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 nine-month period. The last Guiding Lights scheme saw, amongst others, Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, High Rise), Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, The Last King of Scotland) and Matt Charman (Suite Francaise, Bridge of Spies) join an illustrious list of former mentors, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Hossein Amini, Sam Mendes, Joanna Hogg, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Nira Park and Kenneth Branagh. Read more about our previous Guiding Lights Mentors and Mentees.


For the eighth edition of the scheme, we are again partnering with Film Hub South East – part of the BFI Film Audience Network – to support the participation of one exhibition professional from the South East (Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).

We’re also delighted to be working in partnership again with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board through Screen Training Ireland, to support the participation of one Irish female director, and one Irish female writer.

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

The scheme benefits from the goodwill and generosity of many industry friends and colleagues, and is sponsored by STUDIOCANAL, who have been a valued partner for six years.



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