It can be difficult to know how to get started in the industry, and you’re doing the right thing by looking for experience. However, it is the nature of freelance work that teams rapidly expand at times of production and disband when the project is over. This can leave you feeling like landing a job is all about luck, but there are some things you can do to increase your chances.
Rather than adding your CV to the pile in downtime, consider keeping up to date with the latest projects via the social networking links on this site. Opportunities will be advertised as they arise and your approach will be much stronger if targeted to a specific need.
Established production companies have a more regular turnover of entry level jobs, and may keep your information on file. You can find contact details in directories such as KFTV. Make a list, find out a little about each one, and ask to whom you should address your enquiry.
Much of the industry relies on contacts. You can dramatically broaden your network by taking advantage of the communities and organisations that exist to support your ambitions.
- Shooting People
A collaborative network of creative, independent filmmakers, with over 37,000 members in the UK and US.
- BFI NET.WORK
A UK-wide talent development programme, helping new and emerging filmmakers to reach their full potential.
- Creative Skillset
Information, funding and resources to help you take your career to the next level.
A professional network from Creative Skillset.
- Women in Film & TV
The leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK.
- No Film School
A blog of the latest tutorials, interviews, short films, and gear news — “no film school” required.
- Production Base
The UK’s Network for TV, Film & Commercial Production Professionals, featuring job listings.
Your comprehensive guide to independent film/tv production resources, and jobs listing board.
- Creative England
- Film London
- Film Agency for Wales
- Northern Ireland Screen
- Creative Scotland
- BAFTA Guru
- British Council: Film
- BBC Writersroom
- The Hollywood Reporter: Roundtables
Check out your National Development Agency to see what initiatives they are running:
Find inspiration from the industry’s own online resources:
Mike’s films have featured in festivals and cultural events across 25 countries, but there are challenges to creating theatrical platforms for independent film. New events will be posted on site as soon as they are scheduled.
The short film ‘SICK’ (2007, 35mm) is available on DVD in an educational version through the British Film Institute’s Shop, and in all other retailers as part of the Film 4 Forgotten Classics Collection.
It is always of interest to meet the talented professionals who make this business such an exciting place to work. Moreover, the unique requirements of each production necessitate a good network of skilled practitioners.
However, rather than adding your CV to the pile in downtime, consider keeping up to date with the latest projects via the social networking links on this site. Opportunities will be advertised as they arise and your approach will be much stronger if targeted to a specific need.
You may send links to your reel, website or Spotlight profile via the Contact page. However, please be aware that it is not possible to respond to all speculative enquiries. Casting breakdowns will be sent to all major outlets at times of pre-production. To be ahead of the curve, use the social networking links on this site to keep in touch with the latest projects.
Please send links to examples of your work via the Contact page.
Please find information about submitting scripts here.
Thank you for your interest in sharing your story. In the first instance, please send a short biography to introduce yourself, and a brief outline of your story idea (around 200 words). Include a link to your website if you have one.
What kind of stories are you looking for?
- Short stories up to 30mins
- Feature stories between 1 and 2 hours
- Economical in the balance of cast, locations, art direction etc.
Fiction drama with potential for a strong visual narrative. Human stories that shine a light on the unfamiliar, or look at the familiar in a new light. High stakes relative to your character’s need. Transformative journeys that resonate with emotional insight. That’s all!
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting a film. For educational purposes, not-for-profit events, and in public exhibition where no entry fee is charged, there should be no rental fee applicable. The only liability will be for shipping and insurance. The fee for commercial screenings and broadcast is negotiable depending on the event and platform in question.
Current distribution assets:
- 35mm combined audio SR-D 1.85:1
- 35mm combined audio SR-D 1.85:1 (French Subtitles)
- Digibeta PAL Stereo 16:9 FHA
- Digibeta PAL Stereo 16:9 FHA (French Subtitles)
- DVD PAL stereo/ Dolby Digital 5.1
- DVD PAL Stereo (French Subtitles)
- DVD PAL Stereo (Italian Subtitles)
- DVD NTSC Stereo