Developing Skills and Talent in the Creative Industries
Here you can find help and advice on the creative film / video and moving image industries. This comprehensive guide includes a list of links related to: careers, communities, courses, developing skills, jobs and work experience.
Want to break into the screen industry but don’t know where to start? Visit ScreenSkills to learn what to study, how to choose a relevant degree, get an apprenticeship or become a trainee, and how to approach employers
Need a portfolio that demonstrates your creativity? Visit ScreenSkills for advice on developing your portfolio in Animation, Costume, Games, Sound, Showreel, Visual Effects, Writing, & more.
Wondering what roles are available working in Film & TV Drama, Visual Effects (VFX), Games, Animation & Unscripted TV? Visit ScreenSkills to explore job profiles in the screen industry
Want to work in TV, be on TV, or pitch to TV? The Want to Work in Television website has useful advice, from pitching to running to acting
Interested in becoming TV or Film Production Runner? Visit the National Careers Service to find out about Production Runner careers
Interested in becoming a Producer? Up-and-coming producers and relevant senior crew will now be able to access a new bespoke Producer’s Handbook. The resource addresses some of the paperwork and jargon queries that producers may encounter when starting out in their new role and provides them with a handy reference guide to help them navigate their new grade. Visit ScreenSkills to read their Handbook to Support High-end TV Producers
ScreenSkills Masterclasses: TV commissioners reveal what makes a good pitch and Craftspeople share their top tips for success. These masterclasses were commissioned during the Coronavirus lockdown to encourage freelancers from the film, TV and animation industries in the time of crisis. Visit ScreenSkills to access the masterclasses where screen industry professionals share the secrets of their careers from their homes.
Supporting Film Industry Resources
British Film Institute: (BFI): The UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image who actively seek out and support the next generation of filmmakers. Visit the BFI website to find out about their courses, internships, jobs, and funding for film projects.
Creative England: They uncover, connect and back the best original storytellers; driving diversity, collaboration and growth in the creative screen industries. To nurture diversity and champion the best talent in the games, TV, film and digital media industries they provide direct investment and loans in addition to business mentoring. Visit Creative England to find out more about loans and business mentoring.
Film & TV Charity: The charity working behind the scenes of the UK film, TV and cinema industry founded in 1924. From research to writing, through casting and production, to editing, sales, distribution and exhibition, they support the lives of everyone involved. Today they offer a wide range of financial, practical and emotional support to people who have talent, spark and dedication … and yet find obstacles in their way. If you give your time and talent to film, TV or cinema, they’re here for you. Visit the Film & TV Charity’s website to find out more about how they can support you.
Film Hub North: A network of organisations committed to fostering a vibrant, flourishing film culture in the North of England. Led in partnership by HOME, Manchester, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, we support and represent a wide-ranging group of exhibitors and filmmakers throughout the region. We award National Lottery funds on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network and BFI NETWORK. We provide funding and training that helps exhibitors expand their reach, develops local filmmaking talent and, ultimately, ensures that audiences in the North have access to a rich variety of cinema. Examples of their funding include talent development funding to help you make films, and exhibition funding to help you in screen films. Visit Film Hub North’s website to find out more about how they can support you.
Into Film: The annual Into Film Festival is the largest youth-focused film festival in the world. Curriculum-linked films are screened for free across the UK, with guest speakers and chances to meet with filmmaking professionals.The annual Into Film Awards celebrates young filmmaking talent, with categories designed to highlight the large pool of young creatives in the UK. They provide 5-19 year olds with inspiring opportunities to learn about and with film, and develop a passion for cinema. Visit Into Film to find out more about their opportunities and the Into Film Awards.
PACT: The trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Pact supports its members with legal and business affairs advice and support, as well as a wide range of services and campaign work. Visit PACT to find out more about this trade association.
ScreenSkills: The industry-led skills body for the screen industries who work across the UK to ensure that film, television, VFX (visual effects), animation and games have the skills and talent they need. Visit ScreenSkills to find out about their apprenticeships, bursaries, career development, industry insight, mentoring, training and other opportunities.
