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Women in Film & Television UK – Mentoring Scheme


Supported by EON Productions, BBC, Channel 4, Bankside Films, Lee & Thompson and Avid




Women in Film and Television is delighted to announce a call for applications for the next WFTV Mentoring Scheme, which aims to support mid-career level women working in TV and film and will launch in February 2017.

WFTV Chief Executive, Kate Kinninmont, said “Since 2011 we have helped 120 women to progress their careers and we’re delighted to offer support to another 20 women. All the feedback shows that taking part in this intensive experience really does transform careers.”

Over six months, from February to July 2017, each of the twenty selected women will receive six hours of mentoring from an experienced industry professional, participate in a diverse programme of seminars and benefit from a range of networking opportunities.

The scheme is designed to support mid-career women who have more than five years experience. Those selected come from a range of disciplines and include women in creative, craft, technical and business roles.

“The WFTV mentoring scheme has been one of the very best things that I have done for my career,” said director Christiana Ebohon who was a mentee on the scheme in 2015. “It forced me to take my head out of the sand and do the work on areas that I had neglected – networking, contact building and focusing on long term goals. It also allowed me to meet, bond and be a part of a new network of brilliant women – my fellow mentees. We all saw some benefit of doing this scheme and supported each other along the way.”

“I applied for this scheme not expecting to be chosen because I am not production crew. I was, therefore, thrilled to be chosen and was truly impressed with its structure and purpose,” said Anita Gupta, a set decorator and mentee on the 2015 WFTV Mentoring Scheme.  “The creation of this supportive female network is inspired and definitely the best thing about the scheme. I would definitely recommend this scheme 100%.”

The mentees will be carefully matched with one of twenty hand-picked high-profile mentors. Past mentors have included: Hilary Davis, Co-MD Bankside Films; Marisa Clifford, MD Pulse Films, Beryl Vertue, Hartswood Films; Sara Putt, MD Sara Putt Associates; Will Clarke, CEO Altitude Film Entertainment; Pat Younge, MD, Sugar Films.
The scheme’s producer, Nicola Lees, said “It’s always a privilege to select the next group of mentees, and I’m looking forward to finding diverse group of women who will be able to help each other progress their careers over an intensive six months. So far 120 women have been through the process and, over the course of six schemes, alliances have formed, promotions won and businesses launched. I’m excited to see what the next group will achieve.”

The scheme, supported by EON Productions, BBC, Channel 4, Bankside Films, Lee & Thompson and Avid, was launched in 2010 in response to Skillset research that showed, ‘women aged 35 or over are under-represented in the workforce, compared with both men of the same age and women aged under 35’, and Broadcast’s 2010 Women in TV survey, which revealed that the gender pay gap, ageism and sexism had all worsened since their first survey in 2006.

More details on the scheme and an application form can be found here:
Potential mentors (male and female) can express their interest in taking part by emailing:
Nicola Lees – Mentoring Scheme Producer  Tel: 020 7287 1400