“Opportunities in the film and TV industry are much scarcer if you live in a production cold spot like the North East. If the level of production in a region is low then opportunities for work can be incredibly limited especially in the early years of your career, if you’ve had a career break or if you want to move up to a new role. The need to undertake work outside of your home region in areas where the cost of living is high is a significant obstacle for those without the financial means to do so. It is a real barrier to socio-economic inclusion. ” John Tulip Managing Director NFM.
Run by NFM, NFM Academy and funded by The Film and TV Charity, Open Horizons#2 aims to counteract this by providing opportunities for set visits and mentoring along with financial support for travel to interview and bursaries for work experience and placements. All successful applicants will receive individual support to assess and further their careers.
The aim is to help participants progress to higher grades, secure more work, secure work of better quality, and secure work in more prestigious genres currently inaccessible to them.
“Open Horizons is a career changing scheme, it will give opportunities not available before and we are excited to see how participants grow their skills, experience and networks and move forward in their careers fulfilling their potential.” Gayle Woodruffe, Head of Production Service, NFM.
There are 10-12 places available on this 9 month scheme and applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed to assess support and professional development needs.
Applications for the 2019 Scheme will open on 2nd September 2019 and close 11th October 2019.