WFTV Mentoring Scheme 2022 opens

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WFTV Mentees England 2021Women in Film and Television UK (WFTV) has opened applications for the 2022 WFTV Four Nations Mentoring Scheme for mid-career women working in film, television and the creative media.

The scheme is aimed at women who are mid-career; submissions from all four nations are welcomed, from all disciplines within film, TV and digital media.  

The programme begins in March 2022, with 41 mentees to be selected. During the seven-month programme, each participant will be paired up with senior industry professionals for one-to-one mentoring alongside peer-to-peer training and career and personal development workshops.

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.

Mentors from previous schemes include writer Sally Wainwright; 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/actor  Jocelyn Jee Esien and DoP Seamus McGarvey.

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 Lloyd 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. 

Heading up the scheme is WFTV’s director of mentoring, Tracy Forsyth, who 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.”

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 19th November 2021. For further information on how to apply, click here

 Photo: the recently-graduated 2021 England mentee cohort. 

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