Funding and Opportunities

Job opportunities

Production Specialist (trainee) - ITV

ITV Tyne Tees are looking for a Production Specialist to join their technical team who produce the live news programmes and bulletins for ITV News Tyne Tees and ITV News Border.

As a Production Specialist, you will work as part of a multi-skilled team providing technical, craft, operational and administrative skills across all areas of the news service, primarily based at the ITV newsroom and studio in Gateshead.

They are recruiting for a skilled Production Specialist, however, they would consider a trainee who exhibits strong motivation and evidence of a desire to progress within the role.

Closing date: Monday 16th August

Junior Videographer/Content Producer - Graduate Intern Scheme/University of Sunderland

The Graduate Internship Scheme is a collaboration between the University of Sunderland, a recent Graduate and a regional SME.

This opportunity will see an individual working with Foresight, a creative agency specialising in eLearning and content creation, as a Junior Videographer/Content Producer.

The role will see you primarily help to produce high quality video footage both on and off site, as well as assisting the existing team with day to day projects from video editing to basic design and other relevant work.

To apply, you’ll need to send a CV and cover letter.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship with a salary of £18,000

Events Coordinator - BBC

The BBC Audience Engagement team has a fantastic opportunity for an Events Coordinator to join the team to provide support setting up events and Zoom calls for our ongoing BBC In Person and Virtual In Person work.

We’re looking to recruit a passionate and motivated individual who will work on sessions designed to help us understand and better serve our audiences, especially those audiences who currently do not feel that they get enough value from the BBC.

This is a 12-month fixed term contract with a flexible working location.

Closing date: Wednesday 4th August

Senior Resourcing Advisor (Technology) - BBC

The Senior Resourcing Advisor opportunity will be a crucial part of a high-performing team (Design + Engineering) that delivers the BBC’s talent acquisition strategy and acts as a trusted advisor to their stakeholders.

You’ll need to be able to proactively headhunt, market-map and seek out the specialist and diverse skillsets that the team need. If you regularly find and recruit software/systems professionals of all seniorities, stacks and types, then they want to hear from you.

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

Closing date: Wednesday 11th August

Diversity and Inclusion Lead - BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need are looking to appoint Diversity and Inclusion Lead to lead, support and embed this work, right across the charity.

The role is on a fixed-term basis for 9 months, 21 hours per week and the location is flexible at a suitable BBC base, with a preference for Salford.

Salary: £50,000 – £53,000

Closing date: Wednesday 11th August

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

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.

Payroll - The Production Guild

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of efficient payroll processes and the implications of the PACT/Bectu agreements. It will help to give clarity around working with the agreements and how to streamline payroll processes.

The course will take place online on Saturday 4th September (Comparative TV, Film and Construction), Saturday 18th September (crew and dailies) and Saturday 25th September (cast and stunts). Each day will run from 9.30am – 1pm.

You’re able to book one course or all three.

IOSH PSP Safety Management in TV and Film Production - The Production Guild

This course is designed and delivered by Media Safety Limited covering health and safety for both freelancers and the employed working in film & TV production. It is IOSH and Safety Passport approved. The training is a comprehensive industry specific course delivered by health and safety practitioners allowing you to fully understand what skills and knowledge are needed for you to perform your role in production safely and efficiently. These essential skills are recognised and valued by productions and HoDs.

This course takes place 9.30am – 1.30pm on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August online.

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.


Production Secretary Training Programme - The Production Guild

This course will give you an opportunity to access quality training with an experienced production coordinator/manager and continue to access an online community and resource which will equip you with the knowledge, skills and strategies you need in your career. It will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively take on the role in the UK on both domestic and international productions.

This course is designed for recent production graduates, experienced runners, producers’ secretaries and production secretaries who are keen to gain skills and knowledge to pursue career pathways in production coordination and production management.

The course runs online on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September from 9.15am – 5.30pm.

ACES Training for Broadcast TV - NFTS and ScreenSkills

Do you want to understand the benefits of ACES, and the processes involved at various stages of production?

NFTS in association with ScreenSkills have this free online training for freelance UK-based Cinematographers, DIT’s, Post Production professionals and Supervisors who have a basic knowledge of post-production techniques and are looking to work in the UK HETV industry.

In order to qualify for a free place you must be a freelancer and be able to demonstrate your commitment to working in the UK HETV sector upon application.

Course dates: Thursday 30th September and Friday 1st October

Application deadline: Monday 6th September


Young Women's Film Academy Summer School 2021

Running 16th, 17th and 18th August in Gosforth, Newcastle, The Young Women’s Film Academy are offering a free Summer School for girls aged 12-25 (12-16 and 16+).

The three days will look at directing, composing and writing and run from 10am – 4pm each day.

Places are limited, so apply now.

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

Future30 - Pact

As part of Pact’s 30th Anniversary activities celebrating disruption, innovation and creativity, they are looking for 30 of the UK’s most exciting emerging production and distribution indies to take part in their Future30 development scheme.

The selected indies will benefit from free Pact membership for two years and a tailored programme of support to help their businesses grow.

Applications need to be in by Tuesday 31st August.

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

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.

BFI - Short Form Animation Fund

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund application window is now open, providing monetary awards from the National Lottery to support higher-budget animated shorts from teams based in the UK.

The fund provides awards of between £30,000 and £120,000 to projects of up to 15 minutes in length.

The fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre (including immersive content and documentary) and for any platform e.g. cinema, online or TV.  A word of warning: the fund does not support work intended primarily for broadcast television.

Application deadline is 9am, Monday 16th August.

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

BBC Appeals Advisory Committee - volunteer position

The BBC are recruiting a new member to their Charity Appeals Advisory Committee (AAC) which is made up of independent experts from the charitable sector.

The AAC is a voluntary body which advises and supports the BBC’s Executive Board in matters relating to charities, assesses applications for broadcast appeals and acts as a point of expertise in matters of policy and oversight.

You will advise on policy, scrutiny, the allocation of broadcasting time and the strategic development of the BBC’s relationship to appeals.

Closing date: Sunday 5th September

North East International Film Festival

The North East Film Festival will take place in Newcastle in from the 19th-21st November.

They are currently accepting film submissions across a number of categories including the standard submission categories as well as Best LGBTQ+, Most Diverse Work, Best Low/No Budget, Best Student Film and their VisABLE category which is to represent disability in all it’s forms.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 15th August.

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.

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