Funding and Opportunities

Job opportunities

Video Editor - Seen and Heard

Newcastle-based Seen and Heard are looking for a highly skilled and experienced Video Editor to join their team.

You will be working alongside some internationally recognised brands in both the healthcare and beauty industry creating quality video content.

Please note – they are looking for people with at least five years experience in this field.

Salary: Up to £40,000.


Film and TV Assistant - The Pauline Quirke Academy

The Pauline Quirke Academy in Sunderland are looking for a Film and TV Assistant to join them on Saturdays as part of their Academy team.

You must have experience in filmmaking or must be currently training on a film/media course.

You will inspire our children to make their very own films and enter PQA national competitions as well as prepare for our local cinema screening.

This is a part-time job (three hours), paid at £10 per hour.

Expected start date: Saturday 25th September

Motion Graphic Designer - Intimation Creative

Newcastle based Intimation Creative are recruiting a Motion Graphic Designer to join their team. You’ll be responsible for creating stunning visual engagements for their clients.

You’ll work with the in-house design team to produce content suitable for web, tv and social media.

Salary: £21,000 – £26,000

Senior News Editor - TV and Online - BBC Newcastle

The BBC in Newcastle are looking for a Senior News Editor to join their news team.

They’re looking for someone who is passionate about news and can create, drive and deliver original journalism across all platforms. You should be able to demonstrate senior level news leadership experience as well as experience of delivering continuous change in a regional newsroom environment.

Working with Declan Wilson, Head of TV and Online news, you’ll deliver closer working across all platforms including local radio, making journalism go further and delivering for all audiences.

Closing date: Monday 20th September

Executive Lead to the Director of BBC Nations - BBC

BBC Nations are looking to recruit an Executive Lead to support the newly appointed Director of BBC Nations, Rhodri Talfan Davies and the Nations leadership team.

On a day to day basis you will be managing the Director’s office, fielding questions and concerns on the Director’s behalf internally and externally. You will be the key point of contact with senior stakeholders across the BBC, especially with the Director-General’s office.

This is a permanent role with a flexible working location across the UK.

Closing date: Sunday 19th September

Senior Business Analyst - BBC Search & Navigation

The BBC are looking to recruit a Senior Business Analyst to join their Search & Navigation team.

The role will see you translate the product vision and objectives into clearly defined development tasks, and fine tune requirements with developers, testers, technical architects, editorial teams, data analysts, and UX so they’re clear, accurate, actionable and measurable.

You’ll work closely with Product and Delivery Managers to help create estimates for tasks and plan out the order and sequence of work.

Closing date: Sunday 19th September

This is a permanent, full time role with a flexible working location, with the team based in Salford.

Principal Data Analyst - BBC Search & Navigation

The BBC are looking to recruit a Principal Data Analyst to lead the delivery of data analysis and actionable insights to support product development as part of the BBC Search & Navigation team.

Reporting into the Senior Principal Data Analyst, the role will support the development of analytics collection, metrics and data modelling for all of BBC Online.

Closing date: Tuesday 21st September

This is a permanent role with a flexible working location.

Software Engineering Team Lead - BBC Search & Navigation

BBC Search & Navigation have a remit to help our audience discover the best content, that is the most relevant and meaningful to them, by providing them a breath of BBC content from the whole of BBC Online.

They are currently recruiting for a number of Team Leads across Engineering and Test to steer the Navigation and Search software engineering and test teams.

The Software Engineering Team Leads are responsible for the Search and Navigation teams,  multi-disciplinary agile teams working with technologies in AWS, providing day-to-day technical oversight and direction, and ensuring that your team’s work meets the technical and operational standards for all of the BBC.

This is a permanent role with a flexible working location.

Closing date: Sunday 19th September

Senior Software Engineer - Connect Platform - BBC

The BBC Design & Engineering team are looking for a self-motivated Engineer who is passionate about technology and likes finding elegant solutions to technical problems.

You will join a team which focuses on problem-solving; getting to the root cause and understanding technical/business/user issues in order to find the best solutions.

As a Senior Software Engineer within the team, you will help to shape and implement new features and core functionality for the BBC’s online event platform which enables media buyers to discover new catalogue titles, explore the content pipeline and meet directly with sales contacts.

You will have an opportunity to work across the entire application life cycle – from development and test through deployment and operations.

This is a permanent, full-time role with a flexible working location.

Closing date: Sunday 19th September

Senior Business Analyst - BBC

The BBC are looking for a Senior Business Analyst to join their Analytics Services team on a fixed term maternity cover contract.