Screen Yorkshire: Their ambition is to grow a world-class screen industries hub of international significance in the Yorkshire and Humber region. They deliver this vision by investing financially in productions; developing talent to create a skilled workforce; building best-in-class studios and fostering Yorkshire’s global reputation as an outstanding location for creatives. Visit Screen Yorkshire to find out more about their funding, training and other opportunities.
Women in Film & TV: The leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women. Members of the organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative-media industry. They host a variety of events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run a mid-career mentoring programme for women. They also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests. Visit the Women in Film and TV website for opportunities, festivals, funding and training.
BFI Film Academy: Age 16-25 and interested in film, or wanting to explore a career in film? Visit the BFI Film Academy for range of opportunities, workshops, courses and more.
BFI Film Academy Leeds: They aim to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Visit the BFI Academy Leeds website to find training for every film industry role, from writing to production, sound design, editing and camera.
Channel 4 Apprenticeships: If you’re new to the industry, apprenticeships offer the perfect way in. They’ll give you the experience you need to get on and a qualification to help you take your next step. Plus, you get £18,500 while you’re learning; so they make for a great alternative to university. Visit the Channel 4 website to find out about their Apprenticeships and when the deadlines are.
ITV Apprenticeships: A minimum 12 month paid programme within one of their departments, and during your time there you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience from working with industry experts. Visit the ITV website to find out more about their Apprenticeships and when the deadlines are.
Leeds City College: Visit the Leeds City College website to find out more about their course – TV and Film BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice. FREE for 16-18 year olds. Entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English language, or equivalent.
Screen Yorkshire Boot Camp: A skills and knowledge development scheme for prospective new entrants into the film and television industry. It seeks to provide an enhanced and accelerated bridge between training and the industry through an intensive 3 day ‘Boot Camp’ programme. It’s aimed at individuals who are interested in a career in the film industry but who have yet to convert that interest into a regular stream of work. Applications are welcome from individuals who did not study a film-related subject but who have a demonstrable desire to enter the industry – a degree is not necessary. Boot Camp is FREE to attend to successful applicants. Visit the Screen Yorkshire website to find out more about Boot Camp and when it’s next open for applications.
Screen Yorkshire Film & TV Craft Courses: Those who successfully apply and complete the courses receive industry recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV. No previous film and TV experience is necessary, but training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft. The courses are specifically targeted towards people who want to break into film and television. They want to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background. The courses have been designed in response to increased demand for these craft skills across the UK’s booming film and television industries, particularly in Yorkshire. They will provide students from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their craft skills for the specific considerations of working within these industries. Visit the Screen Yorkshire website to find out more about Film & TV Craft courses and when the next deadlines to apply are.
BBC: Each year the BBC welcomes over 1,000 people in on work experience. These are two week opportunities for you to come and see how we work at the BBC – a way to get a better idea about what we do in the BBC across the UK and in every department – not just output teams.
Channel 4: Day 1 kicks off with an induction with 4Talent and useful office survival guide. Days 2 – 4 will give you the inside track on what it’s like to work for one of the many departments that keep them up and running. You’ll also get to work on your own brief so you’ll have something meaningful to flesh out your CV. Day 5 you’ll share what you’ve learned with the rest of the work experience crew.
ITV Work Experience (Ages 14 – 17): They run week long placements 3 times a year. You’ll spend time with different teams from across the business (Technology, Studios and Broadcasting). You’ll also be able to take part in bespoke learning and development sessions that can help create your own ‘personal brand’, show you how to put together an ace CV and, give you the lowdown on how to interview like a pro.
ITV Work Experience (Ages 18 +): Looking to get your first break in the TV industry? You’ll get exclusive membership to the ITV Work Experience Talent Pools (ITV Studios Entertainment, Possessed, Potato, Shiver, Daytime, Soaps) and hear about placements on our ITV shows and across the business.
ITV Apprenticeship Programme (16 + years old): Apprenticeships are right up our street, and we’ve already had a number of people successfully complete our award-winning programme, with many securing great roles in our business.
ITV News Traineeship Programme (18 + years old): An unmissable opportunity to join our News teams on our nine month programme.
