Guiding Lights: Feature Focus mentees. Back (L to R): Rubika Shah, Corinna Faith, Nick Rowland, Rose Glass, Isobel Pietsch. Front (L to R) Marie Lidén and Chris Shepherd. Photo by Xavier Clarke.
Guiding Lights: Feature Focus mentees. Back (L to R): Rubika Shah, Corinna Faith, Nick Rowland, Rose Glass, Isobel Pietsch. Front (L to R) Marie Lidén and Chris Shepherd. Photo by Xavier Clarke.


19 June 2018

Guiding Lights: Feature Focus is a new iteration of Lighthouse’s flagship mentoring scheme, aimed at filmmakers making their first feature, who will be mentored by talented and experienced Guiding Lights alumni.

Guiding Lights Feature Focus Mentor – Nicky Bentham
Guiding Lights Feature Focus Mentor – Nicky Bentham

In this pilot edition, mentees will receive two tiers of mentoring whilst making their first features: ongoing one-to-one support from a peer mentor – a Guiding Lights alumna who has made a feature themselves – as well as focused, one-off meetings with established world-class industry professionals to address specific needs during film making. Participants will also benefit from industry training and networking events throughout the programme.

Lighthouse’s Executive Director Emily Kyriakides adds: “Alongside the 150 plus mentorships and the many individual achievements of the mentees, one of the greatest outcomes of Guiding Lights has been the alumni community, who have directly influenced the evolution of the scheme. In recent years mentees have played an increasingly important role in the assessment and selection process, helping to ensure that the needs of emerging filmmakers are always at the heart of what we do. So having some of them return now as peer mentors is an exciting new milestone for us!”.

The Guiding Lights: Feature Focus cohort includes six directors and two producers who hail from across the UK. With broad experience across a range of formats including short film, music video, animation, documentary, multi-platform projects and TV, between them they have received numerous accolades, including BAFTA nominations and international awards, as well as premieres at Sundance and other major A-list film festivals worldwide.

Their Guiding Lights alumni mentors include producer Nicky Bentham (Silent Storm, mentored on Guiding Lights by Barbara Broccoli), writer/directors Michael Pearce (Beast, mentored by James Marsh), James Spinney & Peter Middleton (Notes on Blindness, mentored by Walter Murch), Rachel Tunnard (Adult Life Skills, mentored by Sean Durkin), and the Blaine Brothers (Nina Forever, mentored by Gillies MacKinnon).

Mentor and Guiding Lights alumna, producer Nicky Bentham, says: “Participating in Guiding Lights was a real turning point for me both personally and professionally. Not only did I have the expert guidance and support of a world-class mentor in Barbara Broccoli, but I also benefited enormously from the friendships and collaborations that developed amongst the mentee group. These relationships continue today, and I’m thrilled to be participating in the latest scheme as a peer mentor.”

Chris Shepherd – Mentors: The Blaine Brothers
Nick Rowland – Mentor: Michael Pearce
Rose Glass – Mentor: TBA
Marie Lidén – Mentors: James Spinney and Peter Middleton
Rubika Shah – Mentor: TBA
Corinna Faith – Mentor: Rachel Tunnard

Isobel Pietsch – Mentor: Nicky Bentham
Rebecca Day – Mentor: TBA

Devised and managed by Lighthouse, this new edition of Guiding Lights: Feature Focus is mainly funded by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, with further support from programme partners Film4, BFI, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Horizons, and sponsorship from STUDIOCANAL and Sharp House. Find out more about our partners and sponsors.

About Guiding Lights

First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme, supporting emerging film talent through mentoring and a range of training and networking activities. Find out more about Guiding Lights.



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