Leadership for Filmmakers Course

Course type

Short Course


1 day

This course aims to tackle the lack of structured leadership and management training within the film industry, where many new leaders are expected to ‘pick it up on the job’. Much of the available training is too generic for those in the film sector, without an understanding of the industry’s context and unique characteristics.

This one day practical leadership course, specifically for anyone in the film industry who is in any sort of leadership role or those would like to move into a more managerial position, will help you consider your leadership skills beforehand, take you through key skills and enrole you into a small group of peers to offer support afterwards.

Course content

The course focuses on the development of practical leadership and team-building skills, focusing on:

  • How to identify which roles are required and ensure clarity in each team member’s role
  • How to enable more junior staff to learn to act in more senior roles in a safe and supportive environment
  • Establishing clear lines of responsibility and communication
  • How to develop agile teams
  • How to pull people with you rather than pushing through hierarchy
  • How to ask open questions
  • How to discover how team members are feeling
  • How to give feedback (positive before negative) and to take responsibility for its implementation
  • How to encourage and grow creative people without stifling creativity through process
  • Development of catalytic questioning such as ‘What is stopping you?”
  • How to be accessible but without doing another team-members work for them
  • How to ask: “So what are you going to do now?” questions
  • How to confront and deal with bad behaviour and explain the impact of this behaviour on the team

Before the course, delegates will complete a 360 feedback review of their leadership skills. During the course they will take part in group sessions on leadership and teambuilding skills, which will be will tested through Action Learning Set Case Studies with small groups of peers. The skills learned on the course will be developed into a personal development plan to implement these skills back in the workplace following on from a personal assessment that benchmarks where you are now, where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. Quarterly follow up sessions with Action Learning Set peers plus consultations with the trainer for a year after the course will ensure sustainability of the skills implementation on an ongoing basis.

Who it's for

The course is aimed at film industry professionals who want to develop and deepen their leadership skills, those who have new leadership responsibilities or people looking to develop their skills to take on more senior leadership roles. This may include people in the following types of roles: Directors, Producers, Senior Producers and Executive Producers, Line Producers, Assistant Directors, Production Designers, Costume Designers, Hair and Make-Up designers, Construction Managers, Cinematographers, Post-production Supervisors, Bookings Coordinators and Visual Effects Producers. Applicants should already consider themselves part of the film industry please.

Course subsidised due to ScreenSkills funding

This training addresses an industry skills shortage and is subsidised by ScreenSkills as an investment in the professional development of people working in the UK screen industries.

Contact information

Contact name

Iain Tweedale

Training provider

Leadership for Filmmakers Course

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