Funding and Opportunities

Job opportunities

Assistant Location Manager - ITV/Silverprint Pics

ITV/Silverprint Pics are after an Assistant Location Manager for long-running North East show Vera to start ideally from the first week of July until middle of September 2021.

Filming is in Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas.

Candidates must have experience of working in TV drama.

Please note this is not an entry level or trainee position, although we will accept applications from experienced Unit Managers ready to step up.

CVs to be sent to Location Manager, Tom Bartram,

Loggers - Twenty Six 03

Twenty Six 03 are looking for a couple of loggers to work from home on master interviews, with an immediate start until 17th July, with the potential to extend.  They’re after experienced loggers who know how to use Blackbird.

If interested and available, please send your CV to

Production Secretary/Junior Coordinator Twenty Six 03

Twenty Six 03 are looking for a Production Secretary/Junior Coordinator to work in Gateshead – office based.

They need someone to start immediately working through to 2nd July.

If interested and available, please send CV’s and a brief cover letter to

Business Development - Ithica Films

Middlesbrough-based, Ithica Films, are growing their team again. They are looking for someone to join them in Business Development who will be able to come in and help develop the business, creating and converting film opportunities and become a truly outstanding member of the team.

Salary: £17,389 – £24,000 dependant on knowledge, expertise and experience.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to by 9am, Monday 21st June.

COVID Supervisor - Sister

Sister are looking for a COVID supervisor to join a new HETV drama production based in Leeds.

You’ll need to have some previous experience and production knowledge.

They’re looking for someone to start mid-July and this position will run until mid-March 2022, with a hiatus period over Christmas.

If you’re interested, please send your CV to

Content Video Producer - Wooshii

Global video marketing agency, Wooshii are looking to add a Content Video Producer to their growing North East team.

Wooshii manage and produce online video content for some of the world’s biggest brands. They’re looking for a well organised individual who understands production work-flows and processes to help support the production line for multiple global brands.

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter to including answers these questions:

  •  Explain good video marketing in 10 words or fewer.
  •  What’s your favourite video ad/campaign and why?


Runner/Data Wrangler - MGM UK

MGM UK are on the hunt for a runner/data wrangler to work part-time across 18 months on a longform Channel 4 observational documentary series filming in Northumberland. They need someone to start this month (June). Flexibility with dates is essential and it would be an advantage if you can drive.

Please send CVs to with a short introductory paragraph indicating roughly how many days per month you wish to work and how flexible you can be.

Producer/Director - MGM UK

MGM UK are looking for a Producer/Director (self-shooting) to work part-time across 18 months on a longform Channel 4 observational documentary series filming in Northumberland, starting in June. Flexibility with dates is essential.

Please send CVs to with a short introductory paragraph indicating roughly how many days per month you wish to work and how flexible you are able to be.

ITV News Traineeship

The ITV trainee scheme offers the opportunity to join the ITV national and regional news teams as a trainee journalist.

They’re looking for people who can demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have great story ideas and are ambitious.

ITV Tyne Tees and Border are particularly keen to hear from applicants from the North East, who know the patch well and are committed to finding and telling the stories that really matter to people here in the North East and Cumbria.

**Closing date extended**: Midnight, Sunday 20th June

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


Funding opportunities

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.

Training opportunities

Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme - The Production Guild

The Production Guild of Great Britain has launched their Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Scheme in partnership with the British Film Commission supported by ScreenSkills.

The scheme is designed to help those currently underrepresented to get to the next level of their career. It is aimed at all grades and departments represented in their membership which includes production, ADs, accounts, location, post-production and VFX co-ordinators and supervisors.

Application deadline is Wednesday 30th June.

York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas has over 150 different mainly online events which aim to educate, entertain and inspire. There’s a few events going on this week which may be of interest:

Why what happens off screen matters – Wednesday 16th June – a special film screening of Industry Voices followed by a discussion of the issues raised.

Infinite stories for film and television – Thursday 17th June – Join Marian Ursu of Digital Creativity Labs and learn how Cutting Room, an authoring toolkit for interactive storytelling, is opening up new infinite horizons for both audiences and media producers.

News, fake news and calling it out – Saturday 19th JuneCould the Covid crisis mark a new beginning for politicians and journalists to work together for the benefit of our democracy? How should the mainstream media respond to the ever more prevalent environment of ‘fake news’ online?


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!

NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds

NTFS Scotland and NFTS Leeds have a number of different online short courses running throughout June and July aimed at all different levels including:

Edit producing online

Introduction to working in the Assistant Directors’ department

Self-shooting – an introduction

Directing the documentary

Line producing

Running your own production company


Other Opportunities

Women X Film Festival

Submissions are being accepted until Wednesday 30th June for short films directed, written or produced by women or
non-binary filmmakers for the Women X Film Festival.

The festival is taking place from 2nd – 4th September, both in person at ARC Stockton Arts Centre, and online.

Women X is celebrating it’s second year, breaking down barriers that underrepresented voices face in the industry, with new awards for North East filmmakers and student films.

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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