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Trainee’s Find A Production Company & Get Trained UP



Are you interested in working behind the camera on high end TV dramas like Poldark and Peaky Blinders? Do you have less than two years’ experience?

We’ve got the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

Creative Skillset run a fantastic programme called Trainee Finder where trainees are matched with productions to gain a series of PAID placements in high end TV over a two year period.

If you’d like to be part of this programme, here’s how you get involved.

We’ve held a series of open evenings across the UK to let more people know about this fantastic opportunity – now it’s time for the next stage.

We’re running FREE weekend Microshorts Workshops in Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol over Spring 2016. We’re looking for 20 people to take part in each workshop, filming a tiny short film over a weekend with our team of experienced facilitators. Following the workshop, we’ll be selecting people to go through to Trainee Finder.

If you’re a budding camera operator, sound recordist, make up artist, production co-ordinator, or any other behind the camera role, apply for your closest workshop today via Hiive (Creative Skillset’s social network for creatives).

Go to: https://app.hiive.co.uk/competitions and scroll down to find the workshop closest to you.

The ONLY criteria is that you need to have less than two years’ experience in your chosen area, so if you’re just starting out, or are changing career paths, this is for you.

Manchester – 5th & 6th March 2016 
Leeds – 9th & 10th April 2016 
London and Bristol – TBC


16-24 yr old – Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!





Open Doors @ Framestore

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Address: 9 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GH


A VFX scene from the film Gravity


Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!

We have secured exclusive invites for anyone aged 16-24 interested in a career in visual effects to go behind the scenes at Framestore, one of the UK’s most exciting VFX companies.

The artists and producers behind the VFX magic on films such as Gravity, Harry Potter and Avatar will share their career paths and the nitty gritty of their job.

Meet the visionaries who have helped make Framestore the success it is today, and get fresh perspectives from those starting their career at the company, including insight and tips from…


  • Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
  • Junior Animator
  • Production Assistant

Also, network with the rest of the Framestore family – whilst enjoying free pizza!

Don’t miss out! Click here to save your place at our Framestore Open Doors

Competition Time

Fancy the opportunity to work at Framestore? We’re giving you the opportunity to win one week work experience. Click here to find out how.

(Competition run by Film London and not by Kush: click link to go to their site)


Open Doors

Open Doors is a series of events for 16-24 year olds to connect with the fastest growing creative companies, and network with like-minded people in the industry. At every Open Doors event you will come away with invaluable insight into working in the Creative Industries, the skills you need to be successful and the opportunities open to you to help you get there.

For more information about this and other events, follow our Open Doors swarm on Hiive, the professional network for creative people.


Film London’s Microwave Fund for New Filmmakers


  Microwave funding pic

This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.

Championing London’s diverse and dynamic emerging filmmakers, we offer development funding for shortlisted projects, as well as production and distribution support to the eventual greenlit films.

Has a feature film idea been tugging at your imagination? Applications for Microwave are now open!

Applications close on 14 July. Apply here.

With the aim that Microwave reflects the city’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmaking teams with talent of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Commissioned through Microwave

After a record-breaking open call attracted 160 applications, 12 filmmaking teams were selected for Microwave’s most recent round in December 2014. See the shortlisted projects here.

Following an intensive series of training and mentorship opportunities, including our innovative and unique development programme Microschool, chase thriller Kill Her Witch and psychologocial horrorThe Visitor are the two latest films to be commissioned through Microwave.

Development support

To ensure filmmaking teams can hone their scripts, stories and skills we’re offering an extended development programme to up to 36 filmmaking teams – including bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

With support from Creative Skillset, our five-day training ‘bootcamp’ Microschool offers an intensive program of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries covering all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.

Shortlisted teams are then given a three-month funded development period, until the final projects are selected for production.

Two features from each round are commissioned and later greenlit for production.

Development funding

Thanks to the BFI and BBC Films, we are able to now offer not only production funding, but for the first time also support you through the development phase.

If your project is longlisted you have the potential to receive development funding of up to £10,000 per team. The 12 teams participating in Microschool get £1,000; if you’re one of six projects to proceed to the next stage you receive a further £2,000 and if it is commissioned you get an additional £7,000 to support you through the development process.

Production funding

Film London Microwave will be funding up to six features over three years with production budgets of £150,000. If successful, your team is provided with £100,000 funding directly from Film London and we support you in raising the additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.

Distribution funding

Ensuring we support you every step of the way, all completed projects have the opportunity to have access to up to £25,000 of funding to support distribution strategies.

Representing London’s diversity

Microwave aims to support bold and surprising cinema that will grow and excite audiences, and contribute positively to an increasingly diverse landscape for British filmWe want to champion diverse and dynamic emerging filmmaking talent, and enable you to make your first features within a fully integrated production environment.

