WFTV northern Ireland MENTORING SCHEME
The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is a programme designed for women looking to take a significant step in their career. For the Northern Ireland Mentoring Scheme to apply you must have more than five years’ experience working in film, TV or digital production.
Meet the 2021 Northern Ireland Mentees
Caoimhe Ní Chathail
2nd Assistant Camera
Series Producer and Writer
WFTV has an extensive database of past and potential mentors who are keen to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation. Once mentees have been selected for the scheme they are hand-matched with an experienced industry figure who commits to spending at least six hours with their mentee over six months. Mentors are drawn from across the film and TV industry
Ellie Flynn - Factual Documentary Broadcaster & Investigative Journalist
Declan Lawn - Screenwriter & Director
Lisa Barros D'Sa - Director & Producer
Lynsey O'Callaghan - Director of International Content Acquisitions & Pre-School Current Series, Viacom International Media Networks
Jany Temime - Costume Designer
Melanie Morris - Development Executive and Head of Business Affairs, Mammoth Screen
Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography
2020 WFTV MENTEES & MENTORS
The 2020 Mentees
Freelance writer and VR creator
Freelance Producer and Director
Margaret Mc Golderick
Director and Producer, Causeway Pictures
Director and Producer,
Órfhlaith Ni Chearnaigh
Producer, Director and Writer,
Kate Townsend - Director of Original Documentary, Netflix
Lisa McGee - Stage and Screen Writer
Mark Huffam - Film & Television Producer
Jannine Waddell - Managing Director, Waddell Media and Executive Producer
Danny Horan - Head of Factual, Channel 4’s
Fiona Campbell - Controller, BBC 3
Julia Short - Film Distributor and Marketing Consultant
WHAT the MENTORS SAy about the scheme
The Mentee scheme is an exceptionally rewarding programme to be part of. To watch the transformation of the individuals over the period of six months is astonishing. For anyone to have the time to dig deep into what is most important, set goals and implement change to reach them is a unique opportunity that very few will ever have.
I was perfectly matched with my mentee and believe that we both derived a benefit from our series of meetings. Training is crucial for the continued development of careers, especially for women, as the commercial side of the business is often overlooked but is vital if films are to be successful in the worldwide market place.
MD Spring Films
Nothing is more effective in our fraught industry than the marriage of experience to aspiration. Linking mentees with passion and drive to industry veterans prepared to guide them is a great way to help remove some of the many hurdles ahead.
The WFTV mentor scheme is a fantastic way to utilise the experience of TV professionals to further the careers of the next generation of content makers. The scheme benefits the mentees and the mentors equally - it really is a two-way thing, listening and discussing the minutiae of one's working life and realising that it was the small stuff that we had all but forgotten that made the big stuff possible.
Maddy Darrall | Joint MD Darrall Macqueen
We are very grateful to our Mentoring Scheme sponsor of our Northern Ireland based programme: