Guiding Lights
Guiding Lights


First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme.

We will select a group of talented writers, directors and producers to take part in a sixth edition of the scheme, set to launch in July 2014. This year, the scheme is also open to exhibition professionals working in the South East of England.

Successful applicants will benefit from 9 months of one-to-one mentor support from an established film industry professional. Previous Guiding Lights mentors include Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Clio Barnard, Julian Fellowes, Sandra Hebron, Tim Bevan, Joanna Hogg, Paul Greengrass, Nira Park, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh and many others.

Alongside the one-to-one mentoring, participants will benefit from a number of industry training and networking events. Further access to high-level filmmakers and business professionals will be provided through an online facility.

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse, and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, and through the Skills Investment Fund.

This year we are also partnering with Film Hub South East (FHSE) – part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), to support the participation of three exhibition professionals.

Please note – Guiding Lights 2014, is now closed for applications.



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