Women in Film & TV (UK) mentoring scheme

  • Professional Development
  • UK
  • Applications have closed
  • Professional Development
  • UK
  • Applications have closed.

Website WFTV

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 12,000 women. Members of our organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire film and television industry.

​We host a variety of online and in person events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run a four nations mid-career mentoring programme for women. We also collaborate with industry bodies on research projects, run bursary initiatives and lobby for women’s interests.

Applications for our 2022 mentoring scheme for mid-career women who are based in the UK are now open until Friday 19 November, 17:00. You are eligible to apply for this scheme if you have five (Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) or seven (England) years’ experience or more in the film and TV industry. 

WFTV is committed to equal opportunities and developing diversity and inclusivity across the industry, so it puts key targets in place for its mentoring schemes to ensure the schemes are both diverse and inclusive. Last year, 40% of our mentees came from minority ethnic backgrounds and 30% came from social disadvantaged backgrounds, but we didn’t do so well attracting disabled women to the scheme. So this year, we are reserving two places on this scheme for disabled women working in the media. If you are a disabled woman and don’t have the full seven or five years’ industry experience you can still apply.

The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is for you if you are driven to succeed, but are facing a career challenge, such as:

– Making the step up to the next level
– Dealing with new responsibilities following a promotion
– Setting up as a freelancer or running your own production company
– Juggling family life with work life
– Returning to work after maternity leave or redundancy
– Making a move into a different discipline.
As well as the input of a mentor you will also benefit from a series of seminars, training sessions, peer-to-peer feedback and networking events designed to boost your confidence, enhance your skills and give you on-going support.

This scheme requires you to be committed and proactive; you will be selected on what you can bring to the group as well as what you might gain from being mentored:

Every mentee is required to give a one-hour seminar on a subject of their choice to the rest of the mentees.
You must be able to commit to regular seminars (both over Zoom and in-person).
You must be able to attend the whole induction day. This will take place on Friday 11 March.

WFTV will provide you with:
– An induction so that you know what is expected of you.
– A carefully matched mentor.
– A series of training and networking events.
– Ongoing support from the scheme producer who can deal with any questions.

We would love to hear from you if you are:
– A woman currently working in a production or business role within linear or multi-platform film, television or digital content creation. For example: producer, director, camera operator, agent, sound recordist, editor, scriptwriter, VFX, development, casting, set design, production manager or co-ordinator, distribution executive.
– Have more than five (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) or seven (England) years’ experience in the industry
– Have at least five onscreen credits (or other suitable proof of achievement, where otherwise appropriate).
– Able to attend a selection interview via Zoom or in-person (for the England scheme, interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 6 and 13 December. – For all other schemes, interviews will take place in January) if shortlisted.
– Can commit to receiving six hours of mentoring between March 2022 – October 2022 via face-to-face meetings, email, telephone or Zoom conversations as agreed with your mentor.
– Can commit to attending the seminars and training provided as part of the – scheme. Can travel to central Belfast/Cardiff/Glasgow/London for regular seminars and networking sessions .
– Can attend mentoring scheme sessions:

A one-day induction seminar to be held on Friday 11 March 2022.
A one-day de-brief session to be held on Wednesday 2 November 2022.
Application is by completing the application form and CV and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

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Applicants must be UK residents.

The scheme is not designed to:

-Provide counselling
– Help on a specific project that is better suited to a consultancy e.g. Script editing

Mentees must be willing and able to travel for induction, regular seminars and mentoring sessions.

The closing date is Friday 19 November 2021, 17:00. Applications received after that date will NOT be considered.

If you haven’t been contacted by Wednesday 1 December 2021 you have not been shortlisted.

Due to the high number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Mentors and mentees will be introduced by WFTV after a thorough application and selection process designed to identify those women who will most benefit from the scheme.

Whilst every effort will be made to find a suitable mentor, there is no guarantee that short-listed applicants will be placed with a mentor, if no such suitable mentor can be found.

Selected mentees MUST provide a headshot and 100 – 200 word bio to mentoring@wftv.org.uk for use on the WFTV website and related publicity.

Mentor matching will only commence for each candidate once a photo/bio has been received.

Successful applicants agree to participate in any relevant publicity.

View the Mentoring Scheme application 2022 questions

Find the Welsh translation here 

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