Mama Youth Project: Offers paid TV and media training programmes to 18-25 year olds from under-represented groups. Their partnership allows young people to develop their media skills on a range of projects, including the Sky One show, ‘What’s up TV’.
SKY: TV Operations, TV Engineering, Software Development, Technology
Sky Get into TV Operations: A week long work experience bootcamp giving you a window into the world of TV broadcasting. Enjoy a hands-on introduction to the roles available and what’s expected of the TV Operations team (their two bases are in London & Hampshire).
SKY Diversity Programme – Insight Week for Females: Fancy ‘Springing’ into tech’ with an insight week with the team that built the likes of Sky.com, Sky News, NOW TV and Sky Q?
Kemps Film, TV, Video: Register your profile on an international database of production companies, services and crew.
Screenskills Community Page: Showcase your work and skills alongside fellow industry professionals, or look at others profiles for inspiration!
Talent Development Schemes
4Talent 4Crew: Four people. One year. Endless possibilities to create. All expenses paid. You’ll go to some of the biggest live events and C4 Pop Ups. Why? So their audience can see them through your eyes. You’ll be a paid freelancer, conceiving your own original ideas while developing the experience you need to get a foothold in the business. Your output will appear on the 4Talent website and their social networks and you’ll be assigned a mentor who’s been there and done it all before.
4Talent Screenwriting: Creating the right conditions for new talent to flourish, to express its voice and bring it to a wider audience; these are the key drivers behind 4Screenwriting. It’s a hothouse for writers. Graduates from the course include those who’ve gone on to write for Shameless and Indian Summers for Channel 4 and Youngers and Banana for E4.
4Talent 4Stories: This initiative is about seeking out fresh perspectives and distinctive voices amongst new and emerging talent. It’s about nurturing that talent and giving it the platform it deserves to reach a wider audience. They’re looking for 3 writers and 3 directors to tell 1 big story from 3 unique points of view. The result will be a three-part series of half-hour, interconnected films which we’ll broadcast on Channel 4.
Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme: Open to anyone who wants to get involved in making innovative television programmes; whether it’s helping to conceive new ideas as a Researcher or bringing those ideas to life as a Production Assistant. Uncovering stories that might not otherwise make headlines will be your focus on their Investigative Journalism scheme.
Screen Yorkshire Beyond Brontes Programme: Designed to break down barriers that can prevent young people aged 18 – 24 from diverse backgrounds establish careers in the creative industries. Training is tailored to the individual and typically includes internships, careers information, one to one support, skills training and mentoring.
shortFLIX: A short film initiative for aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training.They seek out ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for broadcast on Sky Arts.Their programme nurtures young talents via training, mentoring and script development support, with those commissioned securing a £10k budget and professional crew to make their film. They are particularly interested in applicants who may have had fewer opportunities to get started in filmmaking, including those who are currently underrepresented in the industry. No previous experience required.
BBC: Jobs in TV & radio
Call Sheet: Connecting TV & Film Industry Professionals
Channel 4: Around 250 Channel 4 jobs will be based in Leeds and the National HQ will house a range of creative, digital and technology departments.
Creative Access: One of the UK’s leading diversity organisations. It fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from under-represented communities to secure both jobs and paid training opportunities in creative companies.
ITV: Jobs in TV
ITV: Runner training & runner jobs
Mandy Jobs for Cast, Crew & Creative Professionals: Auditions for actors, dancers, singers; jobs in film, music, TV production and stage; voiceover work and casting calls for extras.
Production Base: Find the latest runner jobs in TV, radio, theatre, film and commercial production. The industries they service are animation, commercials, corporate, film, mobile content, music promos, online, gaming, theatre, radio and TV, covering all grades of pre-production, production and post-production.
Radar Music Creatives: Connects the music industry with filmmakers, designers & photographers worldwide – commissions available.
ScreenSkills: Jobs in the UK screen industry
Simplestream: As the way we watch TV is changing, they work with leading media brands (Channel 4, Sony, Sky and UKTV) to create Next Generation TV services for broadcast, sports and media brands.
