Training


Induction Day

This is a chance to meet the other Guiding Lights participants and the Lighthouse team. The day includes information on the matching process, the scheme programme and schedule, and other useful practical information. A specialist mentoring consultant will give insight into how to manage a mentorship and make it fruitful for all involved, and previous mentees are invited to talk about their personal experiences of being on the scheme and working with a mentor.

Pitching & Storytelling Workshop

An intensive day-long workshop led by story editor and consultant Kate Leys, which dissects, deconstructs and debates story pitches with each participant. Detailed and individual feedback allows everyone to emerge with increased confidence and skills in presenting themselves, telling their stories, and pitching their projects. Questions explored include: How do you take control of a pitching situation? How do you get across your ’voice’? What questions should you be asking yourself throughout the writing process? 

Pitching Event

Building on the skills acquired during the training workshop, participants will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of industry experts, made up of commissioners, financiers, development, sales and distribution executives. Previous panel guests have included representatives from: 

Element Pictures – Ridley Scott Presents – Creative England – Film4 – Rooks Nest – Artificial Eye – Prescience – Vertigo – Salt – Curzon – Cascade Media – 42 M&P – BFI Film Fund – Protagonist Pictures – Trademark Films – iFeatures – Soda Pictures – Matador – Capitol Films

Industry Guest Q&As

Once a month, an industry expert is invited into a private online forum for an exclusive week-long Q&A. Mentees are able to post questions, with the guest responding throughout the week. Past guests have included:

Peter Strickland (Filmmaker)
Jason Wood (Curzon Cinemas)
James Schamus (Focus Features)
Jack Thorne (Writer)
Claire Binns (Picturehouse Cinemas)
John Nein & David Courier (Sundance Film Festival)
Karen Lindsey Stewart (Casting Director)
Jamie Wolpert & David Segal Hamilton (BFI Film Fund)
Edward Fletcher (Soda Pictures)
Negeen Yazdi (The Weinstein Company)
Bradley Quirk (Pathé)
Gavin Humphries (Producer / Creative Skillset)
Jeremy Baxter (Pinewood Pictures)
Celine Haddad (Creative England)
Katherine Butler (Film4)
Dan McRae (STUDIOCANAL UK)
Joe Pichirallo (Producer)
Joe Oppenheimer (BBC Films)
Christos Michaels (Lee & Thompson)


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