Funding and Opportunities


North East Screen Access - The Dumping Ground

NFM and CBBC are inviting you to apply for a shadow placement opportunity with CBBC’s The Dumping Ground.

Successful applicants will be given a 2-day shadowing placement with the production whilst they film this year’s series.

To be eligible for this you need to be over 18, out of full time education and have a base in the North East.

If you are interested in this opportunity please apply on Eventbrite.

Fulwell North Internship

Fulwell 73 are offering an exciting six-week paid internship for those wanting to gain experience in the industry.

A typical Fulwell 73 internship is based in London with travel costs covered. For registered NFM Crew Academy members, NFM may be able to cover the cost of accommodation.

Find out more about becoming NFM Crew Academy member by getting in touch with Katie,

Applications close: Thursday 31st March.

Production Executive - Re:production

Re:production, one of the largest commercial production companies in North England (based in Newcastle) are looking for a Production Executive to join their team.

The purpose of this role is to provide administrative support to a team, managing a variety of tasks to ensure seamless support and contributing to the effective day to day running of the team.

You will receive on the job training to help you reach the levels of Production Manager later in your career.

Salary: £19,000

They are needing someone to start ASAP.

On-screen BSL Presenter - ITV

ITV are looking for an accomplished British Sign Language expert to join the busy team at Signpost Productions in Gateshead as an On-Screen Presenter.

You’ll have a professional on screen appearance and an approachable style and manner both on and off screen. As On-Screen Presenter, you’ll be accustomed to the inner workings of a busy production environment and have experience working to very strict deadlines.

Closing date: Friday 15th April


Location Coordinator - LS Productions

LS Productions are looking for a Location Coordinator to assist the Head of Locations and Location Manager with running the location department in respect of both all the shoots the location department facilitates and location-related business development on behalf of LS Productions.

You will be responsible for the workflow of each shoot LS facilitates on behalf of the department.

This is both a remote working and office role – either Manchester or London.

Salary: approx £25,000

Closing date: Wednesday 6th April

Location Assistant - LS Productions

LS Productions are looking to recruit a Location Assistant you will assist the Location team with all the shoots the Location department facilitates.

You will support the Location Coordinators and Location Manager to ensure that locations are presented to clients on-brief and on time.

You will assist with the creation of bespoke presentations of location imagery as well as the collation and organisation of folders of scout imagery.

You will work both remotely and at the LS Production offices in Manchester or London.

Closing date: Wednesday 6th April

Scout and BTS Photographer - LS Productions

LS Productions have a new role: Scout and Behind-the-Scenes Photographer.

You’ll play an integral role in growing and enhancing their comprehensive location library – the UK’s largest –  which is used exclusively and extensively by our clients when sourcing locations to shoot photo or film projects in the UK.

In addition to scouting locations that inspire and inform, you will also capture creative and candid behind-the-scenes photography at key shoots for use by the LS Marketing team on social media, website and in presentations.

This role sits within the Location department and you’ll assist the team to research and scout locations.

You’ll work remotely and in LS offices either Manchester, Edinburgh or London as well as travelling around the UK.

Closing date: Wednesday 6th April

Videographer/Editor - Visualsoft

Visualsoft (Newcastle and Stockton based) are on the look out for a Videographer/Editor to join their brand marketing team.

The role will see you produce engaging, dynamic content to promote the Visualsoft Brand, eCommerce Platform and Services which they offer.

This is a hybrid role, with you expected to be in one of the offices 1/2 days per week.

Salary: £21,000 – £25,000

Closing date: Monday 4th April


In-house Photographer/Videographer - The Handbag Clinic

Newcastle’s world leading pre-loved handbag favourite: The Handbag Clinic are looking for a Photographer/Videographer to join their in-house team.

This position will involve you operating a DSLR for e-commerce photography and video production. You will work closely with the marketing team to capture content that projects our values and is stylistically on brand.

Editing, of both photos and videos, will also be a large part of the role, proficiency in Adobe Creative Studio and an eye for detail and perfection are necessary.

Closing date: Tuesday 8th April

Film and TV Teacher - Pauline Quirke Academy

The Pauline Quirke Academy in Sunderland is looking for a qualified, energetic, hard-working and passionate individual to join their team.

