Second Round of Open Horizons Launches

Northern Film + Media and The Film and TV Charity have today launched the second Open Horizons initiative, a 9-month programme for early and emerging career professionals providing bespoke support to develop career opportunities.

The programme is financed by The Film and TV Charity and managed by Northern Film + Media and the NFM Academy. It’s open to applicants from across the UK who find geographical location a barrier to career advancement.

Open Horizons is the senior tier of NFM Academy, which has supported over 800 new entrants to the industry since its launch in 2015.

NFM Academy is designed to support new entrants in the film and TV industry, equipping members with skills development, networks and industry-specific training. Lack of awareness of career opportunities among new entrants is a critical issue – often made worse by lack of financial capital, social capital and physical distance from the epicentres of the industry.

John Tulip, Managing Director of Northern Film + Media said: “Opportunities in the film and TV industry are much scarcer if you live in a production cold spot like the North East of England. If the level of production in a region is low then opportunities for work experiences can be incredibly limited – especially in the early years of your career, if you’ve had a career break or if you want to up to a new role. The need to undertake work experience outside of your home region in areas where the cost of living is high is a significant obstacle for those without the financial means to do so. It is a real barrier to socio-economic inclusion.

“Open Horizons is a career changing initiative, it will give opportunities not available before and we are excited to see how participants grow their skills, experience and networks and move forward in their careers fulfilling their potential.”

Gayle Woodruffe, NFM Academy added: “Film and TV productions can often find it time-consuming or difficult to find the most appropriate person for them. At NFM Academy we endeavour, not only to help them find the best of the emerging talent we also make sure they are prepared for the industry and have a high standard of professional, interpersonal and ethical practice.”

Until now, NFM Academy services were restricted to those right at the start of their careers. Open Horizons will open up provision to those with more experience, supporting super-charged placements, expert mentoring, curated set tours on high-end productions and bursary support to help with the costs stemming from the distance between where entrants live and national work placements. The aim is to help participants progress to higher grades, secure more and better quality work, and secure work in more prestigious genres currently inaccessible to them.

There are 12 places available on this 6-month initiative.

Open Horizons is open to applicants with at least two years of professional experience including work placements and paid experience in any behind-the-camera role across the film and television industry. Your two years’ experience may have been achieved cumulatively or consecutively. You must not earn more than £20,000 per annum or have readily accessible savings or equity of more than £10,000. You must be resident within the UK.

Open Horizons does not award individuals any funds directly. All activity will be agreed with the participants in advance and costs covering that activity will be administered by Northern Film + Media.

Applications open on 30th August and close midday Friday 11th October. Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed to assess support and professional development needs. Application forms and guidance notes can be found online . You can also contact a member of the team by emailing [email protected]