Pinewood and BFI launch internship programme

Pinewood Studios and the BFI have announced the launch of a new joint programme to support skills development for interns in film production.

The programme will help develop the next generation of film talent and provide new opportunities for those wanting to work in the film industry.

The joint initiative aims to ensure productions financed by Pinewood and the BFI take on trainees across a number of departments, depending on the size and scale of the film.

The organisations will also work with industry partners to source interns/trainees from across the UK, and from a diverse range of backgrounds, to learn a whole range of disciplines from craft and technical skills to production services.

Amanda Nevill, the BFI's CEO said: "A major focus of the BFI's forward vision for UK film is about identifying and developing emerging talent and supporting the next generation on whom we will depend for a vibrant industry and culture in the future. It's great to be coming together with Pinewood to emphasise this joint commitment."

Andrew M. Smith, director of strategy and communications at Pinewood Studios said: "As Pinewood continues to progress its work in film financing it seems right that we take this step today with the BFI to ensure that skills development and training is at the heart of everything we do.

"Supporting those with aspirations to get that all important first step and providing opportunities for them to develop and progress their careers in what can often be a tough industry to crack is an exciting step forward for us."

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