Women in Film and Television announce mentoring scheme

Women in Film and Television has announced the call for applications for the next WFTV Mentoring Scheme, which aims to support women working in TV and film.

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 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 and Pat Younge, MD, Sugar Films.

For more details on the initiative, including how to apply, visit the WFTV website or find out more about an open evening which explains the scheme.

The deadline for applications is midnight Wednesday, 16 August, 2016.

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. 

Deadline: 16 August 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

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