The ideal candidate will have experience producing film from beginning to end and have the ability to work through this process with each age group. Please note that candidates with drama teaching experience and a passion for film and TV with the knowledge of the subject, will be considered. You should have experience working within a production environment or be studying film/TV/production at a higher education level.

Salary: £20-25 per hour

Closing date: Saturday 9th April

Junior Production Manager (The Documentary Unit) - BBC

The BBC’s Documentary Unit are looking for a Junior Production Manager to join their team on new history series, Ancient Powers (w/t).

You will be instrumental in the day to day smooth running of the project, having delegated decision-making authority from the Production Manager, whilst working within BBC guidelines and frameworks. You will have line management responsibilities for production management team members and you will be a key part of the production processes, ensuring resources and editorial aspirations are aligned.

You will be coordinating filming in Rome, Greece and setting up remote filming in China and will stay on through the edit and delivery period.

Fixed term contract with a combination of WFH and in the London office (team is based in London, PM in Scotland).

Closing date: Tuesday 5th April


Data Science Opportunities, Product Group - BBC

The BBC Product Group is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of the BBC’s portfolio of digital products. Their mission comes straight from the BBC’s four priorities: to deliver content that is loved by all audiences, and to extract more from online by joining up the whole of the BBC to connect more deeply with our audiences.

Across 2022 they will have opportunities for Data Scientists and Senior Data Scientists to be based in Newcastle. The role of Data Scientist is hands-on, where you are expected to use your technical skills to deliver value to the BBC’s audience. A Data Scientist is T-Shaped, mixing a breadth and depth of knowledge. Data Scientists are instrumental in developing machine learning solutions that provide value to the BBC audience at BBC scale.

If you’d like to know more, please register your interest on the BBC Careers page. 

There is no deadline for this role.

Broadcast Technical Operator Apprenticeship - BBC

The BBC have an exciting opportunity for someone to join their Newcastle team as a Broadcast Technical Operator Apprentice.

You’ll get involved in all aspects of technical operations: tackling technical problems with engineers and working behind the scene of live news broadcasts – in the studios or out on location.

You’ll work with local, national and international programme makers to make sure broadcast equipment and technology runs smoothly everyday. You’ll also learn best practices for preparing and setting up broadcasting equipment, media content systems and IP networks.

On top of this, you’ll also study for a Level 3 Apprenticeship (A-level equivalent).

Please click below to see the criteria you must hit in order to be eligible to apply.

Script Editor Talent Pool - In House Drama Productions - BBC Children's

BBC Children’s are looking to increase their talent pool of Script Editors who can come and work on In House Dramas when needed.

The Script Editor will work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure their creative vision is realised – collating notes and managing relationships with writers. You’ll be working with Producers and Executive Producers to take the scripts from premise through to completion and manage and update the script schedule, ensuring that scripts are delivered on time.

There is no closing date for this.

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.

Software Engineers (Mid and Senior Level) - BBC Core Services

Do you want to be part of the team that enables some of the BBC’s most popular digital products? Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills to help our engineers own and operate the platform services needed to meet the demands of scale and performance? If so, then this might be the opportunity you’re looking for.

In the Digital Products Group they’re building a unified platform for delivering the BBC’s digital content. WebCore serves over 2 billion requests a month for sites including BBC Home, News and Sport.

As a member of one of the Platform teams, you’ll be working on some of the toughest backend problems you’ll encounter at the BBC with the support of colleagues with a wide range of skill sets. You’ll gain insight into the challenges of running a mission-critical platform at scale and get the chance to expand your skills with training and mentoring opportunities.

These positions are offered on permanent, flexible working contracts.

There is no closing date for applying.

Software Engineers (Mid and Senior) - Native apps, inc BBC News, Weather and Learning English

The BBC have a number of engineer opportunities to help build and develop the BBC News, BBC Weather and Learning English apps.

You can expect to work in close collaboration with all of the other disciplines, such as Product, UX, Test and Delivery, in a highly cross-functional and autonomous environment with support and guidance from leadership.

You will care equally as much about user value, as business value, and code quality, and you’ll appreciate the benefits of the right planning and communication to the delivery of these things.

Regardless of your target audience, you will be an effective and clear communicator, able to be a spokesperson and champion, representing your team to others in the business when needed.

