BFI Film Fund’s ‘Step Up’ is now open to applications

May 13, 2021

Step Up provides the opportunity for creative and technical production crew from underrepresented groups to work on a production supported by the BFI Film Fund.

BFI Film Fund (awarding funds from the National Lottery) aims to address the lack of diversity in crew by recognising and engaging with the wealth of talent across all creative industries.

By matching this talent with BFI productions, Step Up provides a unique opportunity for crew from underrepresented groups to embrace new challenges and enhance their skills. This also provides the wider industry with the chance to engage in meaningful change.

BFI Film Fund welcomes applications from those who are ready to either step up in their department or step across from other creative industries (such as television, documentary and short form content).

Applicants should be from one of the following underrepresented groups:

  • Black, MENA (Middle East and North African), South Asian, South East Asian or East Asian background, including mixed ethnicity, working in any department
  • D/deaf and disabled people, including those who are neurodivergent, working in any department
  • women working in technical roles (for example: camera, sound, electrical, construction, stunts, props, SFX and VFX)

Step Up welcomes intersectionality across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, geographical location (nations and regions) and socioeconomic circumstances across all departments.

The individual must have proven experience in their chosen department and provide references from either a producer, head of department or equivalent. Step Up invites candidates from trainee programmes who are ready to take the next step, but this is not an entry level/trainee programme.

You can apply here.

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