With the aim that Film London Microwave reflects the capital’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Film London Microwave is funded by the BFI and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset logos

 Courtesy of: http://filmlondon.org.uk/funding/feature-film-funding/microwave5

Creative Talent Development Fund

FSF logo 400pxWhat is the Creative Talent Development Fund?



This programme supports the BFI strategic priority of ‘supporting the future success of British film’ by supporting emerging talent and existing producerswriters and directors and giving them the skills they need to progress and build film careers.

Creative Skillset research, through consultation with industry, has identified the following common themes as areas for development:

a) Emerging Creative Talent

We will support tailored programmes which develop the skills of emerging new talent at recent graduate or shorts level to the feature film world, educating them on the realities of the industry and establishing and reinforcing industry connections. Areas of particular interest will be as follows:

  • Script development and script editing skills for writers and producers.
  • The business of filmmaking across the film value chain.

Proposals which provide bespoke career and skills analysis and which support and encourage participants to take responsibility for their own professional development will be prioritised, i.e. identifying skills gaps through interview, providing targeted support such as mentoring or shadowing, and tracking progress.

b) Film Professionals

We are seeking applications which focus on one or more of the following:


  • Scriptwriting and development
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of the industry


  • Developing creative entrepreneurs and film business diversification
  • Digital opportunities – development, innovation and IP exploitation
  • Identifying alternative sources of funding and recoupment planning
  • Understanding post production and digital delivery processes


  • Articulating vision
  • Working with actors
  • Commercial awareness

We are likely to support between four and eight projects through the total £300,000 fund (£100,000 for emerging creative talent and £200,000 for existing professionals).

Is my organisation eligible?

Please read the guidelines in full before applying:

Applications must be made by organisations (not individuals) that have experience of delivering successful industry-led training or can demonstrate how they will secure this expertise.

What are the application criteria?

  • Applications must be made by organisations (not individuals) that have experience of delivering successful industry-led training or can demonstrate how they will secure this expertise.
  • Training must address our funding aims as identified above.
  • Training must be developed within the context of the aims of the BFI Film Forever 2012-17 strategy.
  • Training must be delivered by 31 December 2015.
  • Training should not duplicate what is already available in the UK and must offer value for money.
  • Trainers and speakers must have a good track record in providing industry training.
  • Training must be available UK-wide (this can be facilitated by regional training and/or travel and accommodation bursaries via the project budget).
  • Training must target beneficiaries with at least several shorts that have an international profile or a micro-budget feature, or those with significant professional experience in a related sector such as theatre or TV.

Who cannot apply to this programme?

  • Individuals cannot apply for funding under this scheme. If you want support for your own training needs, you may be eligible to apply for funding to attend a training course. Find out more about Funding for film training.
  • Projects where outcomes are solely geared to the practices and business interests of a single organisation will not be funded

What other requirements are there?

Companies that apply for this funding must also meet specific requirements around diversity and the evaluation of the training programme. Please refer to the funding guidelines for full details. Creative Skillset recommends that all training providers are familiar with the Equality Act that was introduced in October 2010.

Partnership funding

We will not normally meet more than 70% of a project’s delivery and may invest less. We therefore expect you to find a minimum of 30% of the money you need from sources other than Creative Skillset, such as partnership funding.

A minimum of 25% of your partnership funding must be cash. For example, if your project costs £100,000 and you’re applying for a total of £70,000, the remaining £30,000 is your partnership funding. Of that £30,000, at least £7,500 must be cash.  As this is training for existing professionals we expect participants to contribute towards their training and some if not all your cash partnership funding will come from fees.

How to apply

All applications must be discussed with Rebecca Davies, Film Partnership Manager, on 020 7713 9869, before the application is made.

To apply, you must fill in an online application form and provide some supporting documents:

Should you wish to log out once you have started to fill in your form, you will be asked to create an account by providing your name and email address. This means you won’t need to complete your application in one session – you can save and come back to it when you are ready.

Once you have completed the online form you will be asked to attach the following documents:

The following should be attached as Microsoft Word documents:

  • Detailed course outline and schedule
  • Trainer/tutor CVs

If your application passes initial assessment you will also be asked to provide company financial information – see the Organisation Guidelines for details.

If you have submitted an application to Creative Skillset in the last 12 months please contact a member of the Fund Team at the details below, as we may not require further financial information.

For more information on the application process or issues downloading forms please contact:

Faruk Barabhuiya
Fund Co-ordinator
e: farukb@creativeskillset.org
t: 020 7713 9862

Holly Mackavoy
Fund Co-ordinator
e: hollym@creativeskillset.org
t: 020 7713 9877

What are the key dates for this funding programme?

  • Deadline for applications: Noon, Thursday 3 July 2014
  • Awards announcements: w/c Monday 1 September 2014

When you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not hear from us within one week of sending in your application please contact us immediately.

Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for applications that are either late or incomplete, and regret that these will be rejected.

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery, and through the Skills Investment Fund which comprises industry and government co-investment.