Training

 

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Thinking about a career in TV and film? Getting into such a competitive industry can be tough, so we have compiled some information for you to get started.

Where To Begin?

The national agency ScreenSkills is a good place to start if you want to get an overview on available career paths in the film & broadcast industries.

Local TV Executive Siobhan Richmond has developed the So You Want To Work in Television website which has advice and insight into the world of TV.

Looking to Study or Train in TV and Film?
Kent has a multitude of colleges and universities offering courses in media, radio, TV, film and animation.

 

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ScreenSkills is the national agency which offers many opportunities and advice on gaining the right skills for your entry into the film & broadcast industries.

 

 

 

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The BFI has a training remit for features via the BFI Network and regionally for short films and scripts via the BFI Film Hub Southeast, which is delivered through Film Wave Margate in Kent. BFI Film Academy runs yearly and is open to young people in the UK from any background. The programme provides talented 16-19-year-olds to study practical filmmaking elements from screenwriting, production and post-production skills, meet industry professionals and attend workshops and master classes by leading industry experts. Screen South has run the scheme since 2012 as the BFI partner for Kent.

 

Film London run the Microwave scheme.

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The Production Guild is one of the UK’s top membership organisations for film and TV production management professionals and aims to support and deliver training to those working across a variety of production aspects. Their YouTube channel offers a range of tips and advice about getting started in the industry.

 

Work Experience and Trainee Opportunities

Finding work experience and your first paid job in the industry can be difficult, but we’re here to help with opportunities and guidance. You need to be 18 at the time of any placement and live or study in the Kent County Council & Medway geographic areas.

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Kent Film Office only deals in work experience opportunities, which are usually very short term and on an expenses only basis. If you are looking for paid industry work you should register with the Creative England database.

 

 

 

 

Runner Opportunities

Getting experience as a runner is a great way to learn about how a film crew works, looks good on your CV and can also give you some great contacts!

Although we initially accept anyone onto this scheme, please be aware that you will need to have a cv that shows some related industry, university, college, event management or PA experience or you are unlikely to be picked.

If you are lucky enough to be picked, please be aware these are work experience opportunities for anything up to two weeks only and that we request feedback from production to keep this a valuable service and something productions wish to take up. Last minute cancellations once you have agreed to attend, as well as feedback showing incompetence or misconduct will result in you being taken off this list.

If you would like to be notified of any entry level runner opportunities in Kent, please register via our website.

Kent Trainees

The Kent Film Office tries to negotiate longer term training opportunities for graduates with both visiting and local production companies when they are filming in the county for several weeks or months.

Please contact filmoffice@kent.gov.uk if you require longer term trainee placements and we will put you in touch with the relevant contacts at Kent Colleges and Universities who can facilitate this.

You can also check with Screen South for local opportunities or ScreenSkills for training across the UK.

Work Experience at a Production Company

To secure a work experience placement with a film or TV company, the best thing to do is write to production companies directly, either in a suitable area or around a chosen specialization. Online industry directories such as The Knowledge Online , 4rfv, KFTV and Kays are good sources for finding contact details for those.

Work Experience at the Kent Film Office

WE ARE EXTREMELY SORRY, BUT DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGES WE ARE TEMPORARILY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW APPLICATIONS FOR WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS. Please check back with us in the New Year.

Are You a Student Wanting to Film in Kent?

The student portal gives you guidelines and tips for filming in the county and how to get in touch if you need any advice!