Screen industry.
B E A T S are proud to be launching at mentoring scheme targeting British East Asian writers and directors working in the screen industry in 2020.