Looking for emerging film business execs from a BAME background

Looking for emerging film business execs from a BAME background

BAME Leadership Programme with Creative Skillset offers a “rare and priceless opportunity…”

The National Film and Television School has launched a six-month BAME Leadership Programme in partnership with Creative Skillset, which will run between February and August 2017 in London. The programme, which ran for the first time in 2016, has been developed to encourage diverse representation in the film industry and to bring on the next generation of diverse talent working at executive level in production, distribution, sales and exhibition.

Looking for six talented emerging film business executives from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background

We are looking for people with a proven track record (at least 2-3 years’ experience of working at executive level in film production, distribution, sales or exhibition) and the potential to lead in their industry to take part. The successful applicants will undertake an intense six-month programme of individual training, coaching and mentoring allowing them to rapidly develop their career confidence in today’s industry whilst also building leadership skills.

Executives who took part in the 2016 programme include BFI Vision Award winning, Rachelle Constant and successful film programmer and producer, Sophia Ramcharan of Stella Vision Productions and Broadway Cinema.

Rachelle says: “I found the NFTS Leadership Programme hugely beneficial and a great learning experience that has given me the skills to progress in my career. The two day boot camp was hugely informative and varied. All the people who gave up their time to come and talk to us and share their views and anecdotes were fantastic”

Sophia says: “I would recommend people to apply for this scheme because it is a unique opportunity to access a training programme that is bespoke to the individual’s needs and requirements. Alongside the calibre of mentors that you are matched with, and the affiliation with the National Film and Television School, this is absolutely a rare and priceless opportunity.” 

Programme outline

The programme will kick off with a two-day immersive boot camp for the group as a whole – sessions will focus on building and honing leadership skills. You will gain a wide ranging insight into the financing, sale, business affairs, marketing, domestic and international marketing/distribution of film, including up-to-date analysis of current market and financing conditions, and the practical and negotiation skills required to facilitate a project’s success.

Participants will be matched with a mentor (a senior executive) for the duration of the initiative, and will be allocated sessions with a career coach.

In addition to the above, each participant will be able to access a dedicated bespoke training pot to meet their specific training needs and to attend additional courses and events between March and the close of the initiative.

Please contact shortcourses@nfts.co.uk for an application pack (deadline for applications is Monday 9th January 2017).

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS:

VHewlett@nfts.co.uk / 01494 731 403

About the Film Skills Fund

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability and to ensure UK film remains world-class. The Film Skills Fund is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) and National Lottery’s Film Forever Fund.

About the National Film and Television School

The NFTS is one of the world’s leading film, games and television schools. It has been cited by some media as one of the top five film schools globally and by one as the No.1 international film school. In 1967, the government recommended the creation of a national film school for the UK and in 1971 the National Film School opened its doors for the first time focusing on postgraduate education. In the 1980s, the school officially changed its name to the National Film and Television School to incorporate the demand for courses in television production and has since added games to its remit.

NFTS prides itself on producing world-class, award-wining industry leaders. It has more Student Academy Awards (Foreign Category) than any other film school. NFTS students and graduates also regularly win BAFTAs and have won the short film category for the last three years. Other prestigious accolades include the Grierson Award for Best Student Documentary, which NFTS students have won for the last three years as well as multiple Royal Television Society student awards and Annecy Animation Awards. NFTS graduates have gone on to win seven Oscars and 100 BAFTAs with alumni including cinematographer, Roger Deakins (12 times Oscar nominee); BAFTA winning director, David Yates, (best known for directing the Harry Potter films); Oscar winning animator Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli among others. The NFTS is a registered charity (313429). For more information see www.nfts.co.uk