These roles is flexible in its working location.

There is no closing date to apply for these roles.

Software Engineers (Mid-Senior level) - BBC Technology and Product

BBC Technology are eager to speak with people who have experience designing, developing and supporting large, complex systems at scale with one or more modern programming languages and/or frameworks. They’d also be keen to see experience of cloud infrastructure and automated testing techniques.

Experience of project working and professional software development processes including Agile, behaviour driven development and test driven development would be preferable, as well as supporting software in a production environment. Finally, we value experience communicating effectively with both technical and non-technical colleagues at all levels in an organisation.

These roles come with a flexible working location.

There is no closing date for these.

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

Producer pathways in unscripted TV - ScreenSkills and Gritty TV

Producer Pathways is a brand new producer training programme for industry talent working in any genre of unscripted TV at A/P, P/D or producer level.

From development and storytelling skills, to top tips for managing happy and healthy teams, as well as managing edits, risks, and budget, the training will equip participants with the missing links in their professional skills, and build a cohort of Producers who can thrive and progress in the industry.

Online workshops will run from March through to June.

The cost of the programme is £250. Please take a look at the bursary options that ScreenSkills have to help with payment.

Disability Awareness - ScreenSkills and thinkBIGGER!

Are you looking to engage with disabled talent to work on your production? Want to be more confident when discussing disability with potential hires? Want to know your company’s obligations are with reasonable adjustments? Do you understand how Access to Work can transform your employees’ working lives?

ScreenSkills have a free online webinar for hiring staff across animation, HETV, children’s and unscripted that will provide tailored information, expertise and practical advice as well as post-workshop support.

These sessions will run on:

Wednesday 9th March, 9am
Monday 28th March, 2pm

Mental health awareness for HoDs - Screenskills

This 1-hour workshop for Heads of Department working in HETV or unscripted hopes to increase awareness and understanding around mental health, looking at where it comes from and factors that enhance resilience.

Run and designed by Sarah McCaffrey who has combined her experience of working in film and media and as a qualified psychotherapist (MBACP) to create Solas Mind; offering mental health advice and support to the industry.

Session dates:

Tuesday 8th March, 11.30am

Production Direct Training

Production Direct Training (PDT) is delivered by The Production Training Company and Imogen Gay, author of Production Lab book and course.

PDT will expand on the Production Lab programme; delivering it either as 1:1 or in small groups from different productions, where junior crew can discuss, compare notes and network.

For more information, please email

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.

NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds

NTFS Scotland and NFTS Leeds have a number of different online and in-person short courses running across the next few months aimed at all different levels including:



Funding opportunities

Breakout- Creative UK and Netflix

Breakout is a new partnership between Creative UK and Netflix UK giving the next generation of outstanding genre filmmakers the opportunity to make a breakout debut feature.

The programme will provide UK talent with the tools and support to develop their voice and create original local stories that speak to a global audience. In addition to receiving £30,000 development funding, selected teams will take part in an intensive programme of training and professional development. At the end of the process, Netflix will greenlight at least one film for production.

Apply by 12noon, Wednesday 23rd March 

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.

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

2022 Programming Fellowships - Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is inviting applications for the fourth year of its fellowship programme for UK based early career curators, film programmers and critics.

This year they are offering two Programming Fellowships who will join BFMAF as Associate Programmers.

The roles are developmental and mentored roles at the festival, creating opportunities for mutual learning in and around critical and audience focused film festival curation.

Fee: £4000, freelance contract from April – September

Closing date: 12midnight, Monday 4th April

Comedy 50:50 - Fulwell 73

Fulwell 73 want funny, original films to showcase brilliant female talent.

One film per month will be selected to feature on Fulwell’s YouTube channel and the winners will be paid £150 (per film).

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams and must include a female director and/or writer. The content must be original comedy created for the competition and ideally between 1 and 5 minutes in length. Films should be best possible quality, 16:9 (widescreen) format, and have sound. The max file size is 128GB. Entries filmed on phones are acceptable.

BBC Commissions

Are you broadcast ready? Do you have everything in place to win a BBC commission?

Take a look at the BBC’s Commissioning website where you will find lots of useful information on idea building, how to win a commission and what skills you and your company need to develop in order to win that commission.

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.


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.

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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