Sky: Jobs in TV, Internet & telephone services
Star Now: Be on TV: apply for acting jobs, extra jobs and TV Presenter roles.
Talent Manager for TV Jobs: Matching TV’s best people with the best TV jobs.
The Mill: A visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. We partner with the world’s best agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands. At its centre, The Mill is a creative culture of talented artists from multinational and homegrown backgrounds, nurturing innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas. This enables us to offer creative solutions across all our studios from London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
UKTV: Multi-award winning media company with 7 channels: Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday and on demand service UKTV Play.
Leeds TV and Media Companies
Air TV: One of the UK’s fastest-growing independent production companies and is now officially one of the best places to work in TV. Since we were created in 2015, our award-winning team has won commissions for nearly 200 hours of programming from UK broadcasters.
Channel 4: Leeds is the home to programme commissioners across a range of genres including comedy, daytime, entertainment, E4, popular factual and sport including Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick and Head of Sport, Pete Andrews.
Daisy Beck Studios: An independent television company producing quality Factual, Factual Entertainment and Event programming since 2013.
Duck Soup Films: A home for talent to accomplish their vision with ease and integrity. Producing bold, authored content for Film and TV, Duck Soup’s projects aim to take global audiences on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey exploring contemporary and resonant themes.
Fresh Cut: A leading video production company with production offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. Since 2006, they’ve helped brands and businesses tell their stories on TV and online with standout video content. From cinematic TV adverts to corporate video production, they create high quality video content to engage, entertain and activate audiences. The talented team of video experts turn ideas into visually compelling stories that deliver results.
ITV: Over the years the Leeds studios have been used for filming television drama, mostly for Yorkshire Television. These series have included Heartbeat, The Royal, Wire in the Blood, Married Single Other, Fat Friends, A Touch of Frost, Bodies and Where the Heart is.
Leeds TV: Local Leeds TV Channel.
Manto: They make videos. They write, plan, shoot (fly when they need to), design, edit and deliver. They love great stories, fascinating people and beautiful visuals. And more than anything they love seeing our work out there in the world, delivering unbelievable results.
Prime Studios: A thriving film and TV production facility in Leeds City Centre. Prime Studios has also been the base for music shoots for artists including Nicki Minaj and commercials for big brands such as Adidas, Aldi and Lloyds TSB.
Rollem Productions: Independent production company dedicated to producing high quality drama. Rollem is truly a writer led production company and is passionate about producing programmes about real people and real lives; programmes that are entertaining and high drama; that are relatable, innovative and original. As a Northern production company we’re dedicated to shining a spotlight on Yorkshire and the North of England through our productions and to nurturing the abundance of regional production, writing and acting talent that exists on our doorstep.
Screenhouse: A production, communication, and training company based in Leeds, UK, but working around the world. We are multi-award-winning producers in television, online, and beyond for UK and international channels. We have a strong track record of hundreds of television programmes, web sites, live shows and amazing science machines.
Sky: Leeds Dock is home to Sky’s Digital & Technology Services Campus spread over three dockside buildings, which are home to 650 members of staff focused on software and hardware development, including their world-leading Software Engineering Academy.
Studio81: The production centre at Studio81 (Leeds) is the UK’S first out of London facility to be dedicated to independent drama production.
The Garden Productions: Their aim is to make cutting edge, ambitious, distinctive factual programmes for major broadcasters in the UK and internationally. They’ve produced more than 300 hours of some of Britain’s most memorable factual television, topped industry peer polls and won numerous BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast Awards.
True North: The biggest unscripted indie in the North of England and home to some of the most creative and dedicated talent in television. Working across genres including factual, factual-entertainment, features, children’s, reality and more, diversity is part of their DNA.
True Vision: Produces award winning international documentaries, often human rights related, for BBC, Channel 4 and HBO.
Wise Owl Films: Television from the North and from the heart – embracing popular culture, social history and untold stories from the extraordinary to the everyday. The team’s social history output has seen a broad range of talked-about programmes – from hard-hitting documentaries to factual entertainment.
Worker Bee: Global broadcast TV in Manchester and Leeds. Factual Storytelling that fascinates and entertains. Part of Endemol Shine Group.