Contribute to the Film Skills Fund

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ScreenSkills' Film Skills Fund directly supports skills and training for the UK film industry.  Administered by ScreenSkills and paid for by the industry since 1999, targeted training interventions supported by the fund have been a significant factor in keeping UK film productions competitive in a rapidly changing world. 

The fund is dedicated to supporting new entrants as well as experienced professionals. Contributions from productions large and small have enabled the wider UK film industry to mobilise and provide vital access, education and skills training, responding quickly and effectively to the professional requirements of the UK film production sector. 

By contributing to the fund, each UK film production is investing in the long-term sustainability of the industry and helping to create a more skilled,  diverse and better-equipped workforce. Paying into the fund demonstrates that productions recognise the challenges faced by a largely freelance crew and are willing to help tackle them.

How are contributions to the fund calculated?

Eligible companies pay 0.5% of the production's UK core expenditure (in sterling), up to a maximum contribution of £41,800. Contributions to the fund should be made prior to the first day of principal photography. 

Projects receiving public funding are required to pay into the fund as a condition of access to their investment. If you are interested into contributing to the fund for the first time, please email Lauren Grace Bergin at: laurengrace.bergin@screenskills.com first to discuss payment.

What is the fund used for?

In 2017/18, record contributions of more than £900,000 provided vital support for new entrants and ongoing career professional development in high-demand areas across the length and breadth of the UK film industry. This included:

  • 84% of contributing productions eligible for Trainee Finder, the production trainee placement scheme, took on trainees across multiple departments. This equated to 177 production placements and 1,434 weeks of on-set training
  • Trainee Finder had a record number of applications with more than 1,100 applications for 70 places. The selected candidates were 66% female, 60% from outside London and 20% black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
  • 60% of approved film bursaries for upskilling were given to women working in film production
  • 73 bursaries were distributed across the nations and regions
  • Subsidised training courses included BECTU's modular Production Manager; Creative Media Skills’ Pro-Level Make-up FX and Prosthetics Essentials; GBCT’s Steadicam Operators Workshop (regional); NFTS’ Film Location Sound Recording; Talking Point’s Production Buying/Props Training; Moving Up to Film Production Accountant and Film Accounts Trainee Finder induction from Production Guild.

For more information about the Film Skills Fund or development and training opportunities it supports please email: film@screenskills.com or find the right person to contact on the film team page.


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