My First Job In Film is the UK’s largest online community of new filmmakers and a service that is making strides to ensure that the film industry in the UK is open to and representative of the UK's diverse society, no matter what your level of experience.
They set up the brand new Academy scheme in response to a demand from their members for a more in-depth opportunity to develop their own network and benefit from advice.
The group enjoyed an intimate and honest discussion with Producer Richard Holmes over lunch, with the the opportunity to ask the award-winning producer whatever they liked. He said
"My first meet-up with a My First Job In Film cohort was great fun. The members were an impressive, focused and realistic group of filmmakers wanting very specific advice about what they wanted to achieve. It was a rewarding event and I’d do it again".
The day ended with an informal discussion with Saving Mr Banks Producer Paul Trijbits, who also offered each member of the group invaluable advice and feedback.
My First Job In Film member Rowland Daniel (pictured) is a young filmmaker who has set his sights on film production. He said:
“The Academy day was a fantastic opportunity to network alongside fellow members, talk about similar work experiences and express shared passions for Film while also learning from experienced Producers. The day also allowed us to seek out much-valued CV help, self promotion techniques and introductions to people in the industry who might be able to help us. I cannot thank My First Job In Film enough for such an insightful and useful event.”
My First Job In Film’s mission is to give new filmmakers the best possible start in their film industry careers, addressing existing skills shortages and tackling the lack of inclusion in the screen industries in the process, things that Managing Director Susan Finlayson-Sitch is passionate about. She said:
“The Academy day is the latest addition of support for My First Job in Film members to positively help them to overcome the barriers they face breaking into the industry. Our commitment to the continued development of new entrants has become a conveyor belt of practical support - including mentoring, training, and preparing and providing jobs for both recent graduates and emerging industry talent on the rise. The Academy day was a successful first in what will be a series of informative and inspirational events going forward.”
If you are a Pro My First Job In Film member and would like to know more about our Academy Scheme, please get in touch.