The team creates data collection tools that are used across the BBC’s products and environments to collect audience data. They help product teams make informed decisions by providing accurate and up-to-date information, that helps the BBC better understand it’s audience. You will be working on software that adds real value to millions of (BBC) users and working in a team, solving problems together with many other teams.

Closing date: Thursday 23rd September

This role offers remote, flexible working with the team being based in Cardiff.

Test Team Lead - BBC Search & Navigation

The BBC are looking for an individual to lead their Search & Navigation test team.

The Test Team Lead will head up a group of dedicated test professionals and takes responsibility for managing, leading, setting direction and co-ordinating test across a group of product teams or a programme of work.

You’ll be accountable for the design and implementation of test approaches across multiple test teams work with your team of 3 test engineers to build and maintain a test suite and strategy to support the products’ ambitions.

This is a permanent, full-time role with a flexible working location.

Closing date: Sunday 26th September

Junior Systems Engineer - BBC

The BBC are looking for a Junior Systems Engineer to join their technology division looking at the HR product they use.

The role will support the Senior Systems Engineers, Principal Systems Engineers and Systems Engineering Manager to provide system configuration, technical support and knowledge to key stakeholders, the business, service delivery and support business change functions ensuring dependencies and relationships between all associated systems are understood, maintained, and are communicated effectively.

Closing date: Sunday 26th September

This role is a fixed term, full time contract with a flexible working location.

Assistant Script Editors Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are looking to increase their talent pool of Assistant Scripted Editors working on some of their very popular continuing dramas. You’ll be joining a pool and no work is guaranteed.

As part of a highly creative production team, the Assistant Script Editor will provide support to the Script department and advise on all continuity related issues, giving clear and concise notes. You will also provide support to the Script Producer as necessary.

There is no closing date for this pool.

Script Coordinators Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are increasing their talent pool for Script Coordinators working across their continuing dramas.

The role of a Script Coordinator is a junior and training role where you would report to a Series Script Supervisor, Line Producer or Script Producer. You will need to have the ability to adopt a flexible approach, manage a variable workload and adapt to the different working styles of colleagues.

There is no closing date to apply. Please note, you are not guaranteed work by applying to the talent pool.

Script and Story Editors Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are looking to increase their talent pool of Script and Story Editors working on some of their continuing dramas.

You will need the ability to adopt a flexible approach, manage a variable workload and adapt to the different working styles of colleagues in these roles.

To ensure you’re on the list, check out the link below.

There’s no closing date for this.

Researchers Talent Pool (CDS Scripted) - BBC

The BBC are always looking for new talent and are looking to grow their talent pool of Researchers for continuing dramas.

As part of a highly creative production team, the Researcher has a key role in maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and modernity in the assessment and research for all stories and scripts within the Script department.

There is no closing date to apply to the Talent Pool. You can get yourself included by following the link below.

Step Up - BFI

The BFI have launched Step Up, which aims to provide opportunities for creative and technical production crew from underrepresented groups to work on a production supported by the BFI Film Fund.

Applications are welcome from those who are ready to either step up in their department or step across from other creative industries (such as television, documentary and short form content).

Please note this is not an entry level scheme. There is no closing date, applications will be looked at every month.

Get Set - Prodigious

London-based Prodigious have just launched their Get Set programme, which will offer one on-set production runner role (paid) each month in London to candidates with little or no professional experience.

You will shadow their experienced producers and production managers, supporting them on set.

To apply, you’ll need to email a one-page CV and a paragraph about why you want to be part of the Get Set programme to


Training opportunities

Creative Access and ITV Mentorship Programme

Creative Access is partnering with ITV on avirtual mentoring programme designed to reach aspiring and emerging career talent from communities currently under-represented in television.

The programme will see mentees given the chance to gain insights and expertise, develop skills and confidence, and build new connections and networks with the television industry. As well as giving mentors the opportunity to learn from the fresh perspectives of the mentees.

This is all taking place virtually between October and March 2022.

Closing date: Sunday 12th September

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training - BIFA

BIFA have announced a suite of equality, diversity and inclusion training in partnership with ScreenSkills, which will see a programme of training sessions run from August through to March 2022.

This programme will include Unconscious Bias Training, Anti-bullying and harassment training and Fair recruitment and inclusivity in the workplace training.

Production Coordinator Training Programme - The Production Guild

This training course is designed for experienced production secretaries, assistant coordinators or theatre stage management, company management or production staff, ideally with two credits or significant experience.

Participants will gain core skills, resources and understanding of the responsibilities regarding the administration of the production office related to the role of a production coordinator for film and HETV in the UK on both domestic and international productions.

The course will take place Monday 20th – Friday 24th September online. It is a full day (9.30am – 5pm) each day.


