ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Mentorship Scheme
The ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Mentorship scheme is working to make the natural history industry a more diverse and inclusive space through mentorship opportunities for 2021-22. Applications are currently closed for the pilot of this scheme.
Barriers to entry into the natural history industry have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, with the next generation of wildlife filmmakers missing out on key in-person opportunities. These systematic barriers disproportionately impact groups already underrepresented within the industry. To tackle this, we are launching the ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Emerging Talent Mentorship Scheme. The initiative is supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery.
We are encouraging applications from groups who are currently underrepresented within the industry. This includes , but is not limited to ethnically diverse individuals, LGBTQIA , individuals living with disability, womxn and individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. Full details on eligibility can be found in the 'Application Criteria' section of this page.
The program will be delivered virtually (remotely) and requires a commitment of 10 hours over 7-months from August 2021 to February/March 2022 (6 hours of this dedicated to mentoring sessions).
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Applicants must be based in the UK and have not participated in a ScreenSkills mentorship programme previously.
Applicants do not need to be British citizens but must be currently resident, and expect to be resident in the UK for the duration of the programme (August 2021-March 2022). British citizens based outside the UK are unfortunately not eligible for this particular scheme.
This scheme is only open to individuals aged 18 or above
Diversity & Inclusion
This opportunity is only open to individuals who identify as one of more of the following;
- Ethnically diverse or white minority ethic
- Disadvantaged socio-economic background
- Living with a disability
- Based outside of London and the South East
We are accepting applications from the following career stages, as defined by ScreenSkills;
Entry Career Stage - You are currently in full or part time education or have left full time education within the last two years. You can still be working out which job role or department you want to work in but have decided the screen industry is definitely for you. Currently, you will be working towards your first professional production credit or full time employed role within the screen industry.
Early Career Stage - This includes you currently working to establish your career, having left full time education more than two years ago, having a sense of which job role or department you want to work in but as yet might not be working regularly within it, having two or more professional production credits and/or have been employed in an industry-recognised role on two or more occasions and having a very minor budgeting responsibility (often restricted to petty cash or acquiring quotes for goods and services).
Experienced Career Stage - You are currently progressing in your career and left full-time education more than five years ago. You have chosen the job role or department and are regularly working in it. You have a number of professional production credits in your current tole or am transferring in with advanced skills from another sector. You have been working in your chosen industry-recognised role for a number of years full-time. You may be responsible in your department for overseeing entry-and early-stage career colleagues working with you.
The ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Mentorship Scheme is exclusively focused on behind camera, this includes desk based roles as well as on location roles. Presenting or in front of camera roles will not be included in this scheme.
This program is an excellent opportunity for individuals committed to pursuing a career in the natural history industry.
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