Photo: Silver Light by Floriana/iStock
Photo: Silver Light by Floriana/iStock




First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. Majority funded by Creative Skillset, the programme supports upcoming filmmakers and professionals through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities. Read more about The Experience.

During their time on the scheme, each mentee is matched with a leading film industry professional who provides advice and guidance over a 9-month period. The last Guiding Lights scheme saw, amongst others, Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), Clio Barnard (The Arbour, The Selfish Giant) and Tessa Ross (Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave) join an illustrious list of former mentors, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Walter Murch, Joanna Hogg, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and Kenneth Branagh. Read more about our previous Guiding Lights Mentors and Mentees.

Guiding Lights is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, and by Screen Training Ireland part of Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board to support one Irish writer (or writer/director) on the scheme.



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