British Film Designers Guild and ScreenSkills launch mentoring programme

The British Film Designers Guild (BFDG) have announced the launch of their Mentoring Programme in partnership with the ScreenSkills Mentoring Network which is supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. The programme is being launched in response to increasingly raised concerns regarding a shortfall in talent and … Read more

DP Mari Yamamura on Screenskills’ Film Forward and mentoring support

Mari, a Japanese cinematographer based in the UK, is one of the candidates selected for ScreenSkills new initiative, Film Forward, designed to create change in the UK film industry by supporting experienced Black, Asian or minority ethnic professionals to advance into more senior roles by matching them with suitable film productions. “I’m very excited to … Read more

The PGGB and BFC announces participants of diversity and inclusion mentor scheme

The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB), in partnership with the British Film Commission, has announced the participants for its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme which has matched 15 talented mentees with experienced industry mentors working in UK film and High-End TV production. Aimed at individuals working in all grades and departments represented by PGGB’S membership (including production, accounts, ADs, … Read more

ScreenSkills unveils ‘Mastering feedback for film professionals’ session

Being able to deliver or receive thoughtful, regular and well-delivered feedback is a great way to promote personal and professional growth. This short session will give you simple frameworks for feedback, so you can make it a positive and welcome part of communication in your team. If you are able to have clear conversations about … Read more

Cornish talent to learn from industry professionals at Set Ready event

New and aspiring screen talent in Cornwall will have the chance to learn from, and network with, industry professionals at a one-day event to support the growth of the county as a filming location. Set Ready Cornwall will be held by the ScreenSkills in partnership with Screen Cornwall in September for those starting out in … Read more

ScreenSkills and BIFA to launch new suite of inclusivity training

ScreenSkills and BIFA have announced two new advanced-level training programmes with an inclusivity focus – Anti-bullying and Harassment training and Fair Recruitment and Inclusivity in the Workplace training. The new training initiatives will be run alongside Unconscious Bias Training, previously developed and funded by ScreenSkills in partnership with BIFA and designed to challenge professionals to … Read more

ScreenSkills apprenticeship pilot kicks off with 20 apprentices

ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body, Netflix and WarnerMedia has welcomed a diverse cohort of 20 apprentices on to a pilot programme for apprenticeships in the UK’s booming screen industries. The ScreenSkills apprenticeship pilot will see 10 apprentices train as broadcast production assistants and a further 10 as assistant production accountants across the wide-ranging slates of Netflix … Read more

Talent from under-represented groups to benefit from ScreenSkills-funded mentoring

More than 250 people from groups currently under-represented in the screen industries and working in areas of skills shortage are to be supported with mentoring thanks to £130,375 of funding from ScreenSkills. Ten partnerships with other screen-related bodies will provide the mentoring opportunities as part of the ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme which is supported by the … Read more

Apply for free to two-day ACES (Academy Colour Encoding System) course

This two day course delivered online by NFTS is designed to give an understanding of the benefits of ACES (Academy Colour Encoding System) and the processes involved at various stages of production, specifically for those working in HETV. NFTS are now accepting applications for the September course. This free online training for freelance UK-based cinematographers, … Read more

Rise secures funding from ScreenSkills to add a new mentoring programme

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, has announced the launch of its second UK mentoring programme in 2021, the ScreenSkills Rise Mentoring Programme for women working across the sector, after securing funding from ScreenSkills.  This programme, supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using … Read more

Industry shares insight with students and educators at ScreenSkills Select sessions

More than 350 heads of department, course leaders, teachers and students from ScreenSkills Select endorsed courses came together last month to hear from screen industry experts about the best pathways into screen and in-demand job roles. The five Industry Sessions – organised annually as an exclusive benefit for students and educators from ScreenSkills Select endorsed … Read more

ScreenSkills announces that UK film production contributed £475,000 to training in 2020/21

Film productions in the UK contributed just under £475,000 towards skills and training for nearly 450 new entrants and existing film workforce in the last financial year despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Productions including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Fantastic Flitcrofts and Mothering Sunday were among 34 productions which paid £474,337.33 into the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund to support developing and retaining the skilled workforce who are the foundation … Read more

ScreenSkills HETV Skills Fund unveils three-year development programme for behind-the-camera talent

The ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund has unveiled 19 mid-level crew identified by industry recommendation as Leaders of Tomorrow. They are to be championed in a comprehensive programme of mentoring, masterclasses, bespoke training and paid on-the-job training over the next three years.  The Leaders of Tomorrow programme has been created with the aim of meeting industry demand … Read more

70 Years of the Operators Awards

CELEBRATING TALENT: 70 YEARS OF THE OPERATORS AWARDS As the Operators Awards celebrates its 70th anniversary, we look back at its formative years and examine the important part the awards still play in recognising outstanding achievement and the camera operator’s vital role in the filmmaking process.  In 1953, four years after its formation, the British Society of Cinematographers decided to celebrate technical expertise and creativity in cinematography in the form of annual … Read more

BFI launches nationwide review to boost skills across UK

The BFI is undertaking a major strategic skills review on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The review will be conducted in close collaboration with the industry-led skills body ScreenSkills, national and regional screen agencies, trade bodies, unions and leading industry figures. The UK Skills Review is aimed at sharing … Read more

ScreenSkills announces that investment in HETV training defies challenges of pandemic

The ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund received £3.3 million in industry contributions in 2020/21 despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic compared with the record £3.9 million of a year earlier. The contributions are used to invest in skills and training to delvier workforce growth and upskilling in the high-end TV sector in accordance with … Read more

First cohort of ScreenSkills’ Film Forward announced

The first cohort of ScreenSkills’ Film Forward career progression programme is ready to be matched with films for paid placements. The new initiative is designed to create change in the UK film industry by supporting experienced Black, Asian or minority ethnic professionals to advance into more senior roles. The 15 selected experienced professionals will be … Read more

ScreenSkills research shows COVID created opportunities for positive change that should not be missed

The screen industries believe there are opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic to make lasting positive change that should not be missed, according to new research. Views on remote working, technological change and environmental sustainability were all explored in the ScreenSkills Assessment 2021, supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of the … Read more

Learn from BAFTA-winning cinematographer Shabier Kirchner with ScreenSkills

As sponsors of the Photography & Lighting: Fiction category at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, the ScreenSkills High-end Television Skills Fund presents a discussion featuring some of this year’s nominated cinematographers. In this one-hour session we’ll hear from talented professionals, including Small Axe‘s Shabier Kirchner, on the craft of cinematography, personal paths into the industry and, of course, their … Read more

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