Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Guiding Lights 2009

Here's official blurb for this year's Guiding Lights mentoring scheme. Well worth a look/punt.


Are you a talented, ambitious filmmaker with at least two years professional experience?

Have you reached a critical point in your career where high quality industry support would help you reach the next level?

Would a mentor’s expert guidance enable you to achieve your full potential?

If so, Guiding Lights is for you.

Following two successful rounds of Guiding Lights, we are looking for another 25 up-and-coming film professionals to match with top industry talent. Successful applicants will benefit from 12 months of one-to-one mentor support from an established practitioner. Previous mentors include Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass, Gurinda Chadha, Kenneth Branagh, Alison Owen, Christopher Hampton and Bill Nicholson.

We welcome applications from across the community and will select participants from a range of industry disciplines. The scheme is open to directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers and professionals working in sales, distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and business affairs.

Please check the website for eligibility criteria, guidelines and FAQs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1pm Wednesday 23rd December 2009


Also, if you're based in Brighton, you might be interested in a FREE screenwriting talk this Thursday 3rd December, at the Lighthouse.

From Script to Screen – Understanding The Market
Thursday 3rd December
6.30pm: Doors open
7.00pm: Event start
@ Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Entry: FREE

Lighthouse presents an exclusive opportunity to hear industry experts give their best insights on how to negotiate the balance between the creative aspects and business considerations of filmmaking. Hear their thoughts on what's hot and what's not, ways to up the pulling power of your project, the F word... finance – where to find it and how to access it, approaching sales agents and distributors, the best routes to market and a road map to get you there, the do’s and don’ts of schmoozing and top tips on how to increase your chances of success in a high risk industry.

Chaired by David Castro of Screen South, with guests, Dan MacRae (Head of Development, Optimum Releasing) and Nicky Bentham (Producer, Moon, Taking Liberties)

For more information about the event and panellists please visit the website.


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