ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Mentorship Scheme
The ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Emerging Talent Mentorship scheme is back for a second year working to make the UK Natural History Film & TV industry a more diverse and inclusive space through mentorship opportunities.
The initiative, which is being supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery, confronts and eliminates systematic barriers to entry into the natural history industry which disproportionately impact groups that are already underrepresented including ethnically diverse individuals, LGBTQIA individuals, those living with disability, womxn, individuals who identify as neurodiverse, individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and people who are returning to the industry after a break. The initiative is supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery.
The scheme will focus on pre-production roles and support 26 UK-based individuals by providing 5 hours of 1-1 mentoring over 4 months.
Applications for both mentors and mentees are now open!
This years cohort of mentees will receive;
5 hours of 1-1 mentoring with an industry professional over 4 months
4 industry-focused training sessions - providing industry insight and skill development
Access to an exclusive in-person mentee networking event
1-year membership to the Wildscreen Network
Lifetime membership to the Wildscreen Emerging Talent Alumni Network
We want to ensure that this year's cohort of mentors reflects the diversity of our mentee pool and are encouraging applications from mentors within the Natural History Film and TV industry who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented within the industry. We do however welcome applications from any industry professional keen to become a mentor and help nurture the next generation of natural world storytellers. We are accepting mentor applications from UK-based individuals in early or experienced career stages.
The mentoring aspect of the program can be delivered either virtually or in person and requires a commitment of 7 hours over 5-months from August 2022 to December 2022 (5 hours of this dedicated to mentoring sessions and 2 to mentoring training). Mentors will only be matched with 1 UK-based mentee.
We are encouraging applications from UK based individuals belonging to groups which are currently underrepresented within the industry. This includes, but is not limited to ethnically diverse individuals, LGBTQIA , individuals living with disability, neurodiverse individuals, womxn, individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and individuals returning to the industry after a leave of absence. Full details on eligibility can be found in the 'Application Criteria' section of this page.
The program will be delivered both virtually and in-person and requires a commitment of 14 hours over 5-months from August 2022 to December 2022 (5 hours of this dedicated to mentoring sessions).
Applicants must be based in the UK (specifically the South-West, Wales or West Midlands) 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 2022-December 2022). British citizens based outside the UK are unfortunately not eligible for this particular scheme.
This scheme is only open to individuals aged 18-30.
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
- Returning to the industry after a break
Applicants must be based in the South-West, Wales or West Midlands.
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).
The ScreenSkills and Wildscreen Mentorship Scheme is exclusively focused on pre-production roles. Roles from other stages of production 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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