Blue Lights Programming module - Channel 4

In 2019 Channel 4’s Legal & Compliance team launched a free interactive training resource to help equip production companies and producers to deliver creative and compliant programming.

The first e-module focused on Factual Programmes and is available on the 4Producers Handbook. Due to the success of the first module, the team commissioned a second module on Blue Lights programming. This e-module focuses’ on filming with the emergency services, so give it a go!

Funding opportunities

North of Tyne Investment - Creative England

If you are a freelancer or small business working in the creative industries (including screen, tv and film) located in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland, you will be able to access the new North of Tyne Combined Authority Investment programme which is run by Creative England.

There are two elements to this:

Equity investments of £25,000 – £75,000

Loans of £50,000 – £150,000

Short Film Funding - BFI

The BFI’s Short Film Fund is back open this Autumn for projects with directors based in England. It is run in partnership with the BFI Network Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.

The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material. Applications can be for a budget range up to a maximum of £15,000, and films should be of any length up to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Closing date: 12noon, Monday 27th September

Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund

Made of Truth invites passionate filmmakers to take on the challenge of documenting our tumultuous times on film.

They are looking for emerging creatives who are yet to make a non-fiction feature film. You may have a track record in another form or genre and are keen to make a short, which helps develop your talent on the path to long-form documentary feature filmmaking, or you may have made a doc short or two already.

They’ll accept ideas from short and sweet five minute wonders to multi-layered 40 minute pieces, and encourage applicants to consider their audience and the appropriate length for their film and the opportunities that may come with keeping it under 20 minutes.

Closing date: 12noon, Thursday 30th September

ScreenSkills bursaries

A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant to remove the obstacles to getting into the screen industries or progressing your career once you’re in.

You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to work and continuing professional development, such as training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software and travel.

The fund is open until 13th March 2022.

The RTS Bursary Scheme

The RTS offers two bursary schemes (the Technology bursary and the TV Production and Journalism bursary) to talented students from low-income backgrounds, intending to pursue a career in television.

As well as providing free RTS membership, industry mentoring, and access to the latest events and lectures, RTS supports bursary students financially, awarding £1000 per academic year of study.

The application window is now open and closes on Thursday 30th September.

UK Global Screen Fund - BFI

The BFI have launched a one-year pilot fund designed to boost international development and distribution opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector.

The £7 million fund will target support across the screen sector, including film, TV, documentary, animation and interactive narrative games content.

There are three strands: International Distribution, Business Development and Co-Production. Applications for the International Distribution strand are now being taken, with the other two strands to open in the next few months.

Other Opportunities

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

Are you a new and aspiring writer? Are you writing scripts for either TV drama or children, family and young adults?

If you are, then you may want to consider entering the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition.

Deadline: Wednesday 15th September

Talent Connect - Film Hub North

Every month Film Hub North welcomes pitches from Writers/Directors which will be accessed by producers who have been approved to access the Talent Connect folder. This is a way of north screen and film talent connecting and accessing each others work to produce something wonderful.

If you’re either a Writer/Director or Producer, make sure your listed in the Talent Connect database so you are able to access this scheme.

Film + TV Production Restart Scheme

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme helps film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for Covid-related risks to get back into production.

The Scheme makes direct compensation available to producers that incur costs caused by coronavirus abandonment or delays to eligible pre-existing and new productions.


The BFI supports filmmakers and the screen industry in the UK and abroad. It has a number of different funding and grant schemes that may be applicable to you.

Their page is regularly updated, and it’s always worth checking to see if you meet any of the schemes’ criteria.

Film + TV Charity

The Film + TV Charity have a number of grants and access schemes available for people working in the industry. At the moment, their support schemes are all paused with the new programme being launched in Autumn 2021.

If you are in desperate need of financial support they do have support grants for immediate help. To see if you are eligible and to find out more, please complete their application form.

Funding Finder - BFI Network

The BFI Network has a useful directory highlighting funding opportunities for new and emerging UK writers, directors and producers.

Content Editor/Multimedia video journalist

Local TV in Sunderland are hiring for a Content Editor/Multimedia video journalist. Are you passionate about all things TV? Are you passionate about editing and storytelling? The ideal candidate must have video editing experience in Graphic Design and image editing. Knowledge of animation and motion graphics followed by a passion for local story telling.

Freelance Videographer

Local TV in Sunderland are hiring for a Content Editor/Multimedia video journalist. Are you passionate about all things TV? Are you passionate about editing and storytelling? The ideal candidate must have video editing experience in Graphic Design and image editing. Knowledge of animation and motion graphics followed by a passion for local story telling.

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