Women in Film and Television UK are opening applications for the 2022 WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme for mid-career women working in film, television and the creative media.

The scheme is designed for mid-career women looking to take a step in their career. We welcome applicants from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from all disciplines from across the film, television and digital media industry.

It will select 41 mentees for the 2022 programme which starts in March. The scheme will run for seven months, during which time each of the participants are paired up with senior industry professionals for one-to-one mentoring alongside peer-to-peer training and bespoke career and personal development workshops.

Former mentee success stories include Head of Amazon Studios, Europe, Georgia Brown, Commissioning Editor at E4, Mel Bezalel, Talent Acquisition at Netflix, Sian Whomes, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Global, Serena Llloyd Smith, Series Producer and Co-Director of Deaf and Disabled People in TV, Caroline O’Neill, Assistant Commissioner, BBC Drama Commissioning, Alice Ramsey, Development Consultant at Merman, Janet Awe and Scriptwriter, Miranda Walker.

Mentors from previous schemes include Writer, Sally Wainwright OBE, Creative Director at Apple, Jay Hunt, Development Executive at Amazon Studios, Fozia Khan, Director, Phillippa Lowthorpe, CEO of Wonderhood Studios, David Abraham, Director, Sarah Gavron, Journalist, Ellie Flynn, Comedian and Actress, Jocelyn Jee Esien and Director of Photography, Seamus McGarvey.

The England scheme is run in association with ScreenSkills and is supported by BBC, UKTV, Channel 4, Eon, Panalux and Panavision and International Women’s Network NBCUniversal. The schemes in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are supported by Netflix.

Heading up the scheme is WFTV’s Director of Mentoring, Tracy Forsyth, who is also a creative mentor at Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund and an Executive Coach. WFTV Mentoring Producers are Karen Kelly in Scotland, Hannah Corneck in Wales and Sarah McCaffrey in Northern Ireland.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 19th November 2021. For further information on how to apply visit: www.wftv.org.uk/mentoring

Director of Mentoring Tracy Forsyth said, ‘This year’s 4 Nations Mentoring Scheme will ensure we continue to empower talented women in their careers, from technical to creative, business affairs to craft, to break through to greater heights of excellence and impact.’

CEO Katie Bailiff said ‘WFTV are incredibly proud of its Mentoring Scheme, this year’s mentees have described it as ‘life-changing’ and ‘a shot in arm for my career’, the scheme provides an instant professional network of peers from the entire breadth of the industry who continue to support and collaborate with each other throughout their careers. It really is a fantastic opportunity.’

Mentees from this year’s Northern Ireland scheme include Costume Designer, Emma O’Loughlin who was mentored by Costume Designer, Jany Temime (Harry Potter, Skyfall, Judy), 2nd Camera Assistant DOP, Erin O’Rawe (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) who has been mentored by award winning DOP, Seamus McGarvey ASC (Atonement, Anna Karenina) and Presenter/ Producer, Caoimhe Ni Chathail who was mentored by Presenter, Producer and Journalist, Ellie Flynn.

Mentees from this year’s Scotland scheme include Screenwriter, Jillian Mannion who was mentored by Writer, Sally Wainwright OBE (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), Director, Robin Haig who has been mentored by Director, Douglas McKinnon (Good Omens, Line of Duty, Sherlock) and Producer and Presenter, Eunice Olumide who was mentored by Commissioning Editor at BBC Three, Nasfim Haque.

Mentees from this year’s Wales scheme include Director and Script Supervisor, Ana Garrido who was mentored by Producer, Julie Gardner and Director, Sarah Gavron and Producer and Director Sioned Geraint who was mentored by Creative Director of Development, Documentary Unit at BBC Studios, Cate Hall.





Pippa Considine

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