About the Scheme
The 2012-13 WFTV Mentees at their induction.
Our Mentoring Scheme is designed for women who have more than 5 years experience working in TV, film or digital production. We welcome anyone working in editorial, craft or business roles in any genre.
We like to have as diverse a group as possible so we positively encourage people from different disciplines. So far, we’ve had an agent, a financier, a colourist, a technical ops director, DoPs and editors, a vision mixer, a presenter, a couple of distributors, a media lawyer, a composer, an AD, and a voice over artist as well as directors, producers and writers. We would love to expand this list even further.
Over six months, selected participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an experienced industry figure, combined with an intensive programme of seminars, training workshops and networking opportunities.
The scheme is supported by EON Productions, Creative Skillset, BBC, and Channel 4.
The next scheme will run from January - June 2014.
The application window has now closed.
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Read some FAQs about our mentoring scheme here.
Read Broadcast magazine's feature on the 2011 WFTV Mentoring Scheme here.
Here's what our mentees say about the scheme:
“I wouldn't be where I am right now without the scheme and couldn't be happier. I now know where I want to go, how I'm going to get there, and know without a doubt that I'm going to get there. Without having been on this journey I'd be stuck doing something I hate and don't believe in. Who wants that? I want the bigger picture and now I'm finally going for it!” Natalie Samson, Documentary Filmmaker (Mentee 2013)
“The WFTV mentoring scheme works on so many levels but especially for women who feel stuck or are re-starting their careers. It helped me to update my industry knowledge and widen my contacts. Having 1:1 mentoring helped me to boost my confidence immeasurably and knowing that I have a network of powerful woman who work across the TV/film industry I know now that anything is possible” Avon Harpley, Producer (Mentee 2013)
“It's so much more than a mentoring scheme. It's a total transformation programme for your career. It's made me realise what I can do and that it's so much more than I expected. I feel inspired, empowered and kind of unstoppable.” (Mentee 2013)
“The mentoring scheme was really magical - it unfolded in both typical and surprising ways, I learned not only so much about the industry but about myself. It was challenging and yet so much fun!” Meghan Horvath, Director (Mentee 2013)
“This is an amazing scheme- it has given me invaluable knowledge about the UK television market, an amazing network of professional industry members and a renewed confidence in my career.” - Cindy DePasquale, Producer/Director (Mentee 2012)
“The scheme made me take time out to reflect and remind myself of all the real reasons I had got into TV, reigniting my original passion and belief, which was the perfect antidote to the day to day humdrum of the workplace and boring political battles.” - Mentee (2012)
Our mentees in the press:
Diary of a Cannes Virgin - by Emma Lindley - Shooting People
5 Minutes With...Emma Lindley - Media Parents
The Miracle of Mentoring - Emma Lindley's Blog
Women Behind the Camera: DoPs Kate Reid and Eve Hazelton - MovieScope Magazine
Kate Reid - One to Watch - MovieScope Magazine
Shorts Break: A Pair of Poetic Films From Eva Weber - Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Day 8: Interview with Eva Weber on Her Film 'Reindeer' - Her Film Project
Lindsey Dryden - Arts Hub
3D Creative Summit 2013 by Natalie Samson - Wildscreen Festival